Southend Brewery and Smokehouse (Charleston) | Charleston, South Carolina
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Southend Brewery and Smokehouse (Charleston)
Above Average based on 44 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

161 East Bay St.
Charleston, South Carolina United States 29401 [ print map ]
843 853 4677 | facebook | twitter

Hours: bar: 11:30 AM - 2 AM seven days

Mayor: Cletus (1) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 0

Southend Brewery and Smokehouse (Charleston)

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Beer Available At Southend Brewery and Smokehouse (Charleston) (arranged by most recent)
Southend Seasonal ESB , Southend & Smokehouse Golden Summer Ale , Southend Pictís Stout 38, Southend Rip Tide Red 32, Southend Castle Pinkney Pale Ale 33, Southend Watch it Grow Wheat 27, Southend Love Me Two Times Blonde 40, Southend Bombay Pale Ale 41
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44 reviews for Southend Brewery and Smokehouse (Charleston)
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  65%
 Selection  51%
 Food  71%
 Value  63%
 Overall  56%
 Rating  62%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 2/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 7/20
gonzo46and2  (7) Tampa, Florida | May 27, 2008
Visiting my mother for motherís day in South Carolina and we went to Charleston to get out of the country for some adventure. She knows Iím a big fan of craft beer and I told her I wanted to sample something local. We initially headed to Tedís Butcher block and really liked Ted. He had a unique selection of beer but nothing local. He mentioned that the local Coast beer goes fast. All in all I liked Tedís a lot. We looked around a bit and found Southend Brewery and Smokehouse. I was very excited to see a brew pub and we got a table for dinner. I got a sample paddle with 8 5oz offerings. A pale ale, blonde, weizen, two red ales, a porter and an oatmeal stout. The pale ale and porter had a very strange taste like contaminated yeast or soap left in the tank. Didnít finish those. The weizen was bland. All of the samples were very watery. The only beer that was OK was the oatmeal stout. Hardly any hop taste to any of the beers. Very low quality. I would never drink there again. The only silver lining was the food. My barbeque chicken pizza with smoked gouda was fantastic. Other than that, very disappointing. I disliked the beer so much that I asked for whatever else was available in the bottle and the reply was BUD and BUD LIGHT. Thatís not a place that cares about beer drinkers. The Tampa Bay Brewing company has their own beer offerrings (which are fantastic) and a wide selection of bottles.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
tronraner  (109) Walland, Tennessee | January 28, 2008
Large, restaurant-feeling brewpub with multiple stories. Upstairs is much more bar-like. Either way, the service is pretty good and the food is satisfying. The beers can be hit or miss, but they arenít horrible. Downstairs in the restaurant they cover the tables with paper and give you crayons, which is really awesome after a few beers.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
jobyone  (15) Charlotte, | November 12, 2007
Been Going here for a bout 10 years when I get a chance. I love the building. The food is decent. The chocolate cobber is to die for. But this is a beer reveiw and they are at best average. Only had 5 on draft at last visit. Did not have a seasonal and beers only average. Shame really but I have come to expect no less in South Carolina when it comes to beer.
Braudog  (782) Phoenix, Arizona | April 25, 2007
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
JonR888710  (1) Cochabamba, Bolivia | March 27, 2007
Nice atmosphere. Beers are limited to 8 house beers on tap, and none are very good (nearby Palmetto Brewery is much better). The place was nearly empty at 8pm on a Thursday but they made us wait 10 minutes for a table (either not enough wait staff or wanted us to use the bar). Pizza is great, wings were very dry. When she brought my glass of water, there was a weird plastic ring floating in it. She took it, brought back a new glass and never said anything about it. At 9pm people of all ages fancifully dressed arrived and began salsa dancing. After living in South America for nearly a year, I was very impressed with how this small southern city could dance salsa. Charleston has some great people! Definitely give this place a try on a Thursday night, so at least if the food and beer arenít great, the people and the dancing will be.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie  (112) Georgia | February 27, 2007
Renovated 3 story warehouse in the Downtown Historic District of Charleston. Beautiful visible beams of an original structure. Brick and woodwork. Large windows that open out to the street on nice days. Copper tanks visible from the sidewalk. The offer a sampler of 8 5oz. beers. The keep 8 beers on tap at a time. The staff were helpful, comparing each style they offered to its mass market style. A random waitress saw me taking rating notes and asked about my favorite one so far. They all seemed very knowledgeable of good beer, real ale. Thatís great for a city that restricts to 6% ABV. Kid friendly as well.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Decanthas  (8) Georgia | February 11, 2007
Attentive service; server was a little overbearing, but attentive. Dining room is a little too open, but the higher floors looked better. Pizza was great, but not that much better than bar food although much more expensive. Server staff could be more knowledgeable of Brewery, and the restaurant could play up the brewery more. The actually brewery is a 10-12BBL system in the center of an open building w/ an awesome antique but operational elevator in the middle of an aesthetic brewhouse w/ visible fermenters and tanks. Some beers were outstanding, while most were mediocre at best--probably due to a new brewmaster. I would be interested in re-visiting this brewpub in the future.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
SJM620  (5) Tennessee | December 20, 2006
Everytime I go to Charleston, I visit this place. Personallly I am partial to my hometown brewery, but I do like this placeís beer. I have friends who live in Charleston and I introduced them to this brewery. The porter is definately the best.
muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | April 26, 2006
Visited April 17 2006 in the afternoon. The huge, warehouse-like room was very quiet and sparsely populated, which made the smoking of many of the patrons easy to avoid. Did not try the food, though other patronsí plates looked good, and I just did the sampler round and left so donít have much to say about the service other than, efficient enough. The beer...overall not very good, though mostly clean and without a lot of flaws. Most were just fairly bland and thin, and most seemed unbalanced, too dry or too thin. Oatmeal stout was the best, but as it is I wouldnít come back here for the beer without a lot of improvement.
decaturstevo  (143) decatur, Tennessee | April 17, 2006
They had 8 house brews to choose from. They were packed on a Friday night. Service wasnít a problem but the bartenders were strapped to just serve everyone. They did talk when the had the chance and knew some about the brews. They also had live music that started at 9pm. Decent place with real good beer.

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