Charleston Beer Exchange: Barrel Aged Ballast Point Rare Beer Tuesday

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Barrel Aged Ballast Point Rare Beer Tuesday (2/28)
For our weekly, Tuesday-at-5pm installment of rare draft beer growler fill goodness we'll be breaking out something special that we've been saving for just the right occasion.  Well that occasion is tomorrow (make up whatever fake holiday you wish).  As if a rarely seen Ballast Point Scottish Ale offering wasn't enough, how about a special version of that beer aged in used Bourbon barrels?  Ballast Point Bourbon Barrel Aged Piper Down Scottish Ale was matured for over 5 months in Heaven Hill and Old Fitzgerald barrels to create delicious notes of oak, vanilla and all around bourbony deliciousness!  Due to the extremely limited nature of this beer, we'll be offering it in 32oz fills only and may limit it to one per person.

Widmer Brewer Meet and Greet, Free Tasting, Glass Giveaway (3/1)
This Thursday from 5pm to 7pm join us as we welcome Ben Dobler, a head brewer from Widmer Brothers, and Sales Manager Chris Squire to CBX for a special meet and greet, free tasting event!  We'll have three special beers on the growler station:  2011 Barrel Aged Brrrbon, Lemongrass Wheat (brewed with Muscat), and Spiced IPA!  All three of these will be available for both free tastes as well as 32oz growler fills.  What's even more exciting is with every 32oz growler fill you'll get a free Widmer glass!  This will be a great opportunity to taste some great stuff, hang out with great people and get some free stuff!  See you there!  (Brrrbon and Lemongrass Wheat will be limited to 32oz growlers only, Spiced IPA will also be available in 64oz fills.  There are no guarantees how long these limited quantity beers will last but we will have enough glasses to give them away until the beer is gone.)

TedFiesta: Annual Locals Block Party at Ted's Butcherblock (3/3)
Come celebrate Charleston's culinary culture locals-style at Ted's annual Block Party, featuring great food, craft beer and live music by local favorites, The Bushels. On the menu this year: A Carnitas Taco Bar, accompanied by tamales and sides for just $12/plate. They'll be pouring craft beer for $4, or try your luck with "Crap or Craft" Mystery Beers for $3. There will even be a Pinata Raffle to benefit charity! It all takes place from 12-5 pm - make plans to be there!  Visit TedsButcherblock.com or call (843) 577-0094 for more info.

What's New/Back in Stock (bottle & cans)
Carolina Blonde Cream Ale
Carolina Strawberry Ale
Cottonwood Endo IPA
Evil Twin Hokerens Jubilaeums
Evil Twin Hop Flood
Evil Twin Katz Pis IPA
Evil Twin Before During and After Christmas Beer
Evil Twin Ron and the Beast Ryan
Green Flash Double Stout
Green Flash Hop Head Red
Green Flash Imperial IPA
Green Flash Le Freak
Green Flash Rayon Vert
Green Flash Trippel
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Hof Ten Dormaal Winter 12
Avery Collaboration Not Litigation
Avery Out of Bounds
Bell's Two Hearted
Breckenridge 471 IPA
COAST 32/50 Kolsch
COAST Export Scotch Ale
COAST HopArt IPA
Des Geants Goliath Tripel
Great Divide Espresso Yeti
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
Lagunitas Imperial Red
Stillwater A Saison Darkly
Stillwater/Mikkeller Our Side
Weihenstephaner Kristall
Weyerbacher Insanity
Weyerbacher Old Heathen
Weyerbacher Riserva


The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.577.5446
BeerExchange.com

Brooklyn "Mary's Maple Porter" Rare Beer Tuesday, Brewvival, Special Hours & More!

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Brooklyn Brewmaster's Reserve Mary's Maple Porter Rare Beer Tuesday (2/21)
As most of you know, every Tuesday at 5pm we tap a rare and special keg for growler fills.  This week's feature is from the ultra-hard-to-get and draft-only Brewmaster's Reserve line from Brooklyn Brewery.  We're thrilled to announce that we'll be tapping Mary's Maple Porter tomorrow night!  This is a 7.5% ABV porter brewed with New York State maple syrup - amazing!  Please click here to read all the details.  We're very excited and we hope to see you all at CBX filling up your growlers!

Brewvival Weekend Hours
On Saturday, February 25th, The Charleston Beer Exchange will be open from 3pm-9pm instead of our normal hours of 11am-9pm due to Brewvival, the beer festival we put on with COAST Brewing.  We will be open normal hours all other days, which are Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm.

