All beer was once originally produced and sold at microbreweries, but over time came mass production, which all but squashed the independent brewer. The last two decades have seen a resurgence and a zealous, fanatical loyalty to craft small batch brews, which once again rule the beer world. Here are a few places (out of dozens) to find local, regional and other well-loved craft beers, which, coincidentally, pair perfectly with a side of summertime.
PHOTO: (from left to right) Gordon Biersch, New South Brewing and Grumpy Monk.
New South Brewing
1109 Campbell St., Myrtle Beach
Open for tastings and sneak peeks of the brewing process, this 20-year-old microbrewery’s ales and lagers are featured in fine restaurants, grocery stores and almost every craft beer outlet on the Grand Strand.
Inlet Tap Garden
4097 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
Opened in 2017 along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and situated under and adjacent to the sprawling deck of The Claw House, Inlet Tap Garden offers extraordinary views, great food and more than 60 craft beers. Wine and cocktails are available too.
Coastal Craft Beverage Company
10080 Beach Drive SW, Calabash
Buy craft beer by the bottle or enjoy the tasting room, which specializes in hard-to-find N.C. beers and features a 20-tap draft system and refillable growlers. Take home or sit a spell in their beer garden. Opens at noon daily but closed Mondays.
Quigley’s Pint & Plate
257 Willbrook Blvd., Pawleys Island
A true microbrewery, Quigley’s has become a favorite South Strand lunch, dinner, happy hour and late night spot serving great food and its own award-winning home-brewed beer, as well as wine and cocktails.
Gordon Biersch at Market Common
3060 Howard Ave., Myrtle Beach
Celebrating 10 years as an anchor restaurant at The Market Common, Gordon Biersch brews German style lagers and ales on premise, has an extensive beer (and cocktail and wine) list and offers a large lunch, happy hour and dinner menu.
Liberty Brewery & Grill
Broadway at the Beach
1321 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
Lagers, a white ale, a blueberry blonde, IPAs, an American amber and an Irish stout are only some of the in-house brewed beers available at this iconic Myrtle Beach brewery and restaurant, a favorite for more than two decades.
1701 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach
Irish-owned, this authentic pub is big on food and drink and carries an impressive beer list, including most all the domestics, plus Guinness (of course) and close to 20 additional hard-to-find craft brews, many from Ireland.
The Grumpy Monk
4545 U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach
Popular with Coastal Carolina University staff and students, as well as area visitors and tourists, this eclectic Carolina Forest restaurant/bar has a little bit of everything, including around 50 beers from which to choose and both indoor and outdoor dining options.
PHOTOS BY JON STELL, RANDALL HILL AND MAC KILDUFF