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10 "Must Try" Local Craft Brews in Myrtle Beach

  By  Andre James

When it comes to savoring the essence of The Beach, there's no better way to do so than by indulging in the vibrant local beer scene. Nestled amid the sandy shores and captivating charm of this coastal paradise, Myrtle Beach's craft breweries are always crafting exceptional brews that embody the spirit of the region.

From crisp and refreshing lagers to hop-forward ales bursting with flavor, we've scoured the area to bring you a tantalizing list of the five best locally-brewed beers.

Join us on a journey through the pints and pours that epitomize Myrtle Beach's growing beer culture, each sip revealing the craft and passion poured into every glass.

You can taste all these great brews and many more on the Myrtle Beach Beer Trail — download your digital pass by clicking below.

local's fav
Beach Easy Beer - Easy Drinking Wheat
1. Beach Easy Belgian Wheat
Grand Strand Brewing Co. / 4.5% ABV

As the official beer of Myrtle Beach, there's no better brew to put you in the mood than this "liquid vacation in a can." This easy drinking wheat beer is smooth and crushable, but comes with great hints of citrus and coriander to give it a zesty, sunny flavor. Drop into Grand Strand and try it on draft with a slice of lemon or pick it up at shops around town  like Total Wine & More. We like to say ... it's not just a beer. It's a lifestyle.

Breezy Blonde Tidal Creek
2. Breezy Blonde Ale
Tidal Creek Brewhouse / ABV 5% 

When Tidal Creek brewed its first batch of beer in 2020, Breezy Blonde was born and this smooth, drinkable beer remains the Market Common area brewery's top-seller. A homage to brewing traditions new and old, Breezy is a balance of flavors that emerge into refreshing, unfussy deliciousness. Balanced and well-composed, Breezy borrows from techniques refined in the crafting of old-world pilsners, but is emboldened by the judicious use of pungent hops from the Pacific North-West. 

3. South to Somewhere Golden Ale
Crooked Hammock Brewery / 4.9% ABV / 18 IBU

Pouring as golden as a the beachfront sunshine, South to Somewhere is smooth and perfectly accessible for visitors who aren't into heavier, more hop-forward selections. This is a great choice that's refreshing, extremely crushable and won't slow you down as you explore all The Beach has to offer.  This deliciously balanced golden ale is lightly hopped and brewed with fresh coconut for a subtle, tropical flavor.

Airbrush Hazy IPA
4. Airbrush Hazy IPA
Grand Strand Brewing Co. / 6.5% ABV

GSB likes its beer like its likes it gear — fun, creative, and sometimes a bit hazy. Named after the famed T-shirt art technique, this hop-forward combination of Mosaic and El Dorado hops produces a Hazy New England-Style IPA designed to celebrate airbrush fashion on the Myrtle Beach strip, where joyful visitors display local artistic talent on their hats and t-shirts.

New South cans of White Ale and India Pale Ale
5. New South White Ale
New South Brewing - 4.6% ABV

This American interpretation of a classic Belgian white is the "Beer From Here" that really put New South — and Myrtle Beach beer as a whole — on the map. A hazy light color gives this beer its name. This light and refreshing ale is brewed with just a hint of coriander and orange zest giving way to a citrus finish.

Voodoo Brewing Company Lacto Kooler
6. Lacto Kooler Fruited Sour
Voodoo Brewing / 5.5% ABV / 35 IBU

Channeling a certain popular kids drink from the late 1980s, this fruited Berliner Weiss Sour is sweet, citrus-y and smooth the drink. It goes down fruity — is it sour apple, lime, orange, tangerine ... who knows? — with a sour tang and a bright green color that looks outstanding in a glass or a flight. This is one of Voodoo's six flagship brews which are always on tap at their taprooms in Murrells Inlet and Broadway at the Beach.

7. Myrtle Peach American Pale Wheat
Crooked Hammock Brewery / 5.5% ABV / 20 IBU

If you're looking to unwind after a hot day at the beach, this beer with a punny title is a great way to begin. Channeling all the summer vibes, this American Pale Wheat packs a bright and fruity flavor that's not overpowering with Peach, but still tasty enough to bring you back for a second or third. Pairs perfectly with a huge plate of Crooked Hammock's well-known Longboard Nachos or any of the selections on their menu.

Beam Reach IPA
8. Beam Reach IPA
Tidal Creek Brewhouse / 5.7% ABV 

Since its inception this "New England-ish" India Pale Ale has remained one of the most popular selections at Tidal Creek, and for good reason. It's hoppy, smooth and juicy flavor is complimented with hints of tropical flavors and carries a ripe papaya and pineapple aroma. Try it in a 5 oz, 10 oz or 16 oz pour at the brewery or take it with you in a 32 oz or 64 oz growler.

Lil Dirty West Coast IPA
9. Lil' Dirty West Coast IPA
New South Brewing / 5% ABV / 55 IBU

The little cousin of New South's infamous "Dirty" Double IPA, Lil' Dirty is a West Coast brew that's made with love from this long-running East Coast brewer. It's hop-forward, but accessible and built for beach living. This American-Style Pale is perfect for true hop heads who want all the great flavor of IPA, but don't need an ABV approaching double digits to enjoy their day.

Quigley's Pint & Plate Beer
10. Swamp Fox IPA
Quigley's Pint & Plate / 7% ABV

Named after the famed Revolutionary War General, S.C.'s own Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion, this is one of the best beers produced by the Pawelys Island-based brewpub, known as much for its tasty Lowcountry food as for its brews. With a copper color and a slightly hazy appearance, this IPA give hints of pine and citrus, with floral, malty quality to its finish. Try one with a plate of Shrimp & Grits and you won't be sorry you did.

Andre James

Andre James is a food writer originally from Southport, North Carolina. He's covered the Myrtle Beach dining scene for the Pulitzer Award winning Post & Courier and Eater Carolinas and also is the publisher of DIPPED IN NEON : The one and only A-Z guide on what to eat to when you're in your hungry in Myrtle Beach and at any given time you'll find him and his daughter Frankie eating hot wings on Ocean Boulevard.