Extreme beers push beyond accepted styles
Extreme beers push beyond accepted styles Blurred Lines

For Americans, bigger is better. Whether it's buildings, boobs, buffets, or beer, we want it big enough to block out the sun or at least put us down for the count. When it comes to beer, we celebrate the brewers who go big and bold with their beer-making experiments using creative and crazy combinations of spices, barrels, exotic fruits, and big alcohol. — Brandon Plyler

How (and why) the humble Recovery Room became the nation's No. 2 PBR seller
How (and why) the humble Recovery Room became the nation's No. 2 PBR seller Workingman's Brews

There's nothing to be said about the Recovery Room Tavern that can't be said about any other dive bar under any other overpass in America. It's a windowless hovel on Upper King Street with pinball, pool, and foosball, its walls decorated according to no particular theme and its restrooms bedecked in vulgar latrinalia. — Paul Bowers

New beer gardens and brewpubs are upping the ante for beer lovers
New beer gardens and brewpubs are upping the ante for beer lovers Go Big or Go Home

Whatever you do, don't call Edmund's Oast a "beer garden." I made the mistake of dropping that phrase when asking co-owner Rich Carley about his new venture on Morrison Drive. "It's not a beer garden!" he growled. "Who said it was a beer garden?" — Robert F. Moss

The pint bill has blown open big opportunities for beermakers
The pint bill has blown open big opportunities for beermakers Tasting Room Boom

In June, the Pint Bill, as it became known, passed the South Carolina legislature and everyone caught Pint Bill fever. The beer blogosphere erupted with it. But what's the big deal anyway? — Timmons Pettigrew

Upcoming Beer Events
  • Craft Beer Cruise

    Fri., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Fri., Sept. 26, 7 p.m. and Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.

    Cruise the harbor and sip on featured brews from Holy City Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, and Terrapin Beer Co. Wine and cocktails will also be available. Weigh Station will perform.

    Carolina Queen
    17 Lockwood Dr.
  • Sustainable Seafood Dinner

    Sustainable Seafood Dinner

    Sun., Aug. 31, 6-9:30 p.m.

    Chef Brannon Florie teams up with Palmetto Brewing Co. for the five-course beer dinner to raise money for the Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

    The Granary
    624 Long Point Road
    Mt. Pleasant
  • Bendy Brewski Yoga

    Bendy Brewski Yoga

    Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

    The brewery opens its doors early for 45 min. of all-levels yoga followed by a flight of beer. Mats are available to borrow. Food truck and public rolls in at noon.

    Holy City Brewing
    4155-C Dorchester Road
    North Charleston
  • Ultimate Beer Flight

    Ultimate Beer Flight

    Mondays, 5 p.m.

    Sample four craft beers at this weekly drop-in.

    Accent on Wine
    132 Main St.
  • Bendy Brewski Yoga at Palmetto Brewery

    Bendy Brewski Yoga at Palmetto Brewery

    Mondays, 6:15 p.m.

    Stop by Palmetto Brewing Co. for an hourlong yoga class. After class, re-hydrate with some suds from the brewery.

    Palmetto Brewing Co.
    289 Huger Street
  • Rare Beer Tuesday

    Tuesdays, 5 p.m.

    Every week the guys at CBX tap an extra-special keg on the growler station.

    Charleston Beer Exchange
    14 Exchange St.
  • Tuesday Night Beer Flights

    Tuesdays, 5-10 p.m.

    Selection changes weekly and flights are sold at market price, usually somewhere around $12 per flight. Matched with snacks of the chef's choice.

    1075 E. Montague Ave.
    North Charleston
  • Growler Hour

    Wednesdays, 5-9 p.m.

    $1 off drafts. Visit website to view what will be on tap. Dinner menu available. Get a free growler bottle with a fill ($6 value). Mention the word of the day on Twitter and get a free appetizer.

    Laura Alberts Tasteful Options
    891 Island Park Drive #B
    Daniel Island
  • Beer Tasting

    Beer Tasting

    Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.

    Sample up to eight different craft-brewed beers.

    Total Wine & More
    1820 Ashley River Road
    West Ashley
  • Tap Takeover Thursday

    Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

    Each week a different brewery will takeover the six growler taps at Bottles' tasting bar. Try a new beer and fill up your growler to-go.

    610 Coleman Blvd.
    Mt. Pleasant
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