Charleston Pub Crawl | Tour Southend’s Best Beer & American Food

Charleston Pub Crawl | Tour Southend Serving Our Best Beer & American Food

Starts: Saturday 24th, 2011 | 2:00pm – 10:00pm

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Southend Brewery is the only downtown retaurant that serves tasty food and brews beer on site. Southend’s very own Brewmaster, Ahren Wharf, re-reciped six microbrews earlier this summer that the people of Charleston are lovin’. If you’re in Charleston this Saturday, have your chance to imbibe Southend’s brews all day long. Pace yourself, because it’s going to be a long day!

Start your afternoon with the Charleston Pub Crawl, an event to set the world record for the largest bar crawl. As if you needed more excuses to partake in a bar crawl, we have two for you.

1. The Pub Crawl benefits Charleston Waterkeeper, an organization that ensures we have clean water to enjoy, drink and brew good beer with.

2. The East Bay Bar Crawl starts at Southend, where you can check in and pick up your event Swag Bag, starting at 2 pm.  We suggest showing up early and noshing on a wood grilled pizza or BBQ Sandwich. You need something in your stomach to absorb all that beer you’ll be enjoying.

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Though the Charleston Pub Crawl party lasts into the evening, Southend is taking its beers down to the Charleston Ballpark Festival of Beers for more drinkin’.

Your ticket (which you can purchase here) to the Festival of Beers buys your way into Joe Riley Stadium with a stack of tickets to sample some of the area’s best beers. What’s better than a giant outdoor keg party on a beautiful fall night in Charleston? That’s right, nothing. The Southend team will be pouring its very own microbrewed beer, so mosey on over to our booth and use some of those drink tickets.

So as you can see, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this unofficial Charleston Drinking Day on Saturday. And plenty of ways to enjoy the Southend Brewery bar and beers. If you can’t get enough this weekend, we’re open all day, every day, so come on by and drink with us.

Southend Competing at “Rub My Rib” Contest

Though it’s often left off in conversation, the “Smokehouse” part of Southend Brewery and Smokehouse’s full name is an integral piece of the operation. Our smokers turn out delicious meats for our popular Bar-B-Que inspired dishes like the Pulled Pork Sandwich, Sliced Beef Brisket plate and our BBQ Hickory Smoked Danish Baby Back Ribs.

We’re throwing our smoker into high gear this weekend and bringing it to Charleston Scene’s Rub My Rib Contest. Our ribs will be put to the test next to Charleston’s other highly acclaimed ribs. We’re up  against some pretty stiff competition, but we’re confident we will take home the prize.

A cool and cloudy weekend makes for perfect rib-eating weather. The event benefits Communities in Schools, a local nonprofit that inspires kids to stay in school, making this a fantastic, family friendly event. There will be live music from Gaslight Street and Old You and extra concessions if you need a beer to cleanse your palate between rib tastings.

Show up and give Southend Brewery and Smokehouse some rib-lovin’ this weekend! The Rub My Rib Contest is at the Maritime Center on Saturday, September 17th from 4 pm to 8 pm, giving you plenty of time to move the party back over to the restaurant for a night of Salsa dancing, darts or pool.

Read more about the event through the eyes of its creator, Paul Farrell and get the full scoop here.

Brett McKee’s Southend Dinner Party- Italian Style

Brett McKee packed Southend Brewery’s second floor last month for this first steakhouse-inspired Southend Dinner Party. He is back in the kitchen again, preparing to host his second dinner party on Thursday, September 29th at 7 pm. This time Brett will serve four Italian style courses with a view of the sinking sun above the Charleston Harbor.

Southend Brewery's Beautiful Second Floor

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Course One

Clams Casino

Course Two

Classic Eggplant Rollatini

Course Three

Beef Braciole Served Over Creamy Polenta with Asaigo and Sage


Rustic Apple Crustada with Honey Vanilla Gellatto and Caramel Sauce

Southend at Night

The dinner is just $45 a plate.  You can’t miss this one. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. RSVP to .

True Southend Brewery Ghost Stories

In a city steeped with a devastating history of war, fire, hurricanes and earthquakes, one can only begin to imagine how many souls linger on in their homes and favorite haunts. Charleston’s countless ghost stories and firsthand accounts prove that this city is too great to leave, even after death.

