Cooper River Brewing Company, Charleston

4.3
#10 of 12 in Breweries & Distilleries in Charleston
Brewery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
– COOPER RIVER BREWING COMPANY JUST JOINED CHARLESTON’S THRIVING CRAFT BEER SCENE IN NOVEMBER, 2015. THE OWNERS RECENTLY FINISHED A TOP TO BOTTOM RENOVATION OF A 7,500-SQUARE-FOOT WAREHOUSE AT 2201 MECHANIC STREET, JUST A BLOCK NORTH OF MOUNT PLEASANT STREET. THE IDEA FOR COOPER RIVER DEVELOPED OVER A DECADE, ALONG WITH THE FRIENDSHIPS OF ITS THREE CO-FOUNDERS. JAMIE MARTIN CAME TO MOUNT PLEASANT IN THE LATE 90’S IN A CORPORATE TRANSFER. MICHAEL GATES MOVED THERE AFTER COLLEGE, AND DUSTIN PAIT IS A CHARLESTON NATIVE. THEY MET WHILE PLAYING GOLF AT SNEE FARM, WHERE THEY ENJOYED BEERS AFTER THEIR ROUNDS. THROUGH THE YEARS, BACKYARD FAMILY COOKOUTS PROVIDED TIME TO SIT ON BACK PORCHES AND DREAM ABOUT OWNING THEIR OWN BREWERY.

JAMIE’S TRAVELS HAD ALLOWED HIM TO VISIT CRAFT BREWERIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, WHILE MICHAEL AND HIS WIFE WERE SPORADIC GARAGE HOME-BREWERS. DUSTIN HAD A NOSE FOR AN EXCELLENT IPA. THEY ALL KNEW THE CHARACTER AND VIBE OF CHARLESTON WERE IDEAL FOR ANOTHER BREWERY OPTION. AND THEY REALIZED THEIR PERSONAL STRENGTHS WOULD BLEND INTO A GREAT BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP, SO THEY DECIDED TO MAKE THEIR DREAM A REALITY. THESE THREE FRIENDS DISCOVERED THAT A COMMON THREAD IN MOST SUCCESSFUL LOCAL BREWERIES WAS GENUINE FRIENDSHIP. HAPPY PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER FOSTERED A REAL ATMOSPHERE OF COMRADERY—AND MADE SOME EXCELLENT BEERS. THEY WERE THRILLED WHEN MARK FESCHE SIGNED ON AS HEAD BREWER. HE’S A SEIBEL INSTITUTE GRADUATE WITH EXTENSIVE BREWMASTER EXPERIENCE AROUND THE COUNTRY IN BREWHOUSES RANGING FOR 7 TO 50 BARRELS.



A LARGE TASTING ROOM FILLS ABOUT A THIRD OF THE SPACE AT COOPER RIVER, WITH THE REST OF THE BUILDING DEDICATED TO THE BREWERY. THEY OPERATE A 15BBL BREW HOUSE AND CELLAR, WITH ROOM TO EXPAND AS DEMAND GROWS. THE PARTNERS INSISTED ON HAVING AN AMERICAN-MADE BREWING SYSTEM, SO THEY CONTRACTED WITH SMT BREWING SOLUTIONS IN VIRGINIA FOR PREMIUM EQUIPMENT. A LARGE COURTYARD WILL BE PERFECT FOR A YEAR-ROUND OUTDOOR SEATING AREA.

“OUR APPROACH TO BREWING WILL BE TO BREW UNIQUE ALES IN TRADITIONAL STYLES. IN OTHER WORDS, EACH BEER WILL BE DISTINCTIVE AND FLAVORFUL, BUT FOLLOW A TIME-HONORED BREWING PROCESS,” SAID FESCHE. “OUR FIRST THREE BEERS WILL BE A BLONDE ALE, AN IPA, AND A STOUT. THE FLAGSHIPS WILL DEPEND ON THE DEMAND FROM OUR CUSTOMERS. WE PLAN ON HAVING A LARGE SELECTION IN OUR TAPROOM AND LET THE DEMAND DICTATE WHICH ALE IS RELEASED IN CANS TO THE GREATER PUBLIC.”

THE MONIKER OF “CHARLESTON’S GREAT BREW HERON” SEEMS TO HAVE STUCK THROUGH THE 13 MONTH RENOVATION, AND THE GUYS SOLE GOAL IS TO “LET THE BEER JUSTIFY ITSELF.”

TO LEARN MORE, PLEASE VISIT WWW.COOPERRIVERBREWING.COM, OR VISIT THE COOPER RIVER BREWING COMPANY FACEBOOK PAGE.
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  • Really enjoyed our Saturday happy hour at Cooper River! Cool atmosphere with cool live music. Loved the dark Irish Stout beer.  more »
  • We always seek out the Craft breweries where ever we go. Not being too familiar with Charleston we found Cooper River hard to get to. I suggested to the barmaid that perhaps she could give us a...  more »
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  • Came here to listen to one of my favorite Bands in Charleston, Nathan & Eva. The atmosphere was great and music was easy to hear. They even have a ping pong table which I made some new friends and enemies. Great place and people!
  • Great stop on the Charleston brewery tour. Fun place with great people working there. Nice escape from the heat.

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