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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Westbrook Brewing Company turns two

Happy Anniversary to the Westbrooks

Posted by Eric Doksa on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

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It's hard to believe it's been two whole years. Westbrook Brewing Company turns two this week and, man, have they got some treats lined up for the celebration.

Since they sold their first keg of beer on Dec. 20, 2010, Edward and Morgan Westbrook will be tapping their first keg of the Second Anniversary Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout at Coleman Public House on Thursday at 7 p.m.

From the release notes: "Inspired by the legendary and fictional adventures of the mythical Cap'n Skoon (who bears an uncanny resemblance to our Head Brewer, Scott Koon), the Ballistic Baltic Stout is a massive imperial stout fermented with a lager yeast."

And what's a birthday without cake? They'll be bringing along the 2011 release of Mexican Cake Imperial Stout.

In addition, special anniversary flights at the Brewery will be $6 all weekend. Here's the lineup:

Thurs: Mourvedre Barrel Aged Quad, "Plum Pudding" Xmas Quad, Bella Vigna Tripel, Apple Brandy Barrel Tripel.

Fri: Lichtenhainer Weisse, Gratzer, FLANDERS RED, Brett & No Mices

Sat: Mini-Growler Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs and Seasalt, Mini-Growler with Black Cardamom, 2012 Mexican Coffee Cake, Apple Brandy Barrel Imperial Stout.

Most of these beers are pretty rare, and we're very excited about all of them, especially the Flanders Red (which has been aging for quite some time now).

Now that's an anniversary we can get excited about.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Goose Island Brewery flies south this winter

Kickoff party at Foster's Pub

Posted by Eric Doksa on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

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The ever popular Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago is finally heading to South Carolina. The good folks from Pearlstine Distributors and Goose Island will be onsite at Foster's Pub in Mt. P on Mon., Nov. 19 to kickoff the Charleston launch by pouring the following tasty beers:

312 Urban Wheat (4.2% ABV, 79, 31)
Honker's Ale (4.3% ABV, 86, 76)
India Pale Ale (5.9% ABV, 88, 96)
Mild Winter (5.6% ABV, 86, 82)

The beers will start pouring promptly at 6 p.m. If all goes well, we're hoping to see more of their portfolio make it down south before long (Ahem...Bourbon County Brand Stout).

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Holy City Brewing brings home the gold

Way to go Pluff Mud Porter

Posted by Eric Doksa on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

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This past weekend over 50,000 people attended the 31st Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo. While over 500 breweries (with more than 2,700 beers) are at the festival, last year I noted the only thing missing was the presence of breweries from Charleston. That changed in 2012, with both Palmetto Brewing and Holy City Brewing venturing out west to showcase their beers.

Within the first 20 minutes of the festival I ran into two Charlestonians supporting Charleston craft beer.

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Later on I stumbled across Christopher Winn from Palmetto Brewing. Luckily, I got a pour of Ginger Slap early, as it was pretty popular and they ran out halfway through the day session on Saturday.

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I had a lot of fun during my three-day stay in Denver, but the moment of glory was seeing Chris Brown, brewmaster of Holy City Brewing, walking around with a permanent grin on his face. I ran into him right after the awards ceremony on Saturday and he was wearing a gold medal.

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Holy City Brewing put their Pluff Mud Porter up against 44 other Brown Porters from across the country and came out on top, beating out SweetWater's Exodus Porter, which came in second place.

In celebration, there will be two events held this week.

Closed For Business will host a Holy City Gold Medal Tap Night this Thursday from 6-11 p.m. They'll be pouring Pluff Mud Porter, Category 2 IPA, Pecan Dream, and Highcountry Pale Ale. Discounted pints of Pluff Mud Porter will be available to help savor the victory.

On Friday from 4-8 p.m., Carnival Night returns to the brewery. Without any shadow of a doubt, this one has Pluff Mud Porter celebration written all over it: Pluff Mud Porter-braised barbecue pork sandwiches from Hello My Name is BBQ, Pluff Mud Porter Chocolates from Sweeteeth Chocolates, Pluff Mud Porter Bread from EVO Craft Bakery, and Pluff Mud Porter Pops from King of Pops. Music will be provided by The Bluestone Ramblers with special guest Philip Barker.

Congratulations to Holy City Brewing for a well-deserved win. This is great news for Charleston and our growing craft beer community.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Iron Brew competition this weekend

Honey beer

Posted by Eric Doksa on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

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This Saturday at Holy City Brewery more than 60 home-brewer teams will compete in the area’s first Iron Brew Competition presented by Mellow Mushroom Charleston and Holy City Brewery. The event is open to the public from 3-7 p.m.

Each team will present a beer made using the official ingredient, honey, to a panel of judges. The judges will score based on the beers aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression.

The public is also invited to vote for the “People’s Choice.” A recommended $10 donation to the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation, a public charity established to help students with disabilities reach their secondary educational goals at the College of Charleston, will allow guests to sample the home brews, and vote for their favorite brewer to advance to the finals.

At Iron Brew, trucks will be on site selling $2 slices of Mellow Mushroom pizza and $3 Holy City beers (cash only). There will also be live music by South Street and Champagne with Friends.

The teams will be narrowed down to the top ten home brews, and the winner of the Iron Brew will be revealed at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Mellow Mushroom Avondale.

The winning team gets a prize pack that includes having their beer produced by Holy City and sold exclusively by Mellow Mushroom Avondale and Mellow Mushroom King Street. Second place — a.k.a. “The Best of the Rest” — and the most original beer name will also win prizes.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

House of Brews is turning one

Raise a Beer Glass

Posted by Eric Doksa on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

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It’s hard to believe that our favorite one story, craft beer infested, two bedroom house has been open a whole year. That means it’s time to celebrate.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30th, the good folks at House of Brews will be pouring a bunch of tasty suds from their new eight-tap system, with an additional three beers, including some Lips of Faith, being poured by New Belgium Beer Ranger Grant Smith out back.

Rumor has it that we’ll be seeing some special brews from Bell’s, Avery, Westbrook, Ommegang, Stone, Allagash, Cisco, Evil Twin, and more. The massive bottle selection will also be available for purchase.

In addition, a very special HOB One-Year Anniversary homebrew will be available for tasting. Back in May, I got a chance to brew with owner Rob Davis and HOB regular Josh Denney. Our collaboration resulted in a blood orange saison. Here's to hoping it's delicious.

Live bluegrass music will be provided by 17 South and Farm on Fire will be satisfying cravings with some barbecue. The King of Pops will be there too. We’re hoping he brings some beersicles.

Parking will be limited, so car pooling is strongly recommended. For maximum enjoyment, book a DD now. Let’s do this!

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