Edmund’s Oast Blackberry Bathos

We ended up at Edmund’s Oast for dinner in Charleston. This was pretty much the only place that Val wanted to go to for dinner the whole vacation because it received a favorable write up from Bon Appetit. This was the first beer I had there.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A key focal point of Edmund’s Oast is the onsite brewery, where a number of the restaurant’s unique and unusual draft beers are made in house, including brews aged in a small, dedicated barrel aging room. Not only is Edmund’s Oast one of the few brewery based restaurants in the area, the team has also carefully curated a high-quality beer program featuring guest taps from the best local, national, and international brewers complemented by an expansive specialty/reserve bottle list.”

Random: Their outdoor area was nice too, except it was insanely humid while we were there.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pink head. It topped a hazy, pink body with no visible carbonation. The nose was tart, but not overwhelmingly so. It had lightly toasted oak and red grapes as well. There was also a floral characteristic that came along for the ride. The taste had some vinegar-tartness with red wine and flowers. It had a hint of vanilla along with toasted oak to balance it out. The berry note came through as well and was jammy without being overly sweet. The body was shockingly thick for the style with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with red wine barrels and vinegar. I was impressed by this beer. Whenever I see a brewery in a restaurant, I expect an amber, IPA, brown ale, etc. I do not expect an oak aged wild ale like this. If you find yourself in Charleston, you need to search this beer out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Holy City Old Man Helles

One of the days that we were in South Carolina, we took a ride up to Charleston and made a stop for lunch. Charleston was everything I wanted Savannah to be, but it wasn’t. It had all of the historic buildings and absolutely beautiful houses. While I was there, I sampled one of their local beers.


ABV: 4.2%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our head brewer Chris has a serious background in lager brewing, so we decided the summer of 2012 would be a great time for a series of one-off, small batch lagers. Old Man Helles is the first of the bunch, a refreshing, sharp lager ready to cool your heels after what’s been a slightly brutal heat wave. The name comes from a simple request Mac’s dad made when the brewery first opened: make an old man beer. Skoal!”

Random: This comes in at 15 IBUs.

This brew poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose was quite sweet with grain and honey. The taste was crisp with the same sweetness that was apparent in the nose. It had some honey and sweet bread as well. The body was light with high carbonation which made this go down very easily. The finish was quick with honey. This was a simple beer, but I enjoyed it throughly. I could see it pairing well with almost any dish and would have this one again if I ever find it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lagunitas 12th Of Never Ale

The second beer that I had at Frankie Bones was this one, the first offering in cans from Lagunitas.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tropically Hoppy. Light, yet Full-Bodied. Bright and Citrusy. Word. The magical, mystical 12th of Never is a blend of Old and New School hops that play bright citrus, rich coconut, and papaya-esque flavors, all on a solid stage of English puffed wheat. Tropically hoppy. Light, yet full-bodied. Bright and citrusy. The 12th of Never Ale is everything we’ve learned about making hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice. Pale, cold, slightly alcoholic and bitter. It’s all we know. These 12oz mini-kegs (AKA cans) are an exciting new option for us, and we are stoopid stoked at the opportunity for y’all to take us to all those new, nelophobic locations… ”

Random: This is a year-round offering that comes in at 45 IBUs.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly, but left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tropical hops. Specifically, I picked up mango, papaya and pineapple. Orange rind was noticeable as well. The taste was equally hoppy and tropical. I got a significant mango and papaya note. The pineapple note that was on the nose wasn’t as noticeable on the taste. It had a crackery malt note at the back to balance it out. The body was light with lots of carbonation, which made this beer super drinkable. The finish was bright with orange peel and papaya. I enjoyed this beer a lot and I appreciate that it’s their first offering in cans. I would search this one out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale

One of the things that surprised me about Hilton Head was how many themed restaurants they have. They didn’t have many chain restaurants, but all of them had a theme. This one was Rat pack era Italian food. When we got there, I fully expected the food to be terrible. I was more than pleasantly surprised with my meal as well as my beer choice.


