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Newton Farms

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13 Ratings

Type: Store

515 Freshfields Dr
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, 29455-5459
United States

(843) 243-3276 | map

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Added by JISurfer on 11-22-2005

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by pburland23:
Photo of pburland23
4.2/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in on my way into Kiawah. Newton Farms is part of the sprawling, upscale Fresh Fields Village complex situated between Kiawah and Seabrook. It's very similar to a Whole Foods.

The quality and selection were quite nice (especially when compared to the Piggly Wiggly which has about 25 different BMC products and not much else). Selection consisted of many national craft brands (Avery, Sierra Nevada, Bells, New Belgium) with a strong local selection (Thomas Creek, RJ Rockers, Palmetto, Sweetwater) as well. Around the corner from where the six packs/cases are located is a small cooler offering bombers and other large format beers (Ommegang, Ballast Point, etc.)

Overall, a nice selection at reasonable prices offering good beer in the Kiawah/Seabrook area. I'll probably be back there this week.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of steveheady
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I had high hopes heading here. We were here for the week, and I only brought a single bomber with me, after reading the reviews for this place. The selection was supposed to be "amazing," and specifically I had come looking for the Ballast Point products (Sculpin!) that I can't get in GA, that have been raved about as being sold here.

There is a decent aisle of cold beer, including Newcastle, Lagunitas undercover and IPA, Stone IPA. Many Bell's items, and tons of BMC, Corona, New Belgium. Bomber aisle was a little better. Trappist, Stone, Ommegang, and what I finally bought, "Seeing Double"


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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Newton Farms is tucked inside a fancy outdoor shopping center of sorts right in the middle of Kiawah Island & Seabrook Island. This place has quite the Whole Foods feel with made-to-order pizzas, big wine dept and nice meats. The beer can be found on the left-side of the building, with the bigger bottles coming up first. Some highlights- Sculpin ($9.99), Bear Republic, Cascade Kriek ($19.99). Walk around the other side and there is even more in the cold section, with a few warm displays. Bell's, Stone, Ballast Point, DFH, Sweetwater, Terrapin and so on. Very impressive.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%

I've stopped here twice since we got here, and can I just say... wow. To have a selection like this so close to a vacation spot is just awesome. This is a must stop if you're anywhere near Kiawah.

First off, the beer is divided into sixers and bombers, both in separate (but both refrigerated) sections. There are a few scattered beers in a nice display near there as well. I personally had no issue with dating on the beers I got, and ensuring that 90% of the beer selection is constantly refrigerated is better than you'll get in most beer stores.

Service is phenomenal - I posted about heading to Kiawah in the South Atlantic forums, and Sean was very informative about what they had that I may be interested in. He actually went so far as to look at some of my other posts and custom order a case of beer that I'm a huge fan of and that I can't get in Tennessee (Reissdorf Kolsch), which is just going totally above and beyond. Thanks, Sean!

As for selection, what's to say? Ballast Point Sculpin and Victory at Sea, Bruery Hottenroth and 2 Turtle Doves, COAST, Allagash, Smuttynose, Full Sail, Stone, RJ Rockers, Sweetwater Dank Tank - if you can get it in SC, they probably have it. It may not quite be on par with Charleston Beer Exchange (hitting them tomorrow), but this is a fantastic gem of a shop in its own right. I honestly couldn't ask for anything more.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

I have vacationed on Kiawah Island for over ten years now. (Every 4th of July) Over the past couple of years the beer selection at Newton Farms has become down right impressive. I see some of the other reviews say that's it's impressive "for a grocery store" I respectfully disagree. It's very impressive... PERIOD.. Beer store, Liquor store, whatever. I had the pleasure this year of meeting Sean, their beverage manager and it's easy to see why this store is so impressive. Sean has a great understanding of craft beer and takes great pride in picking the right beers for his section. Additionally, Sean does a great job of merchandising beer through the entire store.

Founder's, Stoudt's, Bell's, Allagash, Bear Republic, Unibroue, Terrapin, Duck Rabbit, Ballast Point, New Belgium, New Holland, etc, etc. Also a excellent selection of imports.

I was absolutely shocked to see a row of Ballast Point Sculpin on the shelf that Sean indicated that they just received. Needless to say, it is now the mainstay of my vacation.

Pricing is interesting, some things are a bit more, as it's an expensive store to begin with, but there are some prices that are great. The Sculpin is only $9.99 when I mostly have seen it at $12.99. Bear Republic are about $4.69.... total bargain. I am quite excited to make my daily trip to the store while on vacation. Selecting a couple new brews to sample has been quite fun. Great job. Keep up the good work Sean!

