Monday, October 14, 2019

John McAlexander announced as new head brewer at Commonhouse Aleworks

New brewer, same great brew

Posted by Matt Woodhull on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 5:03 PM

John McAlexander will now run the beer-making show at Commonhouse Aleworks - PROVIDED
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Starting today, Mon. Oct. 14, Commonhouse Aleworks has a new head brewer. But don't worry, he's not a noob. John McAlexander joined the Commonhouse team earlier in 2019 as assistant brewer where his role included malt handling and wort production, yeast management, quality control, and other aspects of the brewing process.

As head brewer, McAlexander will be directing the entire production operation and brew team while managing the consumption demands both in-house and in distribution.

McAlexander is well-educated with degrees in biology, chemistry, and business administration, as well as an international diploma in brewing technology from the Siebel Institute of Technology. He has been professionally brewing since 2014.

After more than 10 years of brewing, Commonhouse's previous head brewer, Shane Cummings, will be retiring from the industry to spend time with his wife and newborn son. As the founding brewer of Commonhouse Aleworks, Cummings notes his confidence in McAlexander: "I don't feel like there is anyone better to take over the brewhouse than John. He will lead this team into a bright future."

Head over to Park's Circle brewery Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4-9 p.m., Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Location Details Commonhouse Aleworks
Commonhouse Aleworks
4831 O'Hear Ave.
North Charleston, SC
Brewery and American

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What's Poppin': 35+ food and drink events going on in Charleston this week

Pop, skip, and jump your way into fall fun

Posted by Matt Woodhull on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 2:26 PM


Whether you're looking for a spot to grab a drink or seeking out dinner deals going on downtown, we've got the scoop. Check out food and drink events going on this week in Charleston:


Just because you're not at the ballpark, doesn't mean you can't enjoy a dog and a brew. All week during the MLB playoff games, head to The Alley and enjoy Rusty Bull Brewing Co.'s BellyItcher Ale and a hotdog or boiled peanuts for just $6.

It's percent night at Container Bar. From 5-8 p.m. 10 percent of sales will benefit the Red Shoe Society of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Showing support is as easy as drinking a beer.

What's better than a sandwich from Persimmon Cafe? Only paying $5 for it. Head to Persimmon Cafe from 4-8 p.m. and enjoy any of their sammies for just 5 bucks, dine in or carry-out.

Wine down after the long weekend at The Macintosh with half-price wine on bottles $80 or more from 5-10 p.m.
You really can't get a better deal than Edmund's Oast Exchange 3 at 3 Pre-Happy Hour. From 3-4:30 p.m., enjoy a 12 ounce beer or half glass of wine for just $3, upgrade to a full glass for just $3 extra. Won't make it today? Don't worry, this deal goes on Mon.-Fri.

Southeast Asian pop-up Gingerbug is back at Tu tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. Look for long beans and crab sambal, Berkshire pork ribs, Kari sotong squid, mushroom pho, and more.


Bearded Dogs is taking over at Dashi from 5-9 p.m. These ain't your normal hot dogs neither — The Shorty is topped with short ribs, southwest slaw, and a blueberry BBQ, or try The Hootie with roasted corn, shrimp, potato hash, and peach drizzle (yes, we're drooling over our keyboards right now).

If free wine won't get you there, we don't know what will. FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen is giving out complimentary wine tastings with any open tab from 2-9 p.m.

$12 scores you two tacos, beans, rice, and an Agua Fresca at Pink Cactus from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Fri.

To preview new restaurant pop-up Micho, Kwei Fei will be serving up some tasty Border Dogs from 5-10 p.m. (follow Micho on Instagram to check on updates of the new pop-up on the Charleston Pour House deck).

It's Champagne Tuesday at Graft Wine Shop. Head in from 4-7 p.m. and enjoy $5 Cava, red and white, or $12 glasses of Champagne. Care to bring your own? There's no corkage fee on bottles of Champagne.

Starting this Tues., from 5 p.m. until close, BLU on Folly Beach is offering 50 percent off select bottles of wine.

Foxes Fried is at Charles Towne Fermentory every Tues. in Oct. starting at 5:30 p.m.


The Sixth Annual Whiskey After Dark will be held at the Cedar Room at 7:30 p.m. Welcoming the world's top whiskey ambassadors, the Lowcountry's best pitmasters, and live music, you can enjoy top-notch whiskeys and delicious barbecue while benefiting Charleston Animal Society. Tickets are $65, but VIP scores you early access and special spirit samplings for an extra $20.

Starting this Wed. through Sun. Oct. 20, the Charleston Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International hosts 'Nothing Like Les Dames' week, with events ranging from tea and biscuits with Grande Dame Dupree to a blind tasting at Edmund's Oast Exchange.

