Must-See Stops on the Myrtle Beach Beer Trail
Featuring more than a dozen stops across 60 miles of beaches, the Myrtle Beach Beer Trail is filled with fun for visitors and locals who love a good craft brew and enjoy the fun, friendly atmosphere of enjoying a frosty beverage at a spot devoted to serving up quality beers.
The launch of this trail in 2023, it's just the latest of many signs the The Beach's beer scene is booming. Since 2020, our area has literally doubled its number of breweries — with several other new projects in the works — and we've also added some great new experiences for beer lovers as well.
But with so many new spots popping up, the question has become "Which one should I try?" and while the answer is, of course, ALL OF THEM, we figured we'd try to make your choice easier with this quick list of the best stops along our trail.
If you just can't wait to try them all, click below to get your pass today or learn more about the trail here.
North Myrtle Beach (Barefoot Landing)
On sheer size alone, Crooked Hammock is surely the most impressive beer facility at The Beach. Located at Barefoot Landing, this massive complex features a full-scale restaurant, a great backyard area with dining and tons of family fun games, the waterfront Tortuga Island gazebo bar and a large taproom that offers tastings and tours. Oh, and we didn't even mention the outdoor fireplace, the "Happy Camper" beer/food truck and Barefoot Landing's kids playground area and carousel which are next door. Safe to say there's plenty of fun to be had here, which is the perfect accompaniment to brews like the coconut-tinged South to Somewhere Ale, the sweet Myrtle Peach seasonal or Beach Escape Session IPA.
Myrtle Beach (The Market Common Area)
If you're looking for somewhere that does EVERYTHING well, Tidal Creek Brewhouse is the stop for you. Not only do they have more than a dozen taps filled with handcrafted brews spanning every style from Pilsners, Ales and Lagers to Porters, Stouts and Sours — they even brew their own house Seltzer — they also have amazing food all day, great coffee and tons of things going on. The facility itself is uniquely placed in a building that was once part of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and now includes in indoor bar area, a taproom, plenty of patio space, a dog run for your furry friends and a big backyard beer garden with a separate bar, fireplaces and live music. With plenty of space to enjoy and something happening all the time, this is a place you won't want to miss.
As the original "Beer From Here" New South has been brewing at the beach since 1998. If you're looking for authenticity, look no further than this hidden gem stashed in a warehouse about a mile from the beach in the heart of downtown. These folks have been doing it really well for a long time, helping grow our beer scene into what it is today. They remain on top of their game, with a great selection of popular options like their White Ale, Dark Star Porter and Dirty Myrtle Double IPA as well as lots of small batch, experimental options only served at the brewery itself.
Grand Strand Brewing Company — known to most locals as simply GSB — is like the perfect neighborhood brewery, if your neighborhood just so happened to be a newly revitalized downtown area with a view of the ocean. It's friendly and homey and feels a bit like an urban escape from the nearby boardwalk and downtown strip, while also being just a stone's throw from the beach itself. They're known for a great selection of brews and fun, cheeky can art with popular selections like Wingtip Pilsner, Airbrush Hazy and Sandy Cheeks IPA. There's a small, but solid menu of food (try the Smashburger) and plenty of games to play, both indoors and outside in the awesome Nance Plaza area surrounding the brewery.
There's no better way to explore multiple stops on the Myrtle Beach Beer Trail than with HOP ON! Brewery Adventures. Join your host, Jamie, and jump in "The Beast" an open-air vehicle that seats up to 8 guests for a tour you won't forget. Along the ride you'll compete with your friends in Music Bingo for a chance to win fun prizes and chips to redeem at the breweries. HOP ON! offers multiple ways to explore with a 3-stop brewery tour across 4 hours or unique "Putt & Pint" Tour, where you stop for a round of mini golf between each brewery.
Located about 30 miles south of Myrtle Beach in historic downtown Georgetown, S.C., this unique Bed & Breakfast is unlike anything else you'll find on the Grand Strand. Owned by a pair of avid homebrewers, this 3-room B&B offers visitors a chance to stay in a well-kept historic home from the Antebellum period and enjoy a free-flowing supply of great brews during your stay. For the most devoted beer lovers ready to explore all the scene has to offer, the area's first "bed & brew" is a must-try.