Southend Brewery happens to be one of the most haunted buildings in Charleston. Long before people flocked here for food and beer, a cotton merchant had an office on the third floor, where he took his own life back in the 1800′s. Deep in dept and hopeless, the merchant hanged himself after watching a shipment of cotton burn to the water line from his window. This shipment was meant to repay his debts. As the ship burned down, he watched his last chance of redemption burn away, too. This man’s ghost has taken permanent residence at Southend. Though hundreds of years ago he lived a tortured life here, he now seems to be enjoy Southend Brewery’s modern day charms.

The ghost appears to be friendly. He has taken quite a liking to our beer. Bartenders report beer flowing from a tilted tap behind the bar- with no one in site. Servers report frequently feeling the breeze of a tall man blow past them in front of the windows on the third floor. This can only be explained as the ghost enjoying a clear view to the harbor, this time without the worry of a burning ship. Our Salsa-dancing guests have also experienced some time with the ghost- he must like to dance.

Can you feel the ghost?

Have YOU had your own brush with the Southend Brewery Ghost? Maybe something seemed a little eerie on a recent Southend visit. Maybe you felt some paranormal energy while dining or enjoying a drink at the bar. Maybe you felt there was an extra guest present at your second-floor party. Please share your ghost story with us.

First Southend Dinner Party Down, Many More to Go

Thankfully, Hurricane Irene held off on hitting the coast last night. She must have known Chef Brett McKee had a party to throw.

Southend Owner Keith Jones, Southend Partner Jim Moring and Chef Brett McKee

After a champagne toast to the future, fifty foodies, close friends and family gathered to enjoy the first Southend Dinner Party. Chef Brett has spent the summer with the Southend Team, creating weekend specials, consulting on new menu items (coming soon!) and planning dinner parties for Southend’s stunning second floor.

Lori and Nick Clekis, Chef Brett McKee, Ruth Brennan and Keith Jones

Last night, guests dined on five steakhouse inspired courses. They were treated to Beet Salad and Beef Carpaccio, then creamy Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese, Filet Mignon and a grand finale of Macerated Berries with Chantilly Cream.

This dinner party was the first of many future culinary adventures with Chef Brett leading the way. Stay tuned for next month’s Southend Dinner Party news.

Prepping Course One: Red & Yellow Beet Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

Getting the second course, Beef Carpaccio, ready to send out

The end of a successful night on Southend's Second Floor

Weekend Specials by Brett McKee: Under $20

Brett McKee is working with the Southend Brewery crew this morning, preparing two of his latest creations for this weekend’s specials. Each plate is under $20, leaving you with some extra fun money. We suggest you stick around and put it to use on a glass of Summer Sangria…

Here’s the first taste of Brett’s menu. These items will be available this afternoon through Sunday.

  • Fresh from the Ocean and the Farm: Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops Over a Summer Vegetable Succotash, served alongside Meyer Lemon Risotto and Basil Vin Blanc. Light, simple and delicious.
  • A Southern Treat: Pulled Pork and Wild Mushroom Ragu Over Creamy Polenta, served with Local Smoked Tri-Color Tomatoes and Cheddar Cheese. Mmm, yum.

If you were a fan of his other summer weekend specials, be sure to reserve your seat at Brett McKee’s first Southend Dinner Party on Thursday, August 25th. The evening is steakhouse inspired, serving up five amazing courses for $75 with Charleston’s best skyline view. Read the menu here and e-mail for reservations.

Chef Brett McKee’s Southend Dinner Parties

Chef Brett McKee and The Southend Brewery Crew will host the first in a series of Southend Dinner Parties on Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 pm, beginning with a Champagne Reception and dinner following at 7 pm. Each party will give guests a unique experience, with themed menus, celebrity chef star power and an incredible view of the Charleston harbor and skyline.

The first Southend Dinner Party is steakhouse inspired, offering a five-course menu perfectly balanced with light, summery starters and mouthwatering entrees.

Here’s a sneak peek at the menu….

