What would you give to celebrate National Beer Day on Folly Beach? Our intention with this blog post was to give a nod to the budding South Carolina craft beer scene, now features more than 30 breweries alone, and the bars and restaurants on Folly where you can drink like a local. We are still going to do that now, so crack open a cold one, and read through our list. We’ll see ya’ll back here real soon.
Jack of Cups Saloon
Patrons rave about the eclectic food items on the seasonal menu at Jack of Cups Saloon, but they also carry a great South Carolina beer list featuring beers, cider and sours from Charleston breweries Frothy Beard, Rusty Bull, Commonhouse, Ship’s Wheel cider bar and much more. Pair your local brew with one of their delectable global pub grub selections such as the roasted poblano mac and cheese or the pork and curried black bean nachos.
Loggerhead’s Beach Grill
You can visit Loggerhead’s website to view an updated list of area craft brews on tap, but they always boast a wide selection of local beers, including their own Loggerhead Lager. They offer an array of beer styles from Charleston brewery Lo-Fi’s Blueberry Wheat to North Charleston brewery Freehouse’s homage to the Edge of America, Folly’s Pride Blonde Ale, and Johns Island brewery Lowtide’s Sweet Caroline Kolsh.
Located just outside Folly Beach town limits on nearby James Island, The Barrel is worth making the short extra drive or rideshare trip, especially if you are a craft beer enthusiast who also loves dogs. The Barrel typically dispenses around seven or eight rotating South Carolina selections on draft, including beers from the Midlands and Upstate, and you can buy some local brews from their beer cooler as well. They have a small indoor area with a couple tables, bar seats and couches, and the outdoor area is basically one big dog park with picnic tables, a covered shelter and a stage for live music.
Pier 101 Restaurant and Bar
Pier 101 Restaurant and Bar carries an extensive list of local beer that includes offerings from North Charleston breweries Coast, Freehouse and Holy City, and Charleston breweries Palmetto, Revelry and Munkle, in addition to Mount Pleasant’s Westbrook. As the name implies, you can sip on your South Carolina beverage at a venue situated on the Folly Beach Pier, affording beautiful views.
St. James Gate
Sure, you can always visit St. James Gate Irish pub for a proper pint of Guinness or a frozen Irish coffee, but they also have numerous South Carolina beer selections as well. It is important to note again that most beer menus rotate, but they usually offer at least seven or eight different local brewery selections, including North Charleston’s Pawley’s Island Gray Man Stout, in addition to brews from Charleston’s Edmund’s Oast and Tradesman.
Rita’s Seaside Grill
Rita’s maintains a list of local beers on their website’s drink menu so make sure to check it out to see what is available during your visit, but generally they offer choices from Charleston-area breweries Westbrook, Holy City, Palmetto and Coast, along with a cider from Ship’s Wheel.
Drop-In Bar & Deli
Drop-In Bar & Deli carries Washout Wheat (named for a locally-loved section of Folly Beach) from North Charleston’s Holy City Brewing and Westbrook selections such as White Thai, a Belgian Witbier style brew from Mount Pleasant’s Westbrook Brewing featuring notes of citrus and ginger, as well as other rotating local draft beers.