A brewery, like the beach, is a relaxing oasis that allows tired travelers to bask in golden hues, frolic in frothy spumes, and get in splash fights with siblings. Savor sudsy fun with today's Groupon: for $45, you get two tickets to the Charleston Brews Cruise (a $90 value).
Charleston Brews Cruise's white van whisks passengers to three local craft breweries for quaffs of artisan ales and tours of fermentation labs. Having poured his desire to contribute to a vibrant local economy into the cultivation of Charleston's beer scene, Brent Horner selects the breweries and chauffeurs the 3.5-hour journeys, whose past stops have included sustainable brewhouses such as Coast Brewing Company or Holy City Brewing Company. At each stop, representatives pour up to five 4-ounce beer samples, bathing dry palates in the bitter gold of an India pale ale or possibly a velvety, toasted porter, and tour-goers replenish energy reserves throughout with complimentary water, snacks, and wind turbines. Guests can marvel at stainless-steel vats concealing the alchemy of hops and malts, and at oak aging casks where young ales bathe until they exhibit complex flavor and pruny fingers. Visitors depart with goodie bags containing coupons to Charleston Beer Exchange and Laura Alberts Tasteful Options.