This is the second installment highlighting the craft beer scene of Florida State's opponent. This segment will feature a brewery from the area and a beer from another brewery in the area, with a focus on best representing the craft beer scene of the Noles’ weekly opponent. We also try to include options that are readily available to those who may not be traveling to the games and want to pick something up from their local package store. Without further delay we present to you craft beer in South Carolina.
I was fortunate enough to travel through South Carolina this past summer on a little 10 day, 1500 mile road trip with my wife, tiny dachshund and a 4 month old baby. Needless to say my eyes were open for the the best beer I could get my hands on. Unfortunately the southernmost Carolina is the lazy, degenerate brother who can’t get their act together like star of the family North Carolina and their collection of outstanding breweries. But there is still beer to be drank and the best place within the state lines to find that beer is none other than Charleston.
There are about a dozen or so breweries in the greater Charleston area with the majority of them on the very small size. Revelry Brewing and Freehouse Brewery both fall into that category of small scale breweries that really know what they are doing. Revelry is located in the downtown Charleston area with a great open air tasting room, friendly wait staff and some killer side plates. I really enjoyed the Never Sunny, a citrusy New England IPA and was also able to pick up a bottle of the Jackson, one of many Berliners that are solid.
Freehouse is a hidden gem outside of town located on the Ashley River. They have a wide array of beers, IPAs and Stouts, but where they really shine is their farmhouse brews. Their Belgian Farmshouses are true to form while their saisons range from traditional to experimental using tart citrus blends and funky yeasts. The setting at Freehouse is second to none with great views of the river its easy to relax while putting a few back.
The most well know brewery in Charleston is actually not within the city but a few short miles away in Mount Pleasant. Westbrook Brewing is probably best known for the Mexican Cake, a imperial stout and their Dark Helmet, a black lager that pays homage to the Space Balls character. The beer style that they have become masters at and what you should be drinking this weekend is the Gose:
The Bucs must be entering the game this weekend ‘very salty’ given the fact that the probability of their doors being blown off has been amplified due the multiple player suspensions that they face. In all seriousness the Gose that Westbrook puts out there is delicious and is currently available in a 12 oz. cans. If you can’t get your hands on the Gose look out for the White Thai, a play on a whit beer that is also enjoyable.
Westbrook doesn’t distribute in your area? Let us know what you will be drinking instead and remember its an early start, so pace yourselves.