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
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • 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.

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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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Brews Next: B-day parties, do-gooders, and yoga

Beer events for the weekend of Aug. 18-20

Posted by Sarah Reynolds on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 1:46 PM

Freehouse Brewery serves up tacos tonight
  • Freehouse Brewery serves up tacos tonight

Combine eclipse weekend, freshman orientation, and the last of weekend freedom before the college students hit those herringbone bricks and are relegated to the library, and what do you get: overcrowded streets and young faces in your favorite haunts. The remedy? Grab a local brew at one of these breweries, where the vibes are low-key and haven’t yet been discovered by the young ‘un’s.

El Pinchotaco will be serving up bites as Joshua Jarman brings the tunes at Freehouse Brewery from 6 to 9 p.m.

Holy City Brewery is releasing their new tart guava wheat beer, brewed in collaboration with Thomas Creek. The beer goes on tap at 2 p.m., and the kitchen will be slinging food all night long.

Two Blokes Brewing is turning a year old — and the party starts Friday night with Double Firkin Friday, tapping two casks of ale. Choose between Spilt Milk Stout — brewed with coffee and raspberries, or Planet of the Apricots, with vanilla beans and cream. The first 25 pints will come with a commemorative pint glass.

Bendy Brewski brings the art forms of yoga and craft beer together at Palmetto. At 10 a.m., get your downward dog on, and after the zen sesh, enjoy some delicious brews with your fellow yogis.

Crack open a cold one in the name of community service with Palmetto Brewing Company; kick off the morning with a litter sweep of Huger Street, then head over to Palmetto for ice cold pints and snacks, plus a showing of E.T.

The b-day celebrations continue at Two Blokes, where there will be live music from Chewbacky from 5-8 p.m., food trucks galore (The Immortal Lobster, we’re looking at you), and a beer tent.

Charleston’s own Revelry Brewing Company and Asheville-based Burial Brewing teamed up to brew a special brett beer refermented with yuzu zest and sudachi juice. The bottle release will take place from noon-10 p.m., with food provided by Tobo Sushi and music from Danny May.

It’s the final day of Two Bloke’s birthday bash, and they’re ending things right with a barrel aged beer release. They’ll be tapping their bourbon aged barrel, Log Heavy, and rum barrel aged Captain Bligh, a porter with coconut, cocoa nibs, and vanilla beans.

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Where to plan your 2017 fantasy football draft party in Charleston

Pigskins and potato skins

Posted by Sarah Reynolds on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 11:23 AM

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With the return of autumn comes back-to-school pics flooding your timeline, cooler days (maybe), falling leaves, and, inevitably, fantasy football leagues. The induction of a fantasy football league would not, of course, be complete without a fantasy football draft party; and no one really wants to host one of those from the comfort of their own home. Behold: the best deals in Charleston to host your draft party.

The Brick
If you’re a Virginia Tech alum, The Brick is the spot for you. Hokie fans are privy to $10 22 oz. rails, which are described as the drunk, red-neck cousin to a Long Island Ice Tea. There’s also a weekly VIP package which includes beer, wings, snacks, and the ability to pick which game will play on the projector screen at 1 p.m. Only one is available per week, but anyone who reserves a package will be entered into a drawing for a free Super Bowl party.
Location Details The Brick
24 Ann St.
Charleston, SC
The Alley
The Alley offers a three-hour fantasy football package that includes food and drinks, a personal server, a 60" TV, free wi-fi, and the option to have the party either in a private room, an upstairs lounge, or the bowling bar, for $50 bucks a person.
Location Details The Alley
The Alley
131 Columbus St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 818-4080
Lunch & Dinner, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
American and Bar
Bay Street Biergarten
Clemson fans flock to Biergarten every year, partially for the Freaky Tots (tots with bacon jam ... need we say more?) but mainly because all Clemson games are shown with the sound on. The fantasy football kit includes 10 percent off the final bill and a free fantasy draft kit.
Location Details Bay Street Biergarten
Bay Street Biergarten
549 E. Bay St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 266-2437
Lunch (Thurs-Sat) & Dinner nightly. Opens at 4 p.m. (Mon-Wed); 11 a.m. (Sat & Sun)
Pubs + Taverns and Bar
Liberty Tap Room
If you’re heading to Liberty for your league party, you can expect domestic beer buckets for $14, 50 wings for $40, (or 100 wings for $80), and app specials. If your party has over 20 guests, you will be required to order off of a buffet menu, and there are several private and semi-private rooms with no shortage of televisions (16, to be exact).
Location Details Liberty Tap Room & Grill
Liberty Tap Room & Grill
1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 971-7777
Lunch, Dinner, & Sun. Brunch
American, Bar and Music Venue
Wild Wing Cafe
Wild Wing Cafe locations are offering a $40 draft package which includes 30 wings or nuggets, a bucket of domestic beer, and one app to share. The commissioner gets $25 Wild Bucks, and the package also includes a draft board, stickers, and free wifi.

