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Charleston’s craft beer scene has witnessed explosive growth in recent years as well as national recognition. One more accolade to add to the list? Three of Charleston’s craft breweries recently took home medals from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) held in Denver, Colorado.
Revelry Brewing’s gold medal win for its “Smooth Like Jazz” Eisbock beer marks the fourth gold medal the boozed-up beverage has claimed this year. Sadly, Charleston-area drinkers won’t be able to try the award-winning beer for themselves anytime soon.
According to Revelry co-owner Sean Fleming , “We brew a lot of different beers and it always seems like the ones that win are the ones we don’t have a lot of.” Despite the lack of “Smooth Like Jazz” beer, Revelry still has plenty more delicious suds available at its brewery in the north end of the Charleston peninsula.
Munkle Brewing, also located in the same area, won a gold medal in the Belgian and French Style Ale category with its Five Branches “Bier de Garde” offering.
The brewery will celebrate its first anniversary in October, making its win all the more impressive. What’s more? they are also teaming up with 167 Raw to put on a rescheduled event for Charleston Beer Week on Thursday, October 4th, where a special edition of Five Branches will be available. This limited edition, has been aged in rye whiskey barrels from High Wire Distillery for the last four months, lending a depth of flavor not seen before.
Last but certainly not least, Low Tide Brewing on Johns Island rounds out the local breweries that won at the Great American Beer Fest having taken home a bronze medal in the competition. Another impressive feat considering the brewery has only been open two years!
So why is this such big news?
Well, for starters South Carolina is still relatively new to the craft beer scene. Before a law was passed in 2007, South Carolina breweries were only able to brew beers with a 6% or lower ABV but now the Palmetto State has more than 50 craft breweries and growing!
Cheers to that and a big cheers to Revelry Brewing, Munkle Brewing, and Low Tide Brewing on their accomplishments!
Don’t forget to get out, get drinking, and support local breweries at Charleston Beer Week.
You can check out a list of upcoming events here!
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