A few weeks ago, my wife and I made a trip to Charleston, SC (this was an educational trip to the aquarium with my kiddos) and detoured over to Mount Pleasant to check out a brewery that I was more than a little interested in. Don’t you love how I take a totally non-beer related trip and turn it into research for the blog? And don’t you love that my research involves drinking beer? The sacrafices I make for the good of craft beer.
Over the last few months, I’ve developed a very strong interest in Westbrook Brewing. I’m pretty sure that this started with tracking down their Mexican Cake. This was a special release imperial stout that was aged on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. Um… Yes please… I have to say that I throughly enjoyed it. But, where to go from there. At that time, they were yet to distribute to my area of SC. Slowly, over the next couple of months I tracked down more of their beers to try. Their canned IPA, canned White Thai, their series of Wine Barrel Aged Tripels (amazing), Covert Hops, Farmhouse IPA, Pacific Jade, Lichtenhainer. All really good. They even shocked me at Brewvival and had the beer of the day (in my opinion). For your sake, I hope that they bottle the wine barrel aged Quad at some point.
Westbrook is starting to get a really solid reputation in the craft beer community. Not just in South Carolina, but nationwide. What really surprises me is how long they’ve been around. Co-founders Edward and Morgan Westbrook started the brewery in 2010. In just this short time, it’s exploded. Another thing that surprised me during my visit was the actual brewery. It’s huge. If I’m correct, it’s 18,000 square feet. Gigantic for a young brewery! And very aesthetically pleasing. Absolutely gorgeous. They also have an enormous barrel aging room with all kinds of goodness inside.
Here’s some more info for y’all:
510 Ridge Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
You can also find them on FB and Twitter.
This is a brewery that you need to check out. If you live in SC, make the short drive. If you live out of state, come visit Charleston. It’s beautiful and has a good craft beer scene! While you’re here, visit Coast as well! Also, don’t forget that one of the best bottle shops in the world according to RateBeer.com, Charleston Beer Exchange is located downtown! In the meantime, if you have the opportunity to try some of their beers, don’t hesitate. They’re worth it!