Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Brews Next: Post apoc-eclipse brews for Tues. Aug. 22-Sun. Aug. 27

If you're reading this, it's not too late for 🍺

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 3:31 PM

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You did it, you survived the overcast total solar eclipse of 2017. If that's not a reason to throw back a few brews, we don't know what is. Check out this week's beer hop-penings below.

Tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. run off all those green alien jello shots you took during the eclipse at Frothy Beard with the Frothy Fit Club. A 45-minute run is followed by beer-sippin' at the brewery.

If you are more into bending than sprinting, head to Tradesman JI for a $15 yoga sesh starting at 6:30 p.m. with beer to follow.

It's Tapas Tuesday at Charles Towne Fermentory. From 5 to 9 p.m. enjoy Spanish eats from The Castejones. 

Charles Towne Fermentory has more great eats Wed. from 4 to 8 p.m. Persimmon Cafe serves up paninis, salads, custards, and more (pairs well with beer).

Kid Aggie, described as a musician with a sound of "Southern American soul with dad rock influences," plays at Palmetto from 5 to 8 p.m.

Brains and Brews at Low Tide Brewing is a free trivia night with sweet prizes for first, second, and third place winners. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. and Pep Rolls food truck will be onsite serving quintessential bar food — bread, cheese, and meat.

Calling all Trivial Pursuit nerds, head to Frothy from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. to get your booze brain workin at trivia night (fun is free, but beer and Zombie Bob's slices will cost ya).

Judson McKinney and Sam Stringfield play at Palmetto from 5 to 8 p.m.

It's almost kick-off time for college football. Head to Two Blokes Brewing between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to shop gameday apparel from Escapada Living.

Persimmon Cafe pops up at Freehouse Brewery from 5 to 9 p.m. and Weigh Station takes the stage.

Fridays mean another edition of the Loading Dock series at Palmetto Brewing. Jay D. Clark takes the stage at 6 p.m. and Bullets Benign follows at 8 p.m. Graze will be onsite providing eats.

Head to our favorite bark friendly brew spot, The Barrel, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for the third annual Bow Wow Film Fest. Tickets are $10, and the evening promises "paw readings," raffle prizes, tons of draft beer for purchase by the pint, and food from Dave 'N' Dubs, with short films featuring fidos, of course. The event benefits local adoption center and spay/neuter clinic Pet Helpers.

Itinerant Literate pops up at Two Blokes for Brews & Books from 3 to 9 p.m.

Herd Provisions pops up at Cooper River Brewing from 4 to 8 p.m. In case you hadn't Herd, the company uses rare British Ancient White Park cattle for their juicy burgers (check out their CSA here).

Head to Rusty Bull Brewing between 5 and 11 p.m. for live music from Mark J. Fisher, a cigar lounge from Southern Smoke Cigars, and smoked meats from Grill Force One.

Ballpark Festival of Beers: more than 100 beers, food trucks, and a mechanical bull. Need we say more? Fun begins at 7 p.m. And FYI, we do not recommend pregaming a beer festival.

Enjoy live music from Charleston band High Five at Frothy Beard starting at 7 p.m.

From 3 to 8 p.m. enjoy beer and food pairings at Tradesman. There will be three courses: ceviche paired with pale ale, Rib eye slider paired with a red ale, and "biscuits and cream" paired with the brewery's white coffee stout Shift Change. Proceeds benefit Florence Crittenton Programs of SC, which provides comprehensive services for pregnant girls and young women ages 10 to 21 from the entire state.

Rusty Bull Brewing has live music from Emily Curtis starting at 7 p.m. and eats from Rolled Quesadillas starting at 5 p.m.

Paint your very own iconic Charleston pineapple at Holy City Brewing with Wine and Canvas Charleston. Tickets are $25 and the event runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

Persimmon Cafe continues to make its rounds with a pop up at Two Blokes starting at 3:30 p.m.

Will Austin performs at Frothy starting at noon, then hop on your dragon and gear up for another GOT watch party at Frothy starting at 9 p.m.

Ghost Monkey Brewery hosts The Office themed trivia starting at 3 p.m.— don't worry, there won't be any cameras to look into, we don't think. Boxcar Betty's will be on hand serving fried delights starting at 2 p.m.

