Riverbanks Zoo elephant helps pick ingredients for Conquest’s Brew at the Zoo release

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: Columbia’s Conquest Brewing Co. was aided by a Penny, an African elephant, from Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo, in picking ingredients for a beer that will be exclusively brewed for the zoo’s upcoming Brew at the Zoo beer festival.

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Conquest, radio station team up to preview WBF brew

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You’ll recall a couple of weeks ago, Conquest and representatives from All About Beer Magazine got together to brew a beer that will debut at the upcoming World Beer Festival in Columbia on January 18. Now that the festival is a little more than a week away and the beer is just about ready, they’re asking drinkers to help put the finishing touches on the brew.

Thursday evening, WXRY-FM – which will be broadcasting live – and Conquest will give patrons at Columbia’s World of Beer a chance to sample the English-style porter before its wide debut at the festival. On top of that, they’ll have the chance to pick which additional flavors will go into the final release. That finished product will then be widely available at the World Beer Festival the following weekend.

Conquest made its SC debut at the 2013 WBF and will be celebrating its first anniversary on January 25 with the release of The Finisher imperial stout.

Old Mill finally begins brewing

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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.

River Dog upgrades Chocolate Rye Porter to year-round status

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Ridgeland’s River Dog Brewing Co. is giving one of its brews an upgrade and adding it to the year-round release schedule.

Starting soon, RD will begin producing its 6.5% ABV Chocolate Rye Porter regularly. The brew – as the name implies – is a blend of sweeter chocolate flavors with a slight spicy rye bite to the finish. It joins the brewery’s other year-round releases, including the American Pale Ale, Coastal Wit and IPA.

Quest unveils artwork for core brands

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We’re inching closer to the grand opening celebration of Greenville’s Quest Brewing Co., which is scheduled for this Saturday, July 13, from 4 p.m. And as the big day approaches, the brewers have slowly started leaking out the designs for each of the beers.

On the brewery’s Facebook page, you’ll find the designs for the Ellida IPA, Smoking Mirror Smoked Porter, Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout and Golden Fleece BPA. The artwork will presumably be colored and spruced up for the canned versions of the beers, which the brewery will begin producing down the line.

Six packs, new artwork planned for Holy City Pluff Mud (in a few months)

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EDIT: False alarm, folks! Seems as if this was just some artwork thought up by the designer of Holy City’s mural and taped on bottles and packaging. That’s why you don’t blog before you have a cup of coffee. (And now that I look at it, there’s clearly a piece of tape on the bottom right corner of that six pack.) Six packs and new artwork are in the works, but they’re a few months off. Still, fantastic artwork and something I’m sure a lot of people would love to see on shelves one day.

For the longest time, Holy City‘s GABF gold medal-winning Pluff Mud Porter has been available in only 22 oz. bomber bottles or on draft. But if the above photo – which was posted on the Instagram feed of the Charleston Beer Week – is any indication, that’ll be changing.

From the looks of things, Pluff Mud will be coming to six-pack bottles as well as getting some new label artwork on both the smaller bottles (seen on the left) and bombers (on the right). The current label features the Holy City logo on a white background and the GABF gold medal prominently displayed, as it should be.

No word on if this is the final artwork, when it’ll be hitting shelves, etc. But on a personal level, I say the more Pluff Mud, the better.