Charleston had three craft breweries in 2007. Availability of types have been restricted. The solely to-go choice was glass growlers. The yearly output of brewpubs was capped at 2,000 barrels. And the Stone Bill, which finally handed to loosen state beer legal guidelines for on-site consumption, had not but been created or handed. This time basically was the Dark Ages of Charleston craft beer.
Fast ahead 10 years and the solar shone brightly on the bounty of beers within the Holy City. Now there have been 24 breweries and brewpubs in operation. Hazy India Pale Ales have been king and packaged beer in 12-ounce and 16-ounce bottles was available at most places. Local bottle outlets started to pepper the panorama to supply a wide array of nearly any fashion.
Now, slushies sours with fruit and cereal are a factor. Pastry stouts at 13% ABV (alcohol by quantity) might be discovered year-round. And it’s not unusual to see obscure substances in beers not simply from the world however from all over the world. Heck, Charles Towne Fermentory even made a beer with dandelions.
Yet, one brew has remained standard all through the a long time. LAGERS.
Before we bounce into mash (brewery slang), right here’s a short, bulleted lesson on lagers. They are produced and fermented at a decrease temperature than standard, which slows the metabolic tempo of yeast. This permits the beer to supply much less of a taste profile versus an ale. And this yields a clear, crisp palate. Some types of lagers that you simply is perhaps aware of embrace Helles, Dunkel, Marzen and Pilsner to call just a few.
Our first cease is Edmund’s Oast Brewing. It not too long ago held the Land of Lagers Festival. Not solely was this the primary use of its occasion house, but it surely was additionally the primary occasion of this sort in Charleston.
“What’s cool about this layout is it’s perfect for beer events,’’ said Brandon Plyler, a manager at Edmund’s Oast. His love of lagers led to the development of this festival. “When brewers get together, they drink lagers. So we thought it would be great to have an event that showed off these beers. Nothing super rare. Just good beer to drink and talk about.”
Breweries from everywhere in the nation signed as much as take part. It even had some German imports available. “You don’t have to be a hardcore beer drinker to enjoy lagers. They are a great way for beer drinkers to get interested in craft beer. Very approachable.”
Our subsequent cease is Munkle Brewery. Located within the Charleston Brewery District, it has been identified for his or her Belgian and German impressed beers because it opened, significantly the Munkle Helles, Cerveza Contigo, Munkle Pils and Vienna Lager. Swing by. Enjoy the rotating meals vehicles, stay music and sip on one by the fireplace.
The final brewery cease is Oak Road. Years in the past, Oak Road Brewery introduced its Lager Life slogan to Charleston. “We always tell people to live their best Lager Life,” CEO Benjamin Bankey stated. “That’s because we want them to do what makes them happy, and hopefully having an Oak Road lager with them while they do it.”
Pull into this Summerville brewery for a German Pilsner. A gentle 5.6% ABV, it’s a straightforward drinker and refreshing as a dip within the Ashley River. “Lagers are such an underrated beer by most people when it comes to the craft beer scene, but we all grew up with them!” Bankeyn stated “ People have many fond memories with friends, community, college, etc.”
So in case you are in search of a departure from the run-of-the-mill home lagers on the shelf, listed below are just a few of the native lagers with which you may make some recollections:
- Holy City Brewing Pilsner
- Revelry Brewing Gold Standard Lager
- Charles Towne Fermentory Yacht Party American Lager
- Freehouse Brewery Premium Lager
- Brewlab Charleston Surface Tension Lager
- Estuary Beans and Barley Cabrinha Drifter Coast to Coast Lager
- Commonhouse Aleworks Helles
- Fatty’s Beerworks Italian Pilsner
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