The Beer Issue 2017 

Here for the beer... again

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Scott Suchy

As if any of us needed another excuse to drink, it’s Charleston Beer Week, y’all. For its fifth year, the eight day brew hop has expanded to 42 events and damn if there isn’t something for everyone. Even for your super crunchy, Teva-wearing neighbor who prefers sleeping outdoors to a Serta mattress. Hopefully they already snagged tickets to the sold out Sunset Paddle & Lowcountry Boil at Bowens Island Restaurant with Holy City Brewing. For the rest of us, there are still plenty of a la carte drop in events to attend. Personally, I’m checking out Charles Towne Fermentory’s There Will Be Hops. Having grown up in the hop capital of America, Yakima, Wa., nothing makes me feel more at home than that skunky IPA smell. Of course IPAs are so passé. All the cool kids are drinking sours now, and for that our Senior Sour Correspondent Connelly Hardaway has the 411. Read her article “Pucker Up” in this week's issue. —Kinsey Gidick

Sour beers have a long history — and a promising future
Sour beers have a long history — and a promising future Pucker Up

My tongue is raw. A flight of Westbrook's Goses will do that to you. Freehouse's Sourlina Peche will too. Two Blokes' Tart Vader? Yup. And maybe swilling that whole bottle of Revelry's Red 5 Standing By led to my current predicament. Sure, my tongue hurts a little bit. But there's something far more serious going on in my head: I'm addicted to sour beers. — Connelly Hardaway


Organizer Chrys Rynearson looks back on five years of Charleston Beer Week
Organizer Chrys Rynearson looks back on five years of Charleston Beer Week Cheers!

"Any city with a decent beer scene has a festival. Any city needs a solid beer week." That was Chrys Rynearson's operating thought when he and Timmons Pettigrew took over Charleston Beer Week four years ago. With the city's brewery scene expanding faster than you could say gose, they knew beer fans would love a proper brewski holiday. — Kinsey Gidick


The totally unofficial guide to Charleston's brewery bros and broettes
The totally unofficial guide to Charleston's brewery bros and broettes Don't Label Me, Bro!

With more than 20 breweries in Charleston, you're gonna run into some tropes. Like a stock Disney villain or a 1980s John Cusack character, you know what you're gonna get. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Two South Carolina craft cider companies talk fermented fruit, and what's next for cider
Two South Carolina craft cider companies talk fermented fruit, and what's next for cider The Hard Stuff

Just as rosé was transformed almost overnight from an ugly duckling franzia box to a glam "rosé all day" vino trend, cider has moved beyond the garage party sickly sweet bottles of Woodchuck and Angry Orchard. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Where to get a sip with the kids
Where to get a sip with the kids Babes & Beers

Listen, I know that bringing my baby into a bar makes me a pariah. Even when my sweet son was snoozing in his carrier at two months old, I still felt like an undesirable trying to sip a cocktail at some of our city's outdoor patios. — Kinsey Gidick


Beer Week Picks

Brews and Books

Brews and Books

The Brew Cellar

Second Saturday of every month, 1-7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 9

Local Bookmobile Itinerant Literate Books will be at The Brew Cellar every second Saturday. Grab a beer, grab a book, and enjoy the day. Itinerant Literate Books is a mobile, general interest independent bookstore selling new titles for adult, young adults, and children.

Higher Gravity

Wild Blue

Wed., Sept. 20, 5 p.m.

Get off that couch or bar stool and take a love of craft beer to a higher level. Challenge yourself to Charleston's coolest outdoor adventure at Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Course and then come down to enjoy a pop up beer garden with some local high gravity beers (7% and up), music, bonfire and food. Life is an adventure, just don't look down. Music by Tyler Boone and the Leftorium. PLEASE NOTE: This event was rescheduled from Mon. Sept. 11 due to Hurricane Irma.

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