What’s Brewing in the Lowcountry?

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Award-winning breweries, distilleries and wineries can be found across our beautiful landscape. Often paired with delicious libations, menus and live entertainment, these local hotspots are great places to relax and enjoy the South Carolina Lowcountry. Visit one, two or make it a challenge to see them all. Whatever you chose, you’re sure to have a good time!

Rotten Little Bastard Distillery is Beaufort’s newest attraction. RLB is a family-owned craft distillery located in Beaufort Town Center, 2139 Boundary St. Take a tour and see how their products are made. Tasting tours are offered every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. The $10 tasting fee includes a souvenir shot glass. After touring and sampling the goodies, head over to the retail store to purchase King Tide Vodka, Saint Helena ‘Shine Moonshine and Coosa Cur Bourbon. The shop also carries bourbon scented soap and candles, moonshine hand sanitizer, t-shirts and shot glasses and other items. Want to take the chill off?

The RLB Facebook page has a suggestion. To create a hot toddy, mix hot tea with Saint Helena ‘Shine and add a splash of elderberry syrup. Rumor has it, this is just the thing to take the chill off! Open Wednesdays and Thursdays 1pm-7 & Fridays and Saturdays 11am-7pm.
To tour the distillery, call 843-379-5252 or email rlbdistillery@gmail.com . For more information visit the RLB Facebook page.

Bluffton has three tasting rooms to wet your whistle. Burnt Church Distillery crafts authentic Lowcountry spirits that honor local history and give back to the community. The tasting room is a great space where locals and tourists can learn about distilling and the rich history of the Lowcountry. Their goal is to entertain with legends of folklore, ancient anecdotes, and one-of-a-kind spirits. The distillery is located at 120 Bluffton Road.

Burnt Church Distillery suggests this hot chocolate recipe to sweeten your holiday. Try a Boozy Hot Chocolate. Start by stirring together 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder with 1/2 cup sugar and a dash of salt in a medium saucepan. Then, stir in 1/3 cup of boiling water until the sugar dissolves and the cocoa isn’t lumpy. Turn to medium heat and stir in 3 1/2 cups milk to warm. Once warmed, remove from the heat. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 2 tbsp. half and half, and 8 tbsp. bourbon. Top with mini marshmallows. This will either serve four people or four cups just for you. Follow the Burnt Church Distillery Facebook page for fun recipes and opening information

Lot 9 Brewing Company is a nano-brewery in the Lowcountry, devoted to bringing people together for the love of great beer made right. This company is deeply passionate about delivering high-quality brews which celebrate the culture of beer itself.  They also like to have a little fun along the way. Come find your home away from home – your new favorite brew is waiting at Lot 9 Brewing Company. What’s on tap?  Lot 9 Brewing Company is a craft beer test kitchen with a revolving door of styles and flavors. While their tried-and-true favorites are always on tap, there’s always something new and exciting to taste. Need some sustenance to soak up the beer? There’s usually a food truck on location. Check their website for the food truck schedule.

You can find Lot 9 Brewing Company at 258 Red Cedar Street every Thursday & Friday 3 – 9pm, Saturday 12 – 9pm and Sunday 12 – 4pm. You can usually find a fun event happening at Lot 9 Brewing Company, from live music, game tournaments, bring-your-own-dog-nights and Sunday brunch. For more information about events and what’s going on, call (843)757-5689 or visit the Lot 9 Brewing Company Facebook page.


Southern Barrel Brewing Company is another Bluffton fun spot. At Southern Barrel Brewing Company, you can relax, grab a bite and a brew and just…enjoy. They have combined “the beauty of old with the taste of new”. Visit the bar, beer garden and tavern to enjoy the seasonal menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and beer fresh from the brewery. You’ll find core beers, seasonal selections, and limited runs on tap. Outdoor and indoor seating is available. Come for dinner with the family or gather in the beer garden with friends.

Enjoy playing games? Southern Barrel Brewing Company is the place for you! Bingo and Trivia nights are often found on the calendar. Brew-Yoga is another fun event. It is also the home of the Bluffton Artisan Market on Saturday mornings. Southern Barrel Brewing Company is located at 375 Buckwalter Place in Bluffton, and open seven days a week, from 11:30 am – 10 pm. For more information call (843) 837-2337 or visit the Southern Barrel Brewing Company Facebook page.


Hilton Head Brewing Company is the island’s first brewery. If beer and BBQ is your style, this is the place for you! They also host oyster roasts. Try local favorites including Crab Pilsner, Tropical Lager and J Street IPA. Sample them all and take home a six-pack of your favorite. Owner Juan Brantley is a Hilton Head native. He has a passion for food and micro brews.
Their retail shop is a great place to find goodies like handmade liquid beer soap and apparel

Hilton Head Brewing Company website states quite clearly… “Come for the beer, leave with a story”. They are kid-friendly, and reservations are not required. Call 843-715-3251 to find out what’s on tap then visit the Hilton Head Brewing Company Facebook page to check for events and

The Hilton Head Distillery is located just down the street at 14 Cardinal Road. They specialize in fine spirits. They craft premium, small batch rum and vodka by hand. According to their website… “We embrace the idea that enjoying craft spirits is a unique voyage best shared. So, grab your crewmates and join us for a drink or two. We’d love to get to know you!” Roots run deep at Hilton Head Distillery. Their whisky is inspired by the South Carolina mountains and the rum is inspired by its coast.

