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Beers with a Charleston Address

With Charleston’s dining scene named one of the best in the nation, it is only fitting that the Holy City has begun to parallel its culinary industry with a booming craft beer industry. Spring in Charleston comes with the perfect weather to indulge in a cold beer from one of the many breweries around town. Explore some of these nationally known craft beer destinations that are based right here in Charleston.
Palmetto Brewery- Established in 1993, Palmetto Brewing Company was the first brewery to open in Charleston since Prohibition. The original Palmetto Brewery was in operation before the beginning of the Civil War until the start of Prohibition, when it was forced to close its doors. Today, Palmetto Brewery offers a range of beers, brewing each and every one right here in the Lowcountry. Delight in the taste of their Espresso Porter or Amber Ale.
Revelry Brewing- Located downtown, Revelry Brewing is fairly new to the craft beer scene, winning the “Best New Brewery in South Carolina Award” in 2015. With a fun and inviting atmosphere, the name “Revelry” quite literally means, “boisterous festivities, while enjoying craft beer.” Revelry was awarded a golf medal in the US Open Beer Championships for their Gullah Cream Ale, a crowd favorite.
Holy City Brewing- Opened by four friends dedicated to craft beer and their community, Holy City Brewing opened its doors in 2011. The friends started with an all-grain pilot system in their garage that was made out of welded bicycle parts, which now stands in the heart of their brewery. With names like Slanted Porch Pale Ale and Washout Wheat, these brews celebrate Charleston’s surroundings.
Coast Brewing Company- Family-owned Coast Brewing Company prides itself on making organic products with local ingredients. Operating on the old Naval base in North Charleston, their warehouse-type setup makes for an unparalleled atmosphere with room for corn-hole and food trucks. Stop by and try their HopArt IPA, a locally cherished beer.
Edmunds Oast- One of the few brewery based restaurants in Charleston, Edmunds Oast draws its diners in with pub fare and house-distilled drafts. Their beer program also features guest taps from other local, national and international craft beer companies. Try their Peanut Butter and Jelly beer; brewed with all of the ingredients you’d expect for a sandwich-in-a-glass experience.
Westbrook Brewing Company- A husband-and-wife team opened Westbrook Brewing in 2010, making it their mission to “create the most interesting and awesome beer possible.” They pride themselves on exploring different brewing techniques to create a beer that people love. With its hints of fresh lemongrass and ginger roots, Westbrook’s White Thai is a favorite among locals.
With these local breweries becoming a hotspot, they are a must-do for your Charleston getaway. Most of these craft beer destinations offer daily tours and tastings in their tap rooms, providing the perfect break from sightseeing. With over fifteen to choose from, there is sure to be a brewery that you’ll love.

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Learn the Secret Behind Chef Michelle Weaver’s Famous Crab Cake

 Nestled off of the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place, Charleston Grill is often praised for its decadent menu items, carefully curated ambiance, and unparalleled wine selection. Commanding the kitchen for nearly two decades, Executive Chef Michelle Weaver’s culinary aesthetic courses through a menu offering four themed options: Social & Shared, Roots & Stems, Waves & Marsh, Field & Pasture. As seasons begin to change, Chef Weaver works local delicacies and seasonal delights into her ever-changing menu. Throughout the years, the menu has seen only a few constants; one being her famous Charleston Grill Crab Cake. The generously packed Crab Cake is filled with fresh crab meat and a fresh blend of herbs and spices. Then, a light sauce is drizzled on top with sweet shrimp and tomato, which amps up the seafood flavor adding a little extra freshness to the dish. So what makes this the long-standing fixture of Charleston Grill’s menu? The only thing holding the cakes together is “lump crab meat and a whole lot of love.” Read on to recreate this legendary recipe in your very own kitchen. Ingredients Crab Cake Quantity Ingredients 1 lb Crab meat 1 Egg white ½ Lemon, zested and juiced 1 tbs Chopped chives 1 tbs Thyme leaves ½ cup Mayonnaise 2 tbs Fresh breadcrumbs   Salt and freshly ground white pepper   Butter or olive oil to cook Sauce Quantity Ingredients ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil 6 Shrimp, peeled and de-veined, cut into thin strips 10 Red pear tomatoes 10 Yellow pear tomatoes 2 Limes, juiced 2 Shallots, finely chopped 2 tbs Fresh dill Preparation For the crab cakes: Mix together the mayo, salt, pepper, egg white, zest, juice, chives and thyme. Fold in the crab meat. Form mixture into patties, dust with breadcrumbs and sear in butter or oil until crisp and golden on both sides For the sauce: 1. Heat shallots in oil, then add shrimp and cook. 2. Add remaining ingredients and heat through. 3. Serve warm over crab cakes.
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Catch Our Chefs at these Charleston Wine & Food Events

A city that celebrates decadent cuisine and Lowcountry fare, Charleston is at the forefront of one of the most storied culinary scenes in America. From time-tested recipes for generations to bountiful local ingredients, each world-famous chef and award-winning restaurant creates delectable dishes. Each year, locals and visitors come together to celebrate life’s indulgences at Charleston’s Wine & Food Festival. Now in its 14th year, the festival spans across five days, and welcomes top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe. Featuring more than 100 unique culinary experiences, our talented chefs are in the center of it all. From Executive Chef Michelle Weaver’s fine dining flare to Executive Chef Steven Manall’s fresh flavors, our Four Diamond chefs are participating in one-of-a-kind events. And to top it all off, Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ryan delivers something sweet on Opening Night. Read more to discover where you can taste our celebrated chef’s finest dishes. Executive Chef Michelle Weaver, Charleston Grill As Executive Chef of Charleston Grill, Weaver’s culinary aesthetic courses through a menu offering four themed options, each one like a tributary beckoning diners to branch out toward new exploits: Social & Shared, Roots & Stems, Waves & Marsh, Field & Pasture. Stick with a single direction or meander from one taste experience to the other – either way, you’re in for an elegant, unforgettable dining adventure. Opening Night—Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:30-10PM Neighborhood Series: On the Wappoo—Friday, March 8, 2019 6-9:30PM Culinary Village, Main Stage—Saturday, March 9, 2019 3-4PM Executive Chef Steven Manall, Palmetto Cafe As the chef of the only Forbes Four Star restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch in the state of South Carolina, Manall never relies simply on portion size to satisfy his guests. Instead, he uses classic dishes as inspiration and adds unique flavors, preparations, and presentations. Blended—Friday, March 8, 2019 4:30-7PM Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ryan As the Executive Pastry Chef since 2008, Ryan has been taking desserts to new heights with a mix of traditional and contemporary approaches. Whether creating desserts for Charleston Grill, The Palmetto Cafe, or concentrating on Belmond Charleston Place’s catered events, he enjoys taking classic desserts and adding a modern twist. Opening Night—Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:30-10PM Whether you’re a local or guest, the Charleston Wine & Food Festival is a great way to explore new tastes and flavors from around the country. From tasty wines to savory dishes, each event is designed to take you on the ultimate culinary journey. If you miss the chance to visit the festival, book a stay with us and explore the same great favors at any of our memorable dining establishments.   
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