Bay Street Biergarten hosts Charleston Underground and 21st Amendment Brewery for a night of original music and art by local Charleston artists.

Twenty Six Divine will host a wine tasting with complementary food pairings, gift selections available for purchase, and live music for $15.

You think you know Disney? Put your skills to the test with Disney Villains Trivia at Fam's Brewing Co. for a chance to win $175 house cash prizes. They'll also be releasing a new beer; it's all going down at 8 p.m.

Get your sweet-tooth and beer fix at Frothy Beard Brewing from 6-7:30 p.m. They're teaming up with Christophe's Macaron et Chocolat to offer a chocolate and beer pairing. Tickets are $40 and include six pairings.

Keep the sweet treats going at Joséphine Wine Bar from 4:30-10 p.m. Courtesy of Sugar Bakeshop, enjoy any cupcake for $3, any cupcake and house wine for $10, any cupcake and champagne for $20, or treat yo' self with three cupcakes and a flight of pairings for $30.

2Nixons is at Proof every Wed., Fri., and Sun. from 6 p.m.-1 a.m.


Little Miss Ha, Cru Catering, Hank's Seafood, and Butcher & Bee will host a benefit dinner at Society Hall to support Abaco Relief Fund and World Central Kitchen. Tickets are $125. 
Enjoy a half-hour guided tour of the Edmondston-Alston House followed with a glass of wine on the piazza overlooking the Charleston Harbor. Tours start at 4:15 p.m., and tickets are $25.

Learn about the Failla Wines of Sonoma and Napa Valley at Vintage Lounge. They'll be hosting a wine tasting from 6-8 p.m., and it's $10 per person.

Charleston Beer Works is hosting Bingo Night from 8-10 p.m. with Bold Rock Cider, featuring $5 drink specials, burger deals, and cool giveaways.


The Sixth Annual Mushroom Gathering will take place at Grow Food Carolina with local chefs and mushroom-inspired plates, live music, and local brews from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $55.

Daniel Island Grille will host their Oktoberfest event at 5 p.m. with an oyster roast, a stein hoisting competition, live music on the patio, and beer and brat specials.

Dance the night away at El Pincho Taco for Salsa Night. Enjoy some tacos starting at 6 p.m. and put on your dancing shoes because music will go all night from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Biergarten celebrates their sixth birthday from 6-11 p.m. with food and drink specials, jams from DJ Sparkbox, and more.


The Ballpark Festival of Beers, which was postponed earlier this year due to inclement weather, takes place this Sat. from 7-10 p.m. The price of admission includes 18 sampling tickets — and the first 2,500 people in the door get a free sampling glass. Food trucks will be onsite including Kickin’ Chicken, Holy Rolly Charleston, Braised in the South, and Bearded Dogs. Live entertainment for the evening includes performances from acoustic string band Blue Plantation Band as well as Baby Fat Band. Be sure to head online to peep the full list of participating breweries.

The third Sat. of every month, head to Pacific Box & Crate for the Night Bazaar starting at 5 p.m. This special "under-the-stars market" features unique vendors, vintage jewelry, candles, soaps, mixed media, and much more.

Avondale Wine & Cheese hosts their second annual pumpkin carving event starting at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own design for a free style pumpkin carving event.

From 2-9:30 p.m. at Tavern & Table raise a stein to Oktoberfest on Shem Creek, the only waterfront Oktoberfest in town. Sip on German and Bavarian style beers in the biergarten and feast on German-inspired bites likes brats, pretzels, and schnitzels. The Hans Schmidt Band provides the jams from 3-6 p.m. and One Kool Blow kicks off starting at 6 p.m

BKeDSHoP joins forces with their friends Meeting Green plant shop for a pop-up event at the donut shop's WestEdge location from 9 a.m.-noon. With any plant purchase you will be entered to win a $25 gift card to Meeting Green AND a $25 gift card to BKeDSHoP. 


Get a taste of the Caribbean at The Schoolhouse in West Ashley from 4-8 p.m. There will be rum, a sampling of Caribbean foods, and music from the Caribbean. Proceeds benefit Healthy Lifestyle Network Shelton Project in the fight to end child sex abuse in Jamaica.

Nothing says 'hello, autumn,' like candle pouring and craft brews. Head to Low Tide Brewing from 1-5 p.m. to make your own custom-scented soy wax candles with Palmetto Scent Studio's pop-up fragrance bar. You can blend a custom scent from 40 of their most popular fragrances including warm and festive scents for the holidays. Prices range from $15+ depending on the product you select. Low Tide and Palmetto Scents will donate a portion of sales to Unchain Charleston with Pet Helpers. Braised in the South food truck will be onsite with the eats.

