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Regional Brewery Spotlight: Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival in Charleston, SC

We’re down to the single digits, folks! Only 5 days until the first-ever Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival takes over Isle of Palms, and everybody’s anticipating the exceptional beer variety from our visiting breweries. From Asheville, North Carolina to Brooklyn, New York, these buzz worthy brewers will be mixing things up in Charleston this Columbus Day weekend…

Regional Brewery Partners

Brooklyn Brewery
, founded by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and neighbor Tom Potter, is highly regarded as one of the top craft beer producers in the world. Since opening the brewery in 1988, the inventive and collaborative Brooklyn Brewmasters have been working around the clock brewing flavorful year-round, seasonal and specialty beers out of their Williamsburg, Brooklyn facility.

Featured Brews: 

  • Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale
    Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuit malt center, and crisp finish.
    Pairing chew: Westphalia Ham and Mascarpone Mac & Cheese
  • Brooklyn Oktoberfest
    Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, full-bodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.
    Pairing chew: Sopprasetta, Bresaola, Genoa and Gruyere Muffaletta pressed with Olive and Pepperoncini Tapenade 

Live. Relax. Savor. That’s the life motto of Savannah, Georgia based Coastal Empire Brewing Company. Launched the first night of Savannah’s inaugural Craft Beer Week in 2011, the distillery saw immediate praise when less than a week later the Savannah Brown Ale took home first place in the People’s Choice Award. The rest is history… 

Featured Brews: 

  • Coastal Empire Savannah Brown Ale
    Crafted with a rich malt flavor, and balanced by a crisp hop finish, this American brown ale has aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, chocolate and citrus.
    Pairing chew: Duck and Chorizo Cassoulet with Asiago Cheese
  • Coastal Empire Tybee Island Blonde
    A Kolsch German style ale, this blonde has a light floral aroma and a mild hop bitterness.
    Pairing chew: Local Seafood and Shellfish Stew with Garlic Crostini

Operating out of Asheville, North Carolina—an acclaimed East Coast hub of the dynamic beer industry—Highland Brewing Company began rolling out its first kegs in 1994, as a tribute to the Scots-Irish settlers of North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains. Since then, the craft brewery has expanded with a brewing capacity of over 50,000 barrels a year…with room to grow.

Featured Brews: 

  • Highland Oatmeal Porter
    A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with hints of chocolate roasted flavor and a well-balanced hop character.
    Pairing chew: Sliced Smoked Brisket, Honey BBQ, Mini Kaiser Roll
  • Highland Gaelic Ale
    This flagship beer is a deep amber-colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma for a balanced finish that brings both malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness.
    Pairing chew: Grilled Chicken Chili, Smoked Jalapeno

Lonerider Brewery opened its Raleigh, North Carolina doors in 2009 with a beer and a dream. Known for its “ales for outlaws,” Lonerider produces beers with quality ingredients, holding highest honors from the Great American Beer Festival.

Featured Brews: 

  • Lonerider Sweet Josie Brown Ale
    This American brown ale is a complex beer balancing a nice hop bitterness with a generous amount of chocolate and aromatic malts.
    Pairing chew: Sliced Smoked Brisket, Honey BBQ, Mini Kaiser Roll
  • Lonerider Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen
    This German-style hefeweizen features a rich, banana-clove nose and refreshing dry finish.
    Pairing chew: Grilled Chicken Chili, Smoked Jalapeno

Thomas Creek Brewery is proud to be the Upstate’s premier microbrewery. Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Thomas Creek has been favored by beer enthusiasts across the southeast and beyond.

Featured Brews: 

  • Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber
    Full-bodied, crisp and refreshing American Amber Ale with a malty flavor, rich caramel color, smokey notes and a smooth aromatic finish.
    Pairing chew: Cheese Tortellini with Sundried Tomato Sauce Busting with Basil and Oregano
  • Thomas Creek Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA
    Crisp and citrusy, this India Pale Ale derives its atypical dark copper brown color from malted chocolate wheat. Heavily hopped, its bitterness blends with the dark chocolate flavors of the cocoa nibs added during fermentation. Those subtle chocolate notes are further enhanced by additions of bitter orange peel and dry hopping with Citra.
    Pairing chew: Flourless Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream and Candied Pecans


Sound incredible? Taste the difference this Saturday, October 12 at Wild Dunes Resort’s inaugural Charleston craft beer festival at Palm Cove Pool. View beer festival event details & ticket prices, and join the festival social conversation with the event hashtag #islandbrewfest

What's more, listen to the tunes of Charleston's celebrated band "Not So Serious" as you enjoy your brews and chews.

Turn the beer festival into a long Columbus holiday weekend with our Charleston, SC Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival Package starting at $219 per night.

Call 843.886.6000 to purchase tickets + overnight package. 

{Brewery and beer descriptions modified and/or shared from text sited on the company websites hyperlinked above.} 


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