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A  few SC breweries are interested in starting (again, it was attempted a few years back) a South Carolina State Brewer’s Guild. All breweries and homebrew organizations will receive a letter in the next few weeks asking about your interest level, role, etc. We will need a high participation rate for this to be a true Guild with all it’s inherent benefits. The main topics Randy (of Aiken Brewing Co.) and I want to address are Legislation, Business and Education. Look for more info as it happens. And get those survey results back to us as soon as you can. Feel free to contact me (Jaime) or Randy at Aiken Brewing Co. with any comments or questions.

Also, see my post below on one of the legislative topics I want the Guild to address.

michael-jackson.jpg I just heard that Michael Jackson passed away yesterday at his home. He was the original, true beer advocate and an absolute top-notch beer writer. David and I only got to meet him once at GABF in 2000. He did come by Palmetto many years ago as well. If you’ve never seen the “Beer Hunter” go rent it now (it’s only vhs to my knowledge- always wanted them to redo it to DVD). Wow, I can’t believe it, a true loss.

“Hello, my name is Michael Jackson. No, not that Michael Jackson, but I am on a world tour. My tour is in pursuit of exceptional beer.”

We raise a pint to Michael Jackson!

Join Carolina’s Executive Chef Jeremiah Bacon and Megan Westmeyer of the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative on Wednesday, August 29 from 7-9:00 p.m., for a special evening featuring local, sustainable seafood paired with local beer from Palmetto Brewing Company. Biologist Megan Westmeyer, Sustainable Seafood Program Coordinator, will lead a brief presentation about how wise seafood choices now will ensure plentiful fish for the future. Chef Bacon’s five-course menu will feature responsibly harvested Folly littleneck clam ragout, Szechuan peppercorn shrimp, Grilled Wahoo and Pan Roasted Wreckbass. The dinner is $65.00, plus tax and gratuity – inclusive of beer. Seating is limited to 40 persons – and reservations are required by calling Carolinas, (843) 724-3800. 
 
When: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
 
Where: Carolinas Restaurant 
10 Exchange Street 
 
Reservations: $65.00, Call Carolina’s, (843) 724-3800 
 
5 Course Tasting Menu 
Szechwan Peppercorn Shrimp 
Red Pepper Caramel 
Kensington Vegetables 
Paired with Lager 
 
Folly Littleneck Clam Ragout 
Cranberry Beans – Roasted Tomato 
Paired with Pale Ale 
 
Grilled Wahoo – Vidalia Onion Compote 
Black Tea Gastrique 
Paired with Amber 
 
Pan Roasted Wreckbass 
Shanghai Bok Choy – Ginger Nage 
Paired with Seasonal “Pilot Brew” 
 
Hazelnut Torte – Peach Slivers 
Porter Ice Cream 
Paired with Porter 
 
$65. / Guest Plus Tax & Gratuity 
Space Limited to First 40 Guests 
RSVP at 843.724.3800 
 
For all media inquiries, please contact Meghan Alexander at (843) 442-4171, meghan@vividpr.com or Beth Nathan at (843) 579-8660, bnathan@scaquarium.org
 

We believe that microbreweries in SC have the right to on premise sales and consumption. If someone wants to come fill a growler fresh from the tap, they should be able to do that. If you want a keg for your next gathering, you should be able to stop on by. Now, that’s not to say distributors should be cut out, not at all. A good distributor is worth their weight in gold if they care about your product and deal with all the aspects of sales and service. I personally have no desire to deal with restaurants, pubs and stores and worry about the logistics of getting my beer where it needs to go.  However, what I do at my place of business should have nothing to do with my distributor. In fact, I think it will spur more craft beer sales and instate breweries if the law changes. And that’s good for everyone; breweries, distributors and the consumer. We must keep on par with the current growth of craftbeer and our sister state North Carolina. We’re even down with putting a cap of on-site sales, just like NC has. I spoke with Rep. Herbkersman and he is open to this bill; even though it cannot be written until January. We can start a campaign now  by contacting our legislators, especially in your area. Look for more info soon! As always, if you have contacts, ideas, advice, etc….please feel free to contact me.

Ohara & Flynn Tasting 8/23 5-7    $5

Tasting this week:
Schwelmer Hefeweisen
Victory Hop Devil
Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
Chapeau Framboise
St. Louis Premium Peche