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The Charleston Beer Exchange

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The Charleston Beer ExchangeThe Charleston Beer Exchange

131 Reviews
Reviews: 131
Visits: 199
Avg: 4.78
pDev: n/a
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14 Exchange St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-2575
United States
phone: (843) 577-5446 | map

Place added by: MarkSCCOT on 11-15-2008

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Reviews: 131 | Visits: 199
Photo of ryanhooks81
2.41/5  rDev -49.6%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5

Unbelievable. I've been going here in person and ordering online from cbx for 4+ yrs. I'm pumped up, ready to see what's available. Selection is definitely down, so I ask.

Q; "Man, I love this place, but it seems the selection is less than I've previously experienced."
A: "Oh great. Thanks for the underhanded compliment, I GUESS...

Maybe he's having a bad day.

Me: "Well, I'll still find some stuff I want. Will you be getting some more stock soon?
Him: "I would be doing that right now, but you're here" along with "I hate customers like you...just kidding..."


Well, that is no longer "having a bad day." This guy was the biggest prick I have come across. I wont be going back. I wont be ordering. ill recommend friends don't order.

You know what? Its people like me that keep your little shop open, and spread the word. I like beer. If you dont,or think you're too good to talk about anything with a customer, maybe you should quit. wash cars or something.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.47/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Marc was super helpful finding great local beers to ship home...yes, they do the packaging and shipping with FedEx right there...no ups drops that might damage your goods! Great selection, growler fills, super friendly staff, the works.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.57/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Absolutely awesome place to grab some bottles. This is a pretty tiny place with a very unassuming/historical look from the outside. Once you enter it is basically a longish room with some sixers up front, a growler station and a bunch of bottles extending back.

There is not a plethora of beer here compared to a Total Wine or something like that. What there is, however, is a great, curated-seeming selection of great local and international beers that you are unlikely to find in a lot of other places. Maybe I am just not paying enough attention when I shop, but the Int'l bottles included tons of stuff that I had never heard of or had only ever heard of. The service was excellent and extremely helpful and the beer I was recommended was great.

All-in-all this is a perfect place to stop if you are visiting Charleston (right near a lot of historic stuff--including its namesake) and if I lived there this would be a place I would drop far too much money. Hope to go back someday!

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Photo of Kappakoosh
4.73/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Small place, but don't let that fool you. I dusted off a bottle of Rodenbach Rouge in the back and brought it forward. So no shortage of selection here.

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Photo of popmartian66
4.82/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Gem of a place in the heart of historic Charleston. Went there twice in a weekend to get growler fills and some rare/hard to find stuff to bring home to Maryland. Mark was very knowledgeable in both his inventory and the "story behind the beer". We talked at length about several beers they carried. Nice selection of local offerings and several world class beers too. This will be my first stop whenever I visit Charleston.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best bottle shop in Charleston. Draft beer/growler fills too! Update 8/17/15 - Many local and South Carolina beers, sixers as well singles and bombers. Super friendly and knowledgable staff who are quick to help find that "special" beer, as well as make recommendations where to find scarce beer. Lack of close by parking is an issue.

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Photo of Djm04f
4.92/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome place. Picked up a lot of local stuff and some others that aren't available in Florida (Allagash, Evil Twin, Full Steam). Sadly, one of the beers I bought (an IPA from Coast Brewing) had gone skunky. Other than that, perfect beer haul trip.

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Photo of kellyej
5/5  rDev +4.6%

Really great bottle shop that is well stocked with both beer and knowledgeable, friendly staff. I stopped in during a recent trip to Charleston and bought a bunch of beers that I can't get back home. Some of my favorite finds were: Tilquin gueuze, a couple Jolly Pumpkins, and a Rodenbach Caractere Rouge.

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev -11.1%

Charleston Beer Exchange is a tiny little shop on a side street that I nearly stumbled past until a friend pointed it out. The building looks like one of the first built in the city and a small square sign let's you know where you are. Although the store is small there's not a foot of wasted space. A shelf of NC/SC locals is the first to greet you as you enter. Past that is a small 5 or 6 tap growler station then the bank of coolers, 5 or 6 doors. The rest of Americas offerings are followed by Scandinavian, Belgian, German, English, and other imports in a small aisle.

