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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.

Get ready for one of the best beer dinners Charleston has ever seen. It is a 6 course dinner with two Avery beers for each course. Adam Avery will be at the dinner to talk about all the beers and answer any questions. I will post the menu later today. There are limited spaces available for this dinner. Don’t miss out on this event! Chai’s is still stuck in the approval queue for BA destinations, so this is the only forum on BA I can post. Here is the contact info for reservations. Hope to see you there.
Call for reservations 843.722.7313

I heard the price is $65.

Join Carolina’s chef Bacon and Carolina Craft Distributing for a 5 course Beer Dinner featuring Weihenstephan Brewery – don’t miss this one here’s the menu;
Course1- Housemade Brat w/ whole grain mustard,leeks & beets
paired with Festbier
Course2- Pan-seared scallop w/spinach & vanilla
paired with Kristalweiss
Course3- Grilled Tuna Pave w/ shanghi bok choy & orange gastrique
paired with Hefeweiss
Course4- Laquered Pork Tenderloin w/ potato rosti
paired with Korbinian Dopplebock
Course5- Tart Flambe w/ house cured balm & caramelized onion
paired with Hefeweiss Dunkel
Call now for resevations 843.724.3800 seating is limited

September 8th is the official release date we are hearing for Stone in South Carolina. I know a lot will be bottles, not sure of the draft situation. We sure have come a long way in 16 months. Here’s a recap of the breweries we have now in SC:

Bear Republic, New Holland, Weyerbacher, Victory, Avery, Allagash, Great Deivide, Ommegang, Stoudt’s, Boulder, Clipper City, Eel River, De Proef, Southampton, Lagunitas and I hear Founders, Smuttynose, and Ballast Point. I am sure I forgot some, but you get the point. A bunch of breweries and choices.

From the City Paper:

Bull Street Beer Tasting

If you haven’t dropped by and seen the sign on their door, you may not know that Bull Street Gourmet is having a $5 beer and wine tasting on Thursday, August 21 (yes, five dollars!).

Bull Street hosts the tastings every other Thursday to provide a place for people to sip some goodness and raise money for charity.

This month’s charity is the World Wildlife Foundation, the famed panda-logoed organization helping to protect endangered species. Five dollars covers the beer and the wine, the donations are up to you. —Alison Sher

Carolina’s Restaurant in downtown Charleston is having another beer dinner. Glad to see them doing that again.

Wednesday, August 27.

http://www.carolinasrestaurant.com/v.php?pg=10

Heard they’ve got quite the tap line-up:

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe

Stoudt’s Pale

Lagunita’s Hairy Eyeball

COAST 32/50

I know there are a few more taps too, don’t know what they are. Very Nice.