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December 8th, @ High Cotton in Greenville, SC
$45 $55/seat, should start at 6:30pm

Reception
Oysters Mignonette, High Cotton Cured Meats: chorizo, soppressata, coppa wrapped olives, chorizo & cheddar fritters paired w/ Terrapin Golden Ale
First Course
Crispy Seared Carolina Trout, Vidalia onion meyer lemon fondue, trout caviar, frizzled leek parsley salad paired w/ Terrapin Rye-Pale Ale
Second Course
Maple Thyme Glazed Quail, bacon, corn pecan stuffing, apple braised cabbage, bourbon aged bliss maple syrup paired w/ Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster
Third Course
Cocoa Braised natural Bison Shortribs, green grocer farms sweet potato mousaline, coffee cocoa braising reduction, cippolini onion tart cherry compote paired w/ Terra-rye’Zd “Midnight Project” Black Lager
Fourth Course
Goat Cheese Panna Cotta, cracked pepper gastrique, pistachio nougat, bee pollen orange dust paired w/ Terrapin Sun Ray American Wheat

UPDATE: The price of the dinner has dropped from $55 to $45/seat + tax and gratuity. Also, Dustin Watts, VP Sales and Marketing at Terrapin Brewing will be speaking.

I am pleased to announce the 2nd Annual West Ashley Good Beer Festival on Saturday December 6, 2008 from 1pm-5pm @ d.d. Peckers’ Wing Shack in West Ashley.

Tix are $25.00/advance or $30.00/day of which includes Food, Music and the Beer.

There will be tasting glasses for sale.

So far we have the following breweries represented:

Coast (SC), Founder’s (MI), Stoudt’s (PA), Clipper City (MD), Ommegang (NY), Great Divide (CO), Stone (CA), Palmetto (SC), Allagash (ME), Victory (PA), Avery (CO), Weyerbacher (PA), RJ Rockers (SC), and many more to come.

Yes! The Charleston Beer Exchange will have a soft opening this Saturday, November 15.  I believe hours that day are 11-9. I’m told it is a soft opening because they are still getting inventory in so it won’t be fully stocked, but what they have is stellar, so go!

They are located downtown, behind the Old Provost Dungeon, on Exchange St.

http://www.thecharlestonbeerexchange.com

Ballard had a nice little review of the Avery dinner in the City Paper:

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A54490

It really was a fabulous dinner, pairings worked well and the beers were a plenty. I’m a cheap ass but this was well worth the $65, I’d do it again anytime. Props to Palmer at Chai’s for putting it all together and helping with the Charleston craft beer scene.