Artisanal beers, Your Place, Duck confit pizza 

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Southend Brewery and TBonz have been about the only places in Charleston where you could drink beer brewed on the spot. But a renewed demand and appreciation for a tall dark glass of finely crafted brew has resulted in a whole new batch of Charlestonians making their own artisanal beers. Husband and wife team David Merritt and Jaime Tenney started Coast Brewing Company last September and now Folly Beach Brewing Co. has arrived on 34 Center St. This modest but charming spot, surrounded by colorful hibiscus flowers and benches for outdoor seating, serves a long list of high gravities and red and white wines. It was closed when I went to visit, but through the window I spotted a big wooden wraparound bar perfect for chilling with a homemade brew after a long day in the sun. I wish I could tell you more, but after intense stalking, owner Will Smith from the kayak company Coastal Expeditions, is still nowhere to be found. You'll have to stop by and check it out for yourself. —Alison Sher


I went to Your Place in the Mt. Pleasant Common shopping center the other day to try one of their award-winning burgers only to find the lights off and the doors locked. People in the neighboring stores say that Your Place closed one day around two months ago. It's unfortunate that Your Place didn't survive the move across the river. We still miss that little shack at the end of the Market! —Alison Sher


The third installment in Mellow Mushroom's guest chef series is well on its way. Fuel owners Justin Broome and Trevor Whitmore created this one, a Caribbean-inspired pizza based on the duck confit tacos at their restaurant, appropriately titled "El Pato" (Spanish for duck). With a homemade barbecue sauce base, chipotle corn salsa, pieces of duck confit, fontina cheese, and a swirl of lime crème fraiche, the "El Pato" is a spicy and smoky gourmet twist on your traditional barbecue pizza. According to Justin's big bro and Mellow manager Joshua Broome, the guest chef series was created to give their diners an affordable (and nonthreatening) culinary adventure. It's good. It's safe. It's pizza. But it will only be available for six weeks. Look out for the City Paper's Jeff Allen's rendition of the pizza pie coming soon. —Alison Sher



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