By: Kathy Pruett, Harpoon National Accounts Manager - South Region Published:
If you haven’t heard by now, our Get Rugged with UFO contest is in full swing! We’re giving away a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip for 4 to a 2016 Harpoon-sponsored Rugged Maniac of your choice (11 cities to choose from!). You enter a team of four, and the team with the most votes by April 15th wins!
To help make your decision a little easier for which Rugged to go to, we’re highlighting one Rugged host city each week with all of our favorite hangout spots - from bars, to restaurants, to local activities.
Rugged kicks off near Charleston, South Carolina in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina on 3/12. To find out a little more about all the awesomeness that Charleston has to offer, we asked our National Accounts Manager - South Region, Kathy Pruett, for tips on where to drink Harpoon, where to eat, and what to do….and where to drink Harpoon…
Charleston is an awesome city – it’s a beautiful, historical place with loads of charm. Here are some of my favorite spots to enjoy the city – and a Harpoon:
- Burns Alley – be warned, no food is served here, but it’s a great late night drinking spot for the locals!
- Tommy Condon’s – hands down the best Irish Pub in Charleston.
- Charleston Beer Works – who’s hungry for a burger of the month paired with your favorite Harpoon beer?! Yup, us.
- Bay Street Biergarten – if you’re looking for an awesome drinking experience, you can’t miss this place. They’ve combined the communal atmosphere of a traditional German Biergarten with select tap table booths and communal tap tables so you can pour your own beer. While sitting down for dinner.
- Mellow Mushroom – “pie town USA,” need we say more? Save room for dessert - the honey knots are to die for!
- Fig – they work with local farmers and growers to source only the best products for their menu. Delicious!
- Hanks – voted best seafood in Charleston for 15 consecutive years.
- Slightly North of Broad – locally sourced food with excellent wine.
- Liberty Tap Room – Mount Pleasant’s best beer and burger bar, and they mean it!
- Closed for Business – if you’re looking for variety in both your food and beer, try Closed for Business, featuring Charleston’s best selection of unusual, rare and one-of-a-kind beers from SC and beyond.
- King Street Grill – if you’re craving a bottle of Harpoon IPA with good bar food, this is your place.
- High Cotton – BEST. BRUNCH. EVER.
- Cypress- great cocktails & awesome apps in upstairs bar.
Best of Charleston Local Hot Spots:
- Isle of Palms Beach – miles of beautiful oceanfront fun.
- Old South Carriage Company – See the city’s charming historic district and attractions best seen by carriage tour.
- Charleston City Market – spend an entire day in this Charleston landmark, meeting locals, shopping for great souvenirs and enjoying local cuisine all in one spot!
- Fort Sumter National Monument – History buff? Visit where the American Civil War began!
- Arthur Ravenel Bridge – take a leisurely walk or run on this beautiful bridge that connects Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Not recommended for anyone scared of heights.
So, who’s in for a trip to South Carolina?! Head to ufobeer.com and enter for a chance to win a trip!
There are arguably three things that make a Game Day party great– the beer, the food, and the people you’re enjoying both with. Because you don’t have any time to waste messing around in the kitchen, we put together some easy recipes for you to try and enjoy. Find Harpoon near you with our beer finder and check out these four Game Day inspired snacks, all made with beer!
Sriracha Long Thaw Wings
Yields 4 servings
- 2 lbs. party wings
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup Long Thaw White IPA
- 4 Tbsp melted butter
- ¼ cup Sriracha
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 250.
- Add the wings to a large bowl. Sprinkle with baking powder and salt, toss to coat.
- Place a wire rack over a baking sheet, brush with oil or spray with cooking spray.
- Place the wings on the wire rack.
- Bake in the lower section of the oven for 30 minutes. Move to the upper 1/3 of the oven, increase oven temperature to 425. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown.
- In a large bowl stir together the beer, melted butter, sriracha, honey and cornstarch.
- Toss the wings in the sauce, serve warm.
Harpoon IPA Turkey Chili
Yields 6-8 servings
- 2lb. Ground dark turkey meat (or ground beef)
- 1 large yellow onion diced
- 1 Jalapeño
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1 Green Pepper
- 3 Cloves of Garlic
- 1 28oz can San Marzano tomatoes crushed
- 1 28oz can fire roasted tomatoes whole or crushed is fine just break up in pot
- 1 packet of chili mix (I used a spicy chili mix)
- 1 14oz can kidney beans
- 1 14.oz can pinto beans
- 1 14.oz can black beans
- 2 12oz Harpoon IPAs
- Crack open 1 Harpoon IPA to enjoy while you’re cooking!
- Chop the onion and garlic and sauté in half of a Harpoon IPA (can/bottle) over medium heat in a large stock pot until it is soft
- Add the ground meat to the stock pot in 2 batches until it is browned
- Add the tomatoes, peppers, jalapeño and the rest of the Harpoon IPA and cook over med heat until heated through.
- Drain the beans and add to the stock pot.
- Then add the seasoning packet.
- Stir in and simmer over low heat for at least an hour.
- Check it occasionally to make sure it isn't sticking or burning.
- Enjoy with avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro or tortilla chips. And another Harpoon IPA of course!
Whole Grain Beer Mustard
Yields 1 1/2 cups
- 1/3 cup yellow mustard seeds
- 1/4 cup brown mustard seeds
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup Harpoon IPA
- 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Pour both types of mustard seeds into a small mixing bowl and whisk together until well blended.
2. Stir vinegar and beer into the mustard seeds until just combined.
3. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and set in a cool, dry place for 12 hours or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
4. Stir the remaining ingredients into the mustard seed mixture and pour into a food processor.
5. Pulse mixture 5 to 6 times before running the motor for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
6. Pour mixture into a sterilized glass jar and refrigerate. For a spicier result, leave the jar of mustard at room temperature for 1 to 2 days before refrigerating.
- 16 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 5 oz shredded mozzarella (about 1 2/3 cups)
- 2 oz shredded cheddar
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 3/4 cup Take 5 Session IPA
- 8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Add the cream cheese, sour cream, mozzarella, cheddar, smoked paprika, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, cornstarch and beer to a food processor. Process on high until smooth and well combined, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in most of the chopped bacon, reserving about 2 tablespoons.
- Pour the dip into an oven safe bowl top with reserved bacon.
- Bake at 350 until warmed through, about 15-20 minutes. Serve warm!