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#TSCSUMMIT Spotlight: Palmetto Brewery – Charleston, SC

Mar 27 2014

by The Southern Coterie

We’re so excited to welcome have the Palmetto Brewery in South Carolina joining us for Cocktails and Conversation the the summit this spring in Charleston! They will be supplying their craft brews for us to enjoy. We sat down with them recently to chat about their brews and what they love about Charleston.

Tell us a little about the brewery and its origins…

Palmetto Brewery was originally founded in the 2nd half of the 19th century. It lasted nearly 60 years in the historic city of Charleston (we have some excellent photos on our website). While it was able to survive the devastating earthquake of 1886, it finally fell to prohibition in the 1930’s.

The modern version of Palmetto Brewery was founded under the old name by Ed Falkenstein in 1993. A chemical engineer by trade, Ed found inspiration to start the brewery while on a wind surfing trip in Oregon. During his trip he visited Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, Oregon, and came to the conclusion he liked the way their beer tasted (craft beer had not yet made the splash on the East Coast like it had in the Pacific Northwest), and with his background understood how to do it. As the story goes, Ed simply stated to a friend on the trip, “this is what I do”. Consequently, Ed left behind his career with Miliken in Spartanburg, SC, and moved to Charleston with his wife, Barb, to start a brewery. 20 years later Palmetto is the oldest and largest brewery in South Carolina, selling 55,000 cases of beer through our distributor partners in Charleston, Hilton Head, and Columbia. We’re currently undergoing some exciting renovations to our courtyard and tasting room which will allow us to properly host visitors daily, give tours, continue our rapidly growing Friday Night Loading Dock Concerts in conjunction with Awendaw Green, and provide an incredible venue for private events.

Why Charleston?

This is where I grew up. I’ve lived and visited different places around the country and world, but I can honestly say it’s my favorite place to be. We’re fortunate to live here, and lucky to have so many folks excited about visiting. It’s a place for everyone; history buffs, art enthusiasts, wildlife advocates, beach goers, golfers, fisherman, boaters, music fans, food fanatics, old folks, young folks, etc… It’s just a great city.

What’s your favorite palmetto beer?

Palmetto Espresso Porter. We use the coffee from our neighbors at Charleston Coffee Roasters, and it’s absolutely exceptional.

Any seasonals this spring/summer to look out for?

We have a special release fermenting as we speak called ‘Brown Hound’ (a tribute to Ed’s first brewery dog). It will be available in early April!

What are you hoping to learn from TSC Summit in Charleston?

We’re totally new to the event, and really just want to see how we can interact and network with other folks to build mutual advocacy for our brewery and their business. We’re the local beer in what I would consider as ‘southern’ a city as you can find, so it should be a great fit!

What are you most looking forward to at TSC Summit in Charleston?

Meeting new folks. I feel like this gives an opportunity to interact with groups and organizations we haven’t previously connected with. It’s appears to be a passionate group who likes to have fun. We like to have fun, and hopefully we will find people to have fun with.

What do you hope attendees will be sure to see while in Charleston? (must sees, eats, shops, etc)

See the ‘Why Charleston’ response. Ask yourself what you like to do, and go find it!

Describe your ideal day in Charleston.

Scenario A: Coffee at the house with my wife, Anna, and then packing up the bikes to cruise around Sullivan’s Island and/or hang out on the beach. Stop in for beers and lunch at Poe’s (wonderful bar on Sullivan’s), and meet up later with our friends Downtown for food and drink.

Scenario B: The waves are good, so I wake up early and go surf before doing all of the above!

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