Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Opens with Great Reviews!

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.—the New Production Brewery, Taproom and Restaurant—Opens in Charleston, SC



CHARLESTON, SC – September 18, 2017–Edmund’s Oast’s new production brewery, taproom, and restaurant–Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. (EOBC)—officially opened in Charleston, SC. Located in the Pacific Box & Crate development at 1505 King Street Extension, EOBC is less than a mile from Edmund’s Oast restaurant and the newly opened Edmund’s Oast Exchange.


The 20,000 square foot brewery will produce a variety of beers packaged in cans, bottles, and kegs for wide-reaching wholesale. Once in full operation, the brewery will sport over a dozen EOBC beers on tap and regularly can a number of offerings. Brewing Director Cameron Read will produce an array of beers for both immediate consumption and barrel-aging. The facility includes an area dedicated to extended non-sour or wild barrel-aging, and a sealed area for sour and wild fermentation. EOBC beers will be available at the Edmund’s Oast restaurant, as well as other restaurants and bars in Charleston and beyond. For the opening, featured beers include Coin Operated, a Grisette, or Belgian-golden table beer (3.7% AbV), Hush That Fuss, a hoppy American Wheat (4.7% AbV), and Comfy Arm Chair, an English-style Session Brown (3.5% AbV).



Edmund’s Oast veteran chefs Geoff Marquardt and Johnny Singleton oversee the kitchen, which features a wood-fired brick oven and a Polish smokehouse. The food is casual and approachable—with selections including pizza, sandwiches, and entrees. Some opening menu highlights include Pork & Peanut Stew, Homemade Hot Dogs, and Chorizo & Peach Pizza.


The Taproom’s interior sports a 65-foot bar featuring 26 taps of house-brewed beers, wines, and cocktails. There is patio seating overlooking the courtyard and neighboring businesses. The venue is available to rent for special events. The taproom management team, led by Devin Marquardt and Jen Eppich, offers a variety of programming for guests to enjoy including weekly trivia, live music, sports, family friendly events, charitable fundraisers, pop-ups and more.


“It is with great anticipation that we are opening the Brewing Co.’s doors today,” stated Scott Shor, Operating Partner. “Our team has worked extremely hard over the last year and a half to make this dream a reality. Having the production brewery join the newly opened Exchange and original restaurant completes our vision to offer a totally immersive beverage and culinary experience in Charleston.”


Memphis Made Brewing canning Fireside Year-Round

Memphis Made Brewing Co. to Can Year-Round




Starting this September, Memphis Made Brewing Co. six packs will be regularly available in stores throughout the Memphis area. The Cooper Young brewery is putting its popular Fireside in 12 ounce cans year-round. The cans will debut at the Memphis Made tap room for the Cooper York Festival on Sept. 16, with a county-wide release on Sept. 18.


“We’re excited to be canning Fireside,” Andy Ashby, Memphis Made co-founder and sales manager, said. “People have been asking for this for a while and we’ve finally made it a reality.” Memphis Made has canned before on a limited basis, using a mobile canning service that travels to different breweries. “We needed more flexibility than the mobile canning service could offer. So we made it Memphis Made; I built a canning machine and we’re doing it all ourselves,” Drew Barton, co-founder and head brewer, said.


Canning started last year by teaming up with Goner Records to produce Gonerfest Session IPA. This year’s version for Gonerfest 14 was the first cans off the new canning machine. It is currently available in the tap room and around town. Memphis Made also started bottling beer this year, with small batch offerings including Hop Swap IPA, Soulless Ginger, and The Kickdown, with many more to come.



Commonhouse Aleworks Names Shane Cummings as Head Brewer

Shane Cummings returns to Charleston as Head Brewer for new brewery


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – September 14, 2017Commonhouse Aleworks announced today that professional brewer and all-around likeable guy, Shane Cummings, will be joining co-owners Hank Hanna and Pearce Fleming as a core team member and will be named Head Brewer. Cumming’s role will include production management, oversight of brewing and cellaring operations, product innovation and establishing and maintaining quality assurances and controls.



“We are extremely excited to have Shane join the Commonhouse team,” said co-owner Fleming. “He brings a level of expertise and professionalism that is invaluable and, with him on board, we plan to make quite a splash in the beer community.”



Cummings is a passionate and driven brewer with extensive experience in brewhouse and cellar operations, QA/QC control, recipe formulation and process optimization. He received a diploma in Brewing Science and Engineering from the American Brewer’s Guild before starting at Stone Brewing in Escondido, California. He was later hired by Westbrook Brewing in Mt. Pleasant, SC, where he worked into the Lead Brewer position. He took some time to head back to the West Coast where he brewed at Portland Brewing Company before deciding that Charleston was where he wanted to hang his hat. During the build-out phase of Commonhouse Aleworks, Cummings has spent time honing his craft with one of South Carolina’s brewing pioneers, Dave Merritt, at Coast Brewing in North Charleston.


“I’m very excited to be a part of the Commonhouse Team,” said Cummings. “It’s thrilling to be working with guys who are as passionate about beer, family, and community as I am.”


As the head brewer at Commonhouse Aleworks, Cummings will enjoy the freedom to be expressive and innovative and truly own the products that he creates. “Having Shane at the helm of our brewhouse means having someone who can channel their passion through their experience and turn it into an incredible product. The quality of our beers will reflect that,” said Hanna. “We are excited to see what he comes up with. The ball’s in his court.”