Kickin' Chicken
All five Kickin’ Chicken locations will offer a draft party to challenge the rest: two free pitchers of Shocktop, two free apps (from a select list), free wi-fi, and a free draft board and player labels. There is a minimum of six people required to qualify.

Charleston Sports Pub
At the Charleston Sports Pub locations fantasy football parties of eight or more people receive a full draft kit, pitcher of beer, barbecue nacho plate, and high speed wifi, all for free. Book by calling or emailing

If your bar or restaurant is hosting fantasy football parties we don't know about, email us all the deets to

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Emily Hahn and Warehouse are parting ways

Hahn soloing

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:34 PM

Emily Hahn has been with Warehouse for four years - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • Emily Hahn has been with Warehouse for four years
After four years as Warehouse's executive chef, Top Chef: Charleston star Emily Hahn is moving on. Hahn says the amicable split is a decision she's made to spread her culinary wings.

"Four years is a long freaking run for a little bar that hired me by accident after Eva left," says Hahn who took the job after original chef Eva Keilty left. "Joey [Rinaldi] and James [Groetzinger] took me under their wings. We had Top Chef, Chopped, a successful four years of people loving our food. It’s a long time for anybody and certainly for a young aspiring chef that’s hungry for any good opportunity."

Hahn began her Charleston career working for Mike Lata at FIG. She made it to round nine on Top Chef and recently did a demo with her former Top Chef contestants Sheldon Simeon 5Church's Jamie Lynch at Le Creuset headquarters this week.

“After four great years, the time has come for us to part ways and head in new directions. We wish Emily the best in her next endeavor, and are equally excited for a new approach to the Warehouse kitchen,” says owner James Groetzinger.

Hahn wouldn't reveal what her next move is, but says she'll be staying in Charleston after a much needed vacation to see her family in Virginia. Hahn's last week at Warehouse will be the first week of September.
Location Details Warehouse
45.5 Spring St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 202-0712
Dinner & Sun. Brunch
American and Bar

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This year's Ballpark Festival of Beers promises 100+ beers, food trucks, and live entertainment

I wish I could drink every beer in the world

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 1:22 PM

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Nothing says late summer fun like beer in a ballpark, and nothing says late summer throw-down like 100 beers in the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium. Trust us, we've gone, we've imbibed, we've conquered riding a mechanical bull. This is one beer fest where the entrance fee is worth every shiny penny.

From 7 to 10 p.m. on Sat. Aug. 26, enter the stadium to sample beers from around the world, including ales, stouts, lagers, pilsners, and specialty brews. Kickin' Chicken, BKed, Roadside Seafood, and Koa Bowls will be onsite selling eats to soak up all those suds. Midnight City Band and The Blue Plantation Band will perform, plus there will be local vendors selling merch and the Charleston Fun Factory will be on hand with that beloved bull.

General admission tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day-of, and VIP tickets (early entry with access to VIP lounge) are $60. This year there are also Premium VIP tickets on sale for $85. These bad boys get you exclusive access to the Riley Park Club from 6 to 7 p.m, a sampling and mixology class, 25 beer tickets, and access to the VIP lounge which has snacks and specialty beer sampling.

For those heroes who take on designated driver roles, DD wristbands are available for $15 (and your good karma is infinite). 
Event Details Ballpark Festival of Beers
@ Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium
360 Fishburne St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Sat., Aug. 26, 7-10 p.m.
Festivals + Events and Beer

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