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Leon's Oyster Shed visiting chef series continues with Chef Einat Admony

Two words: Persian chicken

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 3:27 PM

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New York's Chef Einat Admony took falafel and made it special, according to the Village Voice. The Tel-Aviv born chef — who credits preparing her family's Shabbat dinners as the start of her culinary love affair — is the woman behind NYC's modern Israeli restaurant Balaboosta, Bar Bolonat, and falafel spot Taïm.

Now she's bringing her modern Israeli/Mediterranean expertise to Charleston when she stops by Leon's Oyster Shed for its Sat. Sept. 9 guest chef dinner.

According to Leon's owner Brooks Reitz, Admony is one of his favorite NYC chefs and for her Charleston event she'll present some of her favorite foods inspired by Leon’s favorite ingredients: oysters, shrimp, seafood, and, of course, chicken.

The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with drinks and passed snacks, followed by a family style meal with wine. The$ 75 ticket includes beer, wine, dinner, and a specialty cocktail created for evening.

The menu is as follows:

Local Oysters, Preserved Lemon Granita
Shrimp Kataif, Green Tobiko Sauce, Cucumber Salad
Sabich Tostadas, Eggplant, Egg, Amba Aioli

Za’atar Laffe, Labneh and Silan
Ceviche, Pineapple, Gooseberries, Chilies, Red Onion, Crispy Kataif
Japanese Eggplant, Asian Tahini, Togarashi Shallots, Cilantro

Cast Iron Persian Chicken, Pomegranate and Walnuts
Roasted Vegetables with Dates and Garlic
Persian Rice

Leon’s Soft Serve with Feuille de Brick, Halva, and Chocolate Covered Matzo

Tickets may be purchased tickets at

Location Details Leon's Oyster Shop
Leon's Oyster Shop
698 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 531-8500
Lunch & Dinner
Seafood and American

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse spectators howled at the moon at Revelry Brewing

Charleston's solar-bration

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Revelry was packed for the solar eclipse - KINSEY GIDICK
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  • Revelry was packed for the solar eclipse
Considering the crowd that lined up at Revelry an hour before solar eclipse totality, the real natural wonder is that the brewery team was able to serve people so fast. Running on adrenaline, pints of Lefty Loosey and Bavarian Wheat went flying out of the taps faster than Bonnie Tyler could sing "Total eclipse of the heart."

And thank god, because it was hotter than a snow blister up in there. I posted up outside and met a a pair of friends who had just driven down from D.C. Sebastian Darby flew in from California the night before and joined his friend Kate McKenzie to see the astronomic event.
Kate McKenzie and Sebastian Darby - KINSEY GIDICK
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  • Kate McKenzie and Sebastian Darby
"My physicist friend booked hotels across the country to get the best view," Darby said. Adding that the professor ultimately selected Kentucky.

Others made the road trip from Charlotte. One woman said she booked her hotel in Charleston when she discovered her birthday lined up with the eclipse. "We came to Revelry because we didn't want to be with the crowds on the Battery or the Market," she added.
Solfie anyone?
  • Solfie anyone?

And while cheap eclipse glasses were the signature accessory, Nick Malick wasn't messing around with his eye sight. The former army vet brought his night vision helmet to the big show much to the amusement of his friends.

Of course, when you have a hundred plus people hanging in the heat waiting for a once in a lifetime astronomical event, you're going to have #solfies and there were aplenty at Revelry. Groups crowded together to get the perfect shot, many staring more at the camera than the sun. Fortunately, when totality inched into view, many put down the phones and focused on the sky.
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A great howl rang out as the sliver of sun hid behind the moon. "'Merica," one likely tank top clad male voice shouted out.

Clapping the likes of which only the cast of Hamilton has received followed thereafter. But in the midst of the buzz-fueled chatter and wolfish cries, came a collective silence that I haven't experienced since the morning of November 8 and that was really damn refreshing. Just a park full of strangers, staring at the sky, totally mesmerized.

More of that, please.

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Eclipse eats and drinks you should be shoving into your face hole

Black and yellow, black and yellow

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 9:47 AM

What does one ingest on the day the city goes dark? Apparently sugar and alcohol. That's what Charleston is serving up today as we all await the impending apoc-eclipse. Need your pre-blackout fix? Head to the following...