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Photo of jpro
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

Newton Farms is a dressed up Piggly Wiggly between Kiawah and Seabrook. Why the "Newton Farms" name, you ask... well, apparently the Kiawah folk don't want to associate themselves with such riff-raff as Piggly Wiggly and feel better if their store has a different name and a cozier atmosphere. Anyway, the beer selection is pretty good - and has improved dramatically over the past several months. Bombers galore: Stone, Bear Republic, Hoppin Frog, Moylan's, etc. Pretty good selection of 6-er's, too. My only advice, as alluded to below, is to be sure to check the "bottled-on" date - I'm not sure how much inventory these guys move, and its always wise to be sure of freshness when buying from a grocery store. Prices are about average - maybe a little higher. Basically, everything in the store is a little pricier as they are dealing mostly with tourists and there is no other grocery store that's nearby.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%

Newton Farms' beer selection is very respectable for a grocery store. I honestly couldn't believe the stuff they were carrying. It was a good sign when I came upon a big display of Sierra Nevada ESB and Bigfoot. Being in a hurry at the time, I can't recall all that was available, but was stood out most was the impressive array of bombers...Bear Republic and Great Divide were amongst them.

Now my only gripe is that the six-pack of Victory HopDevil I bought had a 'drink by' date of more than seven months prior. If I wasn't in such a hurry, I could have seen that before buying it, but I didn't and I was $12 the poorer. So, buyer beware: there may be other beers in there past their prime.

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Photo of beerbyrd
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

I was amazed at the selection that I saw at Newton Farms. The Charleston area definitely has a supermarket to be proud of. Just the atmosphere itself was enough to make you want to buy something. When I came across the beer section, I was shocked to see some of the varieties they carried. Just a few to mention:
1.Youngs Double Chocolate Stout
2. Flensburger
3. Satan Beer
4. Boulder brewery beers
5. Baltika
6. Duvel
and many more.
If you are like me and love a good selection to choose from and you happen to be in the area, it would be to your advantage to stop by and check them out. If you don't know what your looking for then ask for the Co-Manager. He is very knowledgeable about the beer he carries.
I definitely took notes and incorporated them into my beer set here in Myrtle Beach.

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Photo of umhurricanes
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%

By far the best beer selection in the Charleston area. With the new High Gravity law now in effect in South Carolina, Newton Farms has stepped up to plate and totally took off with the new varieties now offered, and also added many more Micro brews to their selection.

Their prices were very competitive with other grocery stores and lower than the little specialty shops that are located downtown. On sale they had:

Flying Dog 6 packs at $7.99
A huge end cap of the local brew Palmetto at $7.99
Rogue Imperials (high Grav/750's) at $14.99
Weishenstephanier Korbinian 16 oz. $3.99
Omegang and Chimay Gift packs
Blanche de Bruxelles 4 packs $9.99
Young's Double Chocolate Stout 4 packs $7.99
Ayinger 750's (couldn't remember price)
and a few more that I couldn't remember...

As far as help, I didn't need any, however one of the managers and a beer vendor were busy building a small Duvel display and large Sierra Nevada stack on the floor so there was help if needed.

Again the selection was the best I've seen in Charleston and one of the best I've seen all together. They had about 5 cooler doors for micros, 8 cooler doors for imports,and 5 doors for macros (for the large golf crowds). Two end-cap dedicated to High Gravity with about 50 varieties and then a large 10 foot refrigerated service cooler with probably 150-200 different types of singles to choose from. Singles were all Imports with a nice variety of American Micros.

The rest of the store is awesome as well. It is like a smaller version of Wegmans, but with a Charleston Flare! Great Cheese and Wine department as well.

Forgot to ad that I took home a 6 pack of Stoudts, 750 of Allagash Curieux, 750 Bear Republic Hot Rod Rye, and a 16 oz Westmalle.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Was in the area so I decided to stop by and check this place out and pick up some beer for the hotel room. A very nice place. Nice and posh and clean and very well kept. I wish I had one of these in my neighborhood. The beer selection was decent. They had Rogue Santas Reserve in 22oz bottles for $5 or six packs for $10. I ahd never seen Santas in 12oz sixer before. Service was basically non existent. The prices were pretty reasonable. Most sixers about $7. Equal cooler space for macros and micros alike. Not bad if in the area.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Well, basically this is a "ritzied" up version of Piggly Wiggly. It was opened by Buzzy Newton, who runs all the Piggly Wigglies down here. It's right in between Kiawah and Seabrook Island's, which are notorious playgrounds for pretty much any movie star you can think of, so you know the prices are going to be higher. Is the quality of product any better out there? For the most part, it's lots of organic stuff, with higher end products as well. It has a total corner of the store, dedicated to wine, complete with a guide person, hardwood floors, different lighting, and a selection that most anyone would envy. The beer is on the other side of the store, intertwined with other things, like most grocery stores. Pretty much, wine is the star here, with beer being the ugly stepchild. With that said, it did infact have a good selection of crafts and imports. Don't think it was as good as the one on James Island, but it's fairly close. If you stay out there on a honeymoon, which a ton of American's do, go check it out. It's well worth the "trip" out there to see what they have. Oh, and the chance that you might get to see Paris Hilton makes it worth it too!

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Newton Farms in Kiawah Island, SC
Place rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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