Compounding the pain felt by Piggly Wiggly fans when the chain sold off 30 of its Charleston-area stores, shoppers in West Ashley were forced to deal with the loss of Richard and Karen Easterby's exceptional craft beer curation.

The Easterbys, who served as store operator and guest services manager at the Northbridge Piggly Wiggly, turned that grocery's floral department into a beer shop. According to, the keg cooler housed 120 kegs: "The Northbridge Pig brings craft beer to grocery store patrons and shoves it in their face," the website reported.

Now the Easterbys are back with a store of their own. Craft Conundrum, 630-A Skylark Drive, last month opened with 110 beers on tap. "Our concept was to create a spot for craft beer enthusiasts to hang out and try a vast array of beers, while enjoying friendly conversation in a place that feels like home," Richard Easterby was quoted as saying in a release announcing the store. Craft Conundrum is open from noon-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. To learn more, call 277-2256 or visit