Bay Street Biergarten is Now Open

baystreetTouting its pretzels and convivial atmosphere, Bay Street Biergarten opened today, giving drinkers four days to celebrate one of the year’s beeriest months in Bavarian style.

(Munich’s Oktoberfest wrapped up weeks ago, but football and Halloween help keep stateside beer consumption healthy — so to speak — during October.)

Although the bar at 549 E. Bay Street took menu and decor inspiration from traditional beer halls, Bay Street Biergarten has modernized the concept with on-table, self-service taps. Beers now on rotation include ales from Palmetto, Westbrook and Holy City. Continue reading

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