The Charleston Beer Exchange

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The Charleston Beer ExchangeThe Charleston Beer Exchange
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

14 Exchange St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-2575
United States

(843) 577-5446 | map
www.charlestonbeerexchange.com

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Added by MarkSCCOT on 11-15-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
211
Avg:
4.71
pDev:
6.79%
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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I've heard about this place for years, but only stopped in recently. It was surprisingly small but with a fairly deep selection. Growler fill station in the back, nothing too wild though. Deep import selection with many very obscure Belgian/Danish/Italian stuff from Shelton and elsewhere. A lot of glassware, especially various Duvel tulips. Spotted a handful of traditional lambics from Tilquin, Lindemans, and Lambickx. Interesting local stuff up front opposite the register. Picked up something from Captain Lawrence and Birds Fly South.

Service was fine, the clerk was friendly and chatted with us about beer week stuff and the local brewery scene a little bit.

Overall it was definitely solid and worth checking out. I heard they will be moving closer to Edmund's Oast, so i'm anticipating good things with their new space.

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Photo of Reinmogard
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Charleston can almost single-handedly thanks CBX for bringing craft beer onto the retail scene. Great selection and knowledgeable staff. Have brought many beer geeks to this place and they all rave about the knowledge of the staff. it's a pretty tiny place, but they pack a large diversity of selection with the square footage they have. A place not to miss if you like beer and are in Charleston.

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Photo of StoutAar
4/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Been to Charleston many of times & every time I go downtown I try to get in the nearby parking garage just so I can hit this place while we are out & about. Stumbled upon this place the 1st time a few years back & it's worth stopping every trip. Small store, very good selection friendly & helpful staff.

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Photo of manbearpack
2.8/5  rDev -40.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

This was a place I was definitely looking forward to on a recent trip to Charleston, but it was pretty disappointing. I knew the shop was going to be small, but the selection was pretty bland. It's a very small place and it only took a few minutes to look around, a shelf in the front with local brews and a growler filling station in the middle. The selection was a bit random, a bunch of variety from a few random breweries and a small variety of other stuff. We tried asking one of the employees some questions, but he gave us a bit of an attitude with snarky answers. If you are within a few blocks check out it, but its not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of WarEagleJeep
2.73/5  rDev -42%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

Swung by 1145am on a Saturday and the open time is posted as 11am, but they were closed. Sign in the window said back at 12pm. We shrugged it off and killed some time walking around the waterfront. Came back at 1205pm and they were still closed. We gave up and got lunch, came back an hour later and fortunately they were open.

This place is tiny. The longest wall is full of dust covered Belgian bottles that I (and apparently others) had no interest in. All other styles were relegated to 2 stacks of shelves and a refrigerated section. I saw no sign or area for singles, so trying to be respectful I asked the shop keeper what their policy was on singles . He grunts at me "it's singles, just get what you want".

Overall I was very underwhelmed. I thought it was unprofessional to not open when you're supposed to and be later then the time you posted you'd return. The clerk was curt with us about the singles and the selection was not impressive. I saw on their online inventory they had Foothills Jade but there was none in stock. I'd probably return next time I'm in town since they are the only bottle shop in the area but I'm calling first to make sure they are open and I'm asking if they actually have what's posted online.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
2.41/5  rDev -48.8%
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 Rockjocknroll
4.47/5  rDev -5.1%
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 TheDoctor
4.57/5  rDev -3%
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 Kappakoosh
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
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 +2.3%
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 DoctorZombies
5/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Djm04f
4.92/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome place. Picked up a lot of local stuff and some others that aren't available in Florida (Allagash, Evil Twin, Full Steam). Sadly, one of the beers I bought (an IPA from Coast Brewing) had gone skunky. Other than that, perfect beer haul trip.

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Photo of kellyej
5/5  rDev +6.2%

Really great bottle shop that is well stocked with both beer and knowledgeable, friendly staff. I stopped in during a recent trip to Charleston and bought a bunch of beers that I can't get back home. Some of my favorite finds were: Tilquin gueuze, a couple Jolly Pumpkins, and a Rodenbach Caractere Rouge.

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev -9.8%

Charleston Beer Exchange is a tiny little shop on a side street that I nearly stumbled past until a friend pointed it out. The building looks like one of the first built in the city and a small square sign let's you know where you are. Although the store is small there's not a foot of wasted space. A shelf of NC/SC locals is the first to greet you as you enter. Past that is a small 5 or 6 tap growler station then the bank of coolers, 5 or 6 doors. The rest of Americas offerings are followed by Scandinavian, Belgian, German, English, and other imports in a small aisle.

As I said, there couldn't be better use of the space. The options are plentiful and the staff is quick to lend tips and thoughts, holding nothing back. The staff is helpful and fun to talk to. The prices are right in line with other places I stopped on my travels. The seasonal selection was stacked. I was very happy with my stop in, especially after hearing so much about them in the past, it lived up to expectations. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.82/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I had the opportunity to visit here while staying on Kiawah Island more Memorial Day weekend. If I lived in downtown Charleston, this would be my home away from home. The guy that was working there was very knowledgable, extremely friendly, and helpful. The store is very quaint, with an atmosphere that is hard to beat. I love that they also had a growler station, although I did not get anything. These guys also ship, which is a plus for someone who lives a few states away. I'm already planning my trip for next year and this place is my first stop when I get back!