ABV: 4.9%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our session sour quencher brewed with lime peel, black limes & sea salt”

Random: This is their seasonal release in August and September. I had this in August, so now you can truly gauge how long my backlog is.

This beer poured with very little head that was pure white and dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with no carbonation visible because of the cloudiness. The nose was surprisingly pungent for the ABV with sour lemon, fresh cracked black pepper and lime wedges. The taste was even better. It had a significant amount of bright lemon with the same cracked black pepper. I never thought that those two things would go together in a beer, but colored me impressed. It followed up with some salt and lemon juice with lemon pith. The body was light, without being watery. It had generous carbonation that made this an easy drinker. The finish was quick with lime juice. This beer paired well with the linguini and clam sauce that I had and the weather in South Carolina. I will definitely be grabbing this again this summer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Palmetto Amber Ale

This beer is one that I had at the Crazy Crab in Hilton Head. One of their locations is in the middle of Harbour Town, which is where we stayed. I remember going to Hilton Head as a child and enjoying it. As an adult, I found it incredibly boring. I hate relaxing on vacation and I need things to do (which by the way, drives Valentina nuts) and this place was not for me. Other than eating and shopping and golf, there was pretty much nothing to do. But, at least I got to give this beer a shot.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American amber ale is handcrafted by meticulously
combining seven different malts to produce a toasted, nutty malt profile. Our medium bodied beer is balanced by a clean hop finish producing what is a flavorful and refreshing complement to your meal.”

Random: This uses Victory, Caramel and Biscuit malts.

The brew poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and only left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was an amber color and had high carbonation visible. The nose was filled with malt and toasted brown bread. I kept trying to pick up other scents and couldn’t find much. The taste had only a smidgen more complexity than the nose. It had the same toasted brown bread along with some mild nuttiness. There was also a caramel characteristic that came along for the ride. The body was thick for the style, but had plenty of carbonation to cut the thickness. It had a lengthy finish with caramel malt and nuttiness. This beer was drinkable, but overly simplistic. Even though I can’t get it up here, I won’t be giving this one another shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Palmetto Seas The Day IPA

Our first night in Hilton Head, we ended up at a seafood restaurant called Poseidon. It got positive reviews and I was craving tuna. Unfortunately, they sat us in the middle of the children’s area, which tends to really irritate my mother. This beer is their house beer, so since I was never going to get the chance to try it again, I gave it a shot.


ABV: 4.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This beer was made specifically for the Poseidon restaurant by Palmetto Brewing Company. There is literally no other information about this beer online.

Random: Hilton Head is just about as expensive as Jersey, which is saying something.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly, but left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a dark amber color and clear. There was a lot of carbonation visible on the beer. The first thing that struck me about the nose was how incredibly sweet it was for an IPA. There was a lot of caramel malt and almost a honey quality to it, but the hops came through quickly to save the scent. It had some grass and earthy notes to it. The taste was a bit of a letdown, but given the nose, it didn’t surprise me. The hops came through first as wet grass and some dirt. It went into the same malt that was on the nose with caramel and toffee and was a bit too sweet for my liking. Luckily, the body was quite light and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick and sweet with caramel. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer and it seemed a bit odd to me to have the “house beer” at a seafood joint be something on the sweeter side. But, it was easy to throw back and I did finish. I won’t be going back to this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Service Rally Point

We decided to stay in a historic hotel in Savannah. We didn’t (or at least, I didn’t) realize that it was a “haunted hotel.” We didn’t have any unearthly encounters, but the room was really small. I must have banged my knees and toes on every single piece of furniture in the room. Add to this the drunk people because of the open container law and this just wasn’t my scene.


ABV: 4.6%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘Rally Point’ is a term used in military maneuvers to represent a place for troops to regroup, but there’s no need for such formality here, soldier. Just grab some friends and gather round this light session brew. Bearing a sweet, malt character that bursts with rich complexity, this traditional Bohemian-style Pilsner’s earthy Czech Saaz hops provide a pleasant touch of spice with a clean, crisp finish.”

