The local craft beer industry has been growing like a Bull's Bay oyster bed over the past few years. New production breweries have been popping their bungs all over the Charleston area. In recognition of this surging craft beer wave, Craftbeer.com nominated Charleston one of the five "Beeriest Beach Towns" in America--another best added to the Holy City's list of acknowledgements.
To celebrate, Charleston's flourishing craft beer community has scheduled a wide variety of events for your beer pleasure and to highlight the breweries and diversity of brands available locally. It is the annual Charleston Beer Week and it runs from September 7th to the 13th.
Two of the events will take place in Summerville at the town's favorite sociable brewpub on Hutchinson Square, Homegrown Brewhouse. The first is scheduled for Monday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m. called "Even More Local"--Seven-Beer Collaboration Release and the second takes place Saturday, September 13th starting at 9:00 a.m. called Double Cask Breakfast.
Homegrown Brewhouse, determined to have every South Carolina brewery represented at its pub, has been busy these past months collaborating with seven different South Carolina breweries to produce seven different original brews for Beer Week. The collaborating breweries were Freehouse Brewery, Frothy Beard Brewing, River Dog Brewing, Thomas Creek Brewery, Tradesman Brewing, Holy City Brewing, and the new keg on the block, Revelry Brewing.
All seven will be released on September 8th at Homegrown Brewhouse and the respective breweries. One of the collaboration beers Caleb has been working on with Revelry Brewing is a Sweet Tea Alt. This may be your only opportunity to taste this "Birthplace of Sweet Tea" inspired brew. So, mark down the date and get in on the fun.
The Double Cask Breakfast will feature Homegrown's collaboration with River Dog; a brew infused with figs called Smoked Abbey Ale, and the collaboration with Frothy Beard; a brew floated on oranges called Bière de Champagne. Paired with the frothy smoked figs and oranges, Charleston Bagel Company will provide the rest of the breakfast menu guaranteed to satisfy your early morning cravings. A purchased $25 ticket will include a pour of each cask beer, lox and bagels, fresh fruit, and coffee from Summerville's own Coastal Coffee Roasters. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. and the casks will be tapped at 9:30 a.m. Homegrown Brewhouse is located at 117 S Main Street.
A third event you may want to seriously consider is the Ghost Tour/Pub Crawl with Carolina Brewery. On this tour you will walk to three of Charleston's notoriously haunted sites and along the way stop at four of the downtown's top casual craft beer emporiums where you will indulge in beer samples from Carolina Brewery. The tour date is Tuesday, Sep 9, 8:45 to 11:45. Tickets are $25.
The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon is the starting point. A historic building with many personalities, it served as a military prison, barracks, custom house, mercantile exchange and strangely a brothel. In the dark of the night, the tour group will stroll on over to the oldest English burial ground in Charleston, the Circular Congregational Church Graveyard, and then the unearthly landmark where pirates and Lavinia Fisher were imprisoned, The Old City Jail.
To calm your jitters in between stops, your group will visit The Blind Tiger to savor a Black IPA, the bar at Husk to relish an Oatmeal Porter, the Leaf to slurp a Sky Blue Golden Ale, and finally the Craftsmen Kitchen and Tap House to toast a Super Saaz Imperial Pilsner in honor of the tour guide from Bulldog Tours and the crew from Carolina Brewery.
There are events scheduled every day of Charleston Beer Week. Join the celebration, visit the breweries. Experience why Charleston is fast becoming a port of call for craft brewing and now one of the "Beeriest Beach Towns" in America.
Summerville will soon have a brewery of its own. Oakroad Brewery will be located at the "C" in Summerville, also the home of Coastal Coffee Roasters.