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If you’re anything like me, then you probably haven’t done any holiday shopping yet. Hey, there isn’t anything wrong with that. But don’t be stressed. The South Carolina beer scene has got you covered. And even if the holidays have got you down, or if the in-laws have already gotten to you, or if you just need gifts, then there is a brewery, brewpub, or retailer nearby ready to get you through it.


There are plenty of festivals coming up in 2016. Why not buy a ticket or two to one of them?

World Beer Festival: (January 23 – Columbia)

Barley’s Biggest Little Beerfest: (January 17 – Greenville)

Brewvival: (February 27 – North Charleston at Coast)

Community Tap Craft Beer Festival: (April 23 – Greenville)

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If you’ve waited until today to get gifts, then don’t wait any longer. Especially if you’re shopping for a beer lover. South Carolina breweries and brewpubs usually keep pretty good hours. And with so many now open, there are plenty to choose from. However, with the holidays this week, the hours will be a little more varied. If you want to grab some growlers or gift cards, then there are a few breweries that are open for business on December 23rd and December 24th to help you. NOTE: Some times may be subject to change or cancellation. Not all breweries and brewpubs have posted hours this week on social platforms, so we’re just going on what is out there. Please check for breweries and brewpub listings.

Brewery 85 (Greenville) – Open 12/23 from 4-8PM.

Carolina Bauernhaus Ales (Anderson) – Open 12/24 from 4-11PM and 12/25 from 4PM-12AM.

Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery (Spartanburg) – Open 12/23 from 3-10PM and 12/24 from 3-11.

Coast Brewing (North Charleston) – Open 12/23 from 4-7PM.

Conquest Brewing (Columbia) – Open 12/23 from 4-9PM and 12/24 from 1-6PM.

Cooper River Brewing (Charleston) – Open 12/23 from 12-5PM.

Edmund’s Oast (Charleston) – Open on 12/23 from 4:30-10PM.

Freehouse Brewery (North Charleston) – Open 12/23 from 3-8PM. –

Frothy Beard Brewing (North Charleston) – Open 12/23 from 3-9PM and 12/24 from 12-7PM.

Full Spectrum Brewing (Fort Mill) – Open 12/23 from 4-9PM.

Holy City Brewing (North Charleston) – Open 12/23 from 11-8PM.

Legal Remedy Brewing (Rock Hill) – Open 12/23 from 11:30-11PM.

New South Brewing (Myrtle Beach) – Open 12/23 from 12-3PM.

Oak Road Brewery (Summerville) – Open 12/23 from 3-9PM and 12/24 from  1-4PM.

Palmetto Brewing (Charleston) – Open 12/23 from 3-7PM and 12/24 from 3-7PM.

Quest Brewing (Greenville) – Open 12/23 from 4-8PM and 12/24 from 12-5PM.

Revelry Brewing (Charleston) – Open 12/23 from 4-10PM and 12/24 from 2-6PM.

River Dog Brewing (Ridgeland) – Open 12/23 from 3-10PM and 12/24 from 12-4PM.

River Rat Brewery (Columbia) – Open 12/23 from 4-9PM and 12/24 from 4-7PM.

RJ Rockers (Spartanburg) – Open until 12/34 from 3-8PM.

Seminar Brewing (Florence) – Open 12/24 from 6:30-9PM.

Southern Barrel Brewing (Bluffton) – Open 12/23 from 4-10PM and 12/24 from 12-5PM.

Swamp Cabbage Brewing (Columbia) – Open 12/23 from 5-8PM and 12/24 from 11-4PM.

Swamp Rabbit Brewery (Travelers Rest) – Open 12/23 from 5-8PM.

Thomas Creek Brewery (Greenville) – Open 12/23 from 9-6PM.

Tradesman Brewing (James Island) – Open 12/23 from 4:30-8PM.

Upstate Craft Beer Company (Greenville) – Open 12/23 from 10AM-10PM, 12/24 from 10AM-4PM, and 12/25 from 4-until ?.

Westbrook Brewing (Mount Pleasant) – Open 12/23 from 4-7PM.


Reading is fun, especially when it’s about beer. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider.

Charleston Beer by Timmons Pettigrew of –

Beer Lover’s the Carolinas by Daniel Hartis of –



Some breweries will be closed prior to Christmas, but that doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck. A slew of retail shops will be open to help you put some South Carolina beer under the tree. Here is just a taste.

Bottles (Columbia & Mount Pleasant) –

Charleston Beer Exchange (Charleston) –

Craft Conundrum (Charleston) –

Craft & Draft (Columbia) –

Crafted (Simpsonville) –

Grapevine (Fort Mill) –

Green’s (Greenville, Columbia, & Myrtle Beach) –

Greenville Beer Exchange (Greenville) –

Growler Haus (Anderson, Spartanburg, & Fountain Inn) –

Homegrown Brewhouse (Summerville) –

House of Brews (Mount Pleasant) –

Main Street Bottle Shop (Rock Hill) –

Micky Finn’s (Florence) –

Morgangelli’s (Columbia) –

Random Tap (Columbia) –

Southern Brewed (Columbia) –

The Barrel (Charleston) –

The Community Tap (Greenville) –

Total Wine (Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville) –

What’s on Tap? (Greenville) –



It’s one thing to drink beer. It’s another thing to make it. Challenge the person you’re getting a gift for to try their hand at making what they enjoy.

ABV (Anderson) –

Beer Engineer Supply (North Charleston) –

Bet – Mar (Columbia) –

Grape & Grains (Greenville) –

Hopyard Brew Supply (Lexington) –

Keg Cowboy (Lexington) –

The Homebrewer’s Pantry (Conway)

Thomas Creek Brewery (Greenville) –

Yeast (Mount Pleasant) –

From me to you, Have a Happy Christmas, a wonderful holiday season, and a Merry New Year! Cheers!


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Brook Bristow is a South Carolina-based lawyer at Bristow Beverage Law, who primarily counsels companies in the alcohol industry on business and employment laws, as well as on compliance, licensing, and intellectual property. He is the author and editor of the Beer of SC Blog. You may reach him directly at


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