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Photo of AmishLightning
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Wow, I found this place by complete accident while looking for parking on a Thursday night in Charleston. Why is everyone out and about on a Thursday I do not know. Anyway, I wasn't expecting much when I walked in but was really impressed by the selection. The imports were the most impressive part of the store. I believe they had every Trappist beer except for Westvleteren. I have never seen such an impressive selection from such a small store. The clerk who helped us was super friendly and nice. I have never seen a better collection of rare beers in my life. I have been to other stores that may have had more beers, but here at the Beer Exchange every inch of the store was packed with some of the hardest to find brews from the world. I picked up two specialty brews from Goose Island (Sofie and Pere Jacques) that I had never been able to find before; they were also at a great price. Overall, best beer store have been to thus far.

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Photo of a_damroy
4.19/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

This beer shop was a great place. However the gentlemen that was working had a horrible personality. When I asked about a local beer he replied with "we don't sell a bad beer". When I ask a question like this I expect a knowledgeable response, not some arrogant feedback. This really left me with a bad presumption of a place I have heard such great things about.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.46/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I travel on business to Charleston once every couple of years and I always seek this place out. Their inventory is always online and is fairly up to date. It's a very casual atmosphere. I did not realize until my visit today that you can buy single bottles out of six and four packs. Let's not forget that as I was browsing the Belgians I happened to notice that they had three varieties of Cantillon sitting on the shelve. I picked up some of the top 250 and some stuff by Westbrook and then asked for either a local IPA or Imperial Stout recommendation. I was told that Foothills Seeing Double IPA was a favorite and grabbed it quickly as this employee seemed to know his stuff based on the talk we had. I will definitely be back again. I can't think you will find better selection or service in Charleston.

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Photo of CharlotteEngnr
4.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

As others said, this is a jewel in the city of Charleston. I searched this place out after hearing about it from friends. I was not disappointed at all!!

The selection was great. Had stuff I couldn't find in my hometown of Charlotte and got some good recommendations from the staff.

I am planning my next trip to Charleston and will be sure to stop in here.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.3/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

if youre in charleston you need to go check this store out- its small but crammed full of beer the staff is really helpful. they also help organize some really cool and unique beer events in charleston. you should stop by if your in town. the beer exchange is a great place.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.87/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

While walking through Charleston, just happened to look down side street near the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon and there was a sign for this place. We weren't looking for a beer shop, but figured, nice break from a walk to check it out.

SO glad we did. As others have mentioned, the place is small, but the selection is great. I might give it a 5, but there were some standards I was used to I didn't see, but there was a decent local selection that replaced those, which is fine. I will also say, the selection really shines on the imports, to quote another review: "largest selection for such a small store."

When we were there, they happened to have a large Evil Twin selection (I got the impression the brewer had used a local brewery's facilities for some), including one we thought we might not see again.

We returned later to actually buy some beer, and were a little upset that we couldn't get more due to the transporting of them the rest of our vacation. We enjoyed Charleston, and will likely return, and will definitely return to this place when we do.

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Photo of KitesBeer
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was taking to this store by a local friend who wasnt kidding when he told me this was a world class spot. The customer service is incredible, they are very informative and one is consider a master beer something...he knows everything there is to know about beer i swear but he will be the first to admit he doesn't..but he does ;). IF you guys can make it out here i would 100% recommend it, huge selection of all types of beer, rare beers, growlers, etc.. if you want an amazing place to get some beers with a massive selection then you have came to the right place!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.39/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

So my only complaint, and I want to get it out of the way first because it's minor, is that this place is a little expensive but I'm sure it's b/c of the location and it seems that Charleston taxes are terribly high. Incredible selection in terms of quantity (700+) and quality (number not inflated with macros at all). Online list is mostly up to date and accurate, not from three months ago like some places, and perhaps the best part of my experience (other than being the only person in there b/c it is perhaps the smallest beer store I've been in that has a large selection of beer) was that I had a list and the guy just grabbed the beers for me and gave me some tips. Incredibly friendly and helpful, I will go here every time I am in the area and will recommend to anyone traveling to Charleston.

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Photo of Wrigfen
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What a great place with a world class selection. Convienently located the people there are super friendly and real knowledgeable. They are always running specials. I am very fortunate to live a short ride away. I know they do ship all over too. If you are ever in the area this is a must stop. If not to buy (which you will) just to look around. It is located in an old quaint Ckarlestonioan style building on a neat side street.

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Photo of bbristow
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

There’s nowhere else you should go for bottles and growlers in downtown Charleston. Period. The guys at the shop are the absolute best in the business. You might have an issue with parking as it is downtown and Charleston can get mighty packed. But, make it a point to go if you’re down that way. You’ll be glad you did. Amazing service and fantastic bottle selection. Also, 10 taps for growlers.

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