Friday, January 19, 2018

Rodney Scott's BBQ celebrates one year with four Thursdays of funk

Featuring DJ Rodney Scott

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 2:36 PM

Pitmaster Rodney Scott - JONATHAN BONCEK
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As if you needed an excuse to go order up some steaming whole hog barbecue in the dead of a Lowcountry winter, now you really need to get your butt (pun intended) in the door.

In celebration of their one year anniversary in Charleston, Rodney Scott's BBQ will be holding a "February Funkfest" every Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. Rodney Scott himself will be joining area DJs and playing funky/disco tunes while serving up FREE whole hog sliders —guests can dance and dine while Scott works the tables.

According to a press release, "Rodney’s love of music is a driving force behind his soulful food, and he thought this was the perfect way to share that passion with his customers while thanking them for their support." 
Event Details Rodney Scott BBQ February Funkfest
@ Rodney Scott's BBQ
1101 King St.
Charleston, SC
When: Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 22
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Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. releases first canned sour beers tomorrow Sat. Jan. 20

Pucker up

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 1:32 PM

Double the mouth fun. - PROVIDED
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Maybe it's because we're sour-heads, but we are more than a little stoked to check out Edmund's Oast Brewing Co.'s double sour beer release tomorrow, Sat. Jan. 20 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. You can snag both beers in four packs of 16 oz. cans for $14. Stick around for live music from the Black Diamond Band at 1 p.m.

Here's the lowdown on the brews:

Sour Apricot Peach, 6.5 % ABV
A sour base beer is mixed with apricot and peach puree, for a "hazy, golden beer" featuring "lactic, creamy acidity."

Sour Blackberry Raspberry, 6.5 % ABV
This "bright, fresh" sour ale is both refreshing and "quaffable."

Sign us up for both, please. In addition to the sour cans, EO Brewing has 20 beers currently on tap, as well as two casks. Get to drinkin'.
Event Details Sour Can Release
@ Edmund's Oast Brewing Co.
1505 King St. Ext.
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., Jan. 20, 11 a.m.

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After construction flaps, Lagunitas vacates East Bay Street property

Beer bust

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 10:12 AM

The 1880's building, that sold which sold cotton, rice, and groceries, is vacant once again - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • The 1880's building, that sold which sold cotton, rice, and groceries, is vacant once again
The scaffolding has surrounded Lagunitas' 161 East Bay St. address since July. That's when the Petaluma, Calif. brewery announced its closure for structural repairs. Now it looks like the space could remain a construction site indefinitely. Lagunitas has packed up its brewing equipment and closed for good.

Lagunitas has officially vacated the property a year and a half after opening.

So how did we get here? Let's take a look back at Lagunitas' Charleston timeline:

June 2016 - Lagunitas announces Charleston location
In a Post & Courier story, the brewery gave a statement that, “this turn-of-the-century landmark will be a cornerstone location for Lagunitas in the Southeast, offering small-batch beers that are exclusive to the Charleston taproom and brewed in the existing 10-barrel brewhouse."

Sept. 7, 2016 - Lagunitas lays out its Charleston plans
The brewery tells CP it plans to open a Beer Sanctuary and Tap Room with brewing on site and its plans to make few changes to the space — "The building is already beautiful so just a little change in decor," Lagunitas marketing director Karen Hamilton says.

Sept. 9, 2016 - Lagunitas' remodel infuriates wedding parties
Before the Cali brewery announced its Charleston expansion, many couples had Southend Brewery booked for their reception and wedding parties. Hosting those events under Lagunitas wouldn't have been a big deal had the brewery not announced a 1970s basement romper room renovation. "It basically goes from rustic and historic to looking like someone's garage," said one frustrated bride.

July 2017 - Lagunitas shutters for repairs
The brewery halts business and lets go of staffers in its TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary.  "After we took it over, we discovered that the building needed a lot of work! Once we realized the extent of it, we knew we could no longer do the work while open to the public," Hamilton says.

