Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Westbrook Brewing Co. debuts “Stingrays IPA,” with a portion of proceeds going towards the South Carolina Aquarium conservation efforts

Available at the brewery on National IPA Day

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 4:51 PM

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Westbrook Brewing Company is releasing a new beer in partnership with the South Carolina Aquarium. The “Stingrays IPA” will debut at the Mount Pleasant brewery on August 6, with a portion of proceeds going towards the South Carolina Aquarium’s conservation efforts.
“Our community is facing tough environmental challenges including increased plastic pollution and impacts from climate change like sea level rise and increased storms,” said South Carolina Aquarium conservation programs manager Kelly Thorvalson in a press release.

“Collaborative partnerships like the one with Westbrook Brewing Company allow us to reach beyond our normal capacity to raise awareness about these challenges. We hope to inspire community members to take personal action to protect water, wildlife and wild places in South Carolina for future generations.”

The 7 percent ABV beer was made using Citra, Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops and has “enticing impressions of orange blossoms, lime zest, lychee fruit and ripe papaya.” Westbrook will offer the IPA in four-packs starting on Thursday, which happens to be National IPA Day. Guests who purchase a four-pack to-go will receive a complimentary Stingray IPA koozie and reusable tote bag.

For more information, visit
Location Details Westbrook Brewing Co.
Westbrook Brewing Co.
510 Ridge Road
Mt. Pleasant
Charleston, SC
(843) 654-9114
Tours and Tastings: Tues.-Fri. 4-7, Sat. 12-6 p.m.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Crosstown beer bar opens with 60+ craft beers, wine, sake and more for pick up

Meet Guilded Horn

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Guilded Horn, a cozy 240-square-foot beer bar, is now open for takeout daily, offering a wide range of local craft drafts, wine, sake, alcoholic kombucha and more. The small taproom is located just south of the Crosstown Expressway at 267 Rutledge Ave. in the same building as upcoming restaurant Chasing Sage.
After homebrewing for five years, owner Rutledge Baker came up with the idea to open a bar unlike any other in Charleston — one that would satisfy the curious beer drinker looking for a more refined setting. The coronavirus pandemic forced Baker to debut on July 13 with takeout-only, but he's still offering a wide variety of local options in bottles, cans and growlers to-go.

Guilded Horn is a one man operation - PARKER MILNER FILE
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  • Guilded Horn is a one man operation
"I had always planned on having a retail component, so I already had my PO7 which is basically your seven-day, on-premise and off-premise alcohol license pre-pandemic," Baker said. "That allows us to sell to-go everyday of the week."

Right now, Baker's tap list includes brews from The Hold by Revelry Brewing, Charles Towne Fermentory, Ghost Monkey Brewery and Westbrook Brewing Company, all of which are sold in growlers to-go. He also has one of his own beers on tap, the Guilded Horn Beyond the Pale ale, brewed with honey, grapefruit and jalapeno.

Beyond the draft offering, the options are seemingly endless with plenty of booze to satisfy non-beer drinkers. "I've got about 60 beers, 20 wines, digestifs, ciders, sake and mead," Baker said. "All in it's about 130 SKUs."

It might not be the opening he envisioned a year ago, but Baker is excited about the future for Guilded Horn.

"The response has been good," he said. "Nothing like this really exists in this part of town, so I think people are really excited about that." 

All orders can be placed online at Pick up hours are 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Location Details Guilded Horn
267 Rutledge Ave. Unit D.
Charleston, SC
Mon.-Fr. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Charleston Beer Fest gathers virtually ahead of rescheduled September festival

Tune in on Instagram TV @chsbeerfest

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 1:56 PM

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Charleston Beer Fest was rescheduled for Sept. 26, but the folks behind the annual Riverfront Park festival want to keep suds-lovers entertained while Charleston residents continue to spend more time at home.

This Thursday starting at 6 p.m., they'll host the first ever Virtual Charleston Beer Fest, a free event that will feature local brewers, homebrewers, crafters, food vendors and others who will share insights and trends in the world of beer culture.
"In a socially distant world, we socially driven businesses are learning how to adapt our brands and reach our fans through virtual platforms," said event director Maryann Mazurek. "Virtual Charleston Beer Fest has been designed to give our audience a behind the scenes look at the many talents who band together to create the atmosphere of the in-person festival."

