How sweet is Palmetto Brewery's new tasting room? If you haven't been yet, you definitely have to get down there and check it out. I was thoroughly impressed when I visited around the Christmas holiday. Hold on... Let me back up a bit.
Palmetto Brewery, the oldest brewery in South Carolina, opened in 1993. The owners came up with the idea while on a windsurfing trip to the Columbia River Gorge. On their website, it says "while sipping beer from a local brewery during a windsurfing break, we decided Charleston deserved more than yellow fizzy beer - they deserved a brewery to call their own." I would say the guys were spot on. The brewery is currently located in downtown Charleston, at 289 Huger Street (sandwiched between King and Meeting Streets). I say currently, because they already have it in the works to re-locate to the Park Circle area of North Charleston in 2018. The new brewery will be bigger, and enable them to grow and expand distribution. The last that I heard, the current site of the brewery will be converted into apartments. This is sad to hear, but I guess it would be kind of cool to live in a former brewery. Conflicted.