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Amarillo Eclipse Cocktail
5Church’s Beverage Director Patricia Smith has crafted a unique twist on her signature “Amarillo Moon” cocktail, the Amarillo Eclipse-made with Flor de Cana Rum, mango, lime, black lava salt and cayenne. The drink comes complete with complimentary Solar Eclipse glasses if you're still looking for a pair.
Location Details 5Church
32 N. Market St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 937-8666
Lunch, Dinner, & Sun. Brunch
American and Modern American

EVO Bakery

Moon Pies
What could be more appropriate than a Moon Pie today? Thanksfully, EVO Bakery has that ish on lock. But it looks like they're going fast. Better hustle.
Location Details EVO Bakery
1075 E. Montague
North Charleston, SC
(843) 225-1810
7 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sun.
Bakeries and Coffee + Tea Shops
SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar
SOL's party starts at 11 a.m. so you have plenty of time to chug their eclipse-themed specialty cocktails. The restaurant will also be giving out free glasses while supplies last. And there will be live music at each location on the patio from 4-7 p.m.
Location Details SOL Southwest Kitchen and Tequila Bar
385 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 203-4424
Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
Eclipse Biscuit
Callie's has doubled down on the sweet and savory with a black and yellow icing topped biscuit that looks like the moon blocking the sun. Get 'em while they're hot.
Location Details Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
476 1/2 King Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 737-5159
M-Sun B, L. Late night F-Sat.
Breakfast and Southern
Moon Pie Cake
Magnolia's pastry chef Andrea Upchurch knowns what's up. She's concocted a moon pie cake for maximum carbo-loading.

Location Details Magnolias
185 East Bay St.
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 577-7771
Lunch (Mon.-Sat.), Dinner (daily), & Sun. Brunch
New Southern
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Waning Moon Moon Pie
Mercantile has also hopped on the moon pie bandwagon with its waning moon pie option.
Location Details Mercantile
701 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 793-2636

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Craig Deihl is sharpening his knives to compete in Olympics of butchery

Goat get 'em, Deihl

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 2:06 PM

Craig Deihl will join a team of six to compete in Ireland in March - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Craig Deihl will join a team of six to compete in Ireland in March
It's been three months since Cypress and Artisan Meat Share closed, but it looks like executive chef Craig Deihl has been using the down time to sharpen his knives. Deihl has announced he's joined team Butchers of America to represent the U.S. at the Olympics of butchery, the World Butchers Challenge in Belfast, Ireland.

March 20-22, 2018 at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, Deihl and five other master U.S. butchers will face off against 250 butchers from around the world. According to a press release, in addition to Deihl, the Butchers of America — organized by the Butchers Guild — include Paul Carras of Taylor’s Market (Sacramento), John Fink of The Whole Beast (San Francisco), James Beard Nominee & Award Winning Charcutier, Lothar Erbe of Lothar’s Sausages (Virginia), and Bryan Butler of Salt & Time (Austin) who was recently named the Texas Beef Council’s Best Butcher in Texas.

“Our team represents several different regions of The United States and we are excited to bring each unique perspective to the table. Danny Johnson and his crew at Taylor’s Market won the Flying Knives Beef competition at Eat Real, they have over 40 years of combined experience in the retail space. Bryan Butler is winner of The Best Butcher in Texas competition and his butcher shop, Salt & Time, produces stunning, delicious products," says Tia Harrison Holmes of the Butchers Guild. "Lothar Erbe is formally apprenticed and trained in butchery and sausage making and has a huge following in his local market. Craig Deihl is an award-winning charcuterie maker and James Beard nominated chef. He makes by far, the best charcuterie I have ever tasted in the United States. John Fink is passionate about open-fire cooking and each and every one of our team members is an advocate for local meat and artisan quality products. Needless to say, Team USA is going to bring something new and exciting to the table.”

"If they win and beat reigning champs, France, they get world bragging rights," says Deihl's wife Colleen.

In order to get them to the competition, however, some fundraising is in order. On Oct. 14, Goat Island Gatherings presents Meat on Goat, a benefit to send the meat masters overseas.

The fundraiser will be held from 2 p.m.–6 p.m. on Goat Island where guests will eat meat centric plates crafted by Deihl who will cook with teammates Erbe and Fink. The ticket price includes live music by local favorites Minimum Wage, beer, wine, and Isle of Palms Marina parking included. Boat shuttles to and from the event will be provided by Barrier Island Eco Tours from the Isle of Palms Marina and all proceeds will be donated to the Butchers ofAmerica Team USA|WBC page.

Visit to purchase tickets.
Event Details Meat on Goat
@ Goat Island
IntraCoastal Waterway
Isle of Palms, SC
When: Sat., Oct. 14, 2-6 p.m.
Benefits + Fundraisers and Festivals + Events

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