Charleston is up to 24 production breweries now, I believe. We have made it to almost all of the ones with open taprooms (Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company is the only one I can think of off the top of my head that we haven’t made it to yet). I realized in looking at my previous posts that I haven’t actually posted much about the breweries. That’s not good on my part. I’m going to aim to do a review of the breweries–at least once a month–so people have an idea of what to expect if they go visit.
I’ve already written about COAST Brewing (which is actually beginning an expansion on their property, so I’m looking forward to that) and I never followed up on Frothy Beard and their new location. I’ll review that in the future. For this post, I’m going to talk about Ghost Monkey Brewery.
It’s off of Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant (conveniently located close to Two Blokes Brewing and Westbrook Brewing). It’s in a warehouse, like many of the other breweries here. The thing that’s nice about it is there is actually a lot of parking and they can block off the parking lot in front of their building for events. And they do have a lot of events. They believe very much in community involvement with local vendors and companies and organizations. Miles and I have gone when they released a beer where $1 from every pint purchased went to the Alzheimer’s association and also when they had a local vendor holiday market for holiday shopping. They do trivia and local food trucks come out to serve up some grub.
Inside, it’s cozy. They have stools and old spools (like the huge ones used for wiring) for tables, a pool table (and it’s free to play), a dartboard, and a couple of TVs. It almost feels like you’re drinking in a friend’s garage when you’re there. The bar itself is nice and long, with lots of seating. There’s a lot to look at, too, on the walls. They have a bunch of knickknacks (including a surfboard) and pictures. The draft list is on a TV, so I imagine it’s easier for them to keep up to date with what’s on tap.
Ghost Monkey was one of the first places where I saw the system to write down on a piece of paper what you want in a flight. That still, to this day, is one of the best things someone came up with to simplify flights. The beers themselves have all been solid and true to style. They have a few adventurous beers (but not as many as Frothy Beard). Untappd tells me I have had 25 of their beers so far. My lowest one is, not surprisingly, a Double IPA called Double Bubble. My two highest ranked ones are Cup o’ JoJo Stout and Ghost Beard Porter.
Ghost Monkey is one of our favorite breweries to go to because of its relaxed atmosphere. For me, it’s a bonus that it’s so involved with the local community. And, of course, the beers are great. (I mean, how do you turn down one called “Narp?”?)
(Picture taken by me around the time of their grand opening.)