Random: The one thing that I did like about Savannah was that every place that we went to had a god selection of local beers.

The beer poured with less than half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright, golden orange with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had milled grain, mineral water and grass. It didn’t have much sweetness on the nose, but it was quite clean. The taste was crisp and clean as well with the same grass that was on the nose, but had a caramel sweetness at the end. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. For the style, it had a lengthy and earthy finish. This beer didn’t pull any punches and went down easily. This would make for a great barbecue beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Jekyll Hop Dang Diggity Southern IPA

One thing I learned about the South was how hot it is. We tried to walk the city and ended up stopping every block to get back into the air conditioning. We ended up stopping at a bar by our hotel to try to get out of the heat for a bit, and this is what I had on tap.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our IPA was brewed to remind us of the aroma of those tall Georgia pines, while the malty backbone balances everything out. Hopped up like a one-legged chicken, this ain’t your standard IPA, Darlin.”

Random: This came in at 74 IBUs.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright orange and almost clear with light carbonation visible. They were not kidding about this beer reminding people of a pine tree. There was a lot of dank pine on the nose. It was balanced out by some floral hops and crackery malt at the end. The taste was just as piney as the nose. It didn’t have as much malt as I expected, but it wasn’t unbalanced as it came through at the end. Evergreen notes came through with some tangerine to give the beer some depth. The body was thick and chewy with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with a touch of caramel sweetness that paired with the tangerine. I enjoyed this beer and if I ever had a shot of trying it again, I wouldn’t hesitate.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Red Hare SPF 50/50 India Pale Radler

This was the beer that Val got at Moon River. Our dining experience (in terms of the food) wasn’t all that great and they offered us a “beer to go.” We declined, but had no idea what this meant. Apparently, in Savannah, you can walk the streets with an open container, which explained all of the bachelor/bachelorette parties in the city. We’re definitely a bit more low-key, so the drunk people falling on us wasn’t in the wheelhouse, but one thing we enjoyed was this beer.


ABV: 4.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “SPF 50/50 is a light, refreshing blend of Gangway IPA and our house brewed sparkling grapefruit soda. Sweet grapefruit zest mingles perfectly with citrusy hop notes, making this the perfect can to take with you everywhere this summer.”

Random: This comes in at 32 IBUs.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. Despite that, it left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color with some cloudiness. It also had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had lemon and grapefruit with a simple syrup sweetness to it. I didn’t get much in the way of hops from this beer. The taste was very interesting. It started with some perfume-like floral notes and then went into a lemon-lime soda sweetness. I didn’t get grapefruit specifically on it. It was basically a beer soda. It had a really light body with high carbonation, which would be perfect for summer in the South. The finish was quick, but left some lingering sweetness from the lemon lime soda and floral hops. This was one of the more unique beers that I’ve had in a long while. If I could find it again, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Moon River Rosemary Swamp Fox IPA

Val and I went on vacation with my parents to Hilton Head, South Carolina. The closest area to Hilton Head happens to be Savannah. We decided to fly in there and spend a day in the city before making the 45 minute drive to South Carolina. The first place that we stopped was a brewpub in the middle of the city.


ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This is a take off of their regular Swamp Fox IPA. The brewery website describes the regular beer as follows, “Like its namesake, this ale is known for the sneak attack. Hop-heads will enjoy its assertive bitterness and huge floral & citrus, dry hop aroma.”

Random: The place was pretty crowded, despite the fact that we went there off hours.

The brew poured with a half a finger of thick white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and orange. It had a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose was like sticking my nose in a rosemary plant. After my nasal passages adjusted, I picked up pine as well, but this was almost too much rosemary. The taste was, unfortunately, much of the same. It was way too much fresh rosemary and didn’t have anything else to back it up. After I searched a bit, there was an earthy pine and dirt characteristic to it. The body was medium thick with a lot of carbonation to it. It had a lengthy, herbal finish that was overwhelming to the palate. I finished the pint, but I wouldn’t order another one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0