Canned, local, organic beer

Freehouse Brewery: Two styles currently canned, Green Door IPA and Folly’s Pride Blonde Ale

What is it?

Freehouse Brewery, South Carolina’s first USDA organic brewery, is now in the business of canning its beers. Owner Arthur Lucas has an on-site canning operation that continues the organic standards of his brewery and is currently canning Green Door IPA and Folly’s Pride Blonde Ale.

What’s the story?

Freehouse Brewery is canning beers on site using American-manufactured cans that are recyclable.

Cans block out light that is destructive to the organic compounds that provide the flavor profiles revered by craft beer drinkers, thereby securing the integrity of the beer’s taste.

Cans provide airtight seals, are shelf-stable and considered by many beer drinkers to be “minikegs.”

What’s the price?

Expect to pay $10.99 a six-pack for the Folly’s Pride Blonde and $11.99 a six-pack for the Green Door IPA.

Prices are less at the brewery and will vary with retailers.

Who’s selling it?

Freehouse Brewery

2895 Pringle St.

North Charleston

Whole Foods, Mount Pleasant

Total Wine, West Ashley

Earth Fare, Charleston

Bill’s Liquors, Summerville

Southern General, Johns Island

Also available in Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island.

What’s the flavor?

Green Door IPA is 6.2 percent ABV with citrus and grassy notes and 100 percent organic hops.

This American-style IPA is light and crisp and easy to drink. The hops blend gives it some backbone and the house ale yeast with malted barley balance the prevailing bitter notes for smooth drinking.

Folly’s Pride Blonde is 4.8 percent ABV and is bittered with organic grapefruit zest. This mild session ale aligns itself with summer days when a refreshing beverage with a hint of citrus quenches the thirst.

— Deidre Schipani

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