Ted's Butcherblock

Ted's ButcherblockTed's Butcherblock
Ted's ButcherblockTed's Butcherblock
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

334 E Bay St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-1592
United States

(843) 577-0094 | map

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 18
Photo of heatmiser
2.15/5  rDev -47.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on vacation after reading reviews about the great beer selection here. I'm not sure if those BA's went some where else, but the beer selection at Ted's was pretty pathetic. There was maybe 15 beers in single bottles. Nothing rare or impressive. The Harris teeter down the street has a better selection. If you really want a good bottle shop, check out Charleston Beer Exchange about 10 blocks down East Bay Street.

The service was about impressive as the beer selection also. Don't stop in here if you are in a hurry. We looked around for a few minutes and then ordered some salami to go. We were in the store for almost a half hour. There were 5 employees and no one doing anything to help us. Unfriendly and slow as hell.

However, the food we tried was fantastic. Hungarian salami, English cheddar, and olives stuffed with blue cheese were all amazing. I would recommend this place for food and even wine over beer any day of the week.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5

This place no doubt is a butcher shop first, wine store second and beer store third.
Fairly large, roomy place with tables set around the butcher counter. On the left side was a cooler with their beer in it. Guessing in total approx. twenty different kinds, but all good. Nothing run of the mill. Half were rarer imports.
Service was outstanding, met and chatted with Ted himself and he was quite personable and accomodating.
Not a place to sit a session a bunch of beers, but a good place to have a couple, maybe a fresh sandwich and relax.

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Photo of Loki
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

What a fantastic place. What a butchershop/deli should be. While there is a better primary beer store in Charleston, the selection is great and if you need meats, cheeses, or wine I can't imagine a better place to go.

The atmosphere was very laid back and yet very forward at the same time. Or maybe it was very traditional, I think you could argue either way. There were people in the store buying beer, meat, and other things. One couple was buying eggs and Maredsous for what looked to be the start of a fantastic brunch.

While the selection was not mind blowing, there were few beers they carried that I do no normally drink. And if the plans weren't to go to the Charleston Beer Exchange immediately after I would have bought my beer here. The quality of all the items was very high, only good imports and craft beers available here.

The quality of the food was first rate. From the great beef jerky to the fantastic artisan cheeses to the cured meats (so of which I had never seen or heard of) to the sweetbread to the Wagyu beef. Oh and they had a good wine selection as well.

Overall a great place and I wish I had one where I live.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I stopped in here early one afternoon the day before I left town. I had been walking around for a few nights, but had never stumbled into the place, so I waited till daylight to be able to find it write. Nice little store here, reminded me of a place back home in Jersey I used to go to. Ordered up a nice lunch here and sat down with a smuttynose to eat. Place I could tell would be a little packed later in the day but it was well served right now. Overall a very solid stop I was glad that i could make, wish I could come for one of their events

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Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was the sixth and final stop on my city tour. Came in here for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon. It looks like a butcher shop, cheese store, wine cellar, and pasta bar all rolled into one. Not really a bar atmosphere, but a step above a normal gourmet food store. All of the food here looked good. I'd shop/eat here all the time if I could. You order from the person behind the counter, and the staff behind her prepares the food. When you walk in, to your left, is two coolers. One was filled with six packs to go, and the other with singles that you can drink with your meal. There are only about 4 tables in this place, so I am glad that I beat the local lunch rush. The beer selection here was pretty good, lots of craft beers and a few Belgians. I ordered a homemade sausage and sauerkraut sandwich, with spicy mustard on cibatta bread, and had a Founder's Breakfast Stout. Since it was 11:45 am or so, it was kinda like brunch I guess. Sandwich $8 and beer $4 was a decent priced meal. I can see how this place would be a foodie/gourmand/beer lover's paradise. A very unique establishment. Plus, bonus points for spotting the stack of BA mags on the counter.

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Photo of YankChef
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Ted's Butcherblock is sort of a novelty in CHarelston and certainly one of if not the only place of its kind. They sell high grade meats and cheeses and what not and everything is also very high quality. They also serve prepared food in various forms like panini's and sandwiches and prepared salads and the like.

There is a very nice selection of wine too, yea there I said it. Just saying some of us don't only drink beer. The beer selection is very compact but very, very interesting. THere is some stuff you can get here that would be difficult to find anywhere let alone the state of South Carolina. I have seen aventinus, oaked yeti, old ruffian, de proef limited editions, kasteel, Also various limited belgians that I am not terribly familiar with.

