Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Critics' Picks for Charleston Beer Week

The Best On Tap

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 4:00 AM

EVO Is Local
Mon. Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
Pay as you go.
EVO, 1075 E. Montague Ave.

Have you ever woken up on a Monday morning surrounded by empty cans of PBR and the stale crusts of Dominos pizza? Well, this beer and pizza night at EVO is nothing like that. Head over to the Park Circle pizzeria on Monday, starting at 6 p.m., where EVO will feature locally-sourced pizzas and craft beers from 15 different Charleston breweries. Drink specials include selections from Holy City Brewing, Revelry Brewing Co., Snafu Brewing Company, Frothy Beard Brewery, Tradesman Brewing Co., Oak Road Brewery, and Cooper River Brewing. Food specials include mini paninis, beer-braised pork empanadas, crostini, caramel corn, roasted vegetable tarts, and beer-braised house meatballs. —Sigrid Johannes

An Evening w/ Blackberry Farm
Tues. Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m.
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer, 4 Vanderhorst St.

Downtown's Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer presents a brew-filled evening with Kyle Morgan of Blackberry Farm Brewery. Located at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm recently won a gold medal at the 2016 World Cup of Beer for their Classic Saison. Kudu will be serving this winner along with Summer Saison, Fall Saison, Abbey Blonde, and Abby Brune. And after a 5-oz. sampling of each one, you get a 12-oz. glass of your favorite brew. Because Blackberry Farm is more than a brewery, you also get to sample some of the farm's specialty meats prepared by their very own butcher, David Rule, as well as their special cheeses. And at the end, the biggest treat is that you get the latest limited release in their Native Series on your way out, The Blackberry Rye Farmhouse Ale. —Amani Eley

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Where the Wild Things R
Wed. Sept. 14 at 4 p.m.
Pay as you go
Revelry Brewing Co. 10 Conroy St.

Everyone has a friend who recommends the most obscure and adventurous drinks, and now that guy can be you. Come out to Revelry Brewing Co. for a night of rare sour and wild ales. The full list of 20 different brews hasn't been announced, but Revelry's Sean Fleming promises that "it will be bigger and better than last year, by a lot." If sours get you amped, then this event is just the beginning of your newfound affection for Revelry. The brewery plans on expanding their wood cellar program, which will feature wild and sour beers, with an expected cellar completion date of Jan. 2017. —Sigrid Johannes

Bike Safari w/ Charleston City Paper
Thurs. Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.
Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St.

We aren't biased or anything, but we think that a bike safari at Mellow Mushroom, sponsored by the City Paper, sounds pretty rad. Head to King Street's Mellow with some friends and some two-wheelers. Things kick off at the pizza joint with each team of four given a clue that sets them out on their search. The winner gets a prize, but everyone who completes the safari gets the chance to win prizes in The Best Dressed Team contest for The Most Creative Safari Pictures. And after you're done, there's a 21+ afterparty on the Mellow Mushroom rooftop, and the Cooper River Brewing Company will cool things down with some nice cold brews. —Amani Eley

Hip-Hop Takeover w/ Snafu Brewing
Fri. Sept. 16, 5-10 p.m.
Pay as you go. House of Brews, 1537-C Ben Sawyer Blvd.


Get ready to enter the Brew-Tang with Snafu Brewing Company's Hip-Hop Takeover at The House of Brews. Five different beers will be on tap, with the majority being limited release beers only available at House of Brews. One of the LL Cool Drinks that Snafu will provide is its flagship Snafu-Tang, a sour ale brewed with oranges. Hats, pint glasses, and other Snafu products will be giveaway prizes and Pep Rolls will be serving up its whole-wheat rolls stuffed with pepperoni. "We just love our Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest," says Julie Koon, director of operations and co-owner of Snafu Brewing. The North Charleston brewery can currently be found on taps around the city, with plans to open their onsite tasting room in the near future. —Heath Ellison

Folly Craft Beer Dinner
Fri. Sept. 16 at 3 p.m.
Chico Feo, 122 E. Ashley Ave.

Head on out to Folly for a four-course meal paired with four local beers. Hosted by the original Charleston pub and brewery tour, and located at backyard oasis Chico Feo, the courses include dishes like meat on a stick paired with Freehouse Brewing's Battery Brown Ale; Cuban beans and rice paired with Tradesman Brewing Company's Welder's Agave; Chico's curry goat and dumplings paired with COAST Brewing's Hopart IPA; and smoked cheeses and chocolates paired with Holy City Brewing's Pluff Mudd Porter. Guests can enjoy live music from Deadwin while dining. —Connelly Hardaway


Sunset Paddle & Lowcountry Boil
Sat. Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.
Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Road

Holy City Brewing partners with Charleston Outdoor Adventures for an evening of adventure. COA will guide guests through Lowcountry waterway Island Creek on kayaks leading to an all-you-can-eat Lowcountry boil, featuring Holy City beers, at Bowen's Island Restaurant. The trip down the waterway is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. and, according to COA owner Joe Lotts, it will be just as much of a casual hangout as it is a tour. This event is also a fundraiser for the Charleston Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization that is dedicated to protecting the ocean. —Heath Ellison

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Plans for Scott’s Bar-B-Que pit to go before BAR

Meatings and agendas

Posted by Dustin Waters on Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 2:35 PM

Proposed changes for Rodney Scott's new location on 1011 King St. are set to go before the city's Board of Architectural Review Sept. 8 - CITY OF CHARLESTON BAR/REGGIE GIBSON ARCHITECTS
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  • Proposed changes for Rodney Scott's new location on 1011 King St. are set to go before the city's Board of Architectural Review Sept. 8
Following last week’s news that barbecue maven Rodney Scott will be setting up shop in Charleston, now comes the effort to transform the former Chick’s Fry House into a pork-lover’s paradise.

