Archive for January, 2010

Advintage Distributing To Use Line Cleaning Business

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

After a few talks with Henri Gabriel at Advintage Distributing, he has decided to use my line cleaning service offered by South Eastern Tap Technicians for many of the tap placements his company has in Charleston, SC.  In SC, it is the responsibility of the distributor to maintain the beer taps that they have in restaurants and bars.  Most of the time, this service is somewhat overlooked because the responsibility is placed on delivery drivers, sales people, or other company employees that already have responsibilities other than beer line maintenance. In many states the service is the responsibility of the restaurant or bar owners.  Therefor, Advintage is going far beyond the expectations of there held accounts by out sourcing a company specifically dedicated to performing this service.  They are dedicated to maintaining the highest level of quality and integrity of their beer.  It is a commendable thing to do. website analysis seo .  If any brewery is considering allocation of their beer to  the state of SC, Advintage has, by far, the best portfolio in the state and highest standards for maintaining the quality of the products that they handle.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with them.

Advintage Distributing, Charleston, SC


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Hitachino Nest Beer XH

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Another beer recommended to me by the guys at CBX was the Sake Barrel Aged Hitachino Nest Egg XH.  This beer was great.  It’s an American Strong Ale that’s been aged in sake casks.  The caramel and toffee characteristics common in the style of beer are there, but are complimented by a sour orange sweetness that rounds it out perhaps from sitting in the sake cask.  It was interesting to see style come from a Japanese brewery.  I would definitely have one again.


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Custom Beer Flight Paddles

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I had a request for some beer flight paddles by a new local bar “Closed For Business“, to be coated with a different type of coating than the lacquer that most of my paddles have.  It opened up some ideas for some of the bare paddles that I still have from when I originally started.  I got some different colors of stain to mess around with and also created a beeswax coating out of beeswax from a local honey maker.  They turned out really nice but are definitely more time consuming for me and will cost more money.  If anyone is interested in something like this don’t hesitate to call me before you order form the web site to talk about options.


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Dogfish Head Squall

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

It was suggested by the guys at the CBX that I try a DFH Squall which is a unfiltered, bottle conditioned version of the 90 minute IPA.  It’s just like the regular 90 minute but has a lot more depth and richness.  It is a great way to understand the distinctiveness of a bottle conditioned beer when compared with its more widely produced counterpart.  It came in a 750ml bottle and it  was delicious.


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Southern Tier Choklat Imperial Stout

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

We had this beer with some friends for desert last week.  They were blown away by how a beer could capture the true essence of chocolate.  It’s a bitter chocolate taste that I haven’t had in any other chocolate stout.  They are putting it on the growler station at the Charleston Beer Exchange tonight.

Southern Tier Chokolat

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Beer Trade

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Last week I brought Brandon and Rich at the Charleston Beer Exchange some Brunswick style stew that I had made with some Highland seasonal brew. I made it with carrots, onion, celery, garlic, stewed tomatoes, corn, a whole pork butt, and beer.  In trade, Brandon gave me a Victory Helios.  It was good.  Probably the same Belgian style yeast used in Golden Monkey.  They use subtle European hops that lightly shine through.  It’s a nice middle of the way beer for the season.

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Closed For Business

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

A great new bar opened in the last couple of months in Charleston called “Closed For Business”.  They currently have 30 beers on draught, and cover all the bases.  They are also one of the only places in the southeast to carry “Hitachino Nest White Ale“.  The food at CFB is simple, fun, and reasonably priced.  I recommend checking it out.

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Tree Tap

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Over the holidays I busted out the tree tap a couple of times.  It’s a great alternative to the usual party pump or jockey box.

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The New Year

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

I spent most of the ladder portion of 2009 working on things not related to brewing, blogging about anything, or paying much attention to the things I enjoy most, with the exception of hanging out with my family for Christmas.  2010 is a fresh start.  There are some cool things happening in Charleston.

On February 27th Charleston Beer Exchange and Coast Brewery are hosting the “Charleston Brewvival“.  The event will feature about 30 different breweries with special guest appearances from Greg Koch and  Patrick Rue.  The event will be held across the street from Coast Brewing Co., and will start at noon.


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