THe beer guy is apparently awesome but ive never met him and just by looking at his selections he has damn good taste. Biggest downside to this place only open 7-7 Tues-Saturday and I usually have sunday monday off so that is a big time minus in my book.

THat food rating is for the prepared food, not for their meats and what not, all of the ingredients they sell to make your own food are outstanding and if you have the cash by all means it is probably one of if not the best place in this area to go for meats and cheeses.

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Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

atmosphere: a very cool butcher/cheese/sandwich shop with a well-considered and comfortable layout, very inviting to sharing a beer and taking it all in, plenty of unusual items to check out while waiting for your food, a fabulous selection of cheese, meats, and other specialties...venison, quail, frog legs, fresh local pastas, homemade biscuits...

quality: no complaints here, the beers seemed to be well cared for

service: quick, pleasant, and helpful

selection: what the selection lacks in number is made up for in quality, very solid range of beers to be had, some that I hadn't been able to find in NC, no prices on the beers but I assume that's an aesthetic thing

food: ate here twice, having both the New Orleans Style and Pulled Pork panini...both were very good, but the Pulled Pork was excellent, side was Gruyere mac and cheese

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I made my trip into Charleston to check if Ted had any local beer from the COAST brewery or any of the other local microbrews. I came up from Tampa, FL to visit family in SC. I was a little disappointed at first to find that he didn't have any local beer in stock but really enjoyed the selection of beer anyway. Very specialized beer selection as one reviewer said. Ted was very freindly and helped us out of towners find a dine in restaurant in the area and recommended a unique american/belgian hybrid signature brew that I took home with me. (It was very good too). The meats and cheeses looked and smelled great and there was some unique foodstuffs that was fun to browse. I especially liked the chocolate covered bacon candy bars by the register (The idea of them; no I didn't try one.) I will definitely visit Ted's if I'm in the area again.

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Photo of JoshWow
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Ted's is an awesome shop with great staff and excellent service. They may not have the widest selection, but they have tons of really nice beers and I'd take that over a place that stocks every type of Sierra Nevada and Sam Adam's. They also are really good about getting new beers in, they had both Stoudt's and Lagunitas' beers in even though nowhere in Columbia has them available that I know of.

I went to Ted's to pick up some Coast beers and arrived about 1 minute past when they sold the last one, much to my dismay. I talked to Scott about where I could find some on tap since I had come down from Columbia and I'm not too familiar to the area, and he pointed me to a couple places where I could find it and he even went so far as to sell me a bottle of Blackbeerd from his private stash cause he felt bad that I had come from so far and not been able to get any. You just don't get better service than that.

Overall while they may not have every beer under the sun they have tons of great beers, really good service and their prices are very reasonable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I didnt know how to rate this place as this is one of those hybrid places. I was immediately greeted when I walked in the door and was asked if I needed assistance, which I politely declined.

Smelled awesome in there. Plenty of cooked meat smells and other food type aromas.

Selection was a bit of a task:
As a beer bar, it was really great. They had about 20 or so different beer bottles avaiable in everything from Belgians to Southampton to Duck Rabbit and in all sizes.

As a beer store, the selection was less than impressive. They had really high quality beers but there just werent that many for a beer store. No BMC in sight was a help but the selection for a beer store wasnt up to par (Although very high quality), therefore, I gave a just above average overall selection rating.

Wasnt sure on price since nothing had a price on it but I would assume it is pricey since it is downtown Chas. Wouldnt mind having a beer in the cafe area but I think I would go elsewhere if I was taking multiple beers home.

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Photo of avalon07
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Ted's is a little place with a small but impressive selection of beers. There's a small group of beers sitting on a shelf against the wall as you walk in, as well as a cooler with other beers. Although there aren't that many beers it's a good selection. They have many German, Belgian and English beers. The place itself is clean and the staff very helpful. They also have a tasty lunch menu with sandwiches featured. Also, as the name implies, there's a wide and high-quality selection of meats.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have wanted to try this place for a long time since they both feature beer dinners and also they are great advocates of craft beer.

This place looks much like the high end international restaurant/deli that they are. As you walk in the beer is to the right and there is a long deli counter. I did not have the chance to try the food since I was on the way to a lunch meeting. I definitely will return to do so someday.

I rated them high on both selection and quality since they carry in date but hard to find beers for Charleston. I was able to find a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and finally get some more Aventinus Eisbock. However buys there beers definitely goes off the beaten path. Some rare finds.

