Edmund’s Oast Sour Concord Grape

Val and I went to South Carolina a few years back and made a stop in Charleston. Our best meal in Charleston was at Edmund’s Oast, which was written up by Bon Appetit. Apparently they’re canning beers now.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Located in the Pacific Box & Crate development at 1505 King Street, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. is less than a mile from Edmund’s Oast restaurant and Edmund’s Oast Exchange. The 20,000 square foot brewery produces a variety of beers packaged in cans, bottles, and kegs for wide-reaching wholesale. The brewery sports over a dozen EOBC beers on tap and regularly cans a number of offerings. Brewing Director Cameron Read produces an array of beers for both immediate consumption and barrel-aging. The facility includes an area dedicated to extended non-sour or wild barrel-aging, and a sealed area for sour and wild fermentation. EOBC beers are available at the Edmund’s Oast restaurant, as well as other restaurants and bars in Charleston and beyond. Edmund’s Oast veteran chefs Geoff Marquardt and Johnny Singleton oversee the kitchen, which features a wood-fired brick oven and a Polish smokehouse. The food is casual and approachable—with selections including pizza, sandwiches, and entrees. The Taproom’s interior sports a 65-foot bar featuring 26 taps of house-brewed beers, wines, and cocktails. There is patio seating overlooking the courtyard and neighboring businesses. The venue is available to rent for special events. The taproom management team, led by Devin Marquardt and Jen Eppich, offers a variety of programming for guests to enjoy including weekly trivia, live music, sports, family friendly events, charitable fundraisers, pop-ups and more.”

Random: I cannot express how excited I was to see this at Joe Canal’s.

This beer poured with a finger of off-white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a ruby-red color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had some red-wine grapes and yeast and a touch of vinegar. The taste started with red grapes and went into yeast and then had a touch of orange. This was mildly sour and didn’t overwhelm. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with sour grapes. I thought this was a good beer and would pair well with light Summer fare. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Edmund’s Oast Lomticks & Hoppywops

While we were in Charleston, we visited Fort Sumter. When I studied the Civil War in history, I had no idea that you needed to take a boat to get to the fort. It was a really nice boat ride and we saw a lot of dolphins. I also enjoyed walking around the fort and seeing the museum inside as well. If you’re ever in Charleston, I highly recommend it, unlike this beer…

lomticksandhoppywops

ABV: 5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Toasty dark brown IPA with big citrus tones & a dry minerality, real horror show.”

Random: Even though I didn’t love the beer, the name of it was great.

The brew poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly, but left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to how dark the body was. The nose was filled with menthol and herbaceous notes and then was followed up with brown bread. Based on the nose, I had no idea what to expect. The taste was incredibly dank with pine needles, green Ny Quil and grapefruit pith. I expected to get a decent amount of malt to balance it, but it wasn’t anywhere to be found. The body was thick and chewy with a lot of carbonation to back it up. The finish was lengthy with the same menthol/herbaceous note. I liked this beer, but it was a bit out of balance for my liking.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Edmund’s Oast Circe

This was another brew that I had at Edmund’s Oast. Their food was absolutely amazing, by the way, and this was the best meal that I had on vacation. If you’re anywhere close, you need to find yourself here.

circe

ABV: 9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse 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: The service was really impressive as well.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. Despite this, it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and dark yellow. I could see a lot of carbonation. The nose had a marked citric note with lemon rind and lemon flesh. It also had a white grape scent after a few sniffs. There was also a sweetness that followed up with a candi sugar note and bubblegum. The taste was incredibly complex. It started with a lot of bready yeast and quickly went into the same bubblegum sweetness. It had a little bit of clove spice and then the Brett came through, which dried the beer out. The booze was hidden well. It had a thicker body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and dry with Brett. This was an enjoyable beer and the combination of the sweet notes with the Brett had me coming back for me. If you’re in Charleston, search this one out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Edmund’s Oast Peanut Butter & Jelly

This was the beer that Valentina ordered. According to the server, this is the most popular beer they have there, which was surprising since I can’t see it pairing all that well with food. But, peanut butter beers are all the rage now, so she wanted to give it a try.

peanutbutterjelly

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with all the fixin’s for a sandwich in a glass kind of experience.”

Random: This comes in at 18 IBUs.

This beer poured with a finger of a slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly, but left the glass clean. The body was a cloudy, light brown color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was exactly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It had brown bread, smooth peanut butter and grape jelly. The jelly characteristic was on the sweeter side. The taste started with the grape jelly sweetness and was followed up by peanut butter, but the jelly was the stronger note. The bread manifested again as a brown bread, which wasn’t surprising since the base was towards a brown ale. It had a wheat characteristic as well. The body was medium thickness with enough carbonation to throw this down without much issue. The finish was lengthy with grape jelly. I enjoyed this beer more when I started sipping on it and the novelty of it was captivating. This is a beer that I’m glad that I tried, but I wouldn’t have more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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.

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