Monday, August 1, 2011

Laura Alberts Tasteful Options Review!

The monthly meeting for Charleston's homebrewing club, The Low Country Libations, brought me to Laura Alberts Tasteful Options in Daniel Island this weekend.   According to their website:

 "Laura Alberts is a cafĂ© and purveyor of craft beer, fine wine and gifts.  We serve up true lowcountry cuisine with an innovative flair.  Our wine selection is known for featuring the best of over 19 varietals in any price point.  In 2009, we added a 6-tap, full-service growler station, offering a wide selection of hard-to-find craft beers available by growler, bomber, and glass.  We also offer gourmet catering, dinners-to-go, corporate lunches, picnic or boating boxed lunches, and a wine club. We have a fresh local menu and serve certified South Carolina grown products. "

This place is a pretty fantastic spot!  The craft beer selection, although not huge, is pretty high quality.  It consists of singles that range from 11.2 oz to 750 ML.   Some of the breweries featured on this particular day were: Dogfish Head, Ballast Point, Founder's, Oskar Blues, Southern Tier, Rogue, Bear Republic, Stone, Terrapin, Great Divide, Hoppin' Frog, Boulder, North Coast, The Bruery, Allagash, New Holland, Smuttynose, Weyerbacher, and Moylan's.  There was definitely others, but that's all I can remember.   In addition, they also have a nice selection at the growler station where they will fill up growlers, bombers, or you could just get a glass of beer and enjoy it there.  They do a great job of keeping their site updated as to what beers they have in stock and what's on tap on the growler station.   On this particular day, the growler station featured: Skull Coast Scallywag Extra Pale Ale, Skull Coast Maelstrom IPA, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Founder's Breakfast Stout, Bear Republic Nor'Cal ESB, and Westbrook Tripel (which they kicked shortly after I got a glass).

Besides the beer selection, another fantastic thing about Laura Alberts is that they hold some pretty awesome craft beer events.  Coming up on August 18th, they will have a 4 course beer dinner with French Broad Brewery, from Asheville.   My only problem with this place, is that I wish I knew about it earlier.  If I had, then I would have definitely attended the Dogfish Head beer dinner with Sam Calagione.  Yup, Sam was actually there and doing the beer presentation!  Unreal!!!  I can only hope he makes a return appearance sometime in the future.  Other breweries they have had for their beer dinners are: Southern Tier, Terrapin & Oskar Blues, Brooklyn, Victory, Sierra Nevada, and North Coast.  Pretty high quality breweries!

Laura Albert's also sells wine and serves food.   Because this is a beer blog, I won't go into detail about the food and wine.  I did glance at the wine, and the selection was high quality.  I saw numerous dishes come out of the kitchen, and everything looked delicious to me (it had nothing to do with the fact I was buzzing and hungry).  I did peak at the menu, and prices were very reasonable.

If you haven't yet checked this place out, you definitely should try and check it out soon.  You may want to go on a Wednesday, when they do their "Growler Hour" special.  If you have a Laura Alberts growler, they will give you a discount on the growler fill.  If you don't own a Laura Alberts growler, they will provide the growler for free ($6 value).   They also offer $3 specials on select pints of high gravity beer.  All in all, a pretty good deal!!!  "Growler Hour" runs from 5pm-9pm.


Other Reviews:
Taps Brews
Closed For Business
Mellow Mushroom (Mt. Pleasant)
The Coleman Public House
Piggly Wiggly (IOP Connector)
Westbrook Brewing
Brewery Ommegang
"Tasting Beer" Book
Holy City Brewing Launch Night

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