Charleston, South Carolina: it's not just for filming the Channing Tatum vehicle Dear John anymore. Mainly because it's filled with a smattering of up-and-coming brew-outfits (plus one old one) that you need to enjoy via the CBC, which hits a different brewery lineup every day it runs. So let's say you make it a Friday trip. After meeting at Southend Brewery & Smokehouse (might as well have a Cajun popcorn shrimp and a Love Me Two Times blonde), you'll swing by:
Stop 1: Westbrook
Sample seasonals spawned by 20-something founder Ed Westbrook, like the May-through-June Citra-Rye w/ pineapple, mango & passionfruit flavors, special collections (extra-black Covert Hops ale), and year-rounds like Asia-influenced, Sorachi Ace-hopped witbier White Thai -- the "ger" is left off, because comparing it to Jack Burton's favorite brothel could get you in Big Trouble.
Stop 2: Palmetto
Founder and head brewer Ed Falkenstein (Eds are trending!) was inspired to open the first post-Prohibition brewery while windsurfing in Oregon, naturally. Today, he makes suds like the Bocat Watermelon Wheat, the apple-tinged Aftershock steam beer, and the spicy Angry Ginger, which unlike angry Ginger Spice, people still enjoy.
Stop 3: Holy City
The sub-one-year-old, 15-barrel brewery hosts live music every Fri, so jam to that while sipping their malty Biscuits & Honey ESB, and a double IPA they named Sex Panther, so you know it's good.
You can also customize a tour to include a local restaurant, plus pick-up/drop-off at hotels on surrounding islands/peninsulas. There'll even be a cooler to hold growlers, bombers, or anything you cop along the way -- which, when compared to letting them waste away in the hot Summer sun, is clearly a Step Up.
Published: May 18, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
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