The 2015 Beer Issue 

The Craft Beer All-Star Showdown, cask ales, brewsters, and more

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Jonathan Boncek

Welcome to our 2015 Beer Issue. This year we’ve decided to get a little competitive. You see, Charleston’s brewers are a supportive bunch. Over the past 10 years, the beer community has worked together to turn what was once a one-brewery town into a thriving scene. The beer nerds are so supportive, in fact, we couldn’t find a single one to say anything critical about the Holy City’s brewski business. We’re telling you, the love and the loyalty’s so strong, it’s like a hop-themed HBO miniseries, Band of Brewers.

That’s all well and good, but come on Charleston, we know you have your local favorites. That’s why we’re introducing our Craft Beer All-Star Showdown — a 16-seed match-up of some of the best brews in town. Play the game yourself by going online to vote on what you think is the city’s best beer. Can’t handle that pressure? Just want to hold hands on the sideline cheerleading? Well, we have something for you too — stories on the Road to the Great American Beer Fest, Cask Ale, and the work of some punky BREWSTERS. Cheers.

Hoppy Beers Round 1: Palmetto's Homefront IPA vs. Coast's HopArt
Hoppy Beers Round 1: Palmetto's Homefront IPA vs. Coast's HopArt Craft Beer All-Star Showdown

The Craft Beer All Star Showdown lets City Paper readers choose between two Charleston beers in our weeklong showdown. Check out the full bracket below. Today's first match-up is Palmetto's Home Front IPA vs. Coast's HopArt.Voting for this match-up ends at 9 p.m. TODAY.

Sam Spence


Hoppy Beers Round 1: Tradesman's Circuit Breaker IPA vs. Revelry's Funkmaster Brett
Hoppy Beers Round 1: Tradesman's Circuit Breaker IPA vs. Revelry's Funkmaster Brett Craft Beer All-Star Showdown

The Craft Beer All Star Showdown lets City Paper readers choose between two Charleston beers in our weeklong showdown. Check out the full bracket below. Today's first match-up is Tradesman's Circuit Breaker IPA vs. Revelry's Funkmaster Brett. Voting for this match-up ends at 3 p.m. TODAY. — Sam Spence


Dark Beers Round 1: Coast's Blackbeerd vs. Frothy Beard's Choco-naut
Dark Beers Round 1: Coast's Blackbeerd vs. Frothy Beard's Choco-naut Craft Beer All-Star Showdown

The Craft Beer All Star Showdown lets City Paper readers choose between two Charleston beers in our weeklong showdown. Check out the full bracket below. Today's second match-up is Coast's Blackbeerd vs. Frothy Beard's Choco-naut.Voting for this match-up ends at 9 p.m. TODAY. — Kinsey Gidick


Wild Card Round 1: Edmund's Oast's Cararosa vs. Coast 32/50 Kolsch
Wild Card Round 1: Edmund's Oast's Cararosa vs. Coast 32/50 Kolsch Craft Beer All-Star Showdown

The Craft Beer All Star Showdown lets City Paper readers choose between two Charleston beers in our weeklong showdown. Check out the full bracket below. Today's second match-up is Edmund's Oast's Cararosa vs. Coast's 32/50 Kolsch. Voting for this match-up ends at 9 p.m. TODAY. — Sam Spence


Wild Card Round 1: Westbrook Gose vs. Freehouse Sourlina Peche
Wild Card Round 1: Westbrook Gose vs. Freehouse Sourlina Peche Craft Beer All-Star Showdown

The Craft Beer All Star Showdown lets City Paper readers choose between two Charleston beers in our weeklong showdown. Check out the full bracket below. Today's first match-up is Westbrook's Gose vs. Freehouse's Sourlina Peche.Voting for this match-up ends at 3 p.m. TODAY. — Sam Spence


Amber/Brown Round 1: Palmetto Amber vs. Frothy Beard's Tides of Galway
Amber/Brown Round 1: Palmetto Amber vs. Frothy Beard's Tides of Galway Craft Beer All Star Showdown

The Craft Beer All Star Showdown lets City Paper readers choose between two Charleston beers in our weeklong showdown. Check out the full bracket below. Today's first match-up is Palmetto Brewing's Amber Ale vs. Frothy Beard's Tides of Galway. Voting for this match-up ends at 9 p.m. TODAY. — Kinsey Gidick


Amber/Brown Round 1: Revelry's Lean or Fat vs. Coast's All Chinook Pale Ale
Amber/Brown Round 1: Revelry's Lean or Fat vs. Coast's All Chinook Pale Ale Craft Beer All Star Showdown

The Craft Beer All Star Showdown lets City Paper readers choose between two Charleston beers in our weeklong showdown. Today's first match-up is Revelry Brewing's Lean or Fat vs. Coast Brewing's All Chinook Pale Ale. Voting for this match-up ends at 3 p.m. TODAY. — Kinsey Gidick


The Brewster series encourages women to get into the brewhouse
The Brewster series encourages women to get into the brewhouse Punky Brewsters

"Facial hair does not give you rank when it comes to brewing," says Chris Winn, brewer at Tradesmen Brewing Co. Winn should know — he's watched his brewing partner Sara Gayle McConnell, along with Frothy Beard's Macey Martin and Holy City's Julie Stallings create BREWSTER, an ever-growing series of women-only brew days at local breweries. — Connelly Hardaway


Brewers embrace cask ale and thousands of years of beer history
Brewers embrace cask ale and thousands of years of beer history The Real Cask Ale

Have you heard that the beer in England is warm and flat? It's not a wild accusation, especially coming from American tourists accustomed to beer being ice cold and tingling with carbonation. — Brandon Plyler


Charleston’s brewers go for gold at the Great American Beer Festival
Charleston’s brewers go for gold at the Great American Beer Festival Eye on the Prize

 There are beer festivals, and then there’s the Great American Beer Festival. This month will mark the Denver, Colo.’s festival’s 33rd incarnation, and the organizers make no mistake about its superlative nature. Per their website, “Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus private competition.” Gauntlet: thrown. — Timmons Pettigrew


Coming tomorrow: Beer Issue and Craft Beer All-Star Showdown
Coming tomorrow: Beer Issue and Craft Beer All-Star Showdown Sip and Click

Get excited, people. Our annual Beer Issue appears on your friendly neighborhood City Paper rack tomorrow. Landing right in the middle of Beer Week, you'll get your fill of brew stories, and a little something extra: Our Craft Beer All-Star Showdown. — Sam Spence


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