The Beer Issue 2016 

Stand and Deliver

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Charlestonians are opening breweries faster than a CofC frat boy can shotgun a PBR. Don't believe us? Listen to this. A year ago right now there were five new breweries about to open. That number is now 10 ... that we know of. The pace of new brewery announcements is so staggering, we've had to update our online brewery list three times while editing this issue. But with that kind of industry growth comes greater competition, a need for updated regulations, and plenty of growing pains. Luckily, we have just the cure — more beer. Read on, and, hey, cheers.

Shaping South Carolina's beer laws to fit an evolving industry
Shaping South Carolina's beer laws to fit an evolving industry The State of the Brewnion

Beer drinkers, wine aficionados, imbibers of liquors both brown and clear, and my fellow Charlestonians, I come before you to deliver the State of the Brewnion Address. Our nation has a rich history of drink. In 1873, the United States boasted more than 4,100 small, local breweries. — Dustin Waters


Nine questions for Lagunitas
Nine questions for Lagunitas There's a new brew in town

Earlier this summer we learned that Petuluma, Calif. brewery Lagunitas was expanding to Charleston. The wildly popular Sonoma brand started in 1993 and after much success, Heineken acquired a 50 percent stake in the business. Now it's opening a tap room in the building currently home to Southend Brewery. So what does that mean for the Holy City beer scene? Lagunitas' marketing director Karen Hamilton answers our questions. — Kinsey Gidick


Charleston brewers crown the best bottom shelf beer
Charleston brewers crown the best bottom shelf beer Seven craft brewers taste test six macro-brews

What temperature is this?" Ghost Monkey Brewery's Josh Parker asked, looking skeptically at a urine-hued glass. I suppose I should have expected questions like this. When you invite seven professional craft brewers into your office to do a blind taste test of six random, domestic beers, you're going to get some eye rolls. — Kinsey Gidick


The Critics' Picks for Charleston Beer Week
The Critics' Picks for Charleston Beer Week The Best On Tap

What to do and see during Charleston Beer Week 2016. — Connelly Hardaway


Breweries keep it local with labels designed by Charleston artists
Breweries keep it local with labels designed by Charleston artists In the Eye of the Beer-Holder

The old adage says, "Don't judge a book by its cover." In honor of Charleston beer week we ask, can that saying be translated into, "Don't judge a beer by its label?" — Matt Dobie


Beer Week Picks

Charleston Night Bazaar

Charleston Night Bazaar

Pacific Box & Crate

Third Saturday of every month, 5-10 p.m.

Every third Saturday in the courtyard outside of Workshop and Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., local artisans and crafters set up shop from 5-10 p.m. for the Charleston Night Bazaar. The bazaar hosts many local artisans and crafters featuring vintage jewelry, soaps, candles, mixed media, and more. Expect to find unique vendors like CannaBonez, a CBD dog treat company; Crass Stitchery, a cross stitch artist who specializes in rap lyrics and insults; or Dos Bandidos, artists who hand make silk screen art and apparel. Save some room for food and libations by Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co, Workshop, Proof Pool Bar, and Merrows Garden Wine Bar — or grab a waffle on a stick from cult fave food truck Holy City Waffles for dessert.

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