While I usually like to plan things down to the last detail, sometimes being spontaneous is one of the best things you can do. Life is all about living, and experiencing new things is a key part of living the fullest life possible.
Charleston has always been on my list of places to visit. I've only recently gotten bitten by the travel bug, and I really want to explore as many places as possible. So, spur of the moment, I booked a hotel in Charleston and decided to head up for a weekend. I posted on Facebook to see if anyone would be up for joining me, and my friend Jennii said she'd love to tag along.
Since I've never been to Charleston before, I asked the experts of Facebook and Reddit for advice. My friend Jeff said going to Westbrook Brewing was a MUST, and so I added it to my list.
Westbrook is located in Mt. Pleasant, which was just a 15-minute drive from our hotel. Since I'm extremely picky with my craft beer (I like fruity beers, and the stout has to be just right in order for me to stomach it), I ordered a flight so that I could try a few things. My flight had the Gose (one of their signatures), a stout (that I actually enjoyed!), and this insane "Molotov Heavy," which was 18% ABV. That one tasted awful, but Jennii was happy to finish it for me.
As we were having our beers outside, one of the guys from the brewery came out to announce they were starting a tour in a few minutes. We grabbed our flights and made our way into the back, where we got to see all the beer making in action! Westbrook actually has a second building where most of the brewing/bottling/canning takes place, so this was just a small snapshot of everything.
The tour took us through a few of the key parts of the building. We got to see where the beer is made/stored, and our guide told us all about the brewing process for their Mexican Cake beer (which unfortunately wasn't on tap while we were there).
The barrels were pretty massive.
Did you know that cans are preferred for beers? Not only are cans cheaper than bottles, but using cans means that sunlight can't impact the taste of the beer. My friend Chris is the type who can taste a difference between canned/bottled beer, but I definitely can't.
I had a lot of fun checking out Westbrook. They currently don't ship to Florida, so it was nice to taste a beer that I can't find at my local bar. Unfortunately, I liked the beers that I had, so maybe it wasn't so good to try something I can't find in Jacksonville...
Have you ever had Westbrook Brewing? What's your favorite craft beer?
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!