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Southend Brewery & Smokehouse

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62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 21.75%
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 125
Beer Avg: 2.65
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

161 E Bay St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-2125
United States
phone: (843) 853-4677

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Reviews by gonzo46and2:
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2.68/5  rDev -19%

Visiting my mother for mother's day in South Carolina and we went to Charleston to get out of the country for some adventure. She knows I'm a big fan of craft beer and I told her I wanted to sample something local. We initially headed to Ted's Butcher block and really liked Ted. He had a unique selection of beer but nothing local. He mentioned that the local Coast beer goes fast. All in all I liked Ted's a lot. We looked around a bit and found Southend Brewery and Smokehouse. I was very excited to see a brew pub and we got a table for dinner. I got a sample paddle with 8 5oz offerings. A pale ale, blonde, weizen, two red ales, a porter and an oatmeal stout. The pale ale and porter had a very strange taste like they were infected. Didn't finish those. The weizen was bland. All of the samples were very watery, with no body and little flavor. The only beer that was OK was the oatmeal stout. Hardly any hop taste to any of the beers. Very low quality. I would never drink the beer there again. The only silver lining was the food. My barbeque chicken pizza with smoked gouda was fantastic. Other than that, very disappointing.

gonzo46and2, May 12, 2008
More User Reviews:
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1/5  rDev -69.8%

David_Menendez, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

RyanByorick, Sep 16, 2014
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3.31/5  rDev 0%

My co-worker picked this place out as he wanted some BBQ. I thought hey they make beer, sounds good to me.

As you enter you will notice the soaring wood beamed ceilings. I’m not sure what this place used to be, but I love these retrofitted older buildings.

There are tanks behind glass behind the hostess station and more behind the bar. The brewer was working while we were there.

There is an open kitchen at the rear, a small stage area and lots of tables. The bathrooms are on the second floor..

We enjoyed friendly service at the bar.

They offer both Southern Coastal food and BBQ. It was a mixed bag. I had a good salad, fair wings, and over cooked hush puppies.

For beer they had 5 regulars and 2 seasonal draft options. I had a full pint of a pale ale that struggled to be average and a pint of the seasonal IPA which made the APA look good.

They did have a large bourbon selection, so that is a plus.

Redrover, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Jlang2012, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of mtnst8
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%

Easy access from the tourist district in Charleston. Good selection of beers. Didn't try the food but the menu looked intriguing and the restaurant space is very large. Great first stop for a beer and dinner before the serious pub hopping commences.

mtnst8, Mar 18, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -62.2%

md655321, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

MacQ32, Mar 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

midlifec, Nov 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +36%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

BillRoth, Oct 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

kylehay2004, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

BlackBelt5112203, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Wrigfen
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%

A good selection of various types of beers brewed on site. Some are excellent others ok. Three story setting has a something for everybody variety of atmospheres. Great looking building, lots of character. Service has been excellent both times we went there. Good variety of quality food. A fun place that is well worth going to for the food, beer and atmosphere. There seasonal IPA right now is very very good. Highly recommend this brewery/restaurant.

Wrigfen, Aug 26, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev +1.2%

A big, slick brewpub right in the middle of the Charleston historic district. This is a very large reastaurant with two floors of seating and a glass enclosed brewhouse right in the middle of the dining area.

The food and beer are both pretty mediocre. The menu has a smokehouse theme, but it is kind of phoned in and certainly doesn't compare to the real, down home BBQ joints that can be found in this part of the country. The beer is standard, 90s brewpub stuff and on the weak side of average at that. The best of the lot was the pale ale, which had a nice hop character, but it didn't make up for the lackluster Black IPA or the flat out awful Red Ale.

Overall, it's an out of date, touristy pub that really isn't worth a visit considering the proliferation of genuinely good restaurants and beer bars in this town.

nickfl, Mar 28, 2012
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Southend Brewery & Smokehouse in Charleston, SC
78 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.