The owners of the Charleston Beer Exchange retail stores are expanding into the dining and brewpub business on Morrison Drive.
Egan’s Oast will feature its own on-site brewed craft beers as well as an outdoor German-style beer garden that will be able to accommodate about 200 people, said Scott Shor, who with business partner Rich Carley plan to open by the fall in the former William M. Bird & Co. showroom at 1081 Morrison Drive, south of Brigade Street.
“This will be a working brewpub,” Shor said during a tour of the building earlier this week.
It also will serve other craft beers and have indoor seating for about 130 customers, he said.
Former FIG sous chef Andy Henderson will oversee the open-air kitchen.
The name of the establishment was inspired in part by Edmund Egan, an English brewer who started producing beer after coming to Charleston in the 1760s. Oast is an old European term for a kiln used in the drying of hops.
Shor and Carley opened the Charleston Beer Exchange on Exchange Street in 2008. They added a location in Greenville in 2011.
“This is the most logical extension of growth and development rather than to keep opening more retail stores,” Shor said of the future brewpub and restaurant.
Egan’s Oast is one of the first phases of a major redevelopment project in the north Morrison Drive area. Spearheading the investment is former Jamestown Properties partner Stephen Zoukis of Sullivan’s Island.
See Saturday’s editions of The Post and Courier for more details.
Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.