THE COOPER RIVER BREWING COMPANY BEGAN WITH FRIENDSHIPS.
Life’s different paths brought three men together in Mount Pleasant, SC. For one, it was a corporate transfer. Another landed there after college, and the third was a Charleston native. They met on a golf course, where they enjoyed a few craft beers after each game…and became great friends.
Jamie Martin, Michael Gates and Dustin Pait spent a lot of time on back porches, cooking out with their families and loving life. They talked often about the idea of starting a brewery, and realized their personal strengths would blend into a great business partnership. Jamie has always enjoyed visiting breweries around the country, while Michael and his wife had a home brewing kit in their garage for years. Dustin had a nose for an excellent IPA. The character and vibe of Charleston were ideal for another brewery option. After ten years and a lot of thought, they decided to take the leap and pursue a dream.