The Beer Issue 2018 

Charleston Beer Week 2018 is upon us

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Keely Laughlin

Is craft beer the most ubiquitous locally produced commodity? I think it might be. We’ve somehow made it easier to find local beer than local eggs, milk, and other items we actually need to live to see another day in this flip turned upside-down world. So for me, as a beer drinker, buying products from local breweries is one of the easiest ways I can ‘buy local.’ (In addition, of course, to shopping farmers markets and supporting local businesses, shops, and restaurants.) It helps that new breweries are popping up in every neighborhood these days and producing some of the best beers you never knew you would end up craving. There’s really no good reason not to buy local beer. Don’t believe me? Well, give this week’s Beer Issue a read. Coinciding with Charleston Beer Week (charlestonbeerweek.com), you’ll meet some of the friendly folks behind your favorite local beers and maybe get a new appreciation for the work that goes into making them. Cheers. —Sam Spence

Charleston-area breweries adopt 'Independent Craft' seal to stand out from the conglomerates
Charleston-area breweries adopt 'Independent Craft' seal to stand out from the conglomerates Beware Big Beer — seek the seal

To ensure that consumers know what they're pouring down their throats, the Brewers Association for Small and Independent Craft Brewers, a nonprofit trade association "for brewers by brewers," developed an independent craft seal last summer. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Check out all the beer events this week
Check out all the beer events this week Charleston Beer Week runs Sept. 7-15

Looking at Rusty Bull and Munkle's differing approaches to beer
Looking at Rusty Bull and Munkle's differing approaches to beer A tale of two breweries

There are two kinds of people: Those who find what they like, and stick with it, and those who find what they like — and then go seeking the next big thing. When it comes to beers and the art of brewing, there are two spots in Charleston that stand out for doing just that. — Connelly Hardaway


Ship's Wheel, Coast, and Holy City look to further their operations near Park Circle
Ship's Wheel, Coast, and Holy City look to further their operations near Park Circle Big beer

In the past year, several Charleston breweries have opened, expanded, and announced future plans to grow. — Melissa Hayes


The way we brew now: the science of beer and changing brewing technology
The way we brew now: the science of beer and changing brewing technology Hopped up

Let's be honest, even if you know your beer well enough to tell an IPA from an amber ale, most of us don't know the first thing about actually brewing the stuff. — Chase Quinn


Six area breweries that offer more than just beer
Six area breweries that offer more than just beer Guzzle Guide

There's never a wrong time to visit a brewery. And while we love all of our area breweries (not to mention the brewpubs, restaurants, and bars that serve up cold, local drafts), some are better suited for certain situations than others. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Coming to a Charleston brewery near you this fall
Coming to a Charleston brewery near you this fall Brew's Next?

So to give you something to work toward, we checked in with a few of our favorite hop houses on their newest releases and what they've got cooking for the coming weeks. — Sam Spence


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