“We will have a strong leaning on hop-forward beers when we open,” said Cummings. “But consumers should also expect rustic “farmhouse” style beers, some German style beers and lagers, as well as barrel-aged and sour or mixed-fermentation offerings.”


Quality and consistency will be a large focus for Cummings. “I want to make beers that we can all be proud of,” he said. “We owe it to every person spending money on our beer to constantly be working to better our processes and maintain the highest standard of quality.”


Commonhouse Aleworks is currently building in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston with an anticipated opening in late 2017. For more information, please visit www.commonhousealeworks.com and follow them on social media.



Funky Buddha works with Pints for Prostates to “Crown for a Cure”

Funky Buddha is partnering with Pints for Prostates this September to raise awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer!



One of the fastest growing breweries in South Florida, Funky Buddha brewery will join over 40 other craft breweries across the country in bottling their beer with blue and yellow “Crowns for a Cure” caps. The crowns feature the Pints for Prostates logo on the outside and under the cap is the message, “Reaching men through the universal language of beer. www.pintsforprostates.org.” Approximately 3,000 cases of Floridian, Hop Gun, and Pineapple Beach six-packs were produced with these caps and will hit distribution next month in order to raise awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and early detection.


Crowns for a Cure is a program started in 2015 by Rick Lyke, a prostate cancer survivor who started the organization after successful treatment for the disease. Funky Buddha has been a proud sponsor of the Pints for Prostates Denver Rare Beer Festival for the past three years, which coincides with the first Friday of the Great American Beer Festival each year in Denver, Colorado.


Help bring awareness to prostate cancer screenings and their importance in men’s health by talking about them with friends and family over a craft beer from Funky Buddha!


About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 240,000 new prostate cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@pints4prostates).

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Iron Hill’s 2017 Pumpkin Ale Release and Fall Events


The annual release marks the unofficial beginning of autumn in the mid-Atlantic, and this year, the brewery will pay tribute to the Full Corn Moon on Wednesday, September 6



On Wednesday, September 6 – the same day as the Full Corn Moon, the final full moon before the Harvest Moon in October – Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will release Pumpkin Ale in cans. The annual release is hotly anticipated by mid-Atlantic beer lovers, and this year, it will coincide with the full moon on 9/6. In addition, Pumpkin Ale will be packaged in a completely new 16-oz can design, with seasonal and playful nods to Halloween and the fall season, including foreboding pumpkins and spooky nightscapes.

  • Pumpkin Ale is a medium-bodied copper ale; malty sweet, with balancing bitterness and brewed with real pumpkin, it is spiced with traditional pumpkin pie spices and vanilla instead of finishing hops
  • Pumpkin Ale will be available while supplies last in draft pints and growlers at all Iron Hill locations, as well as in 4-packs of 16-oz. cans
    • Cans will be available for take-out
    • Growlers will be available for take-out
    • Pints will be available for dine-in only
  • The can features a new, festive and seasonal design from Pittsburgh, PA’s Smith Brothers Agency, a fun departure from the classic orange cans of past years. Other collaborations between the brewery and the firm have included Rising Sun IPA, Crusher, Mahalo, Apollo!, Ore House IPA and Vienna Red Lager

Iron Hill has long embraced pumpkin as a harbinger for the fall and their brewpubs celebrate with festive and fun events throughout the harvest season. They first brewed their traditional Pumpkin Ale as a companywide offering in 2010; and, in 2015, Iron Hill added it to their seasonal can lineup. This year, several Iron Hill locations will be hosting pumpkin-inspired parties, including the following:

  • Not Your Ordinary Pumpkin Event: On Saturday, September 9 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Iron Hill Maple Shade will host an inventive pumpkin-themed Quizzo, while serving a variety of pumpkin beers, including: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Pumpkin Ale, Cinderella’s Carriage, The British Are Punkin, PumpkinSpicedVanillaMochaLatteVenti, Honey I Shrunk Your Pumpkin, Cinderella’s El Camino, PumpTang and Trubbel On The Cooper River.
  • Tapping of the Great Pumpkin: On Saturday, September 9 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Iron Hill Lancaster will turn their back patio into a beer-filled pumpkin patch featuring fall classics, such as: Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Coffee Stout and Cinderella’s Carriage.
  • Pumpkin Prost: On Saturday, September 23 from 12 noon until 5 p.m. Iron Hill Huntingdon Valley will celebrate their favorite German and pumpkin beers, with special pours of Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Ichabod Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Cinderella’s Carriage, Pennypacker Pils, Schwarzbier, Munich Dunkel, Oktoberfest and Oh My Gourd.
  • Harvest at the Hill: On Saturday, September 30 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Iron Hill Phoenixville will honor the changing of the seasons by focusing on fall flavors and fun beers, including: Bridge Street Bock, Schwarzbier, Oktoberfest, Altbier, Pumpkin Ale, Ichabod Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Jack Skellington, Pumpkin Coffee Stout and Imperial Pumpkin Ale.


About Iron Hill…Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE 20 years ago, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 12 locations across the mid-Atlantic.  Each restaurant is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.  In 2014, Zagat honored Iron Hill by naming them the most popular restaurant in Philadelphia, and their beers have earned 45 medals from the Great American Beer Festival in an unbroken 20-year winning streak that continues today.


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