Brewvival (2/25)
Brewvival is almost upon us!  If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?  Tickets are limited and at the rate they are selling the festival will be sold out in advance so stop procrastinating, we don't like seeing sad faces!  They can be purchased through the Brewvival website at www.brewvival.com (where you can also find additional information) with a credit card, or CASH ONLY at The Charleston Beer Exchange or COAST Brewing Company.  This is going to be the biggest and best one yet so whether you've been before or if this will be your first, you are in for a really special and spectacular day of unusual and exotic beers, live music and great times!

La Folie Bottle Signing/Free Tasting with New Belgium Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert (2/24)
Yes, you read that correctly!  Please join us on Friday, February 24th from 4-5pm for a special meet 'n greet with New Belgium Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert!  Peter will be on hand to talk about all things New Belgium, including one of their most loved beers, La Folie, which we will be sampling for free!  Also, we will be selling growlers of La Folie and bottles which Peter can sign for you if you desire!  See you there!

Green Flash Launch Party/Meet 'n Greet/Free Tasting (2/24)
OK! So right after the New Belgium event, we'll be rolling out the South Carolina debut of Green Flash Brewing Co. from 5-6pm!  We will have Jim Kenny (Director of Sales), and Chuck Silva (Brewmaster) on hand to discuss their wonderful brewery and we'll be pouring samples and filling growlers of some extra special Green Flash beers!  More details to follow!

New Arrivals/Back in Stock (bottles)
Collesi Imper Ale Ambrata
Collesi Imper Ale Bionda
Collesi Imper Ale Chiara
Collesi Imper Ale Nera
Collesi Imper Ale Rossa
Collesi Imper Ale Triplo Malto
Grand Teton 5 O'Clock Shadow Double Black Lager
Moa St Josephs Tripel
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Sweetwater 15 Years Heady Beers

Follow us on facebook and Twitter for real time CBX updates and remember you can always see what's live on our growler station by visiting our website and clicking the "News/Growlers" tab.  Our complete bottle/can inventory can also be found by clicking the "Inventory/Shipping" tab on our website.

Cheers!

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5446
BeerExchange.com

CBX Rare Beer Tuesday with Thirsty Dog Bourbon Barrel Cerberus!

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A quick update on all the beery news happening at The Charleston Beer Exchange this week:

Rare Beer Tuesday: Thirsty Dog Bourbon Barrel Aged Cerberus (2/7)
We're following up last week's terrific Bourbon barrel-aged hit from Thirsty Dog with another decadent beauty!  This time, Thristy Dog Brewing took their ever-popular Belgian-style Tripel called "Cerberus" and generously aged it in Bourbon barrels imparting delicious notes of vanilla, oak, honey and of course Bourbon in to this already elegant masterpiece.  At a healthy 10% ABV, this deceptively smooth beer will sneak up on you so be prepared!  This special version is very rare/limited and you'd be wise not to miss it.  Tapped at 5pm and available in all 3 sized growlers, first come first serve!

Valentine's Day Beer Dinner at Ted's Butcherblock (2/14)
Join us for a special Valentine's Day beer dinner at Ted's Butcherblock on February 14th.  Food and beers to perfectly compliment the evening - what better way to spend the occasion?  For reservations and more information call Ted's at (843) 577-0094 or go to TedsButcherblock.com and we'll see you there!

Brewvival (2/25)
We've been warning everyone not to wait on buying their tickets for one of the greatest beer festivals in the Southeast and if you still haven't listened then now is the time to act because it's getting close to being too late!  Tickets are limited and at the rate they are selling the festival will be sold out in advance so stop procrastinating, we don't like seeing sad faces!  They can be purchased through the Brewvival website at www.brewvival.com (where you can also find additional information) with a credit card, or CASH ONLY at The Charleston Beer Exchange or COAST Brewing Company.  This is going to be the biggest and best one yet so whether you've been before or if this will be your first, you are in for a really special and spectacular day of unusual and exotic beers, live music and great times!

New Arrivals/Back in Stock (bottles)
Kissmeyer Denied Entry
Kissmeyer Pilnzer
Mikkeller Apollo Single Hop IPA
Mikkeller Hop Burn High IPA
Mikkeller Invasion IPA
Mikkeller Summit Single Hop IPA
Mikkeller Three Floyds Boogoop
Mikkeller Tiger Baby Open Windows Open Hills
Mikkeller Amarillo Single Hop IPA
Mikkeller Black Hole
Mikkeller Dream Pils
Mikkeller Green Gold IPA
Ridgeway Bad King John
To Ol Final Fontier Imperial IPA
De Molen Disputin
De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis
Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial
Mahr's Saphir Weiss
Mahr's Mastodon Lager
Mahr's Ungespundet
Rogue Hazelnut Brown 12oz /6 packs

Follow us on facebook and Twitter for real time CBX updates.  Our complete bottle/can inventory can also be found by clicking the "Inventory/Shipping" tab on our website.