Tune in via Charleston Beer Fest's Instagram @chsbeerfest at 6 p.m. to take in the action. Those looking to fully invest in the virtual gathering should head to The Brew Cellar in Park Circle Tuesday through Thursday to purchase a curated six-pack highlighting participating brewers from Freehouse Brewery, Commonhouse Aleworks and Holy City Brewing. 

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Frothy Beard Brewing Company will host a digital beer festival on July 11

20 cans of beer on the wall

Posted by Parker Milner on Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 8:25 AM

Frothy Beard Brewing Company knows that summer is normally festival season in Charleston. Unable to bring together large groups this year, the West Ashley brewery is finding a way to celebrate with their first-ever Digital Beer Fest on Sat., July 11.

"Attendees" are encouraged to wear festival garb and can pick up beer before the "festival," which will take place online. According to the event page, your $80 ticket includes, "11 different beers, a T-shirt and a bag of pretzels and twine to make your own pretzel necklaces and link to video produced by us that'll make you feel like you are right there at your favorite festival."
Beers include Frothy favorites like the Sip Sip Pass IPA and Positive Vibes golden ale along with newcomers like the Walhallaweisse Hefeweizen. In total, your ticket gets you 20 cans of beer plus a bottle of Barrel Aged Necromancer.

Purchase your ticket online ahead of July 11 when the video component of the festival will be released. Beer pick-ups will take place on July 10 and July 11.
Location Details Frothy Beard Brewing
Frothy Beard Brewing
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
West Ashley
Charleston, SC
(843) 793-2970
Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.
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Monday, May 25, 2020

Charleston craft beer community mourning the death of Matty Symons, co-founder of Two Blokes Brewing Co.

"We'll miss you, Matty. Hooroo, good friend."

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, May 25, 2020 at 9:26 AM

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It is with extreme sadness we have to announce that Matty Symons, head brewer and owner of Two Blokes Brewing, husband and father, our friend and fearless leader, has passed away. This was very sudden and unexpected from a severe stroke. There are no words to describe how grateful we are for the support we have felt in the last few days and we will definitely need it to get through this. While we are still coming to terms with this overwhelming loss, please be respectful of his family and staff's grieving period. We are taking on the challenging task of carrying on at Two Blokes without him. We plan to keep the brewery open because that's what Matty would have wanted. Try to be patient with us while we navigate through this difficult time. He was equally good at pissing people off and making people smile, but if you ever had the chance to share a beer with him it’s easy to see why he was loved by all. Matty will live on in the brewery and the great memories we have shared. The brewery is open today for to-go beer orders and the picnic tables will be open 2-8. Flight is serving 4-8PM. Come out for a few beers and to toast to Matty.

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The local craft beer and brewing community is mourning the death of Matty Symons, co-founder, owner and head brewer of Two Blokes Brewing Co. on Saturday.

A post by Two Blokes on social media Sunday said that Symons' death was sudden, from a "severe stroke."

"While we are still coming to terms with this overwhelming loss, please be respectful of his family and staff's grieving period," the post from the brewery read. "We are taking on the challenging task of carrying on at Two Blokes without him."

Symons grew up in Melbourne, Australia before moving to Charleston in 2007 to work for Blackbaud, according to a Gofundme set up to raise money for his family. He founded Two Blokes in 2016 with Sean Geddis, a co-worker who shared his love of beer. After studying at the Siebel Institute of Technology, America’s oldest brewing school, Symons brought 20 years of experience to the Mount Pleasant brewery.

The South Carolina Brewers Guild is raising money for Symons' family, with nearly $25,000 raised by Wednesday afternoon. This Friday May 29, every brewery in the greater Charleston area will join the fundraising efforts by donating $1 for every pint sold that day. 

The trade group said on social media that, "The Guild is saddened to learn of the passing of Matty Symons, co-founder, owner, and head brewer of Two Blokes Brewing in Mount Pleasant. Matty was a valued member of the South Carolina brewing community, and is survived by his wife and daughter ... We'll miss you, Matty. Hooroo, good friend."

Two Blokes remains open, serving to-go beer orders placed online at

Location Details Two Blokes Brewery
547 Long Point Rd. #101
Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 654-4564
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