Charleston Beer Works
Taps: 43 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mltobin:
3.28/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Walking along the northern end of the popular walking blocks of King Street, you will come across Charleston Beer Works. I stopped by late one afternoon on vacation while I had some time to kill before catching the Folly Rd. bus. The atmosphere was dark, although it was bright and warm outside. Attitudes of the patrons were very upbeat, many regulars talking up the bartenders, most on each end are young. The taps included Guinness, Sierra Nevada pale ale, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Coast 32/50, Sweetwater 420, Spaten, and more. Prices during happy hour are $2 for some beers and $3 for "high gravity beers". The funny thing was, they included some beers such as Guinness on the latter list, and we know it is not a high abv beer, oh well.
If you are nearby and want a couple inexpensive pints in a relaxed setting with college kids mixed in, pop in here for a bit.
07-02-2010 00:09:05 | More by mltobin
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3.81/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
This was picked as our destination by one of our customers. needless to say, I didn't protest.
This is a large square space with a bar running along two of the walls. There are lots of tables, a pool table and one of those cool old shuffleboard games. Concrete floors and lots of hard services can make this place loud. Tons of TVs, so go here for decent beers while watching the games.
Service was southern friendly and knew the tap selection. Our food came out of kind of backwards ( the wings came out last after we had our entrees. ), but that is a minor quibble.
The strength of this bar is in their rotating taps. I had no problem picking several good alternatives. Note that they serve the beers to cold. They have lots of local options and some of the expected larger craft breweries. Nothing to wild, but pretty solid.
Food is bar food, not bad and will fill you up. Note a couple of folks in our group had the tacos and gave them high praise.
03-29-2013 17:43:54 | More by Redrover
3.7/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I’ve been here a couple of times now, so I finally decided to review it. The first thing that I noticed was that it’s a BOSTON bar! I’ve been here for Celtics and Bruins playoff games, and they even have Red Sox games on NESN on some of their many TVs! After that little bit of bias, the atmosphere is pretty good. It’s mostly a college/sports bar and can get pretty loud on the weekends. If you get there early, you can get a good seat at the bar and get pretty good service. Live bands usually play on Saturday nights, which is a nice treat if you like live music. Again, if you’re not into places getting loud, probably stay away weekend nights. There are also a couple of games in the back like pool tables, one of those basketball shooting games, etc. The selection of craft beer is pretty good. Nearly all of their stuff is draught, and they have an updated menu that you can ask for with all of their offerings. When I was there, they had run out of a couple of things, but if they have a replacement keg, they’re quick about tapping it. My buddy also got a beer that didn’t taste quite right. They looked into the problem, fixed it, and got him a fresh one free of charge. Prices are competitive. I know they have food here, but I’ve never had anything except for their fries. They were good, but I figured fries weren’t enough to warrant a food rating.
Charleston Beer Works is a pretty good bar. If you’re looking for a wider selection or a more chilled-out atmosphere, there are certainly better places - Closed for Business comes to mind. However, if you’re looking for a place to get some good beers, play some games, watch some sports, and listen to some live music, this is a good place. If you’re a Boston sports fan like me, you should definitely check it out.
06-21-2012 13:45:17 | More by BlackBelt5112203
3.23/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited this place for someones going away party. While there was plenty of beer available here, they were out of the more desirable options in the craft beer. Still there was plenty of beer available for tap.
I didn't care for the feel of the place or how crowded it felt. This was not a place I would want to hang out, and I haven't been back there since then. The food was ok to not good... service was iffy.
This was one of those gatherings to where it was okay in a large group, but I would think there are other options around that are much better.
09-18-2011 12:38:24 | More by thadbme
3.58/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
I stopped in while on vacation in Charleston mainly because I was in the area to visit Closed for Business. The BA rating for CBW didn't look too promising but I figured I was in the neighborhood.
The had 30 - 40 on tap but most were pretty mainstream and many were dry. But they do offer a few solid beers such as Coast Hop Art and Sweetwater IPA.
As for entertainment, they have several TVs with sports on and pool, shuffleboard and skee ball in the back. I was pleased to find that the owner is a Boston sports fan. The prices were very reasonable and the bartenders were outgoing and helpful.
I see CBW as more of a sports / college bar but it's worth a visit if you're in the area.
05-18-2011 23:36:39 | More by GJ40
2.42/5 rDev -30.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $
A dark college sports bar. That pretty much sums up the atmosphere. They did have 2 Coast beers on-tap but nothing else really stood out to me. I started with the 32/50 and then went to the HopArt. My wife and I found a seat at the end of the bar and had to ask for our beers menus ect... It wasn't really busy and they had 2 bartenders at the time. Service wasn't bad by any means but I've certainly had better. Both bartenders tended to avoid questions about their beers. Whether that's from a lack of knowledge or a lack of interest I'm not sure. My wife and I looked at the menu and were unimpressed so we went some where else to eat shortly after. Maybe I was disappointed b/c of expectations. I was expecting something to the tune of Barleys in Asheville and it was certainly not Barleys. I don't think I'll go back. The one positive is the beers were only 2 bucks.
05-24-2010 03:35:27 | More by wcudwight
Charleston Beer Works in Charleston, SC
83 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.