Searching for the beach’s best craft brew bars

Best local spots for craft beer?

For Weekly SurgeMay 28, 2012 

I’m compiling a list of the best Grand Strand places to drink craft beer – but I need your help.

To be clear, this isn’t a list of “Great Places to Drink” – there are too many of those on the Grand Strand.

I’m referring to places that either have a wide selection of microbrews and top-notch imports – or brew their own onsite.

A handful immediately come to mind, in no particular order:

Crafty Rooster, 1125 3rd Avenue, Conway – craft beers on tap and in bottles, a new beer rotated into the tap selection each week, and a staff that’s quick to offer information and sample cups of draft brews.

Bumstead’s Pub, 400 Mr. Joe White Avenue, Myrtle Beach – a good set of taps and a serious collection of bottled beers in a friendly local’s atmosphere.

For What It’s Worth, 7710 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach – a comfortable neighborhood bar that takes craft beer seriously.

Mellow Mushroom, 1571 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach – well-informed barkeeps can help anyone navigate an incredible selection of taps and bottles.

Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery, 1321 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach – the granddaddy of the Grand Strand’s craft beer and brewpubs never disappoints.

Liberty Tap Room and Grill, 7651 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach – another serious set of craft-beer taps including beers from New South Brewing Co. of Myrtle Beach.

Gordon Biersch, 3060 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach – classy brewpub with seasonal and year-round selections of beers brewed according to a German purity law from 1516.

Quigley’s Pint and Plate, 257 Willbrook Boulevard, Pawleys Island – Josh Quigley, who had a hand in both Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery and New South Brewing Co., has a brewpub that happens to be a nice restaurant, or his nice restaurant happens to be a brewpub.

TBonz Gill & Grill, locations at 4732 U.S. 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, and 1169 Seaboard Street, Myrtle Beach – featuring beers brewed at New South Brewing Co. in Myrtle Beach.

International Café, 221 North Main Street, North Myrtle Beach – Great atmosphere, selection, and advice.

Hey, what did I miss? Let me know by e-mailing beerpour@yahoo.com and I’ll check it out. I’ll post the finalized list at http://maltyhops.blogspot.com .

Canning Deviant Dale

New on the Grand Strand, Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale joins the growing selection of canned craft beers.

Deviant Dale’s creator, Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado, is one of the major instigators of the canned craft movement. Beer aficionados in Horry County probably have seen expensive six-can-packs of Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, and Old Chubb on local shelves. They’re all Oskar Blues products.

These days, you can get canned six-packs of Myrtle Beach’s own New South Brewing Co. White Ale, with Nut Brown Ale hitting the shelves by mid-June.

And Westbrook Brewing Co. of Mount Pleasant distributes six-packs of canned White Thai and India Pale Ale on the Strand.

As for Deviant Dale, he’s different from his Oskar Blues siblings in one significant way: He’s packaged in 16-ounce cans, while the others are 12-ouncers.

Then again, another recent appearance, Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing Co. in Colorado, comes in 16-ounce cans, too.

Deviant Dale’s IPA will also be available on draft. He’s worth a try, too. Readers at BeerAdvocate.com gave him an 89, and RateBeer.com gave him a 99.

Memorial Day Weekend Report

Living near Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, I am able to give the following report of Memorial Day empties along Ocean Boulevard between 31st and 36th Avenues North:

1. Bud Light is the clear winner, including several crushed cans and one glass bottle with the neck broken off.

2. Miller High Life wins a surprising second place, with a crushed can on the road and a pair of cozy, nearly conjugal clear-glass bottles in someone’s yard.

3. Smirnoff Ice indicates that ladies were present.

4. The Size Matters Award goes to Olde English 800, a malt liquor distinguished by its 40-ounce bottle and skid-row pricing.

In conclusion, I would like to thank the idiot who left an Arizona Tea Mucho Mango can on my lawn.

Sincere, special thanks to the three citizens who conscientiously left their coffee and fast-food cups in the blue trash pelican my wife and I preemptively parked in the front yard.

I would also like to endorse a special literacy project for all those who ignored the “NO THRU TRAFFIC” signs on both ends of my street.

Then again, maybe the drivers and bikers were, in fact, literate – and thought it beneath them to respond to “thru” instead of “through.”

Contact Colin Burch at beerpour@yahoo.com and visit his blog at http://maltyhops.blogspot.com.

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