Jan. 2018 - Lagunitas taps out
Which brings us to today. Lagunitas has ended its lease. "We are pretty sad that this did not go as we hoped. We had been doing repairs on the building since we took over and planned on continuing to repair and update while we were open. We've done that kind of maintenance and repair many times. However, we realized we could not safely do the repairs that were becoming obvious while we were open, so we closed in the hopes we could expedite the work. Then after taking a lot of time to do an in-depth examination of repairs that were absolutely necessary, it became clear that there was far more to be done than we ever imagined," Hamilton says.

But this might not be the last act for the brewing company. Hamilton adds that "we still hope to be able to stay a part of the local community and are looking at options that would allow us to do just that. We fell in love with Charleston and the people and are hopeful for the future!"

As for 161 East Bay St. location owned by New Jersey firm Maloof Equities S.C. LLC, we have early bets on it becoming a boutique hotel opening in the space, although its technically just outside the accommodations overlay zone. Then again, this is Charleston, where there's a will, there's always a way.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Here's where to pre-order your King Cake in Charleston

King for a day

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 1:06 PM

You know what time it is - BROWN'S COURT BAKERY
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  • You know what time it is
We've got a little less than a month before Mardi Gras, but that doesn't mean local pastry shops aren't already taking orders for King Cakes, those "flat, misshapen rings of cinnamon roll dough coated with a layer of sloppy icing that looks smeared on by a three year old" as Robert Moss once described them.

For the uninitiated, King Cakes are a New Orleans tradition where the King Cake represents the biblical Three Kings. A trinket or baby is typically baked inside the cake  and the person who receives the slice of cake with the baby is declared the King or Queen of the day. Fun, right?

If you, unlike Moss, love that idea, well good news. You can order yours now and have your pick between local pastry shops. Here's where to get one:


Lauren Mitterer is now accepting orders for her $18, 10-inch King Cakes. Pick up can be arranged for Feb. 9-13.
Location Details WildFlour
73 Spring St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 327-2621
6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Brown's Court Bakery

Has already taken a few pre-Mardi Gras order for their King Cakes. This year they're offering the traditional cinnamon version for $20 plus tax, with or without baby. Brown's Court's Miles Boinest says, "Typically we need 1-2 days heads up for orders, but we'll have a limited quantity for pickup on Mardi Gras."
Location Details Brown's Court Bakery
Brown's Court Bakery
199 St. Philip St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 724-0833
Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

Continues their tradition of offering King Cake biscuits this year and you can pre-order a baker's dozen of the short cake, vanilla icing biscuits now. No word on pricing, but we do know Callie's will make them available in the store beginning Feb. 9.
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
Saffron Bakery
Saffron has Danish, cream-cheese filled King Cakes available but note: they do not put the babies in them as it's a choking hazard. Saffron did not have a specific price yet for the cakes, but did say people can order now and have the cake ready the next day provided the order comes in before 3 p.m.
Location Details Saffron
333 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 722-5588
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Cafés and Bakeries
Glazed Gourmet
This year Glazed once again is making King Cake donuts. Feb. 10th-13th you can snag one for $3.25 a pop. Or, if you'd like to share a whole box with friend, Glazed is taking orders in advance for half a dozen. Glazed's Alyssa Campell says, "Some will have babies in them and if they bring it back in they get a free doughnut!" Email to place your order. 
Location Details Glazed
481 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 577-5557
Mon.-Fri: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Maple Street Biscuit Co. to fill vacant space at James Island's Harris Teeter shopping center

Look out, Callie

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 4:10 PM

The Post & Courier reports that Maple Street Biscuit Co. is opening next to the European Wax Center, where a former dry cleaner once operated, at the Harris Teeter-anchored shopping center at 1739 Maybank Hwy.

The Jacksonville-based chain (which doesn't call itself a chain rather a group of community stores) specializes in, of course, biscuits, in addition to stick-to-your-ribs dishes like vanilla bean waffles, smokey mountain mac-n-cheese, bluegrass grits with cream cheese, and, dare I say it, glass jar salads. #jhc

P&C doesn't say when James Islanders can expect this new biscuit biz, but sitting across from local favorite Muddy Waters Coffee, we expect (even with the baffling salads) it will do just fine.

Maple Street sells salads in a jar - MAPLE STREET BISCUIT CO. INSTAGRAM
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  • Maple Street sells salads in a jar
NOTE: An original report of this article incorrectly placed the restaurant in the former Cure restaurant space.

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