Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Freehouse Brewery Review

Last Wednesday, the Low Country Libations homebrew club held our monthly meeting at Freehouse Brewery in North Charleston.  Freehouse is owned by Arthur Lucas, who was manning the tasting room on this particular evening.  The location is real nice, as it is located on banks of the Ashley River.  There is a nice deck for enjoying some beers and checking out the view of the river.

Freehouse Brewery hired Devon Hamilton, formerly of Great Adirondack Brewing Company in Lake George, NY (my former neck of the woods), as the head brewer.  The beer itself is all organic (currently they are seeking USDA Organic Certification), which means they will be brewing with all organic malts, hops, spices, etc...  This will make for some tasty beer for sure!  On tap last Wednesday, was their Lucky Oyster Stout, Forgotten Port Strong Brown, Green Door IPA, and the Ashley Farmhouse.  I have had all four and enjoyed each one.  My personal favorite is the Forgotten Port Strong Brown.  Tons of flavors in that beer!  According to, Freehouse will be bringing: Forgotten Port Brown w/oak chips (cask), Imperial Amber Ashley Farmhouse with organic honey (cask), Tropical Ashley Farmhouse w/mango, kiwi, and pineapple (cask), and the Green Door IPA w/grapefruit zest.  Can't wait to try these different takes on their beers!  Less than 2 weeks to Brewvival! Pumped!

The brewery consists of a 15 barrel brewhouse, three conical 30 barrel fermenters, and a 15 barrel brite tank.  The equipment is all made in the good ol' US of A, so the quality is top notch.  The tasting area/bar is made out of a beautiful wood and is fairly decent sized.  We had about 50 homebrew club members turn out for the meeting, and it didn't feel cramped.  Tasting room hours are currently Thursday and Friday from 3:30-6:30pm and Saturdays from 1-5pm.  One can enjoy a 3 beer flight for $5, pints for $5, and a growler fill for $14. If you haven't been to Freehouse Brewery yet, be sure to check it out soon.  It's located pretty close to Holy City Brewing, so why not hit up both.

As for the homebrew meeting, many quality homebrews were sampled, great prizes were raffled off, the owners from Yeast Everything Homebrew and Beer Engineer Supply were present to not only enjoy the meeting but also give us homebrewers some information about their newly openened (Yeast Homebrew) and soon to be open (Beer Engineer Supply) homebrew stores.  In addition, members were educated on how to make a Yeast Starter by Low Country Libations Vice President Brian Cox.  All in all, it was a great meeting at an awesome brewery.

Check out some more pics of the brewery and the meeting.


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