Cheers!

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.577.5446
http://www.thecharlestonbeerexchange.com


Christmas at The Beer Exchange, Charleston, SC

Greetings!

We hope everyone is in good spirits at the beginning of another wonderful Holiday Season!  We have some great things happening this week!

Bayerischer Bahnhof Brettanomyces Lambicus "Rare Beer Tuesday" (12/19) Yes, that is a very long, strange name - we agree.  The cool part is that this beer is an absolute store favorite!  This is for all you sour beer fans out there!  Bayerischer Bahnhof Brettanomyces Lambicus is a 3% ABV Berliner Weisse that is very sour, deliciously complex and immensely refreshing.  If you're not familiar with Berliner Weisse, please click here for the fascinating history and explanation of the style.  We've had bottles on and off for the last year or so, but this is the first time we've been able to get a keg, so get on down here tomorrow at 5pm for a growler fill!

We'll also be tapping some rare and delicious holiday-oriented kegs for growler fills throughout the week that are sure to please, so keep an eye on facebook and Twitter for real time updates and remember you can always see what's live on our growler station by visiting our website and clicking the "News/Growlers" tab!

Holiday Hours & Gift Ideas
As always, we are here for your holiday beer needs!  We will be open on Christmas Eve (12/24) from 11am-7pm and Christmas Day (12/25) from 12pm-3pm!  We are open normal hours every other day.  Whether you need some CBX gift cards, t-shirts, glassware, The iPopper, a customized box of beer love or assistance with beverage planning for your parties, craft beer is a great way to go and we can help!  Stop by, call or email us anytime.  And remember, we ship too!

Westbrook First Anniversary Beer Dinner (12/20)
Please join us tomorrow night at 6:30pm at Westbrook Brewing Co. for their First Anniversary Beer Dinner!  Click here to see the amazing menu!  There are still a few seats left, so call (843) 654-9112 to make your reservations now!

New Arrivals/Back In Stock (bottles & cans)
Beer Here Yule Ale
De Molen Amarillo
De Molen Bed & Breakfast
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjour
Grand Teton Coming Home 2011 Holiday Ale
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Vermont Spruce Tip Ale
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
Hof Ten Dormaal White Gold
Kulmbacher Monchshof Schwarz
Midtfyns Chili Tripel
Mikkeller Sur Munk
New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale Gluten Free
New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale Gluten Free
New Planet Tread Lightly Ale Gluten Free
Ridgeway Reindeer's Revolt
Stevens Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale
Victory Dark Intrigue
Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black
Brooklyn Black Ops
De Molen Bommen & Granaten
Great Divide Colette
Haandbryggeriet Hesjeol
Haandbryggeriet Nissefar
Harpoon Leviathan Barleywine
Highland Kashmir IPA
Jolly Pumpkin Fuego Del Otono
Mikkeller 1000 IBU
Mikkeller It's Alive!
Southern Tier Krampus

Our complete bottle/can inventory can also be found by clicking the "Inventory/Shipping" tab on our website.

Brewvival 2012!
Did you get your tickets yet?  If not, they can be purchased through the Brewvival website at www.brewvival.com with a credit card, or CASH ONLY at The Charleston Beer Exchange or COAST Brewing Company.  Whether you've gone every year so far or never gone before, you gotta go!  It's gonna be a blast!

Cheers!

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-577-5446
thecharlestonbeerexchange.com

Argentinian wine dinner Tuesday September 13th

The Naked Turtle are now taking reservations for their exclusive wine dinner on Tuesday September 13th hosted by Luis Schroeder of Familia Schroeder Wines And Ellis Of Richmond.
 
   
Luis will be showcasing a wonderful selection of Argentinean wines paired with dishes selected from their new autumn menu.
 
The Saurus wines from Familia Schroeder have won a whole catalogue of awards please follow the below link to find out more. 
 
 
This is an amazing chance to learn about one of Argentina's finest wine producers, sample their wines and all for only £27.50 per person.
 
 The Naked Turtle is located at:

505-507 Upper Richmond Road West
London, SW14 7DE
Phone: 0208.878.1995
Fax:

Get more information about The Naked Turtle
Make a reservation at The Naked Turtle

Charleston Beer Exchange offers more choices

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From the guys at Charleston Beer Exchange:

Hello all you fine beer people!

