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Beer Chick | New spots in Myrtle Beach make craft beer a cornerstone

710 Myrtle Beach reopened in May and offers more than bowling, including an extensive menu, craft beer and bocce. File photo.
710 Myrtle Beach reopened in May and offers more than bowling, including an extensive menu, craft beer and bocce. File photo. jlee@thesunnews.com

It used to be that if you wanted to drink craft beer during your night out on the town, you had no choice but to search ahead of time or be relegated to a small handful of bars. That’s just how the beer world operated.

Until now.

With craft beer’s growth still going in steam-roller style, it’s no surprise that a trip to the beach area or a game at the bowling alley is all of a sudden another spot to enjoy a craft beer.

Recently undergoing changes including new ownership, major renovations and getting a brand new name, 710 Myrtle Beach opened its doors on May 8h with a fresh take on how fantastic the combo of burgers, bocce, beer and bowling could be.

710 doesn’t limit itself with its beer selection, either – they have 16 drafts and a great mix of bottles and cans with things like Stone Arrogant Bastard, Abita Purple Haze and Founders Pale Ale on tap.

I asked owner Michael Siniscalchi about why the focus was there on having great beer.

“I enjoy craft beer and wanted to have something different available. I want people to come and enjoy the food and be able to pair it with a great beer.”

Gourmet meals and snacks are also a major focus for 710. Dishes include things like grilled veggies and Gouda, crab and shrimp macaroni and cheese, lamb chop lollipops, and prime rib quesadillas, just to a name a few. The pairing possibilities are endless.

The unique atmosphere says it all; it’s a place to go and have a spectacular time all across the board – to “be social” as their T-shirts and offerings say. There’s something for everyone to enjoy whether its food, games or beer.

If you’re looking to spend some time at the beach, Drafts Sports Bar & Grill opened in May at the Westgate Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Resort. With the property sitting right by the ocean and Withers Swash, Drafts’ location at the resort is just a stroll away from the beach or Ocean Boulevard. If you like sports, they have you covered with enough TVs and a “Jumbotron” set up to make sure you don’t miss a moment with any team or sport.

As you can guess with a name like Drafts, there’s bound to be a unique collection of craft beer and resort General Manager Joe Baxter has made sure of it. Baxter, who is also a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Society of Homebrewers, has hand-selected the craft beer offerings to appeal to a wide variety of craft beer appetites.

From those looking for a summer wheat like Holy City Brewing’s Washout Wheat, to those looking for a deliciously hoppy black IPA like New South Brewing’s Bliss, there is an option for everyone.

Baxter even chose two different beers: Stella Cidre – a crisp and gently tart cider, and Shock Top Pretzel Wheat that tastes like a pretzel, and created Drafts’ Seasonal Signature beer blend named “Shock Wave.” Together, the blend reminded me of one of my favorite pastries, an apple turnover.

Drafts doesn’t stop at great beer; the food menu is so fantastic that you just might want to try it all. There’s steaks, fish tacos, Philly cheesesteaks, and a mind-blowing take on Elvis’ favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich which adds jelly, a dash of chocolate and bacon. Their signature appetizer “Tatchos” is out-of-this-world good. They take tater-tots and give them the nacho treatment, topping them with a fresh and incredible house-made smoked cheddar cheese sauce.

Each time I step in to someplace new and I see craft beer front and center, it shows that craft beer really is for everyone. Drafts and 710 are just two of the growing list of locations in town where craft beer isn’t just an afterthought, but a real cornerstone.

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