You can find David White hosting Wu Wednesdays at the Charleston location of The Whale inside Meeting Street’s The Refinery. This “craft beer collective” features a tasting room and outside patio with almost daily food trucks and events galore. You can often find a who’s who of the local beer industry gathered here on any given day tasting the newest offerings.
While working at an Asheville brewery, owners Jesse Van Note and Andrew Ross created the idea for a craft beer shop that would pour beers from all over the world. Thus, the first location of The Whale opened in 2017. Since then, three more locations including Charleston have opened. The concept is a hit for old school craft beer lovers and newbies.
Inspired by the 1980s cool vibe of Miami Vice meets 1950s Graceland jungle room, the location is perfectly set for gatherings like Wu Wednesday, a concept executed at all Whale locations, but White is the community connection to bring more diversity into the craft beer community.
Bottle shops like the Whale have been gaining popularity over recent years by bringing in an eclectic mix of offerings from all over the world. From German Helles Lagers to Imperial Stouts and everything in between, they have become not only a place to pick up beer outside the grocery store or by visiting a brewery, but a place to gather.
The Whale is only one local bottle shop with more opening every year, including:
• Odyssey Bottle Shop, James Island
• The Brew Cellar, Park Circle, North Charleston
• Edmund’s Oast Exchange, Charleston
• House of Brews, West Ashley
• Stono Bottle Shop, James Island
Follow @thewhalechs on Instagram for Wu Wednesdays and other events.
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