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The Charleston Beer Exchange

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The Charleston Beer ExchangeThe Charleston Beer Exchange
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131 Reviews
Reviews: 131
Visits: 199
Avg: 4.78
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

14 Exchange St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-2575
United States
phone: (843) 577-5446 | map
www.charlestonbeerexchange.com

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Place added by: MarkSCCOT on 11-15-2008

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Reviews: 131 | Visits: 199
Reviews by pburland23:
Photo of pburland23
4.94/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Tucked into a side street in historic downtown Charleston, the CBX is a fantastic bottle shop with a wide selection of foreign and domestic beers.

I stopped in on a Tuesday night before a dinner at Slightly North of Broad. The shop is small, but packed floor to ceiling with beer, great beer. Lots of local and national craft brews and an extensive selection of European beers, particularly Belgians.

The growler station is tucked back on the right side of the store and had about eight taps going. If I was going right back to my condo, I would have taken a growler with me. I liked that they offered 32, 64 and 128 ounce growlers. By the register, they also have a small, but quality selection of beer glasses. I ended up buying a Gaffel Kolsch stange.

I was the only customer and three employees were standing around the register were very friendly and helpful right off the bat. I explained I was visiting from Pennsylvania and was looking for beers I couldn't find at home. They pointed me in a few directions but otherwise let me explore to my heart's content.

I ended up getting bombers of Coast Hop Art and 32/50 Kolsch, Stone 15th Anniversary, Terrapin Indiana Krunkles, Terrapin/Shmaltz Reunion '11, Sweetwater Crank Tank, a 750ml of Life and Limb 2, and a 4 pack of DFH Punkin for good measure.

If I had more run in the car on the way back to PA, I would have a bought more. I look forward to visiting CBX again and again during my frequent visits of Charleston.

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More User Reviews:
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..."

WTF?!?

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 metter98
4.32/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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 Invinciblejets
4.75/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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 Nichols33
4.72/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Awesome bottle shop down by Waterfront Park. Got some excellent brews for our stay. Place is tiny but best selection I saw while in South Carolina.

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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 Josh_Mason
4.02/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of bostonbeans
4.54/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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

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 Mantooth
4.34/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of Btip1969
4.68/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of KenFolk1269
3.21/5  rDev -32.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Horrible selection. Very small. Not good

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Photo of Bigdoc91
4.23/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of 2Bstout
4.93/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jaswilson2
4.15/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of kristougher
4.78/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mwar
4.06/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

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

They didn't have Wicked Weed, but they had beers that were just as good and the knowledge of the staff led me to realize that.

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

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