Friday, July 21, 2017

The Brick celebrates Shark Week with bait balls, beer deals, and more

Makin' waves

Posted by Kristen Kornbluth on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Charleston will find any reason to party. This Sunday, hit The Brick at 8 p.m. for a celebration of great (white) proportions, as they air Discovery Channel's Phelps vs. Shark: Great White vs. Great Gold.

As one of the most talented athletes of our time takes on a giant aquatic creature, guzzle down some brews and bites and watch it go down. There will also be a photo booth with shark props, and a contest to win a free year of membership at the South Carolina Aquarium for two adults plus one kid.

The festivities will continue through the week with some menu specials, including mako shark po boys, bait balls (made of shrimp and blue crab), and plenty of ice cold Narragansett.
Location Details The Brick
24 Ann St.
Charleston, SC

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FIG's former pastry chef serves up morning sustenance salvation from Scram food truck

Wakey, wakey, eggs and puff pastry

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 10:26 AM

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You might have to cruise James Island's Island Plaza (1291 Folly Rd.) parking lot a few times to find the little blue truck, but when you do, pull over. Scram, Charleston's newest meals-on-wheels, is worth your money and it couldn't have come at a better time given the news I got last week: Outta My Huevos, Charleston's reigning breakfast food truck (in my humble opinion), has closed.

After not seeing Outta My Huevos at the Charleston Farmers Market recently, I sent a concerned email to owner Claire Masingill who confirmed that the concept is caput. No more crispy chicken biscuits. No more warm local veg salad. No more joy in this godforsaken life. I might still be under my desk sobbing had it not been for the arrival of Scram.

Scram is the work of former FIG Pastry Chef Melanie Durant. Prior to that, Durant was the successor to another Charleston pastry star, Cynthia Wong, at Atlanta's Empire State South. Now, she's taken her fine dining skills and parlayed them into an eggy menu of sweet and savory eats.

This morning I sat outside in the parking lot at Scram's teal tables (don't knock an al fresco parking lot meal, it was better than it sounds) and enjoyed pimento pepper jelly eggs in a puff. The mild spice, paired with the cheesy eggs and a cold brew leaving me full and fueled. But apparently I need to go back because the customer behind me says the must-have is actually Scram's Eggs on a Bun with over medium ham with gruyere and pina jam. "I've gotten it every morning," he said wild eyed. "It's so good,"

I don't take those kinds of emphatic recommendations lightly. Consider Scram the new James Island morning sustenance salvation.

Scram will be parked at Island Plaza this Saturday and Sunday from 8a.m.-2 p.m. Check Instagram for future schedule updates.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

What you need to know about Pour Taproom, Charleston's most hidden rooftop bar

Pour us another one

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Have you been to Pour? I'm going to guess that, most likely, you have no idea what I'm talking about. Until last night, we weren't entirely sure we hadn't dreamed the King Street bar up, having written briefly about it over six months ago, only to have it fade away in the torrent of new downtown restaurant and bar openings.

Turns out, it does exist.

Pour, which also has locations in Greenville, Asheville, and Santa Cruz, is a self-serve taproom located at 560 King St. in the same building complex as the Hyatt Hotel. But if you blink, you'll likely miss it. There's kind of a reason for that. Owner Nate Tomforde says that, quite simply, the bar is still working out its kinks. There will be more signage for the bar soon, but for now, enter the building, walk through a cavernous hallway past whatever Sterling Hall is, and take an elevator to the rooftop. There you'll find a hidden bevy of taps.

The thing about self-serve taprooms (see: Bay Street Biergarten's tables and self-serve wall) is that there's a bit of technology involved. At Pour you get a wristband, load it with money, and pour yourself beer, wine, or cocktails and charged for a tenth of an ounce. Prices vary depending on what you're pouring but most pints of beer average out to $7. Computer screens show the details on each drink: name, ABV, logo, city of origin, etc. But many aren't fully operational yet, only listing the name of the beverage instead of the full list of information. Rest assured, though, a lot of the beers on tap are locally-brewed. 
The owner of Pour Taproom says that he wants Pour to feel like a "beer festival every day." - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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  • The owner of Pour Taproom says that he wants Pour to feel like a "beer festival every day."
Last night I tried a killer IPA from Charlestowne Fermentory called Infinite Yawn. I'd recommend you go snag a pint for yourself, if you can get there fast. That's the thing about Pour, beers are always changing. Tomforde says that once a keg kicks, a new beer replaces it. The menu of beers will be updated on Pour's Facebook, and printed out for guests to peruse. Or you can ogle beers the old-fashioned way, walking around the taps, which are divided into categories like Sours, IPAs, Dark, etc., to see what you want.
Ciders, sours, Belgians, oh my! - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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  • Ciders, sours, Belgians, oh my!
If you're power walking you'll probably walk past Pour. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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  • If you're power walking you'll probably walk past Pour.
While I assume beer will be the draw of this place (maybe that's just me, though), you can also try wine and cocktails. Tomforde says that there are currently four cocktails on tap, and by tap we do mean tap — there are special kegs just for mixed drinks. Draft cocktails are the latest craze, after all.

