Palmetto Brewing of Charleston reintroduced itself to the Grand Strand on Tuesday evening at a beer dinner at the Mellow Mushroom on 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Palmetto Brewing is the oldest production brewery in South Carolina – opening its doors in 1993. The company took its name as homage to the brewery that operated in downtown Charleston under the Palmetto monicker in the late 1800s. That Palmetto Brewery operated until 1913, changing its name to Germainia Brewing in its latter years.
Even though the current Palmetto Brewery is not historically tied to the pre-prohibition Palmetto Brewing, the owners have shared the same vision – bringing delicious, fresh beer to thirsty Charlestonians. Those who were into good beer before the Pop the Cap initiative of 2007 may remember the days that we used to see six-packs of Palmetto in stores here at the beach. But, according to John Planty, Palmetto General Manager and Brewer, the brewery needed to pull back for a few years and plan its expansion wisely.
“We were here in Myrtle Beach 7 or 8 years ago, but needed to reign in our distribution in order to satisfy our local accounts. We are excited to be back at the beach and have found a good distribution partner to get Palmetto out to the folks at the beach,” said Planty. “We are here to stay.”
Planty was joined by Palmetto Brand Advocate, Clayton Burrous, in introducing Palmetto Brewery to the crowd of 54 beer dinner attendees.
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First up, was the Palmetto Amber, paired with a creamy wild mushroom soup with cheesy garlic crostini. The Amber is a malt-dominated brew, with nice biscuity notes and just enough hops to balance the beer out and keep it out of brown ale territory. The maltiness of the beer played well with the creaminess of the soup.
The second course was bacon-wrapped chorizo-stuffed figs in a tomato and Piquillo pepper puree paired with the Palmetto Pale Ale. The dish was an amazing combination of savory, spicy and smoky – and it went very well with the citrus-heavy hop profile of the pale ale. As the smoke and peppers heated up the mouth, the almost orange juice-like pale ale refreshed and quenched the palate.
Course No. 3 was the main course and also the star of the night. Palmetto’s Ginger Slap was paired with a cardamom and clove-roasted pork tenderloin, spring mix salad with ginger vinaigrette and gnocchi, coated in butter and sprinkled with cinnamon. Ginger Slap is obviously a ginger-heavy beer, but not in a spicy way – more like a ginger ale. It married fantastically with the savory flavors of the main entrée.
No dinner is complete without dessert and coffee. So, the final course of the evening was a creamy, decadent tiramisu paired with the Palmetto Espresso Porter. Loaded with tons of great cold-pressed coffee from Charleston Coffee Roasters and dark chocolate aroma and flavors, the Espresso Porter made the tiramisu even more magical.
Palmetto Brewery beers have already starting hitting your local beer stores and watering holes. Definitely make sure to grab one next time you’re out – and taste a South Carolina classic.
New South Brews News
New South Brewing celebrated its 16th anniversary on Jan. 16 with a shindig at the Myrtle Beach brewery featuring the release of the hopped-up American Black Ale, Bliss. Dark as midnight with an off-white head, Bliss clocks in at an impressive 8.6 percent Alcohol by Volume. But upon taking the first sip, it became quite clear that the ABV wasn’t apparent – but the hops and complex malt profile were definitely the stars of the show.
Bliss was crafted with a variety of dark malts – lending it its complex maltiness. Chocolate malt adds some roastiness to the back end of the beer and the hops act to balance it all out. It ends up being a smooth drinker. Get some on draft while it’s available – at the taproom and currently on the growler station at the Market Common Piggly Wiggly.
The Crafty Rooster in downtown Conway is hosting the 3rd annual Sam Adams Tap Takeover on Jan. 29 starting at 4 p.m.. They will have 14 different Sam Adams beers on tap, including Honey Queen – a braggot, Blueberry Hill Lager, 13th Hour Stout, Porch Rocker, Word to the Weiss, Vixen, Double Black, Chocolate Bock, Old Fezziwig, Escape Route, Crystal Pale Ale, Cold Snap, Rebel IPA and of course, the flagship – Boston Lager.