June 19, 2012

Charleston, SC: Closed for Business

After depositing our spoils from CBX, Cristina and I strolled up King Street to see what other Charleston beers we could find at Closed for Business.  Featured as one of Draft Magazine's Best Beer Bars of 2012, this pub has 42 taps, including select craft beer from across the country and many of the local drafts.  All the beers are available in 10 oz., 16 oz., or 1-Liter servings, and you can also fill up a growler to take home.  Food-wise, Closed for Business prides itself on buying local, sourcing from producers such as Ashley Bakery, Bell Honey, Fresh Pickleworks, Mepkin Abbey, and a number of local farms.

We walked in and started with some Crispy Green Beans (with homemade ranch), a Holy City Weak Sauce Stout, and a Coast HopArt IPA.  The beers were both good, but those green beans were killer...




The appetizer was followed by the Closed for Business signature sandwich, the Pork Slap: fried pork cutlet topped with house-smoked ham, swiss cheese, and green tomato chutney.  Pause for a moment: green tomato chutney -- oh yeah.  Throw in a side of cole slaw and it's a great deal at $10...

Double the pork, double the fun...
Cristina got the Jimmy Serrano Veggie Burger, a mash-up of butter beans, onions, and peppers, with a serrano pepper sauce on top.  She says it's one of the best veggie burgers she's ever had.  And I have to agree, it was pretty darn good.


To wash things down, we got a couple beers from Palmetto Brewing Co., the Palmetto Amber and the Espresso Porter.  While I could have gone for more espresso on the Porter, I found the amber to be very good.  A lot of amber ales these days seem to be watered down in terms of flavor, but this one actually had some nice caramel notes and hops bitterness.


The bar had a very contemporary/rustic feel, with big windows facing the street, lots of exposed brick, plus some artistic light fixtures and very unique beer paraphernalia.  My favorite feature, however, was seeing the pages of Michael Jackson's classic book, The World Guide to Beer, plastered all over the bathroom walls.  I wonder how MJ would feel about that...


Final verdict -- Closed for Business is another must-visit on any trip to Charleston, SC.