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Fall in Love with Seasonal Southern Brews

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Fall in Love with Seasonal Southern Brews
Beer aging in Jack Daniels oak barrels at Holy City Brewery in Charleston, SC / Photo by Christina Oxford

Out with the old and in with the new because the new seasonal brews are in and ready to help us kick back and celebrate the leaves changing colors, the pumpkins ripening and yes, Octoberfest! These seasonal ales, porters and lagers are created around the best ingredients that the season has to offer. In Charleston, there are several local breweries that have crafted their own autumnal beers.

Westbrook Brewing Company is celebrating fall by releasing an Octoberfest Marzenbier which is an amber lager brewed with Vienna, Munich, and Caramunich malts and lightly hopped with German Perle hops. Bavarian lager yeast leaves a clean, malt focused beer.

Meanwhile downtown, Palmetto Brewery is bringing a Bocat chocolate Bock to the table. This beer is not only tasty with a subtle chocolate taste and a sweet malt Flavor but Palmetto is making a donation to the Charleston Animal Association with every purchase. What a great reason to try a beer, chocolate and charity in one!

Holy City Brewery has brewed up a brown ale that they call Pecan Dream. They add 150 pounds of toasted pecans to each batch, which adds nutty goodness to the aroma and Flavor of the beer. All of the pecans are sourced locally and according to Mac Minaudo, one of the owners of Holy City, the Pecan Dream is their way of paying homage to South Carolina’s pecan history.

All of the breweries have tasting rooms where you can try out the seasonal beers as well as the year-round brews. Holy City Brewery hosts a happy hour on Friday afternoon that comes complete with live music, and food from one of the food trucks in the Food Truck Federation. The brewery often offers tastings of small batch beers and occasionally, Johnny Battles of Sweeteeth chocolates is there with hand—crafted chocolates paired with Holy City beers. Porter fudge and beer caramels…yum! Not a bad way to start the weekend!