It's time for Home Team BBQ West Ashley's bi-annual oyster roast and pig pickin.' From 1:30-6:30 p.m. enjoy whole hog and local clusters for the best of the land and sea.

Starting at 7 p.m. Betty Lou's Bistro hosts a wine dinner featuring Mira Winery vino. The multi-course dinner is $60 per person. Menu highlights include oysters on the half-shell with green apple mignonette; sweet potato gnocchi with mushrooms, brown butter, and sage; and gingerbread with lemon curd and powdered sugar.

Sick of all the German food and drink related celebrations? Head to Summerville for their Italian Festival in Hutchinson Square from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy Italian food, wine, and entertainment.

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Get your truffle fix with Wild Common's Truffle Weekend menu Oct. 25-27

Every day I'm trufflin'

Posted by Lilli Serral on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 11:34 AM


From Oct. 25-27, Wild Common celebrates the most superior of shrooms, the truffle, with a Truffle Weekend celebration.

The truffle extravaganza includes a special four course dinner menu. All dishes include, you guessed it, varying additions of black truffle. For $85 per person, you can enjoy four courses of thoughtfully selected dishes curated by Wild Common Chef Orlando Pagan.

The menu includes black truffle in every dish. For an additional $45, you can upgrade to white truffles. Wine pairings are also available for $45-$55 per person.

Here's a preview of the menu:

To start, you'll be treated to an array of small bites like baked oysters with truffle cheese, tuna tartare with black truffle vinaigrette, and truffled gougeres, followed by a black truffle cappelletti pasta. Yep, the truffles are shaved table-side for this one. Are you drooling yet?

When you're ready for more, choose between halibut with black truffle puree or a NY strip finished with black truffle and potato Mille Feuille. Don't forget to save room for some truffle-y desserts like black truffle panna cotta, truffled tres leches cake, and truffle macarons. Phew.

Make your reservations now on RESY to reserve your spot and get to trufflin'.
Event Details Wild Common Truffle Weekend
@ Wild Common
103 Spring St.
Charleston, SC
When: Oct. 25-27, 5 p.m.
Price: $85/per person
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Restaurant Gabrielle releases new, NOLA-inspired fall menu

Warm and spicy

Posted by Connor Simonson on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 11:22 AM

Smoked grouper court bouillon with the New Orleans Trinity (peppers, onions, and celery), creole red sauce, and herbed rice. - PROVIDED
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Restaurant Gabrielle at Hotel Bennett has released its fall menu, with new additions drawing inspiration from the culinary traditions of New Orleans.

Executive chef Michael Sichel previously worked at NOLA's Galatoire's Restaurant, and his menu reflects that experience. Since he arrived in Charleston "the dishes that draw inspiration from New Orleans have proven extremely successful," Sichel said in a press release. The menu is "based around locally sourced product, it features warm, spicy dishes of comfort made with classic techniques."
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The new menu includes items like New Orleans bordelaise escargot with French snails sauteed in garlic, herbs, and butter, served with a grilled baguette; shrimp and andouille gumbo with steamed rice; dirty rice-stuffed quail over spaghetti squash, garlic brown butter, and red wine reduction; and smoked grouper court bouillon with the New Orleans Trinity (peppers, onions, and celery), creole red sauce, and herbed rice.

Gabrielle's fall cocktail menu includes Spice Spice Baby, featuring Belvedere, Kahlua, Baileys, and heavy cream; Born to Rum with Mount Gay rum, fresh lime juice, and Creole shrub; and a classic Sazerac.

Adapting to the changing season and temperatures, the restaurant is now offering live music on the plaza that overlooks Marion Square on Thursdays through Saturdays. 
Location Details Gabrielle
404 King St.
Charleston, SC
6:30 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily
Modern American

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Wine After Dark will let you sip more than 100 different wines on Nov. 5

And score some holiday bottles

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 11:09 AM

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Charleston's Wine After Dark evening isn't your casual wine tasting with a handful of vino. On Tues. Nov. 5, the inaugural event gives you a chance to taste dozens of wines from producers all over the world at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.)

From 6 p.m. on, guests will have the opportunity to sample more than 100 wines from 20 producers — including Treasury, Precept, Hess, Jackson Family Classics, Silverado, and more — around the world. Each winery will have at least half a dozen wines on hand, with varietals ranging from cab sav to rose, pinot gris to chardonnay.

There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres to keep you going, live music, and purchasing options available if you find a bottle perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the New Year. The event will highlight lines that you would typically not be able to find outside of a restaurant setting, so if you fall in love, buy in bulk.

This event is 21+ only; a limited number of tickets are available for $75 per person and can be purchased at

Event Details Wine After Dark
@ Halls Signature Events
5 Faber Street
Mt. Pleasant
Charleston, SC
When: Tue., Nov. 5, 6 p.m.
Price: $75
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