General Manager/Wine Buyer/Wine Educator
Director of Operations
Sarah O’Kelley comes to the beverage world via a significant food background. From working in the famed Emeril’s culinary department in New Orleans to then opening and operating a popular restaurant in Charleston, SC, she has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the restaurant side of things.
Ultimately wine stole her heart with its infinite intricacies and over the past few years she has immersed herself in that world – traveling in France and California and even getting her hands dirty during harvest in Oregon. She has her Certified Sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers and has achieved the Level 3 Award with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
Sarah is Wine Director for Edmund’s Oast and is General Manager for the wine and beer store–Edmund’s Oast Exchange. She is working to create a diverse inventory and classes for wine lovers of all backgrounds. Sarah continues to find inspiration from her culinary roots and loves discussing pairings. In fact, she spends most of her down time cooking at home or writing and blogging about it. She also has a deep appreciation and love for beer and is excited to help develop the two at EOX.
We’re a beer and wine retail store in downtown Charleston—right next to Edmund’s Oast restaurant. The new incarnation of The Charleston Beer Exchange sports both an incredible craft beer selection and a comprehensive wine collection.
The two-story space offers over 1,000 different varieties of beer and wine sold in cans, bottles, kegs, and growlers. It is also the only location anywhere that patrons can buy beers produced at Edmund’s Oast restaurant to go. The wine offerings include everything from benchmark classics to fun finds from the young vanguard.
Bar tools, glassware, books, and merchandise will also be available. A full curriculum of beer and wine classes, special events, and tastings will be held year-round.
Edmund’s Oast Exchange is led by a stellar group of knowledgeable professionals including Certified Sommelier Sarah O’Kelley and Advanced Cicerone® Brandon Plyler.