Went on a Thursday night and barely made it due to their short hours. The bar was busy all the way around but the service was very friendly and having a good time. They had 8 Westbrook taps, 3 Evil Twin, and 1 Stillwater since the last two also brew and bottle/can there. The brewery is huge and the tasting room is nice and clean. I will go here every time I’m in the area.
Westbrook is out off a service road in an industrial park area. They seem to have two fairly large aluminum shell type buildings next to each other, with some parking in between and next to both, with overflow parking on a gravel lot adjacent to their lots. We went shortly after opening on a rainy Tuesday and were surprised by the crowd. There isn’t a lot of seating for a fairly big room. The oval-shaped large bar in the middle takes up a lot of space. Service here is notoriously slow and unfriendly. Prices are fair overall, except for the absurd prices on the vintage bottle menu, with Mexican Cake vintages and variants ranging from $75-$1,000. There are some cans and bottles available to go, as well. They had about 10 house taps and 2 guests, both Evil Twin beers - which I guess technically aren’t really guest taps. It’s a snazzy place with good beer and definitely worth a visit if you’re anywhere in the Charleston area, but they could also tweak a few things to make it better.
appearance: Typical industrial park. Mid-sized tap room, decently-appointed. They made more of an effort than many breweries. service: It was fine. Friendly enough, but the bartenders seemed more interested in their phones than serving the customers. selection: A dozen taps, usually one guest tap. food: N/A. value: Not bad. overall: The star is the beer, and it mostly lived up to expectations. That said, this place might just be slightly overrated. I preferred the warmer, cozier, friendlier more *real* feeling Two Blokes, less than a mile away.
Visited with the family on a Thursday afternoon. Not necessarily a kid friendly place, though my boys did fine sitting with me at a high top. Located just off the interstate not too far from downtown Charleston or the airport. Located in a light industrial warehouse type area. The large brewery building houses a medium sized tasting room. 20 seats at the oval bar with maybe 10 or so high top tables. There is a small patio area out front though it’s not particularly well designed. The highlight here is the beer though, and the 12 Westbrook beers that were on spanned a broad range of styles and included a bunch of one-off and brand new beers. Also had 1 Evil Twin on. Beers are sold by the pint, or a 4 beer tasting flight where you pick the beers. 4 different beers were on sale to to go, and most of the drafts were available via growler or crowler. Crowd was happy and festive. Service friendly and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed my visit.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
For a larger commercial brewery the tap room is well done. Good size and a cool vibe. Very friendly and they had several beers on tap that were tap room only. Sours they had were phenomenal, others are very good as well but the sours are superb. Well worth a stop. Only downside was the limited hours. 4-7 Tues-Friday and 12-6 Saturday. Although the hours are written in erasable marker on the door, so my guess is they are not written in stone. Really enjoyed the taproom though.
This was the first stop on an early birthday brewery and beer tour of Charleston area. The brewery is located a new industrial area. They are expanding the canning and bottling operations. The tasting room is nicely done with bar in the center and tables around and outside. The place was full at 1230 PM. The service was excelent and very helpful. The Dark Helmet was one of the best I have had. They could offer sodas to the designated drivers etc
Sort of a business park brewery, I suppose. It’s a little bit out of town if you’re in Charleston, but not too bad of a drive. Pretty big facility and a really well done building and tasting room.
Pretty modern feel to it. The bar is sort of an oval/elliptical shape and since we were there on a weekday afternoon, not super busy. They had a pretty good number of beers on, mostly their own but some Evil Twin stuff as well. I guess nice to be able to try those without having to buy expensive bottles... Flights available and pretty cheap. Plenty of beer to go as well (cans, bottles, growlers).
Despite being the rather typical business park brewery location, they’ve done a good job with this place and I thought the beers were pretty decent overall, too.
Definitely a must visit for the beers, though this place could use some serious work in the service department. Got here at opening on a Friday before July 4th and still didn’t get served for 20 minutes. Managed to get one of the only few bottles of Mexican Cake they were selling that day at least. Better vibe outside, where there are some chairs on a patio but the general area isn’t much to look at, being right beside a highway in an industrial area outside of town. Really not worth spending much time in when beautiful downtown Charleston is so close by. Inside is too busy for any kind of ambiance, with dozens of people clambering for service from 2-3 staff members. Perhaps it was because of the holiday weekend, but I still wouldn’t recommend staying too long - just get in and get out. They appear to be building a large expansion next door. Beers were great, however.
Stopped by on a Friday evening. Located just a little off of I-526 in what seems to be more of a business park area. Medium sized open room that reminded me of an upscale brewpub (although without the food part). 9 Westbrook beers on tap when I visited (including Mexican Cake and 2 barrel aged beers). Also had 7 Evil Twin beers on tap. Beer flights available - any 4 beers for $6, pretty good deal considering the selection. Beers were top notch. Definitely a place worth going out of your way for. One downside was the service was a little slow, even though they weren’t really busy when I visited. Also, they have pretty limited hours if you are an out-of-towner just passing through the area. But definitely a great visit.
sloth (83) Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland | May 23, 2015
Visited on a thursday afternoon around 4:30 and actually got a seat at the bar. The place filled up shortly there after. Clean, modern looking room. Stools were fairly uncomfortable. Nice beer selection including a fair amount of Evil Twin poop. Service was good considering how busy she was. No brewery tour as they were too busy to do one. Found out the fella helping the girl behind the bar was the tour guide. Oh well. Clean pissery. Cans and bottles to go. Nice place! Ohyeah! Ran into a beer there called Mexican Cake, twas yummy.