*Thanks to Bayly Silverman and Katie Groetzinger for contributing this great information about our local kid-friendly breweries! As always, please drink responsibly and never drink and drive.
In the past few years, Charleston’s beer and brewery scene has grown considerably with new breweries popping up all the time. Many of these breweries have outdoor spaces, games, and a laid-back more industrial feel, which makes them more kid-friendly than going to a restaurant even. Several breweries even have designated spaces for children to play and hold events geared towards families.
Here are some of our favorite breweries around Charleston that you can hang with the family while also enjoying a good brew!
Kid-friendly breweries around Charleston
Two Bloke’s is located in Mount Pleasant in a large industrial-style space and even has a nook in the front just for kids with lots of toys and books.
“I like that they have a designated kids area with a chalkboard, toys, and best of all, lots of books. It’s also somewhat contained which is great for little kids. There are board games for all ages, so older kids can play, too,” said Mount Pleasant mom Kristin Cassi.
There is a separate area for kids to hang out so they will stay entertained but also so the adults who go without kids can sit AWAY from the kids’ area and enjoy their brew peacefully.
Two Bloke’s has even had special events just for kids such as storytime. “They often host the Itinerarate Literate mobile book store. They have had story hours for little ones and have yoga most Sunday mornings, which is great for older kids,” said Cassi.
Two Bloke’s often has food trucks to grab an easy lunch or dinner while you are there. “It’s in the same building as an indoor soccer academy and a dance school, so it’s such a great spot for families to unwind for a bit after those activities,” said Cassi.
Another favorite brewery for delicious beer, food, and awesome outdoor space is Commonhouse Aleworks located in the hip Park Circle area of North Charleston. Commonhouse has one of Charleston’s most popular chef’s Brannon Florie as a staple at the brewery, so you can enjoy his food any day of the week. They also have a kids menu with the staples: cheeseburger, chicken tenders, and grilled cheese for the kids as well as lots of good options for adults. Commonhouse has a really nice outdoor grassy area where they often play live music and have regular Sunday brunch with bluegrass music.
Located next to the space formerly known as The Workshop in Charleston’s upper King area, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co is a fun spot for all ages. The beer is delicious, and the menu is great too.
Ghost Monkey is located on a quiet street off Longpoint Road in Mt. Pleasant. In the front of the brewery, they have a fenced parking lot area with picnic tables and ride-on toys for kids where they will often have a food truck and live music. Inside there is a Nintendo with games, a pool table, and board games. Ghost Monkey has a relaxed atmosphere, and the outdoor area is key for kids to be able to run around and play while parents enjoy a beer.
“We love the outdoor area a Ghost Monkey for kids and now that my twin boys are older, they have fun playing the Nintendo games inside as well. We also just love Ghost Monkey in general because it’s a super chill atmosphere, great beer selection, and easy parking,” said Mount Pleasant mom Felecia Wermuth. Ghost Monkey also donates tip money to a different local charity each month.
Located in the heart of West Ashley, Frothy Beard is a popular place for local Charleston residents and visitors alike. They have an active calendar of events that are mostly geared towards adults such as trivia, yoga, sip and paint art events, and ladies’ night, but the atmosphere is welcoming to both kids and adults. Frothy Beard also has a designated play area for kids as well as a Nintendo for kids (and nostalgic adults!) to use.
“Frothy beard is near the bowling alley Ashley Lanes so we will sometimes go after going bowling with the kids. They have a little play nook under the stairs for kids as well as old school Nintendo games,” said local mom Rebecca Stephenson.
Tucked back from the busy roads, and gorgeously situated on the Ashley River, lies an organic beer garden, Freehouse Brewery. Besides the appeal of all of the organic ingredients, there’s also plenty of room for babies and dogs to run, but far away from cars and parking lots. It also has a stunning view of the Ashley.
The inside is filled with cozy heaters during colder months, along with snacks for little ones like kettle chips, juice boxes, and delicious house lemonade. They currently do not have a full food menu, but food trucks are onsite most weekends. Outside you’ll find multiple seating areas— Adirondack chairs, picnic tables, etc. to sit and enjoy the views while kiddos play in the sand or grass nearby. Their beer offerings are hard to beat with a robust selection of flavors including sours, seasonal, yearly harvests, stouts, and IPA’S. In addition to the natural beauty, they are currently expanding and updating some of their features, which is sure to enhance their already existing appeal to families.
Tucked back from Maybank Highway is Johns Island’s newest brewery, Estuary, Beans, and Barley. After opening their doors in 2020, they quickly rose from a little-known hidden gem to an island favorite. They’re dog and kid-friendly, with a lush garden patio in addition to their bright, sunlit taproom. They offer a variety of beverages alongside their delicious craft beer selections, including wine, specialty spritzes like the Strawberry Smash and even tasty coffee options like their incredible Nutella latte. Their permanent onsite food truck is always a crowd-pleaser, serving a delicious variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner- the Cornbread Benedict is a must!
Throughout the month you’ll find several kid-friendly events (listed on their website’s events calendar) like the recurring Sunday market, Child and Parent paint nights, and even pet adoption events. Though their outdoor area is slightly smaller than some of its kid-friendly counterparts, the bright clean feel and delicious variety make it a must-visit for all families – even non-beer drinkers!
Other Charleston Breweries to Check Out
- Indigo Reef Brewing Co on Daniel Island
- Low Tide Brewing on Johns Island
- Holy City Brewing in North Charleston