Large place with a bit more character than your average big brewpub. Sme brewery equipment in the center, but most is behind the bar. Six beers on tap when I visited, available in a taster flight. All were mediocre except the wheat, which was not good. Food was very tasty though. Prices typical for the downtown area.
First stop in town on the way down to Tampa for RBWG. This is probably not the best place to choose if you want to taste the best beer that Charleston has to offer but it advertised BBQ and I needed to tick some BBQ in every state, so this is what we did for lunch. Beautiful area and parking wasnít too terrible, but the beer and service were not very good, and the food portions were a bit small for what we paid. The layout of the building was kind of neat though. The brewery is in the middle of the room enclosed by glass or plexiglass. There are tables surrounding it on each of the three floors. We sat at the bar off to the one side of the ground floor.
There were 7 beers on tap during our visit. 5 were year round and 2 were seasonal (IPA and chocolate milk stout). As mentioned before, all pretty meh. The food was pretty good but they brought out half the food first and said the rest was coming. That wouldnít be bad if they brought the rest out a couple minutes later but it took a good 10-15 minutes. I guess the moral of the story here is donít eat here if youíre in a hurry. Also, donít expect amazing beer here.
Really a cool looking building from the outside. Cool, old brick structure and three stories tall. Inside they have a glass elevator which is also neat. The entry way to the restaurant felt a bit like a hotel lobby, though.
It was close to closing time when I wandered in on a Monday, so not much going on. In fact, I was the only patron there. Despite that, the service was pretty lackluster. The lady working the bar seemed more concerned about just hanging out away from the bar. Oh well... She seemed nice enough when she was actually around.
Didnít eat here. Beers were mostly not good. The seasonals were okay, but probably wouldnít order them again. Probably wouldnít come here again either.
A very large brewpub in an old grocery store. Itís arranged over three floors and the brew kit rises through the centre like a set of gigantic cathedral organ pipes. They had six of their own beers on offer with samplers available. The beers werenít particularly exciting but they were perfectly OK and the food was quite good.
(Visited 16 February 2014).
This brewpub is in an old Historic building one block from the Atlantic Ocean in Charleston, very picturesque. Huge celings between the floors. The brewery is the center of the restaurant with tables all around the glass enclosure. An antique elevator assists the brewer in his chores. The food is excellent and the price is very reasonable. You can sample the eight current brews, served well chilled.
A great disappointment. the flawed beers matched the flawed service. Ordered two pints, and one was undrinkable, was basically a pint of pure diacetyl. The barkeep never noticed the untouched pint and never cared to ask about it. Couldnít wait to leave. Twas sad.
Visited April 2007, stopping by for a few beers during the happy hour timeframe. This is a cool building with a lot of potential (three story brick with atrium sky light and mash tun in the center). Our bartender was nice enough, but all else was below average ... the beers were lackluster and we found the place a bit "grungy". Didnít try the food but this was one of the few places that wasnít packed in Charleston that afternoon, so maybe that was a sign.
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2009| Updated February 6, 2009
Ack! Disinterested staff. The beer was terrible (diacetyl and more). Honestly, we couldnít get out of here fast enough and that almost never happens at a brewpub. Truly, they are squandering a beautiful building (where the atmosphere point comes from).
Nice location in historic downtown. The building is very open inside and has a nice, though typical, "bar ambiance". The tables are all covered in large sheets of white paper and crayons are provided. This provides for much drunken entertainment. The beer was up to par, but nothing extraordinary. Definitely worth a stop, if in the area.
Drake (701) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 24, 2012| Updated April 26, 2012
I am not a fan of this place. On the bright side, I did eat and the food was good. That was about the only good part however. Parking is on the street or in a garage a block away. The bartender was not very good at her job. She showed displeasure at my order and show me little attention. The place doesnít train their employees well enough so it may not be entirely her fault. As evidence I watched her basically pour a gallon and a half of beer down the drain trying to fill a growler. Prices were too high. The beers... well... I thought the first beer I tried was pretty good. It was a Budweiser clone and it was the best I had. Enough said. There are some changes afoot here as they have apparently recently changed the beer menu. The beers in the RB database that have 30 or 40 ratings each were nowhere to be found when I visited, but they did have "long time favorites" on tap that only have one rating here. On the beer board I assume they mean "brewed on" actually means "tapped on" or else one of the beers I had today was brewed yesterday. Itís in the French Quarter of Charleston so it will exude ambiance, but the place inside, well, the word that occurred to me at the time was unkempt. It is close to Charleston Beer Exchange so it has that going for it.