Tiny store, jam packed with beer and people when I visited during Beervana. Despite the crowds, staff went out of their way to help everyone, gave good advice, and went above and beyond. Top notch selection. Best for miles around.
Being one of the more well regarded bottle shops in the region, I had to stop in. Close to a number of cool sites in the downtown Charleston area, so you may very well be near here anyway...might as well stop in.
This shop is pretty tiny, but they do a lot with the space. Singles available, mixed sixers, plenty of larger sized bottles as well. And growlers to go. Selection is certainly focused on local/regional beers and breweries, but lots of good imports from all over Europe and some Asian offerings as well. All the big boys from the East Coast, too. Good selection of all sorts of beers. A lot of stuff is out on shelves, but a good number of cold offerings, too. Perhaps one of my few knocks on the place.
Quite knowledgeable and helpful in terms of the staff and fair prices on everything.
A tiny shop with a great beer selection - local brews plus some of the best from Europe. I’m not a great shopper but this place is lovely and the service was friendly and knowledgeable.
(Visited 16 February 2014).
Visited on Wednesday 18/02/15 around 4pm.
Located downtown and around a 5 minute walk from the Souhend Brewery and Smokehouse, the Charleston Beer Exchange is a small shop in an old building on a side street heading towards the waterfront.
In addition to the bottles (looked like a good few hundred to me, but nowhere near 900 in my experience of things) there were also 10 tap lines for growler pours.
The selection was a good mix from around the world, US local, national, a shelf of Mikkeller beers, lots of De Molen, lambics (but no Cantillon for those searching), German etc etc.
Service was very friendly and they tried to find me a few CDA ticks to no avail!
Solid bottle shop and no doubting the best in the area but not in the world class bracket for me.
This place is incredible! no-nonsense bottle selection and a tap lineup for growlers, all jammed into a tiny space in the lovely historic district. A special keg is tapped each Tuesday for a tasting, and are super rare beers you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. We got the dregs of Allagash Fidelta. WTF? I’d move to Charleston just to make this my local store.
Did a mailorder of 24 beers all the way to Washington - arrived within a week all packed superbly. Selection is outstanding and the prices are very reasonable. Service is excellent and very speedy. Shipping was a little pricier than what I’ve paid in the past for the same amount. Overall, an outstanding selection, service and mailorder experience. Highly recommended.
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2009
Run by beer geeks for beer geeks. They had Allagash Fedalta on tap...go look that one up. So yes, this is a pretty damn good spot. Tuesday nights they tap a rare keg of something. Growler station is a nice touch. When visiting Charleston, come here first and get the lowdown on the area scene. You will need the help if you intend to find good beer in this town.
These guys make the most out of their small space. Tons of beer is in here, easily the best selection in the entire state. The rare keg Tuesday and Thursday is usually something very desirable from what I’ve seen on their website. We were lucky enough to pick up a growler of El Camino Unreal Ale. Mini kegs, pony kegs, basically anything in the entire store is for sale. I would personally have liked to have seen some more American micros, but that is just my personal tastes. For those who prefer Scandinavian or Belgian beer this place delivers big time. There were several imports available that I had never even seen before in person. Every beer is available as a single. Honestly, I don’t know what these guys can possibly do different to make this store better.
The bad... prices are a little high. There are 4 or 5 metered spots in front but parking could get sketchy. Um... that’s it. The good... everything else. This is a world class bottle shop. 9 taps and they fill bombers of some of the draft stuff so even if you missed it you may not have missed it. I find the selection to be tilted more towards the foreign selections, particularly Belgian and Scandinavian but with everything else represented as well. Local and American selections also. The selection is truly expansive. Easily three dozen Mikkeller beers just to name one brewery. The place is small and if there are more than a couple of people there you will be waiting to get places or bumping into people. This is good in my book as this means they are maximizing the space for beer. There were a few employees in there and they were all helpful as all heck, chatting with me, letting me know details about Brewvival, giving me recommendations about beer bars, and more. I spent a hundred here. I could have easily spent a thousand if I had the means. This is the kind of place worth driving hours out of your way for.
A much smaller store than I anticipated. The location’s in an awesome spot right near the water, and I’d imagine the rent’s pretty high. There’s a decent amount of local stuff from the likes of Westbrook. Evil Twin naturally features pretty heavily too. Plenty of offerings from Against The Grain and Jester King were available too. I assume this is has to do with their connection to Brewvival. As others have mentioned, a relatively large amount of space is dedicated to European stuff. There’s also a growler station that did pours of mostly local brews. Service was friendly, prices weren’t bad. Overall, definitely worth a stop.