Charleston's craft distillery scene is picking up steam! Long stymied by antiquated state laws, local distilleries are now starting to produce spirits in the Holy City and are doing so with the same energy, enthusiasm and passion that has already established Charleston as a internationally recognized culinary destination.  Now, in addition to rich history, beautifully preserved historic buildings, stunning beaches and friendly people, Charleston is known for its hand crafted liquors! Experience a taste of Charleston’s flourishing micro-distillery scene with an exclusive tour of the local distilleries.

Our tours offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the art, science and passion that goes into making a great liquor, all while enjoying samples of unique Charleston spirits.  A Charleston Distillery Tour is an ideal activity for bachelor/bachelorette parties, wedding parties, corporate groups/team building activities and any avid liquor drinker.

Charleston Distillery Tour

On our 2.5 hour tour, enjoy a tour of some of Charleston's local distilleries!  Ride in style in our air conditioned coach as we take you on a 2 stop tasting tour, learning more about Charleston's growing craft distillery scene.

As a special treat, at the conclusion of the tour you'll be taken to a local pub to enjoy a cocktail made with one of the spirits distilled locally in Charleston!

As most tours sell out, all reservations are required in advance. Each tour is limited in size, so it is recommended that you get your reservations early. Charleston Distillery Tours are held rain or shine.

Availability: Tours are offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.  

 

Location: Tours pick up at the Charleston Visitors Center, 375 Meeting Street.  Tours conclude within easy walking distance of the Visitors Center.

Cost: $50/person

Includes

  • Motorized transportation from the Charleston Visitors Center to 2 local distilleries
  • Tours of the 2 distilleries
  • Alcohol samples at each distillery (due to South Carolina State Law, samples are limited to 1.5 oz total at each distillery)
  • 1 cocktail at a local pub using a locally made spirit
  • Snacks and water between distillery stops
 

Private/Group Tours

Charleston Distillery Tours make a great group activity!  Perfect for bachelor and bachelorette parties, wedding parties, corporate groups and team building activities, call or e-mail us to discuss your private tour needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Must tickets be purchased in advance?

Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours quickly sell out ahead of time, so please plan accordingly.

Do we just DRIVE AROUND AND SAMPLE LIQUOR?

Charleston Distillery Tours give you an opportunity to meet 2 micro-distillers, learn more about their products and what makes each distillery unique. Samples are provided at each distillery.  Additionally, water and snacks are provided on the bus between stops.  Your guide will be happy to answer questions about Charleston between stops.

Are there any beverages served on the tour?

Each distillery will have samples available for tour guests. Additionally, water will be available on the bus.

Does the tour guide accept gratuities?

Yes. Guide gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not required.

CAN NON-DRINKERS AND UNDERAGE GUESTS GO ON THE TOUR?

Yes, nondrinker and underage tickets are available for $25/person.  

Are restrooms available during the tour?

Yes. Bathrooms are available at each of the distilleries.

IS THE VAN AIR CONDITIONED?

Of course!  Charleston's summer heat is brutal.

What happens if it rains?

These are bus tours, so they are held rain or shine (although we reserve the right to cancel the tour in the event of a hurricane, or other really extreme weather event).

Are cameras allowed on the tour?

Yes, cameras are welcome and we encourage guests to post photos to social media!

Where does the tour finish?

All tours end within easy walking distance the Charleston Visitors Center.

Can I shop on the tour?

Yes, each distillery has alcohol (in limited quantities in accordance with South Carolina law) and other merchandise available for purchase.

Are tours offered only in English?

Yes.

Policies and Procedures

Charleston Distillery Tour is locally owned and operated. It is important for us to be aware of group number changes or group cancellations as soon as possible to allow other potential guests the opportunity to experience our wonderful micro-distillery community in the case that you are not able to do so. The Charleston Distillery Tour relies on an on-time departure in order to operate smoothly and maintain a good rapport with the distilleries we visit. We also want to ensure that our guests who arrived on time are not left waiting. We specialize in small personalized distillery educational experiences and in order to ensure that every guest has a wonderful experience, we have put the following policies and procedures in place.

24 Hour Cancellation Policy

If your group has less than 6 guests and you are unable to attend the tour you have scheduled, please call us no later than 24 hours before the date and time of your scheduled tour departure and a full refund will be issued.  Within 24 hours of your tour, we will be unable to issue a refund.

48 Hour Cancellation Policy

If you have a group of 6 guests or more and are unable to attend the tour you have scheduled, please call us no later than 48 hours before the date and time of your scheduled tour departure and a full refund will be issued. For groups of 6 or more, within 48 hours of your tour, we will be unable to issue a refund.

If Charleston Distillery Tour guests arrive at the tour meeting place intoxicated, it is at the guide’s discretion whether or not to allow them on board. If you are turned away due to intoxication, you will still be charged in full for the tour.  Underage and nondrinker tickets are available for $25 per person. Please try to arrive for your cruise approximately 10-15 minutes early.  In deference to other guests, we are unable to delay the start of tours to accommodate late arriving guests.

 

 
 

Contact

Tours offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Tours meet at the Charleston Visitors Center, 375 Meeting Street, in the Bus Shed.

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

T: 843-259-2603
E: CharlestonDistilleryTours@gmail.com



 

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