Charlestonians should have an easy time keeping an eye on at least two of the entities named to Imbibe Magazine’s second annual list of people, places and flavors to watch in 2014: The owners of High Wire Distilling Co. and Edmund’s Oast are among the 75 selections.
The beverage magazine this month released its best-of round-up, showcasing “who looks to have an interesting vision moving into the year ahead.” Beyond Charleston, Imbibe singled out Portland’s Mark Hellweg in the coffee category; Greg Engert of Washington D.C. in the beer division and Houston’s Alba Huerta and Bobby Huegel for their bartending prowess.
Imbibe saluted High Wire owners Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall’s willingness to experiment, citing their sorghum whiskey as an example of their “culinary approach.” And while Edmund’s Oast is still at least a few weeks away from opening – the bar this morning tweeted a help wanted ad for servers – the magazine praised the brewhouse’s plans to tinker with Old World recipes and wild yeast.
The Imbibe 75 issue is available now through Feb. 28. According to the Imbibe website, Books-A-Million and Whole Foods Market are among the magazine’s local purveyors.