Wild Dunes Resort Plans Beer Fest

brewschewsAmericans tend to associate German beer with October, but Wild Dunes Resort’s food and beverage director – a native of Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg – says his countrymen don’t wait until fall to hoist their steins.

“I like Oktoberfest, but in summer, every week, there’s a reason to drink a lot,” Thomas McKinney-Stehr says. “One time they call it chicken festival, one time call it fish festival. That’s what I want to bring to Wild Dunes.”

In deference to American expectations, McKinney-Stehr is holding off until October to host his first-ever craft beer festival for tourists and local guests, but the Isle of Palms event otherwise reflects traditional German sensibilities.

“I look at the event as a puzzle,” he says. “Every item has to fit: The beer, the food, the service, the location, the cornhole. Every little thing has to be perfect.” Continue reading

10 Beers Selected for Monday Dinner at Liberty Tap Room

libertymenuDemonstrating that Charleston Restaurant Week doesn’t have the monopoly on discount dining, Liberty Tap Room & Grill’s scheduled a $50 five-course meal with 10 beer pairings for Monday night.

The menu for the Sept. 9 event includes steamed mussels; eggrolls stuffed with pimento cheese grits, pulled pork and turnip greens; monkfish medallions; beef wellington and raspberry panna cotta. The beers were brewed by Stone Brewing Co., a pale ale pioneer that’s now 17th on the list of top-selling breweries nationwide, and Mt. Pleasant’s Westbrook Brewing, featured this week in a News & Observer story about the Charleston craft beer scene.

Westbrook’s highly-regarded Mexican Coffee Cake stout – called “probably the state’s most hyped beer” by the N&O – will be served with dessert. The complete menu’s here.

For reservations, call 971-7777.