Cooper River Brewing Company joined Charleston’s thriving craft beer scene in November, 2015. In a top to bottom renovation of a 7,500-square-foot warehouse at 2201 Mechanic Street, just a block north of Mount Pleasant Street on Charleston’s upper peninsula. The idea for Cooper River developed over a decade, along with the friendships of its co-founders. They knew the character and vibe of Charleston were ideal for another brewery option. And they realized their personal strengths would blend into a great business partnership, so they decided to make their dream a reality. These friends discovered that a common thread in most successful local breweries was genuine friendship. Happy people working together fostered a real atmosphere of camaraderie—and made some excellent beers. They were thrilled when Mark Fesche signed on as head brewer. He’s a Seibel Institute graduate with over 20 years of head brewing experience around the country in brewhouses ranging for 7 to 50 barrels.