If you’re into craft beer brewed on the spot, there are three brewpubs on the Grand Strand and they are pouring some fantastic well-crafted beers and serving up fantastic food.
Quigley’s Pint and Plate
257 Willbrook Blvd., Pawleys Island
Co-founder of New South Brewing and former Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery Brewmaster, Josh Quigley, opened Quigley’s Pint and Plate in November 2007 with partner Michael Benson. Since then, they have served modern southern food with a Lowcountry flair along with eight taps of Quigley’s signature brews. Year-round beers include the Longboard Lager, Shakedown Wheat, Peach Wheat, Neck Red Ale, Swamp Fox IPA and Nut Brown Ale. Seasonals include Summer Pilsner, Irish Stout, Billy Bock and Rye Ale. Make sure and hit the Happy Hour, which features $2 pints and cheap and delicious appetizers. Also, Wednesdays offer $5 growler refills.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
3060 Howard Ave., The Market Common, Myrtle Beach
Adhering to the 500-year-old German brewing purity law of “Rheinheitsgebot,” Gordon Biersch is a national chain of brewpubs that brews all of its beers locally. Brewmaster Michael Grossman keeps a selection of solid beers on draft at the Market Common location, including the Golden Export lager, Hefeweizen, Schwarzbier, Marzen and Czech Pilsner. On April 16, Gordon Biersch tapped its spring seasonal, a Maibock that will feature a caramel-maltiness with a helping of Hersbrucker hops.
Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery
1321 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach
With Brewmaster Mike Silvernale at the brew kettle, Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery is serving up a great selection of fresh craft beers along with a solid menu of American fare. Year-round beers include a lager, India Pale Ale, Unfiltered Wheat, Rockets Red Ale, Raspberry Wheat and any number of specialty brews put together by Silvernale. On past visits, I’ve enjoyed his Black IPA, English Barleywine, Peanut Butter Porter (ahem), Vanilla Stout and Lemongrass Saison. The Happy Hour is glorious – with discounted appetizers and pints. Growler fills and delicious entrees are also available in the bar area, restaurant and the outdoors bier garden.
- John “Jilly” Garner, for Weekly Surge