As for service, the young college student knew almost nothing of beer. However, Scott makes it a point to be available on this site to answer questions and concerns. Also, he sponsors beer dinners and other craft beer functions.

Now, I rated them as very expensive. They do not have 6 pack prices. I love Weizenbocks and at 6 dollars each the Michael Plank was pricy, but worthwhile. But 36 dollars for a 6 pack??? I saw it at Frugal McDougals for 13.99 a six pack a few weeks ago.
Myself and many of my fellow Charleston BA's cellar beer. As such we hardly buy just one beer or even a mix 6 pack. We buy in bulk and share opinions. I have conservatively spent over 2000 on craft beer since the first of the year. A BA friend on here who buys more than me will not go here because of the 24 dollar 6 packs of Hibernation ale. He goes to Whole Foods wher it is significantly less. I truly believe the pricing will either make or break this place as a beer haven.

Update 12/27/07
I went by Ted's again since they were the only one's that had Terrapin Wake 'N' Bake in town. They now have 6 pack/4 pack/unit pricing and the pricing is MUCH MUCH better. I purchased the 4 packs at 11.00 each. I have previously purchased them elsewhere for 11.99. They are making a great effort to woo the craft beer scene. WELL WORTH THE VISIT.

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Photo of aleyeast
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3

11/26/07 Update: Six pack pricing is in place on solid six packs: Brooklyn BCS was $10 and Southhampton IPA was $10. Progress as promised.

Original Post: Alright, as a beer bar, the prices may not be bad, but this is not a beer bar, it is a butcher shop.

If you want to pick up a single or two, it isn't too bad. They do have a few beers that I had not seen in SC yet, Jolly Pumpkin, Nogne, and Plank. Plank was $5 and Nogne was $8 (I think) I had asked how much Great Divide Hibernation was and it would have been $4x6-20%, almost $20 for a sixpack, and Great Divide Fresh Hop was $9. These are pretty much bar prices and that is fine if that is what they are or want to be, but it can not be taken seriously as a retail shop until these items are addressed. I am not sure how they handle the wine, but if they charged restaurant prices for their retail wine, I am sure that would hurt.

I was told it was due to the high tax in SC, but we all know that is not true at 77 cents a gallon, that equates to about 7 cents a beer. I was also told they have a beer consultant that does all the ordering and he was not there. Not sure why you would need that with the limited retail operation, but so be it.

As for selection, it was rather limited in types and quantities, but like previously mentioned a few items I had not seen in SC yet, Scaldis (Bush) was also available in the four pack, I did not even ask about pricing on that.

On a side note, the food smelled very good.

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Photo of softcough
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Well, I must admit, I am shocked to be the first to review this place as it is, in my opinion, the finest beer purveying establishment in the Charleston area. It is located in a strip of stores/restaurants on East Bay Street. Ted's Butcherblock is somewhat of a hybrid beer destination. It is clearly a store, with beer and all other worlds of gourmet products available to purchase. However, it is also a cafe of sorts where one can sit and enjoy their beer, properly poured into a proper glass (upon request), and excellent food. Gourmet sandwiches (best in town) and an ever changing array of prepared food from their showcase are all available for both taking home and dining in.

The beer selection is not especially large, probably in the area of 50 to 60 offerings. Nonetheless, you can be sure that, at any time, those 50 to 60 beers are the absolute best of what is available. You will never see a macro here. Instead, expect to find fine beers such as Ommegang Three Philosophers, Scaldis, Aventinus, Hambletons Nightmare Porter, Westmalle, Orval, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti and Hercules Double IPA, Victory V12, and much more.

Everything is fresh, with as much as possible kept in their cooler. To judge the pricing depends on how you look at it. For a store, it is a little high but if you compare to bar/restaurant pricing it is a bargain. Furthermore, everything is available as singles and if you buy a mixed six pack you get 20% off. Buy a mixed case and they give you 25%. So, at that level, even for retail, the prices are quite fair.

They offer a five course beer dinner once a month. It is usually very inexpensive for the amount of great food and beer that you get. I have been to two of the these now and have been blown away by the quality of the whole event. Their beer manager discusses all five beers and the food pairing. He is very knowledgable and happy to talk to anyone about anything beer related.

If you are looking for the best craft beers in the Charleston area, this is the place. They've got the goods and they are passionate about it.

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Ted's Butcherblock in Charleston, SC
Place rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 18 ratings