BY JOHN P. McDERMOTT and WARREN WISE
Two German-style beer gardens are on tap to open on the Charleston peninsula later this year, reflecting a growing local thirst for craft brews.
The owners of the Charleston Beer Exchange retail stores announced they’re expanding into the dining and brewpub business on Morrison Drive.
Egan’s Oast will feature its own on-site brewery as well as a large outdoor German-style beer garden, said Scott Shor, who with business partner Rich Carley plan to open by early fall in the former William M. Bird & Co. showroom at 1081 Morrison, near Brigade Street.
“This will be a working brewpub,” Shor said earlier this week. He added that Egan’s Oast also will serve an assortment of other craft beers and have indoor seating for about 130 customers. Former FIG sous chef Andy Henderson will oversee the open-air kitchen.
Shor and Carley opened the Charleston Beer Exchange store on Exchange Street in 2008. They added a location in Greenville in 2011.
“This is the most logical extension of our growth and development rather than to keep opening more retail stores,” Shor said of the Egan’s Oast.
The name of the establishment was inspired partly by Edmund Egan, an English brewer who started producing beer after coming to Charleston in the 1760s. Oast is an old European term for a kiln used in the drying of hops.
Egan’s Oast is one of the first phases of a major redevelopment within the north Morrison Drive area. Meanwhile, a mile or so to the south, a group that’s reopening the former Boathouse and short-lived Rice Market also are planning a German-style beer garden.
Laura Patrick, one of the partners in the deal, said the goal is to open Bay Street Biergarten at 549 East Bay St. by late September.
Patrick thinks nearby Egan’s Oast will complement what her group is doing.
“We will both have our own niche,” she said Friday. “Even if it’s the same concept, it’s good for the local distributors.”
Her 7,400-square-foot venue will offer up to 68 taps and upscale bar food,
“We want to make it a one-stop shop for all the local craft beers for people to enjoy,” she said.
Patrick is a non-practicing attorney whose family owns Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, which owns Fish restaurant, the American Theater, Lowndes Grove Plantation and the William Aiken House.
She said the beer-garden venture is separate from that business, though a firm registered to Patrick’s mother is the landlord. That company, CCP Family LLC, bought Bay Street Biergarten’s future home for about $3 million this month.
Patrick said she and her business partners, Ryan Workman and Greg Pierdon, are developing a menu and looking for a chef.
The two beer-based ventures, along with Friday’s opening of Craftsmen Tap House at 12 Cumberland St., coincide with Charleston Beer Week, which has its last call later today.
Contact John McDermott at 937-5572. Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.
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