Archive for February, 2017

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.

blackberrybathos

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

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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.

oldmanhelles

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

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

12theofnever

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

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.

seaquench

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

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.

palmettoamberale

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

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.

seasthedayipa

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

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.

rallypoint

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