The Craft Beer All Star Showdown lets City Paper readers choose between two Charleston beers in our weeklong showdown. Check out the full bracket below. Today we’re deciding between the top four beers in our bracket. Today’s second match-up is Revelry’s Funkmaster Brett? vs. Coast’s Blackbeerd. Voting for this match-up ends at 9 p.m. TODAY.
Funkmaster Brett & The Furious Hops by Revelry
American IPA, 7% ABV
Revelry’s Funkmaster Brett & The Furious Hops has fans calling it “so funkin good.” The reason? It’s a smooth brew with a slightly bitter finish. It’s a 100 percent Brett IPA, meaning it’s fermented with Brettanomyces, a wild, non-spore forming yeast. This yeast makes beer funky — thus the name and the resulting fruit flavors of pineapple and lychee.
Blackbeerd by COAST
Russian Imperial Stout, 9.3% ABV
One of Charleston’s cult brews, COAST’s Blackbeerd is as legendary as its namesake pirate. First, it’s a super strong beer (the strongest in the state when it was first released in 2007), and, second, it was the premiere commercially released barrel-aged beer in 2009. How does it taste? Well it depends on which batch you’ve tried. The latest round was aged in 3-year-old Willett Rye barrels, and it’s a dark, sweet, rich blend with chocolate, bourbon, and rye notes from the barrel.