For over 20 years, the Palmetto Brewery, South Carolina's oldest, has been resurrecting and building upon a beer tradition that reaches back to the days of the Civil War. Charleston’s original Palmetto Brewery was founded in the 1800’s and shut down during Prohibition. The current Palmetto Brewing Company opened in 1993, led by Ed Falkenstein and Louis Bruce. The two friends took regular windsurfing trips to Hood River, OR, and frequented Full Sail Brewery. Inspired by the craft beer scene out west, Falkenstein and Bruce quit their day jobs and opened Palmetto Brewing Co, which was the first craft brewery in the state of South Carolina. Their facility in Charleston includes a brewery and a 14-tap tasting room. They have four primary brews, available year-round, and a variety of seasonal offerings. More than just brewers, they are vocal beer advocates, offering informative tours of their facilities, and take an active role in community events.