Folly Beach Brewing Co.

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

34 Center St, PO Box 1488
Folly Beach, South Carolina, 29439-1488
United States

(843) 588-0095

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Brewpub and beer bar.

Added by whitekiboko on 07-05-2008

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by kylehay2004:
Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I was disappointed that their house brews were unavailable. Otherwise, their bottle selection was very solid for a smaller establishment. The bartender was friendly and tried to see if ay of the brews were ready but unfortunately they were not. They seem to get new beers fairly frequently from what I was hearing from regulars. I felt the prices were about $1 a beer too high from what I see but the area seems busy so I imagine rent is high even for a small space. I live about 5 hours from here so I am afraid I missed out on the local brew. Overall, this is a solid craft beer establishment in a beach town.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jrmazzeo
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of DrMindbender
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Was closed by winter of 2013/14. Numbers are merely to be able to enter the comment. This website could use a 'closed?' button.

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; — vainly I had tried to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow — sorrow for the lost Lenore —
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore —
Nameless here for evermore.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of hannahleedavis_k9SAR
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Folly Beach Brew Pub has been one of my favorite Folly Beach stops since their opening several years ago. Andy and Will are fantastic and truly know their stuff. I spent many a night while I lived on James Island hanging out here watching surf videos.

I experienced so many new beers and always loved their home brews (even though they sometimes ran out before I made my way down there!). The atmosphere here is perfect and I love the way the crowd develops throughout the night. Get there early and grab a seat for some truly unique people watching.

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Photo of Gigantor
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

So as usual when I travel I try and search out any local breweries. I was fortunat eenough to find folly beach brewing company at the beach in charleston south carolina. This nano brewery was super cool, laid back and very freindly. Saddly since they were so small they did not have any of there own brews available at the time, but were well stocked with some exceptianal craft beers to chose from. The place was tiny and I think theye are only brewing with about a 30 gallon system. The brewer was there in the tap room area and when I had any question he told me to feel free to walk in the back and take a look around. The service was friendly and the price for pints were resonable. I ccant wait to go back and try one of there beers next time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

staying at the holiday in i could see the place from the door of my room you knew i was stopping in here at some point, i had too!

nice little place right on the strip with a really chill an laid back atmosphere. great selection of summer taps from bell's, oscar blues, dfh, but the damn house tap was empty that day, i really wanted to try something original too. oh well. not crowded at all in fact i was the only one in there for the 30 minutes i stayed, really very nice considering how crowded the beach was.

overall just a cool little beach bar right on the strip. a must stop if you are on the island.

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Photo of glid02
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here after going to a function farther down the strip.

Atmosphere is good. It's tight quarters inside with a bar to the left and some seating and bandstand to the right. There's also a cooler tucked in the back right corner that has some beer available for on-premise consumption and to go. The tap list is written on a chalkboard and there's a TV on the left side of the bar. There's also a good deal of outdoor seating, good for people watching up front. There's also the uneven sidewalk out front to the right that made more than a few people awkwardly trip.

Quality is good. I saw only pint glasses being served but none of the beers called for any specialty glassware. The beer's served at a good temperature with a good amount of head.

Service is also good. I didn't have to wait long to order beer and had no other issues.

Selection is solid. They have about eight guest taps and one house-brewed selection. Not a macro on the list.

Value is good. Beers were priced fair for the area, I think my two House IPA's and ST Pale were $18 with tax and tip.

Overall this was a nice surprise. A laid back place (even with the band playing) with a bunch of friendly regulars. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This is a gem of a place, right on the main drag and just a few blocks from the beach. It's really small - about 6 seats at the bar and three small tables on the right side of the room, and a couple picnic tables outside. The coziness of the physical space is in contrast, happily, with the expansiveness of the beer list: 6 taps (I remember they had ST Iniquity, Bell's Oberon, a couple Carolina offerings, and a couple more I can't remember - nothing bad, and a good mix of styles), as well as a great bottle list (~50) encompassing different sized bottles from just about every major beer style, all either craft of high-quality imports. I had a Weyerbacher Heresy, a Founder's Red RyePA, and split a bomber of ST Unearthly DIPA - all tasty and served with clean, appropriate glassware. The service was prompt and friendly, and the prices were about what I would have expected (i.e., $5-7 for a pint, $4-5 for a 12oz bottle, and around $10 for a bomber). No happy hours from what I could tell, but they do offer a 25% discount on beer to go - and they'll give you a plastic cup for the beach. Definitely a great place for a BA at the beach.

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Photo of brianzehner
4.2/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I really enjoyed the small size of this place. Only room for about 8-10 at the bar along with a couple small tables inside and outside. I liked the concept of 4 guys that enjoy brewing and good beer opening a small place together. From what we were told, the food offered (one or two items) comes from the deli next door or is brought in from somewhere else. They seemed fine with you bringing in take-out from other locations. Reminded me of a small scale version of Big Boss in Raleigh. I'll definitely be back.