Set to go before the city’s Board of Architectural Review this week for final approval are plans to construct a sizable barbecue pit behind the former hot-chicken hangout at 1011 King St. Proposed sight plans of the new addition show the pit area could account for one-third of the eatery’s size and serve as a fitting home for Scott to go whole hog.

While plans for the latest addition to the area’s growing number of high-profile barbecue joints still await final approval, just let this be another reminder that this is all really happening.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Here's where to watch your favorite NFL teams


Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

We already told y'all where to catch all of your favorite college football games, and now we're here to share some NFL spots. Go Panthers, eh? Heck, we just like football, and we'll watch any game, anytime. Read on for where to join fellow fans.
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For Philadelphia fans D.D. Peckers is home to avid Eagles fans.

All of the Kickin’ Chicken locations are doing draft leagues this year. Their Downtown location roots for the Washington Redskins.

Another great place for draft leagues is the Carolina Ale House, especially if you are a fan of the Carolina Panthers. Local 616 also hails Panthers fans from all over to join them for drinks and good football.

From Pittsburgh? Or just like the Steelers? Steel City Pizza and King Street Grille are the places for you.

If you are a Ravens fan you are in luck. Head on over to Boone’s Bar, Charleston Beer Works, or King Street Public House.

Additionally, Charleston Beer Works supports the Buffalo Bills and the Redskins.

If you are still bitter about the scandal in the 2015 Seattle-New England Super Bowl both Cutty’s and Liberty Tap Room can help take the edge off in a Seahawks friendly environment.

Head to O’Brion’s Pub and Grill on James Island to see the New York Jets play this season.

The owners of Halls Chophouse are die-hard San Francisco fans. If the 49ers are playing they will be on every TV.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The 2016-2017 college football starts this week — here's where to watch your team


Posted by Chris Beckley on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 4:02 PM

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It's officially college football season, y'all. Start cheesin' up those nachos and dunkin' those wings. Or skip that mess and head to the nearest local bar or restaurant playing your favorite teams. The USC Gamecocks kick off the season tonight at Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. Catch it on ESPN.

*If we left out your team and associated bar, please email us at

Watch the aforementioned Gamecocks at King Street Grille in Mount Pleasant, Momma Goldberg’s, The Sparrow, The Recovery Room, Bay Street Biergarten (be wary of Clemson fans, they'll be there, too), The Alley, and Big Game Bar and Grille.

The Alley, Midtown, Kickin’ Chicken in West Ashley, Juanita Greenberg’s, Momma Goldberg’s, Rec Room, and O’Brion’s on Folly Road can all be found waving the famous Tiger paw on days when Clemson is playing. Oh, and two of the owners of Bay Street Biergarten graduated from Clemson and are sure to be watching along with their patrons.

West Ashley's Kickin’ Chicken welcomes Clemson and UK Wildcat fans.

Momma Goldberg’s will also be playing Auburn games this season in addition to the Carolina favorites.

Alabama games will be played on the multiple TV’s over at Juanita Greenberg’s.

The three Home Team Barbecue locations will be kicking off this season all-in for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Burn’s Alley, tucked away on King Street, welcomes all North Carolina Tar Heel fans.

The Mellow Mushroom downtown is a great place to enjoy a pizza while watching the Virginia Tech Hokies.

We have gators here for sure, but none of them can play football like the Florida Gators. Parson Jack’s is the best place to watch the Sunshine State’s sports.

Last but not least, Moe’s Crosstown Tavern is the place to go for NC State fans. Assemble your Wolfpack to relish in some killer pub food.

Watch the LSU Tigers at Local's in Mt. P. 

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The Blind Tiger reopens Thursday with a mayoral ribbon cutting

Once again separating State and Church

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 11:53 AM

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What does one have to do to get a mayoral ribbon cutting? Reopen a beloved bar, apparently. According to Jack O'Toole, the city's Director of Communication, Mayor John Tecklenburg will walk over to The Blind Tiger roughly around 6 p.m. tonight to usher in a new era for the Broad Street speakeasy. 

As readers know, The Blind Tiger closed in January following what longtime owner Lisa Brown said at the time was a decision by her landlords not to renew her lease. Developer Mike Shuler, who also owns Midtown, is one of the landlords and took over ownership of the Tiger after the closure. 

Shuler has spent the past year renovating the building at 36 Broad and 38 Broad St. and tonight he'll reveal the new look complete with new flooring, lighting, and a menu that Eater posted earlier this week. The menu includes sandwiches, oysters on the half shell, and, of course, the dish of our time, avocado toast. 

You can toast the Tiger with toast tonight beginning at 6 p.m., and if you hit it at the right time, O'Toole tells us you may even get a performance from Tecklenburg tickling the Tiger's ivories, too.

Come hang out tonight. #BlindTiger #bartending #grandopening

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