We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Weekend full of good food, good beer and good people!

New Growler Sizes!
Here at The Beer Exchange we like to keep things fresh, exciting and, above all, offer our customers a variety of choices.  Thus we're absolutely thrilled to announce that we now have 2 new options for growler fills!  From now on, in addition to the normal 64oz growlers that we all know and love, you'll have the option to buy and fill 32oz and 128oz growlers as well!  See a picture of them here.  So now we have a growler option for every potential drinking situation!  Whether you are having a quiet evening, meeting friends or headed to a big party there is a perfect size growler for you!  Get on down here to see them and fill one up!

Thirsty Dog Bourbon Barrel-Aged Siberian Night for Rare Beer Tuesday (9/6)
For our first Rare Beer Tuesday event with our new growler filling options we're going with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. out of Akron, Ohio.  This is an extremely rare and sought-after, draft-only beer and this is one of the first tappings (if not the first) in SC!  To create this gem, Thirsty Dog took their 100 point rated, 9.7% ABV Siberian Night Imperial Stout and aged it fine Bourbon barrels to impart even more amazing flavor into this super-star beer!  Notes of vanilla, oak and Bourbon abound over a perfectly elegant and velvety smooth, roasty imperial stout. So come on down and get it in your choice of three growler sizes!

New Arrivals/Back In Stock (bottles & cans)
Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2010
Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru Double Wooded/Rhum Barrel
Brockhouse Draupnir
Estrella Damm Daura
Farsons Lacto Milk Stout
Gale's Conquest Ale Masterbrew
t Smisje BBBourgondier
Urthel Saisonniere
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles
Alvinne Balthazar
Alvinne Melchior
Alvinne Podge Stout
Ayinger Oktober Fest
Paulaner Wiesn Bier 1L Can/Mug Set
Highland Clawhammer Octoberfest
De Glazen Toren Saison D'Erpe Mere
Ettaler Curator Doppelbock
Grado Plato Chocarrubica
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest
Harpoon Octoberfest
Harveys Elizabethan Ale
Montegioco Demon Hunter
Sierra Nevada Tumbler
Smuttynose Big A IPA
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
Thomas Creek Class Five IPA
Unibroue La Fin du Monde
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Please follow us on facebook and Twitter for real time CBX updates!

You can always see what's live on our growler station by visiting TheCharlestonBeerExchange.com and clicking the "News/Growlers" tab.

To see our current bottle inventory, please click the "Inventory/Shipping" tab!

Cheers!

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-577-5446

New Arrivals at Charleston Beer Exchange

New Arrivals/Back In Stock (Bottles & Cans)
Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale
Dogfish Head Black & Blue
Palmetto Extra Pale IPA
Brooklyn Summer Ale Cans
Ommegang Belgian-style Pale Ale
Fort Collins Maibock
Terrapin Side Project 15 Indiana Krunkles
Coronado Hoppy Daze
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Williamsburg AleWerks Washington's Porter
Williamsburg AleWerks Tavern Ale
Williamsburg AleWerks Redmarker Ale
Williamsburg AleWerks Wheat Ale
Williamsburg AleWerks White Ale
Williamsburg AleWerks Drake Tale IPA
Williamsburg AleWerks Chesapeake Pale Ale


Remember, you can always see what's live on our growler station by visiting TheCharlestonBeerExchange.com and clicking "News/Growlers".

Follow the "What's New" and "Back in Stock" tabs on our Inventory Page to keep up with what's happening in the world of bottles.

Follow them on facebook and Twitter for real time CBX updates.

Cheers!

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.577.5446

Ballast Point IPA

Ballast Point IPA is for hopheads. It's a malty brew too, with four malts to balance the high IBU (around 55).

Brewed by the Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, California.

As a hophead myself, and comparing it to the likes of Stone IPA, or Dogfish Head 90 minute, I'd have to put it in third place, but that's only by a whisker. I really do enjoy this beer, but it doesn't have that 'something' that the others have.

Still on a scale of ten, I'd give it at least 7.5.

Marston's Old Empire

It's a higher gravity brew compared to a regular bitter, coming in at 5.7%. It is more highly hopped too. These are the characteristics of an India Pale Ale, which were originally formulated to survive the lengthy journey from England to India, back in colonial days, when it took weeks to make the journey by sea.

It's brewed using Optic Malt, which gives it a truly pale colour. Goldings and Fuggles hops are added to this beer, and there's a final hopping with American Cascade hops to give it an added bitterness.

All in all, I found this a pleasant brew, although I found it to be a little too highly carbonated for my own palate.