Sunday, July 1, 2007

Breweries: Quigley's Pint and Plate in Pawleys Island, S.C.

I recently visited Quigley’s Pint and Plate, at 257 Willbrook Boulevard in Pawleys Island, S.C.

Josh Quigley, the owner, has six brews on tap and will soon release another. Fortunately, Quigley offers Nips, or 8-oz. glasses of his beer, for $2 each. That way I could try all six with a meal and still drive home later in the evening.

Quigley thought of everything: The 8-oz. Nip comes in a 10-oz. glass, so even with head, I was still getting 8 ounces. The 16-oz. and 20-oz. beers also come in slightly larger glasses to accomodate the head.

Longboard Lager: The lightest, with a bread-like taste, which Quigley said comes from malted barley that is mostly uninhibited because of light hopping.

Peach Beer: This unnamed beer, flavored with a puree and served with a peach slice, was determined not to be sweet. It has a dry finish with the kind of bitterness that some beer drinkers like.

Shakedown Wheat: Served with a slice of lemon, made from standard American ale yeast, this is my choice for summer.

Waccamaw Neck Red: This lager is rounded out by caramel malt, which turns the beer red, Quigley said. It’s lighter in body than I expected from the color.

Nut Brown Ale: Less bold than I expected, this nut-brown ale finishes dry. Quigley brewed it in the English nut-brown tradition, which calls for a dryer taste and earthy hops.

Swamp Fox IPA: Thank God for this 7-percent India Pale Ale. Brewers are hopping IPAs to the extreme these days, which Quigley called “just a typical American more-is-better thing.” But Swamp Fox is balanced with solid malting, making it less like an experiment and more like a beer.

And coming soon: Billy Boch, a summer boch brew that Quigley said will reach about 8 percent.

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