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The Charleston Lifestyle: Brews Cruise, Iron Chef Competition, Red Party at Zero Café
10/1/2014 3:51:44 PM

Charleston Brews Cruise: Being cocktail enthusiasts, we have noticed that a beer culture has emerged in Charleston. The Brews Cruise definitely proved this to be true. Our brew tour guide, Brent, took us around Charleston to check out some of the popular breweries here in the low country. First, we stopped in to Westbrook Brewing Company, which is located in Mount Pleasant, SC. It was a beautiful brewery and they have a vast selection to choose from. We even tried a beer called Mexican Cake. It’s a special barrel aged beer that sold out the first day it went on sale! The next stop was Coast Brewing Company, which is located in North Charleston, near Park Circle. They had delicious beer as well as an inviting ambiance. The owner, Jamie, told us about how she has helped to change so many beer laws in South Carolina. She loves what she does, and it’s clear by the number of eager patrons waiting in line for a cold brew after work. Coast even has an awesome pizza food truck come out so people could eat while they were enjoying their beer of choice. Last, but certainly not least, Holy City Brewery was the final stop on our Brews Cruise. It’s located in a little nook in North Charleston. It is a fantastic brewery with countless draft options and is said to have the “Best dark beer around.” They are also known to be the most popular brewery, having the highest retail sales in their product than any other brewery in SC. The service was phenomenal, and the ambiance was great. We will return. The Brews Cruise was awesome and we definitely recommend it for anyone who loves a good beer.

Meet & Greet with Master Distiller Eddie Russell: Mr. Russell thanked the mixology community for their continued interest in the industry. He admits that we are the drivers of the spirits industry introducing new generations to the wonders of Scotch whisky. We thanked him with a big fat kiss!

Meet & Greet with Master Distiller Eddie Russell: The burgeoning whiskey lover in me was supremely pleased to meet a legend in the Spirit’s world. Eddie Russell’s family distillery in Kentucky has been making Wild Turkey for generations. We had the honor of tasting their entire spirits line including their signature Wild Turkey 101 and a special 16 year old whiskey respectfully dubbed “Rare Breed”. Eddie Russell charmed us with stories of training with other whiskey giants like Jim Beam and Makers Mark. Mr. Russell also educated us on the unique Wild Turkey distillation process. They only use GMO free grain and their own propriety yeast when preparing their prized spirit.

Signature Cocktail Contest 1.5: Zero Café was full of powdered wigs as the staff supported their head bartender, Justin Edgar in the Signature Cocktail contest for The Red Party. Justin created a savory and sweet cocktail using an interesting blend of homemade Habanero syrup and Pez candy! The cocktail playfully named the Red Scare, mixture of Lunazul Tequila Blanco and Pama Liqueur was accented by chopped mint and Jack Ruby Grenadine. To top add a touch of sophistication to the evening, all the cocktail samples were served in handmade glasses. Classy! Zero Café is a great hideaway bar that instructs specialty culinary classes every Monday and Saturday. The renovated bed and breakfast on premise is not too shabby either; with only 16 suites available, you will feel like royalty. For more information on Zero George, visit their website at Don’t forget to vote for your favorite cocktail at

Iron Chef: Taste of Charleston: The Iron Chef Competition, with the Taste of Charleston was exciting, interesting, and tasty! They had a plethora of food created by the students from the Culinary Institute. After all of the tasting, mixing, and mingling the competition began. It was a showcase of two local chefs in a heated, head to head battle in the Culinary Institute’s amphitheatre kitchen. After the secret ingredient mackerel was announced, the Chef’s had 45 minutes to create and cook at least 4 dishes to be judged by the panel of experts. The competing chefs were Kelly Franz, Landen Granstrom, Allison Porter, and Mike Petrillo. It was such a great even and we cannot wait until we go next year!
By "The Cocktail Bandits" - Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell
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