Edmund’s Oast to open freestanding brewery in 2016

The brewery at Edmund's Oast. Wade Spees/Staff

When plans for Edmund’s Oast were first announced, everyone assumed the big deal would be beer, since owners Rich Carley and Scott Shor were responsible for the Charleston Beer Exchange. And while the beer program has dazzled aficionados, it’s far from the only thing at the NoMo restaurant, which has become equally well-known for its food, wine and cocktails.

But now beer is returning to center stage with an as-of-yet unnamed brewery and taproom produced by the Edmund’s crew. The freestanding facility is scheduled to open in late 2016; the exact location hasn’t been disclosed.

“We have loved being part of the growth of Charleston’s beer scene and look forward to growing our brewing operations so others locally and around the country can enjoy (its output) whenever they want,” Shor is quoted as saying in a release announcing the upper peninsula project.

According to the release, beers brewed at the new facility will be available in cans, bottles and kegs for retail and wholesale sale in Charleston and beyond. While the initial lineup of beers hasn’t been determined, many of the most popular brews on tap at Edmund’s are likely to make the cut.

In addition to making and serving beers, the forthcoming venue -- described as “significantly larger” than Edmund’s Oast -- will double as a warehouse for barreled beer.

Edmund’s Oast brewer Cameron Read will head up the new brewery, while remaining in charge of beer production at the restaurant.