Yelps Craft Beer Bonanza @ Craftsmen
Opening only a few months ago, Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House was the place to be on Tuesday night. Because it's a newer place, many of the Charleston Elite Community hadn't had the chance yet to check out this rustic renovation of the old Johnsons Pub which has now been transformed into a copper palace of craft beer. The front room, a.k.a. the IPA room, houses 12 taps of extra hoppy brews, but turn the corner and you will find the main bar boasting an additional 36 taps for a grand total of 48 draught handles.
Out of the 48, Craftsmen was kind enough to allow our thirsty brood to choose from twelve different session beers ranging the spectrum from dark to light coming from breweries near and far. For those who worship the dark side, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter was a popular pick and if you had a penchant for the lighter things in life, the Kona Longboard was right up your pipeline. Even though it was nighttime, the All Day IPA from Founders Brewing kept the hop seekers happy. For those not who don't drink the oat soda, Craftsmen offered a red and a white wine as well. For the record, Joy S was called out by yours truly for choosing the wine over all the delicious suds but, it turns out she was drinking beer from a wine glass because there were no more beer glasses available – cheers to your ingenuity!
Once things started picking up, the food started to come out... and it just kept coming. Plate after plate emerged from the kitchen and was set down on the bar or one of the tables. Craftsmen knows their beer for sure and Chef Todd Garrigan knows the perfect food to accompany that beer. Mirroring items off of their regular menu, samples included Bratwurst on Pretzel Rolls, Tomato Flatbread, Lil Sloppy Joes, Potato Bombs with House Bacon, Pork Belly Bites, and General Tso's Chicken Wings. Everything he does is created in house with the exception of the breads, which are sourced locally from Brown's Court Bakery. Excellent fare all around!
Now we all know these beer-centric bites and banging brews didn't serve themselves to us. Craftsmen's first string bartenders and servers kept the libation alive and satisfied our hunger with the utmost attention and were the MVP's of this beer bash. Yelpers were able to swipe up the best of Yelp schwag and one lucky Yelper won two tickets to an upcoming beer dinner at Craftsmen for her on-point check-in skills.
Overall, Craftsmen made a big splash with the Yelp Elite Community in every way and Liz L puts it best, "Craftsmen was a perfect venue for this, the service, food, and drinks were fabulous. Not better than the attendees of course, but right on par." Make sure to peek at the rest of the photos and what others thought of this shindig:
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Until next time... SYOY!
Yelp Charleston Community Manager