As I said, there couldn't be better use of the space. The options are plentiful and the staff is quick to lend tips and thoughts, holding nothing back. The staff is helpful and fun to talk to. The prices are right in line with other places I stopped on my travels. The seasonal selection was stacked. I was very happy with my stop in, especially after hearing so much about them in the past, it lived up to expectations. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.82/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I had the opportunity to visit here while staying on Kiawah Island more Memorial Day weekend. If I lived in downtown Charleston, this would be my home away from home. The guy that was working there was very knowledgable, extremely friendly, and helpful. The store is very quaint, with an atmosphere that is hard to beat. I love that they also had a growler station, although I did not get anything. These guys also ship, which is a plus for someone who lives a few states away. I'm already planning my trip for next year and this place is my first stop when I get back!

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Photo of AmishLightning
4.8/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Wow, I found this place by complete accident while looking for parking on a Thursday night in Charleston. Why is everyone out and about on a Thursday I do not know. Anyway, I wasn't expecting much when I walked in but was really impressed by the selection. The imports were the most impressive part of the store. I believe they had every Trappist beer except for Westvleteren. I have never seen such an impressive selection from such a small store. The clerk who helped us was super friendly and nice. I have never seen a better collection of rare beers in my life. I have been to other stores that may have had more beers, but here at the Beer Exchange every inch of the store was packed with some of the hardest to find brews from the world. I picked up two specialty brews from Goose Island (Sofie and Pere Jacques) that I had never been able to find before; they were also at a great price. Overall, best beer store have been to thus far.

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Photo of a_damroy
4.19/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

This beer shop was a great place. However the gentlemen that was working had a horrible personality. When I asked about a local beer he replied with "we don't sell a bad beer". When I ask a question like this I expect a knowledgeable response, not some arrogant feedback. This really left me with a bad presumption of a place I have heard such great things about.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.46/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I travel on business to Charleston once every couple of years and I always seek this place out. Their inventory is always online and is fairly up to date. It's a very casual atmosphere. I did not realize until my visit today that you can buy single bottles out of six and four packs. Let's not forget that as I was browsing the Belgians I happened to notice that they had three varieties of Cantillon sitting on the shelve. I picked up some of the top 250 and some stuff by Westbrook and then asked for either a local IPA or Imperial Stout recommendation. I was told that Foothills Seeing Double IPA was a favorite and grabbed it quickly as this employee seemed to know his stuff based on the talk we had. I will definitely be back again. I can't think you will find better selection or service in Charleston.

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Photo of CharlotteEngnr
4.9/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

As others said, this is a jewel in the city of Charleston. I searched this place out after hearing about it from friends. I was not disappointed at all!!

The selection was great. Had stuff I couldn't find in my hometown of Charlotte and got some good recommendations from the staff.

I am planning my next trip to Charleston and will be sure to stop in here.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.3/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

if youre in charleston you need to go check this store out- its small but crammed full of beer the staff is really helpful. they also help organize some really cool and unique beer events in charleston. you should stop by if your in town. the beer exchange is a great place.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.87/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

While walking through Charleston, just happened to look down side street near the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon and there was a sign for this place. We weren't looking for a beer shop, but figured, nice break from a walk to check it out.

SO glad we did. As others have mentioned, the place is small, but the selection is great. I might give it a 5, but there were some standards I was used to I didn't see, but there was a decent local selection that replaced those, which is fine. I will also say, the selection really shines on the imports, to quote another review: "largest selection for such a small store."

When we were there, they happened to have a large Evil Twin selection (I got the impression the brewer had used a local brewery's facilities for some), including one we thought we might not see again.

We returned later to actually buy some beer, and were a little upset that we couldn't get more due to the transporting of them the rest of our vacation. We enjoyed Charleston, and will likely return, and will definitely return to this place when we do.

