#scbeerjobs website gaining traction

scbrewersA new website established to help South Carolinians voice their support for new craft beer-related legislation is beginning to gain attention and a groundswell of support in an effort to pass the so-called Stone Bill in the waning days of the SC Legislature.

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New bill aims to attract big breweries, ease restrictions on brewpubs


New legislation that will soon be introduced in the SC Legislature aims to not only ease restrictions on brewpubs currently in operation, but also attract larger national breweries to the Palmetto State. Continue reading

Old Mill finally begins brewing


Lexington’s Old Mill Brewpub has been opened for a few months now, but the city’s first brewpub hasn’t had the necessary equipment or permits to brew their own beer on site. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case, and Old Mill has finally begun production on its first beer.

Monday, Old Mill Brewmaster Matt Rodgers posted this photo on Facebook with the message “First brew day at Old Mill!” Rodgers told me recently his first in-house beer would be an oatmeal porter, and he’s stuck with that plan. Old Mill has a 3.5 BBL brewhouse with two 7 BBL fermenters. Expect to see it on tap at in a few weeks.

Conquest, Old Mill team up for beer dinner


Columbia’s only production brewery and one of the Midlands’ newest beer spots will be teaming up for a fusion dinner next month.

Columbia’s Conquest and Lexington’s Old Mill Brewpub have scheduled a beer dinner for the evening of Tuesday, December 10. Old Mill Brewmaster Matt Rodgers, who has collaborated with Conquest in the past, will host the event, which will feature five beers and four courses with each course prepared using a different Conquest beer. The menu is as follows:

Appetizer: Artemis Beer-battered Green Beans with Tarragon Aioli

Dinner: Der Alte Fritz-braised Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Shrimp Skewers with a Habanero Clementine IPA Vinaigrette

Dessert: Coffee Stout Float with Stout-infused Whipped Cream

There are only 35 seats available for $50 a pop. You can order tickets by calling (803) 785-2337 or emailing Matt at oldmillbrew@yahoo.com. More information can be found here.

Egan’s Oast – CBX owners’ brewpub – changes name

EdmundsOastBack in April, it was revealed that Rich Carley and Scott Shor of the Charleston Beer Exchange were planning opening their own brewpub called Egan’s Oast in late 2013. The brewpub was to serve local beers as well as ones brewed in-house in their 200-seat outdoor German-style beer garden and 130-seat interior dining area.

But on Wednesday, a slight change was made to the future brewpub. Apparently, another business opening soon in the Charleston area had a name a little similar to Egan’s Oast, so the decision was made to give the place a new name: Edmund’s Oast.

The name change wasn’t that much of a pain, fortunately. The “Egan” in the previous name came form Edmund Egan, one of Charleston’s earliest beer producers. So, instead of using his last name, they went with his first. Simple as that.

If you’re still scratching your head, an oast is a kiln used to dry hops.

CBX owners plan to open brewpub


The guys behind the best beer store in the U.S. will soon expand their operations by opening a brewpub and beer garden in the Holy City.

The Charleston Post and Courier and the Charleston City Paper have each reported that Rich Carley and Scott Shor – of Charleston Beer Exchange fame – will soon open Egan’s Oast, a brewpub with a 200-seat outdoor German-style beer garden and 130-seat interior. The brewpub will serve craft beer brewed on site as well as other noteworthy local and national brews.

Andy Henderson, formerly of FIG, will serve as chef. It’ll be located in the old William M. Bird & Co. building on Morrison Drive.

The “Egan” in the name comes from Edmund Egan, who began producing beer in Charleston after emigrating from England in the 1760s. The “oast” comes from a device once used to dry out hops.

“This is the most logical extension of growth and development rather than to keep opening more retail stores,” Shor told the P&C.

The brewpub is expected to open by this fall.

Homegrown Brewhouse opens for business


After months of preparation and construction – and passing the final legal hurdles – Homegrown Brewhouse finally opened its doors this past Saturday, March 30.

Located in Summerville, the brewpub will focus on exactly what its name entails: homegrown brews from across the Palmetto State. With 40 taps installed, they hope to represent and pour all of South Carolina’s breweries in the future. There are about 18 taps up and running now. They’ll eventually install their own brewing system and serve their own in-house beers.

Homegrown offers 4-ounce samples, 12-ounce pints and 64-ounce growler fills of whatever’s on tap. You can follow along with their tap list and when they’re open on their Facebook page.