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Photo of mikey711
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Was down on Folly over the weekend and had the chance to stop in for an afternoon beer. It is a very small bar and facility, but that didn't deter from the atmosphere. The bartender was very nice and knowledgeable. The selection is the best in the area and has bottles to go. They seem to get a limited supply of beer, but rotate it as frequently as possible. Only 5 or 6 taps, but I was happy that Foothills Seeing Double IPA was on tap being that I'm from the north. If you are ever on folly beach it's worth stopping by and I would definately go back again in the future

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Photo of psujmatt
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was very excited to find this place on my recent vacation to Folly Beach (June 19-21, 2009). The beer selection was superb for a place located a five minute walk from the beach front. The beer list included 30-40 bottles in a broad range of categories, nearly all of which were imports, specialty brews, or micro brews.

The establishment is quite small, about 8 bar stools and a small table inside and some picnic tables out front. I loved the atmosphere though...perfect for a small beach town get-away watering hole! The second time we went there was a duo playing music inside, and the volume was very appropriate and it was quite enjoyable.

If the place is full, no worries, because they offer "to go" service as well for all bottles at a discount (either 20 or 25%, I can't remember). The second time we got some bottles to go, the bartender provided us some plastic cups for beach use as well as an extra bottle opener to borrow for a few hours. Can't get any better service than that!

I've noted that the prices were reasonable, which they definitely were for a vacation destination. I'm not familiar with the normal beer prices in SC, but the "to go" prices were in line with what I'm used to paying in Austin, TX, and the "drink in" prices seemed low, which was great!

Here is a list of the beers that I tried:
--Orange Blossom Pilsner (on tap)
--Avery The Reverend
--Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Beer
--Allagash White
--Schneider Weisse
--3 Monts Grande Reserve Special Ale

They also had Chimay Blue, Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Hennepin, Piraat Ale, Petrus, at least 5-6 IPAs, two ESBs, a few stout/porters, and some other good ones! I'm sure the selection changes, but this should help you see the variety/quality.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The day I went, they didn't happen to have any of their own beers on, otherwise, as a beer bar, it was pretty good, easily the best at Folly Beach, the best for quite a few miles in any direction. It was a nice little bar, maybe 10-12 seats, and a few tables, 6 taps and a decent bottle list, a cooler with beer to go. It's small enough that you can hear anything that anyone says, and it doesn't seem to attract too many outsiders (tourists) if that's what you're looking for. They really have the best beers around, and all that was on tap was good - I had Bear Republic Racer 5 and Foothills Seeing Double. A good bottle list: import, crafts, nothing macro (if you're against it). The service was decent, better than average, but not perfect. It's hard to be slow when you only have so few to wait on at a time. The selection certainly wasn't endless, but it was certainly good enough, 3-4 for each style, nothing incredibly rare or elusive, but no bit amount of standouts. No food as far as I know. I'd like to go back to see what they're making. Too bad I missed it. An interesting place, and worth a visit if you're in the area (it's the best you've got as a BA).

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Had lunch at the Folly Beach Crab Shack next door, as I always do when in Charleston, and decided to walk next door and check things out.

This is a really tiny pace. The bar has about 5 seats or so and there are three bar height tables along the wall. Very cozy.

The place had just opened up and nobody was there but this must be an awesome place to go in the afternoon or on a summer day.

For the area, the selection is unbeatable. They had five drafts and about 40 or so bottle offerings. Much better selection in Chas but certainly nothing to sneeze about, especially in Folly.

The bartender was also the brewer and said they would have some of their own beer available in about a week or so: they were looking to do an APA and a winter warmer. Should be exciting to get those new beers.

I will definitely be back to check if they have their own beer in a month or so.

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Photo of md655321
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

By far the best beer place on Folly Beach, or anywhere near it in fact.

Very small, feels like you are hanging out in someone's living room. Service is so good I saw the bartender produce a Coors Light from the back for a friend who came in. It was certainly NOT on the menu.

The selection is great. Only 3 taps though, but its hard to argue with Saison DuPont, Brooklyn Lager, and Racer 5 for quality and diversity. Bottles of pretty much any SC available company although not necessarily the entire line.

Looking forward to when they start brewing their own (they have six taps total they can use.)

No food available, but there are some peanuts on the bar.

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Photo of Berritoi
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

My fiance and I came from the DC area to visit Folly Beach for a friend's wedding the weekend of Aug 8. Driving through, we saw the sign for Folly Beach Brewing Co and decided to park and check it out. The place wasn't scheduled to open for another 30 minutes but we stood at the door to read their beer list anyway. One of the owners walked up a minute later and was kind enough to let us in early and serve us.

The place is small, in a cozy, neighborhood bar sort of way. For such a small and young establishment, the beer selection was impressive: about 30-40 bottled and 3 on tap (Ellie's Brown, Saison Dupont and one that I can't remember.) We chatted with the owner for a bit about beer, the Charleston area, etc.

It was a great way to end off our first trip to South Carolina. I'd like to go back once they start serving their own beer.

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Photo of RDTejas
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We went to Folly Beach to visit friends for about 5 days. The first thing I asked our hosts was if there were any good places for beer. They said no! As we were strolling through town we stumbled upon the Folly Beach Brewing Company. They had only been open a couple of months and didn't even have their own brew on tap yet. They did have a good selection of micro brews and Belgians available to drink there or for take out. I would say they had about 25 beers to choose from, not too bad considering it was a pretty small place with a capacity of 30 inside and two small sitting areas outside. Needless to say, I stopped there everyday and picked about a good assortment of beers to drink throughout the day while my friends drank their Miller Lite and Corona.

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