Course One

A bed of crisp, colorful Red and Yellow Beets topped with Candied Pecans, Golden Raisins, and Warm Goat Cheese, dressed in Raspberry Vinaigrette

Course Two

A perfectly light Beef Carpaccio served alongside Micro Arugula Sprouts, freshly Shaved Parmesan and Black Truffles with White Truffle Oil

Course Three

A mouthwatering plate of melted gooey goodness: Lobster Mac n Cheese

Course Four

Filet Mignon, served Pittsburgh style with cheesy Parmesan Potato Gratin, fresh Creamed Spinach and a Veal Demi-Glace


A sweet, light finale of  Macerated local Berries and Peaches with an unbelievably delicious Toasted Almond Chantilly Cream

A seat at the Southend Dinner Party table is $75 per person, and space is limited. E-mail Chef Brett at for reservations.

There are many more parties to be thrown on Southend’s second floor. Hear the announcements first at Southend’s Facebook page or e-mail to receive exclusive mailings. And- if you’ve yet to hear about Southend Owner, Keith Jones’ future plans with Brett, get the scoop here.

Tomato Pie Mightier Than the Swordish?

Chef Brett McKee is serving deliciousness at Southend Brewery again this weekend. I thought it would be impossible to beat last weekend’s menu of Watermelon Tomato Salad and Tomato Pie, but maybe I thought wrong.

Like a mad scientist of food, Brett is in the kitchen mixing local produce with a coastal catch of swordfish alongside a light, simple arugula salad. Pair these plates with an icy cold beer, brewed on site might I add, and you’re ready to brave another steaming hot weekend. Here’s the official menu:

Arugula, Grilled Red Onion and Mushroom Salad with an Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Local Fresh Swordfish over Fingerling Potatoes with a Cool Cucumber Gazpacho and Teardrop Tomatoes topped with a Citrus, Mint Compound Butter.

I am counting down the hours until dinner as I write this. If you beat me to the table, let me know how you liked it.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Many people find success along the roads less traveled. Two Charleston culinary Stars, Keith Jones and Brett McKee, are about to take a road they’ve frequently traveled, but this time together.

Brett McKee and Keith Jones at Southend

Jones is owner/creator of Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar and Southend Brewery here in Charleston as well as well twenty other restaurants in California, Texas, Florida and the Carolinas. These include well-known names such as Boulevard, Mustards and Fog City in the Bay Area. Six restaurants have James Beard Award Winning Chefs on staff. These restaurants have five-time James Beard Award winners as well as another with NFL greats Dwight Clark and Joe Montana at “Clark’s by the Bay”.

Jones can’t wait to start the new partnership, “Brett McKee is one of the top Celebrity Chefs in the Southeast and throughout the country. He has won numerous culinary awards including Chef of the Year by Chef Magazine and the Charleston Culinary Legend Award. With our similar career paths, now is the perfect time to work together. A partnership with a Chef of McKee’s caliber always creates the formula for success. As we grow our restaurant group, it is my personal goal to become partners with other award winning chefs in the company.”

While bigger plans lie on the horizon for the duo, McKee will begin by dishing up some exciting menu additions, beer dinners and maybe even a party or two in the upcoming months at Southend Brewery on East Bay Street. Southend guests will be treated to McKee’s famous flair and cuisine. McKee says, “Keith and I have been friends for years, but now it’s time to continue and add to Charleston’s culinary future together.”

If you have missed McKee’s cooking, grab a table at Southend July 29-31 and try his crisp summer creations: fresh Watermelon Tomato Salad and Brett’s Famous Tomato Pie.

When you’re left wanting more, just remember it’s only the beginning for these two.

Sangria Proven to Boost Dancing Ability by 90%

Southend’s Summer Sangria is proven to boost dancing ability by 90%.

Test our claim on Thursday nights, when Southend Brewery transforms into your Latin music destination.

DJ Luigi-Latin Groove & DJ Leo Leonardo Ordonez pump perfect Sangria sippin’ beats. With a glass full of our wine, liquor and fresh fruit concoction, you’ll find yourself Salsa dancing like a natural.

Salsa Dancing Machines

For more evidence, just take a look at these good looking people dance! Southend helped unleash their inner talent, now it’s your turn.

Don’t be afraid to reach your full dancing potential. Come to Southend Brewery this and every Thursday from 10 pm – 2 am for Latin inspired tunes and libations.

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