Best Five-Hour Beer Session

The Ultimate Beer Dinner at Oak Steakhouse

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Aug. 15, 2011 Oak Steakhouse isn't a usual player in the beer dinner game, but chef Jeremiah Bacon's one-off collaboration with Scott Shor, Rich Carley, and Brandon Plyler of the Charleston Beer Exchange was a remarkable, beer-centric feast that stood out as one of the most memorable beer events of the year. Only 25 diners were allowed to purchase a spot at the upstairs dining room table (for $100) for the eight-course, nine-beer event. The massive menu featured rare and exotic ales from Baltimore-based Stillwater Artisan Ales and Denmark's Evil Twin Brewing, paired with Lowcountry produce, seafood, pork, beef, and venison. Stillwater's Brian Strumke and Evil Twin's Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø sat at the head of the table and introduced each of their extraordinary beers from course to course. The first course arrived around 6:30 p.m., and the dinner ran past 11:30 p.m., when diners finally staggered out, almost too full of ale to speak or walk.

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