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Photo of KitesBeer
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was taking to this store by a local friend who wasnt kidding when he told me this was a world class spot. The customer service is incredible, they are very informative and one is consider a master beer something...he knows everything there is to know about beer i swear but he will be the first to admit he doesn't..but he does ;). IF you guys can make it out here i would 100% recommend it, huge selection of all types of beer, rare beers, growlers, etc.. if you want an amazing place to get some beers with a massive selection then you have came to the right place!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.39/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

So my only complaint, and I want to get it out of the way first because it's minor, is that this place is a little expensive but I'm sure it's b/c of the location and it seems that Charleston taxes are terribly high. Incredible selection in terms of quantity (700+) and quality (number not inflated with macros at all). Online list is mostly up to date and accurate, not from three months ago like some places, and perhaps the best part of my experience (other than being the only person in there b/c it is perhaps the smallest beer store I've been in that has a large selection of beer) was that I had a list and the guy just grabbed the beers for me and gave me some tips. Incredibly friendly and helpful, I will go here every time I am in the area and will recommend to anyone traveling to Charleston.

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Photo of Wrigfen
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What a great place with a world class selection. Convienently located the people there are super friendly and real knowledgeable. They are always running specials. I am very fortunate to live a short ride away. I know they do ship all over too. If you are ever in the area this is a must stop. If not to buy (which you will) just to look around. It is located in an old quaint Ckarlestonioan style building on a neat side street.

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Photo of bbristow
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

There’s nowhere else you should go for bottles and growlers in downtown Charleston. Period. The guys at the shop are the absolute best in the business. You might have an issue with parking as it is downtown and Charleston can get mighty packed. But, make it a point to go if you’re down that way. You’ll be glad you did. Amazing service and fantastic bottle selection. Also, 10 taps for growlers.

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Photo of hannahleedavis_k9SAR
4.51/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

A true gem tucked away in Downtown Charleston, the Beer Exchange started it all for me in the world of craft beers. Their staff are knowledgeable and helpful--very quick to suggest something you may not have considered trying before. Their prices are reasonable, especially given their prime downtown location. If you haven't been, go. If you have, keep coming back. There is always something new!

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Photo of Ant4711
4.5/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very cool building, somewhat hidden in Down Town Charleston. This is the place that started craft beers for me. Growing up in Charleston, this was my introduction. Very cool group of guys. I had a car that everyone would sign with sharpie, and they were cool enough to go out and sharpie it as well. Long story on that one, but overall A very cool store with a big selection.

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Photo of NastyNate11
4.94/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Man! Small in size but HUGE in selection! The help know what they're talking about and are helpful. If you're in downtown Charleston, location is great, otherwise it's a little painful to get to. Only reason I knocked the atmosphere is because the area in the shop is so small it's easy to get crowded and not have room to get what you want, let alone move. Overall, one of the best I've been to.

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Photo of LouDogg114
4.71/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great atmosphere! The inside is a little tight but the shelves make use of all the space available. I kind of felt like i was in an old tavern in the 17th century with awesome beers all around. A great growler station in the back with a chalk board list of the days brews adds to the experience. Cool little building with so much history. It's definitely one of my main stops whenever I visit ol Chuktown!

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Photo of Pseudonova
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

When I moved here, Total Wine was the only place to find good beer. Nothing against Total Wine, but it always seemed like what someone thought was really rare and spectacular beer. No one even had a clue what a growler was. When these guys opened up shop in a tiny hovel right off of East Bay, the entire game changed. I see new stuff every time I go there, entire breweries I never knew existed. Scott, Rich, and Brandon are the most knowledgeable beer guys I've ever met and they are VERY well connected to the craft brew industry. They are usually the first in the region to get a shot at the really rare limited releases, some of which show up at their spectacular annual beer festival Brewvival. Now, they are a little more pricey than other spots in town, but they are also paying rent on some of the most expensive real estate in the country so I give them a break there. They hold a very special place in the local beer community. When you are in town, be sure take home a few cases from these guys.

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The Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston, SC
100 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.