SOUTH CAROLINA BEER NOTES – 7/19/13

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BREWERY 85

The soon to open Greenville brewery announced this week that it was running a pilot batch of a winter IPA. Initial results are good if you like a big juicy IPA. The first pilot batch clocked in at 8.8% ABV and brewery owner Will McCameron posted on Twitter that he had resin stuck to his teeth. Good news for hop heads if McCameron sticks to the recipe.

HOLY CITY

The Charleston brewery is set to celebrate its second anniversary on Saturday. There will be food, music, and some potential surprise beers to the normal lineup. On the food side of things, Hello My Name Is BBQAutoBanh Food TruckHoM,Jack’s Cosmic Dogs Food Truck, and Old Salt Gourmet Pretzels will all be serving food in a food truck rodeo type of setting in the parking lot. Music will be provided by  The Bluestone Ramblers, who are just a great local Lowcountry bluegrass group. The brewery will also play host to many different games in their field, in addition to the normal cornhole boards that sit right outside the brewery doors. The current tap board at the brewery is as follows: Holy City Pilsner, Slanted Porch Pale, Pluff Mud Porter, Washout Wheat, Fishbowl I, and Barrel Aged Bowens Island Oyster Stout.

CONQUEST

Columbia’s first brewery since Prohibition has released a Cyclops series of pilot batches. The first one was released this past week and is a black session IPA that clocks in at about 4% ABV.

SWAMP RABBIT

It was announced that the Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom plans to open in Travelers Rest by the end of the year. It would be the newest brewery in the Upstate and the brewery has already put down a payment on brewing equipment. The brewery will be headed by Ben Pierson, the former brewmaster of LAB and Green Man in Asheville.

COAST

The folks at Coast are still hard at work renovating the brewery so as to have a taproom due to the Pint Law. The brewery has been posting pictures of the progress the last few weeks and everything appears to be coming along well. The brewery has been closed to visitors the past week, but hopes to be open for regular tasting hours on Saturday from 11-2.

QUEST

Greenville’s newest brewery opened to quite a fanfare last weekend. The brewery announced that nearly 1,800 people attended the day’s event.

FROTHY BEARD

The guys from Charleston’s newest brewery announced that they were hard at work on making a new watermelon wheat beer. This appears to be replacing the Peppermint Porter in the lineup until late fall. The brewery is also working on a roggenbier.

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