I did mention that this bar is on a roof, right? The view is spectacular, especially at 5:30 p.m. on a rainy Wednesday when brake lights on the Ravenel let you know you're not getting home to Mt. P anytime soon. When the threat of being struck by lightning passes you can even step outside to a rooftop deck that has 50+ seats. I've been told the sunsets are top-notch.

Pour is currently contracting Tristan Catering in their kitchen, with the tried and true company serving up fare like Mexican street corn soup ($8), South Carolina peach salad ($13), wings ($8), nachos ($10), and fresh sides like cucumber watermelon salad or kale slaw ($3 each).

Pour promises a grand opening soon, but until then, the bar is open 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Thurs., 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat., and 12 p.m.-11 p.m. on Sunday. The friendly staffers can explain how the whole thing works (last night they were offering tastes and charging for half or full pours while all the technological details get worked out). If tonight's rush hour is anything like last night's Don Halt fiasco, you'll want to post up at Pour rather than sitting in standstill traffic. See ya there.
Location Details Pour Taproom
Pour Taproom
560 King St.
Charleston, SC

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Edmund's Oast Exchange eyes early August opening

It's the Oast wonderful time of the year

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 11:26 AM

"We are so close to opening that we can hardly stand it!" So says a newsletter from the team at Edmund's Oast Exchange. The forthcoming retail arm of Edmund's Oast — a two-story beer and wine shop next door to the restaurant — is swiftly nearing completion, and according to today's newsletter, owner Scott Shor plans to unlock its doors in early August.
Location Details Edmund's Oast
Edmund's Oast
1081 Morrison Dr.
Charleston, SC
(843) 727-1145
Dinner & Weekend Brunch.
Modern American and Pubs + Taverns
"The shelves are being built right now by the same incredible team behind our gorgeous timber frame — Timber Artisans. These guys are truly masters at their craft, and we feel lucky to showcase their work. Many local artisans have worked so hard to turn this building into a reality, and we are grateful for the talent found right here in Charleston," the email goes on to say. As we reported last June, Edmund's Oast Exchange is the second coming of Shor's original Charleston Beer Exchange which was on Exchange Street from 2008-16.

The new space is a significant upgrade from the cubby feel of that original location. Edmund's Oast Exchange will be a 2,000-square-foot store selling wine under the direction of Sarah O’Kelley and 1,000 different varieties of beer sold in cans, bottles, kegs, and growlers curated for the shop by Advanced Cicerone Brandon Plyler.

Opening (hopefully) soon thereafter will be Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. The brewery is currently under construction at the Pacific Box & Crate and will sit kitty-corner to Workshop.

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Cannonborough Beverage Co. rolls out single serve bottles

Perfect for portable mixers

Posted by Kristen Kornbluth on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 10:58 AM

On Sunday, Cannonborough Beverage Co. will launch its inaugural 12 oz. bottles - FACEBOOK
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Charleston’s favorite soda jerks are taking the next step with their carbonated offerings. After five years in business, Cannonborough Beverage Co.'s Matt Fendley, Mick Matricciano, and Brandon Wogamon have released their first single serving bottles.

Now available in South Carolina, along with multiple other states in the region, the 12 ounce bottles come in three classic flavors: Grapefruit Elderflower, Honey Basil, and Ginger Beer.

Inspired by the craft beer haven of the Holy City, Matricciano says they “set up a system very similar to one you'd see at one of the breweries in town.” This means Cannonborough has upgraded to “larger brite tanks and more efficient bottling equipment” in order to “make more soda, more frequently.”

To celebrate this development, Cannonborough Beverage Co. is throwing a bash at Warehouse on Sun. July 23 from 5-8 p.m with the help of Cathead Vodka, complete with big bottle cocktails and live music. 
Event Details Cannonborough Beverage Co.'s bottle rollout
@ Warehouse
45.5 Spring St.
Charleston, SC
When: Sun., July 23, 5-8 p.m.
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