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Wow, glad you read my 2 year old review and the rest of them. I probably go to Foster's twice a month, so I don't think Craig would want me to stay home. Many of my early comments were in fact addressed. For a while, I thought the food was stepping up (had a cheesesteak sandwich special that was really good), lately it may have slipped a little.
I can usually find a decent beer here and the food is good. This place continues to be in my rotation. Is it a 5 star as you report, definitely not, but it is a good neighborhood pub with above average beer. I think Craig is a good guy, and the staff at the bar has always been friendly.
I give detailed honest reviews and don't throw 5 stars out at every place. City Paper does not define their stars, but most reataurant guides see 1 star as recommended. 5 is typically reserved for a place that you would drive 200 miles out of your way for (3 to me denotes good). Owners can use my free assessment to improve or not. If they improve, I will go back as is the case with Foster's. Some places are not geared towards my tastes, or do not care to be.
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NC has a 15 cents per gallon cheaper excise tax, thats 2 cents a pint!!!!!!!.
Prices do hold back sales?, my econ professors were all wrong. With your statement, they should be charging a lot more as sales will not falter. I know a few restaurant managers who have removed local beers due to price increases.
I am embarrassed to see a local pint (really 12-14 oz) of regular strength regularly at 7-8, I have had cheaper local beers in NYC and other big expensive cities.
Nobody mentioned that the local brews will eventually price themselves out of the market. Asheville supports all of there breweries in part because it is cheaper to buy a local beer than one from off, not true in Charleston!
Oh yeah, and Holy City Old Man Helles is good lighter beer, but generally what Jaxx said is true. Also, the pricing for Charleston's lighter craft beers is way out of whack!
I count one, and unfortunately it is Southend.
Oak Barrel seems to occasionally have a house beer, and Edmunds is more of a high end beer bar with some eclectic house beers thrown into the mix.
Technically, you can count the others, but if I was new in town and was told to go to these places for a brewpub experience, I would be put off slightly, not saying they aren't good in their own rights.
Just a question, what are are three brewpubs?
Article is a waste. Nobody knew the growth potential of craft beer in 1999, it was already a booming industry just not in South Carolina.
As for local bars all carrying local product, the main issue is local products are completely overpriced. Westbrook cans come to mind!
Most of Charleston's beer crowd wants nothing but over the top sour, hopped, bacon infused, etc. They wouldn't even be able to discern a well made pilsner, pale, or mild. We are a long way from having a beer culture here.
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