Tastings are $10 and offered on a first come, first served basis. They are open seven days a week, from noon – 8 pm. Choose any six neat spirits to sample. Spirits come in light, aged and flavored varieties. Be sure to try Whisky Girl Peach, Toasted Coconut Rum and Bananas Foster! Visit the Hilton Head Distillery website to find cocktail recipes to try from their hand-crafted spirits.   The Hilton Head Sunrise looks interestingly delicious. It is made with HHD Toasted Coconut Rum, pineapple, and cranberry juices, with a garnish of pineapple. Yummy! Call (843)686-4443. You can also visit the Hilton Head Distillery Facebook page.

Island Winery sits right next door at 15 Cardinal Road. Come in for wine tastings, then enjoy wine by the glass or bottle. For $8 you can sample up to six wines. There’s plenty of outdoor seating to bring a picnic or cheese board and enjoy your purchases. Enjoy the socially distanced tasting room, scenic patio and large family and pet friendly picnic area. Hilton Head Winery is the island’s premiere winery. All wines are made on Hilton Head. Island Winery specializes in offering a unique selection of wines, wine and cheese pairings and their famous Happy Hour.

Sample old and new world reds, signature whites and unique Lowcountry fruit wines. Current specialty flavors include Southern Passion, Cranberry Sunset and Peach on the Beach. The Apple Cinnamon wine is delicious hot or cold. Their website states, “All of our wines are handcrafted with care in small batches. The grapes arrive fresh at our door from some of the finest wine regions in the world. There is something for everybody’s taste and Island Winery.” Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, 12:30-5:30 pm and Sunday, 12-4 pm. Call (843)842-3141 to see what’s in stock, or visit the Island Winery Facebook page for more information.

Daufuskie Island is just a stone’s throw across the river from Hilton Head. Hop on the ferry and visit the Daufuskie Island Rum Company. Rum is an island drink and Daufuskie is the perfect place to drink it! They are also distilling vodka and bourbon as well.  Mix the Perfect Summer Cocktail by mixing Hair of the Dog Blueberry Lavender Vodka with lemonade and serve cold over ice.  Looking for something to warm you up? Mix Fuskie Fire Rum with ginger beer and garnish with a lime slice to make a Fuskie Fire Storm.

Set under live oaks drenched in Spanish moss, the Daufuskie Island Rum Company sits at 270 Haig Point Road. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm. Call (843)342-4786, or visit the Daufuskie Rum Company Facebook page for more information.

Daufuskie Island’s Historic Silver Dew Winery is located in a tiny and historic building that dates back to 1883. The building was originally used as the wick house for Bloody Point Lighthouse. The wick house was used to store oil, wicks and the lamp for the lighthouse. In the 1950s the island icon was converted into a winery by the last Bloody Point lighthouse keeper Papy Burn.  He fermented bananas, plums, grapes, scuppernong, pears, elderberries, and other fruit. Silver Dew winery was mentioned in Pat Conroy’s novel The Water is Wide, which is set on Daufuskie Island and is based on his experiences while teaching on the island.

Silver Dew Winery is located at the southern end of the island near the Bloody Point Lighthouse. Call (843)432-8687 for more information. Wine can be tasted and purchased at the Bloody Point Lighthouse Museum.

Lucky Duck Distillery is conveniently located just off I-95 in Yemassee. This young and energetic team works starts with old recipes and creates new formulas to create naturally flavored moonshine whisky and bourbon.  Come in for a tasting and sample Apple Pie, Apple Vanilla, Cherry, Peach and White Lightening flavors.

All fermenting, distilling, labeling, and bottling is done in small batches on site. Call (843) 812-8337  to schedule a tasting. The distillery is open 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday thru Saturday. Visit Lucky Duck’s Facebook page for information.

River Dog Brewing Company is located in Okatie at 591 Browns Cove Rd N. River Dog Brewing has managed to make a splash in the rising tide of the Southern craft beer scene. They have created an exceptional menu of hand‐crafted, nationally recognized and award‐winning beers. Open from 3-9 pm Tuesday thru Thursday, 3-6 pm Fridays and 12-6 pm on Saturdays, there’s always something tasty on tap.

Try the Riverwalk Empire Pilsner, a light, refreshing, & snappy Pilsner that’s the perfect complement to life here in the Lowcountry. You’ll feel like a million bucks after one or two of these puppies! If you’re a coffee drinker, try a tall glass of Perkolatte. It’s a sweet, rich, and full-bodied coffee milk stout. Visit the Riverdog Brewing Company Facebook page for more information.

For more information on fun things to do in the SC Lowcountry visit https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/.

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