Guests at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation have a taste for the good things in life, whether it's where you stay or what you sip. All beers are not created equally, and the recent craft-beer craze has made it easier for beer lovers to sample a broad selection of flavors at local brewpubs and from microbrews from around the world.
There's no shortage of places to get your craft-beer fix on the Grand Strand, and guests at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation are close to some of the best spots for unique brews. So, after a day on the golf course or kicking around town, check out these local brewpubs and microbreweries for a local craft-beer experience:
* American Tap House: Located at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, this chain recently opened to bring beers from around the U.S. and around the corner to your mug. In addition to hard-to-find bottles from American microbreweries, this warehouse-style building serves 20 regional beers on tap from the Carolinas and the South.
* Bully's Pub & Grill: If you need a cold one quick, this nearby watering hole is your best bet. Located at Barefoot Landing, walking distance from The Cottages at North Beach Plantation, Bully's serves a selection of domestic and imports in bottles and on tap, including a featured microbrew (currently Pecans Gone Wild Smoked Beer by Seminar Brewing in Florence, S.C.).
* Flynn's Irish Tavern: This authentic Irish pub on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach is a local institution, literally and figuratively. Formerly the town jail, the building now serves a long list of imports in bottles and on tap. Enjoy a pint of Guinness or some lesser-known brew, and belly up next to friendly folks in a festive atmosphere.
* Liberty Tap Room & Grill: Often overlooked for its more popular sister restaurant and brewery at Broadway at the Beach, this Myrtle Beach bar and grill has the same great, house-crafted beers and tasty food. One of the best happy hours in town (daily, 4 to 8 p.m.) offers house brews and delicious appetizers at value pricing.
* Molly Darcy's Irish Pub: It's tough to find an authentic, oceanfront Irish pub on this side of the Atlantic, but this North Myrtle Beach establishment gives guests a true taste of Ireland with a beach vibe. Order from a long menu of domestic and imported drafts and bottles, including Highland Gaelic Ale, Ballast Point Sculpin and Magner's Cider, and use them to wash down some Shepherd's Pie or Bangers & Mash.
* New South Brewing Co.: You can't find beer any fresher than straight from the brewery, and Myrtle Beach's only microbrewery allows patrons to get just that. Offering weekly tasting tours and afternoon pours (4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays), New South serves its own creative concoctions in the brewery's bar. You can even fill up a growler to take back to The Cottages at North Beach Plantation.
* Pine Lakes Tavern: Located near the famous Myrtle Beach golf course of the same name, Pine Lakes Tavern has something else in common with “The Granddaddy.” Just as Pine Lakes Country Club was the first of many golf courses on the Grand Strand, PLT is Myrtle Beach’s first gastropub. Serving hand-crafted beers and a creative food menu, PLT has a friendly neighborhood bar feel and a beautiful back patio overlooking Pine Lake.
For guests at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation with a craving for vino, visit the Duplin Winery outlet just across Kings Highway at Barefoot Landing. Or even closer, check out the 21 Main Wine Bar for a wide variety of wines, beers and cocktails. No matter what you use to wet your whistle, you can find it close to The Cottages at North Beach Plantation.