Folks who paid $85 to attend Garden & Gun’s Jubilee today, tomorrow or Sunday bought the chance to enjoy a sunny day at Charles Towne Landing; mingle with the editors of the swanky magazine; and meet many of the craftsmen who’ve been profiled in its pages. Mostly, though, their tickets allowed them to shop, much the way an airline trip comes with a SkyMall catalog.
Just in time for Christmas, Garden & Gun has assembled the world’s classiest flea market of handmade Southern goods, including a section devoted entirely to food and drink. Hot sauces from Baltimore; mustards from Asheville and chocolates from Charleston – among dozens of other edibles — are tagged for sale. The beer samples, though, are free.
Edmund’s Oast is pouring four brews, including an English-style mild ale, made with British yeast, British hops, British malt and Charleston Tea Plantation black tea.
“It’s fusing British traditions with the New World,” says brewer Cameron Read, who based the Jubilee Brew’s chocolate-leaning flavor profile on a Darjeeling truffle he discovered at Asheville’s French Broad Chocolates.
Milds are typically dark in color and short on hops. Once an enormously popular beer category in the U.K., milds are rarely seen in the U.S. “It’s a really obscure style,” Read says.
Because the ale doesn’t age well, it’s not a good candidate for export. And American craft brewers have long ignored milds because of their extremely low alcohol content. The Jubilee Brew is 3.5 percent ABV, “which is almost taboo in a craft beer,” Read says.
“Don’t get me wrong,” he adds. “If you drink enough, you will get intoxicated.”
The Edmund’s Oast crew plans to rebrew the ale for its pub, where it will be labeled as Lord Proprietors. In the meantime, Jubilee-goers can buy a 64-ounce growler of the stuff for $20.