About Our Name
Edisto River Brewing Company's name is taken from one of the sources of our local water supply along with the Bushy Park Reservoir. Water is the main ingredient in beer. In fact, it makes up 90 to 95 percent of your beer’s contents. With water being such an integral part of our beer we only thought it proper that our name reflected the source of that water. The Edisto is considered the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the United States and one of the longest in the world. . Originating in Saluda and Edgefield counties the river traverses more than 5,000 stream miles and meanders through 11 counties before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. The Edisto River’s name originated from the word edisto, a Native American term that means “black” and refers to the dark color of the river created from decaying leaves and other plant material. It was most likely named by the Edisto Tribe, a member of the Cusabo family of tribes that lived along the lower Edisto River in present-day Edisto Island and surrounding Charleston and Colleton counties.
Our brewer Jason is a Charleston native and the definition of homegrown. After meeting his wife and co-owner Mary at Summerville High School, they knew it was love and eloped at eighteen. After serving in the United States Airforce, Jason and Mary moved back to Charleston to be closer to their families and start a family of their own. Jason worked tirelessly to give his children the best life he could, working two jobs so Mary could be a stay-at-home mom. In 2000, Jason started homebrewing thanks to a friend who introduced him to the world of craft beer. Jason then went on to help expand Lowcountry Libations, a homebrew club in Charleston, which is still meeting today! After winning many awards and competing in many homebrew competitions, Jason and Mary had a dream. They dreamed of opening their own brewery to brew their own beer and share their flavors with the world. Once their youngest daughter graduated from high school in 2019, they began work on the dream that would become Edisto River Brewing Company. Mary and Jason worked every day with the help of family and friends to transform a 30-year-old paint and body shop into the brewery that we all know and love today. Now distributing to many bars and restaurants, Edisto River Brewing Company can be tasted in many areas of the Lowcountry. They hope to keep brewing and sharing their dream with the world, so cheers to a dream coming true.