The family and I visited Freehouse Brewery in Charleston the Saturday before Hurrican Irma hit. Because, you know, there’s no better way to prepare for a natural disaster than drinking beer (don’t judge!). As we were driving up, I wasn’t really sure what to think. It’s nestled in an industrial park off the beaten path. As we drove down a gravel road, my husband turned to me and said, “Is this the right place?” As we got closer to the building, we saw a millennial hipster couple driving away, so I knew we were in the right spot.
The brewery backs up to the Ashley River, so amazing views are plentiful as you’re sipping on your brew. It’s not a big place. But, they do crank out an impressive amount of organic craft beers.
I started with the Pink Squirt, which is a “sour”. I didn’t know it at the time, but I really like sour beers. This one had a hint of citrus and was super refreshing. Not too sour – just right. Here’s how they describe it on their website…
Pink-hued saison so tart, wild and citric it makes your mouth squirt with love! Brewed with organic hibiscus flowers, tangerine and lemon zest, and our wild house yeast blend, this seasonal, zesty ale is perfect for a warm Spring day.
I describe it as…yes please, can I have another?!
Then I moved on to The Little Nug, which is a pale ale. Typically, I don’t care for IPA’s because they’re too bitter for my taste. This beer was different. Here’s how they describe this one…
Hoppy, silky, tropical. A dry-hopped pale ale. Very little bitterness or malt sweetness, this beer crosses the boundaries of clean, crisp and juicy all at once. An ode to organic American hop varietals. Those gorgeous green nugs were plucked from the vine to make this sweet, nuggy nectar.
However you describe it, it’s delicious. I think I liked this one so much because it wasn’t overly bitter.
Another thing that’s awesome about Freehouse is the setup. Living in Charleston, we are fortunate to have “outdoor” weather the majority of the year. They have a really nice patio with picnic tables and a variety of board games to play while you sip on your brew. They also have live music and food trucks roll up regularly. You can check out the “goings on” on their Facebook page.
If you’re in Charleston and looking to quench your thirst with an ice cold beer, stop into Freehouse Brewery. The tap room is open Tuesday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Public service announcement – always drink responsibly. If you get a little too much of your craft beer on, call an Uber. Or a friend. It’s just not worth the risk.