Story by Kristen Novak
Spring incites thoughts of inspiration, the thrill of adventure, and budding, fresh greenery leading us to the most important aspect of spring, craft beer. Why? Craft beer is fresh, bold, and flourishing with every new season and style. Basically, Spring is beer.
So what’s latest and greatest this spring? Check out this line up of some of the freshest craft brews and great spots to get them on the Grand Strand!
It gets no fresher than when you’re getting your craft beer fix right at its source.
New South Brewing in downtown Myrtle Beach has a delectable selection of “the beer from here” that includes a line up of in-demand, year-round ales such as the perfect-for-spring White Ale, ultra-popular specialties like Dirty Myrtle double IPA, and perfect compliments for the spring season like the Waccamaw Red Ale. Named after the Waccamaw River that runs through Horry County, the Waccamaw Red ale is balanced with a quick hop bite followed by a malty sweetness.
Where to find: Available at the brewery during taproom hours Tuesday-Friday 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday noon-4 p.m., in stores, and various restaurants and bars.
Liberty Brewery & Grill located in Broadway at the Beach is always a go-to for not only outstanding food, but in-house brewed beer as well. New for spring is a mango wheat ale called “You Gotta Let That Mango.” This wheat ale has just right touch of mango flavor to take the light malt and bread flavor of a wheat ale and give it a little extra sweetness. Coming up in April, that fruit kick will transition over to big time citrus flavors with the release of the yet to be named double IPA. With 44lbs of Citra hops going into this big IPA, this one is calling out to all hop heads and citrus lovers alike!
If you’re familiar with the Myrtle Beach area and love craft beer, odds are you’ve visited Bumstead’s Pub or Atlas Tap House. Located right in the heart of downtown and within walking distance of each other, these two spots are among the local craft beer drinker’s favorites.
Bumstead’s Pub feels exactly as it should with it’s old style pub aesthetic and plethora of cold craft brew to go with it. If you’re looking for the traditional styles of spring ales, Bumstead’s has you covered. Try Southern Barrel Brewing Company (out of Bluffton, SC) and their Helles Lager for a bread and honey flavor. Rouge Dead Guy Ale is also one of those beers that should be celebrated now because it’s style, Maibock, or May beer is traditionally associated with spring. That’s just two of over 150 beers you can check out at Bumstead’s.
What’s spring without an influx of fruit, spring greens, and overall refreshing beer? Check out Jury Panel Jalapeño Pineapple ale, a combo you’d never think about until you come across this unique ale by Legal Remedy Brewing out of Rock Hill, SC. It’s got the ripe, green, pepper sweetness and pairs it with pineapple for a refreshing and surprising spring treat. It’s not unusual to find this kind of surprise beer at a spot like Atlas, where the craft beer crowd goes to try something exciting, fresh and new. This is the spot to load up on your sour ale fix, your big IPA fix, or any style you could possibly want. From the spring seasonal Bell’s Smitten Rye ale, to a big IPA like Simtra Triple IPA by Knee Deep Brewing (Auburn, CA) that’s brand new to the area. Enjoy your brew on the back deck and play some games or relax and smell the ocean breeze.
Hidden away in a strip mall off 17 bypass on the south side of the Grand Strand, live music and good times aren’t all thats to be had at Island Bar & Grill in Surfside. This a locals spot that has something for everyone, keeps the craft beer flowing, and makes the beer nerds happy. On March 20th, Island Bar tapped a fresh keg of Palmetto Brewing Company’s Hi-Red IPA, a draft only, small-batch, west-coast style IPA that’s brewed with hibiscus flowers! Always expect to find something spectacular at Island Bar.
If you’re headed into town on 501, you’re bound to run into Grumpy Monk. Visiting this spot is like visiting a treasure trove full of North and South Carolina breweries. One of the new arrivals to the area is Christening Pale Ale by Coast Brewing (Charleston, SC). Fresh, with citrusy hops and a balanced bready, sweet malt flavor, it’s a perfect transition from winter malt to spring freshness. Expect to find big hitters here as well like Sierra Nevada and their new Hoppy Peach IPA, which is perfect for those just getting acquainted with, and those already in love with, the IPA style. It’s got an up front hop aroma and bitterness that smoothes out to a sweet, lingering peach flavor.
Situated on the north side of Myrtle Beach, this two-story locals hole-in-the-wall features a cozy feel, wonderful live local music, a tap list that will simply blow you away. The tap list changes so frequently that each visit is an entirely new set of surprises. Coming to “Maggie’s” this spring, the crowd pleasing favorite Bell’s Brewing (Comstock, MI) Oberon will make it’s highly coveted yearly return to signal that spring has officially sprung. Oberon, while brewed with just four ingredients (water, malt, hops, and yeast), has an incredibly fruity and spicy aroma and flavor, yet it has no such additions. Oberon is truly a testament to the art of craft beer.
In the heart of downtown Conway, SC sits the Crafty Rooster. Inside and out, It proudly displays all it’s downtown Coastal Carolina color pride, right alongside a huge chalkboard filled with names of craft beer. One of those brews is from Snafu Brewing Company, a new brewery out of Charleston, SC. Shadow of Death is a chocolate lovers dream of an imperial stout with lots of chocolate and lots of roast, just in case you’re still holding on to winter. You can also grab a Snafu-Tang, the perfect embodiment of what refreshing beer can be- limey and thirst-quenching, if you’re ready for the heat that comes with spring.