Today (August 4) is officially National IPA Day, celebrating the hoppy, citrus India Pale Ale and its many variations. With Charleston’s ever-growing craft brewery scene — including its very own Brewery District on upper Meeting and King streets — there’s plenty of places to snag an ice-cold IPA. 

Check out these 11 Charleston breweries this National IPA Day: 

Charles Towne Fermentory
809 Savannah Hwy. (Avondale)
(854) 213-8646
Open Mon.-Fri. 2-9 p.m., Fri. 12-10 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

In the heart of Avondale with an open patio bar, Charles Towne Fermentory offers an array of IPAs on tap and in cans. Draft IPAs include the DDH Pineapple Pallet Rider IPA, a delicate balance of pineapple and hops; Sungazer IPA, a traditional hazy IPA loaded with Citra and Motueka hops; and Life Waves Session IPA, a low ABV drink with notes of citrus rinds and candied lemon. Can-only IPA options include the Maiser IPA, a “tropical cousin” of the Sungazer and Technicolor Phantom IPA, brewed with Phantasm, a New Zealand-based powder to add hops and grape-forward citrus. 

COAST Brewing Co. 
1250 2nd St. (North Charleston)
(843) 343-4727
Temporarily  closed for renovations — but you can still buy the beer in stores!

Though COAST doesn’t have its own taproom (don’t worry, they’re working on it), it shouldn’t stop you from trying the Hop Art IPA. COAST brews can be found in stores across the Lowcountry like Publix, Total Wine & More and Opie’s in Mount Pleasant. The brew combines sweet malt with the hoppy flavors IPA drinkers love. Keep an eye out on social media for updates on the new renovations to the space.

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.
1505 King St. #115 (Downtown)
(843) 718-3224
Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Perhaps one of the most notable Charleston cans available on the shelves, Edmund’s Oast Bound by Time IPA is a New England-style IPA with citrus-forward hops. Bound by Time is available on tap or in the can at the taproom, along with the double IPA 88 Miles Per Hour to take you back in time with its tropical, hazy at 8.8% ABV that even a flux capacitor could barely handle. Time is of the essence at Edmund’s Oast. 

Frothy Beard Brewing Company
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. (West Ashley)
(843) 872-4201
Open daily from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Frothy Beard Brewing Company regularly offers refreshing, hoppy IPAs on their list of more than 20 rotating taps. Frothy Beard’s Sip Sip Pass New England/Hazy IPA is one of their most popular selections — and for good reason. Brewed with mosaic, amarillo and citra hops, this draft has a tasty citrus flavor with a hazy body and an ABV of 6.8%.

Holy City Brewing
1021 Aragon Ave. (North Charleston)
(843) 459-2948
Open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

At Holy City Brewing, choose from more than 60 different IPAs on a rotating tap. Enjoy the large selection at the inside bar or tables or outside with a view of marshlands on Noisette Creek. Current on-tap IPAS include the Overly Friendly IPA, Paradise, Mazy Hazy and more.

Freehouse Brewing
2895 Pringle St. B (North Charleston)
Open Tues.-Thurs. 2-8 p.m., Fri. 2-9 p.m., Sat. 12-9 p.m. and Sun. 12-6 p.m.

Freehouse’s most famous beer is likely its Green Door IPA with its striking green can that stands out against the backdrop of white shelves in a store. But the Green Door isn’t just available at stores — try it fresh and on tap in Freehouse’s taproom. The IPA combines classic hop flavors with malty sweetness, citrus, grassy and herbal flavors. 

Low Tide Brewing
2863 Maybank Highway (Johns Island)
(843) 576-9194
Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. and Sun. 12-10 p.m.

Enjoy a cool IPA with Charleston City Paper’s 2022 Friendliest Bar Staff at Low Tide Brewing. Maybe if you’re lucky, Best Bartender Zach Kramer will pour your beer and stay for a chat. Low Tide offers several IPAs currently on tap, including a hefty Mechanical Shark, an imperial IPA with 8.8% ABV or ,if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Coco-nuts for IPA, a milkshake IPA with a creamy texture. 

Palmetto Brewing Co. 
289 Huger St. (Downtown)
(843) 937-0903
Open Mon.-Sat. 12-10 p.m. and Sun. 12-8 p.m.

Palmetto Brewing offers two mainstay IPAs on tap and in stores — the Huger Street IPA and Mango IPA. The Mango IPA offers a mix of bright citrus and subtle melon, with an added taste of mango to sweeten the deal. The Huger Street IPA offers a crushable, more traditional flavor with a balance of hops, citrus and sweetness from caramel malts and white wheats. And remember, it’s pronounced “hue-gee.”

Revelry Brewing Co. 
36 Romney St. (Downtown)
(843) 376-1303 
Open daily 4-10 p.m.

Try a different citrus flavor note with Revelry’s Pass the Lemongrass IPA. Lemongrass is smashed and added to the blend of hops during brewing to give the drink a refreshing, summer taste. But if you want a taste of the West, sip on the Lefty Loosey IPA, a West Coast-style IPA with a dry, bitter taste. 

SNAFU Brewing Co. 
3280 Industry Drive (North Charleston) 
(843) 767-4121
Open Mon.-Wed. 3-7 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. 3-9 p.m., Sat. 2-9 p.m. and Sun. 12-6 p.m.

On tap, SNAFU offers two IPAs — Hungry Ghost and Cashmere Millionaires. Hungry Ghost is a hazy IPA with substantial notes of mandarin and tangerine. Cashmere Millionaires is brewed with oats, barley, melon and cashmere. SNAFU has a rotating line of local Charleston eats, including burgermeister Smash City Burgers, eclectic eats Motley Chew and Asian fusion Sap-Lai.

Tradesman Brewing Co. 
1647 King Street Extension (Downtown) 
(843) 410-1315
Open Mon.-Thurs. 12-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 12-10 p.m. and Sun. 12-6 p.m.

Enjoy the outdoor patio and salute everyone’s favorite fandom at Tradesman with the Chewzacca IPA. The beer is specially brewed every year for Star Wars Day on May 4, but is still available on tap in the taproom. If you’re not feeling the heftiness of Chewzacca’s robust hops and body, Tradesman also offers a low-calorie and low-carb IPA,  Low Voltage, offering a light drink and milder IPA flavor. Or if you’re feeling hazy, the brewery also offers the Nailed It! Hazy IPA. 

Honorable mention:

Gene’s Haufbrau 
817 Savannah Highway
(843) 225-4363
Open daily 11:30-2 a.m. 

Though not a brewery, Gene’s has been open in Charleston for 70 years, and offers one of the largest selections of beers in the city. Located just a few doors down from Charles Towne Fermentory in Avondale, the long-lasting bar brings a taste of beers from around the Lowcountry and around the country. Find a new IPA or drink a classic with Gene’s selections. 

Happy National IPA Day! Stay cool and drink responsibly, y’all. 

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