Oast with the Most

A drink and a snack, courtesy of Edmund's Oast
California by way of pickled shrimp on rye at Edmund's Oast in Charleston
Charleston Edmund's Oast Andy Henderson Jayce McConnell Pickled Shrimp on Rye

Andy Henderson is standing in the meat locker, smiling.

"I like to come in here at night and just take deep breaths and relax," says the chef, surrounded by the nose-tickling funk of smoked sausages and curing pork bellies.

The locker--properly the Charcuterie Aging Room--is but one cog in the vertically integrated pleasure machine that is Edmund's Oast, which opened in Charleston last month.

Housed in a timber-framed 6,000-square-foot warehouse, it's the kind of brewery-restaurant that has a lot of everything for everyone. There are 40-plus beers on tap--house pours like the Peanut Butter & Jelly or Lord Proprietor's Mild (an ale brewed with tea from Charleston Tea Plantation) as well as an outside roster ranging from Switzerland and Scandinavia to Kentucky Ryed Chiquen from Louisville's Against the Grain brewery.

Not in the mood for beer? Order The Red Wedding, head bartender Jayce McConnell's take on bourbon and sweet tea--a combination, he notes, usually enjoyed in the South in "big Styrofoam cups at a baseball game." This one's more elegant: Elijah Craig 12-year-old bourbon, Averna and ice cubes made of hibiscus and sweet tea that ingeniously flavor the drink as they melt (see the recipe).

Henderson, who grew up in Charleston and worked in Mike Lata's FIG there before heading to San Francisco, isn't shy about challenging what constitutes brewpub grub. "Bolognese on steroids minus the tomato" is how he describes his chicken gizzard and duck heart tagliatelle.

We liked his pickled shrimp with toasted rye bread and aioli so much we asked for the recipe (see the recipe). It's bright and crunchy, sweet and salty--a perfect distillation of an approach to food Henderson calls "Southern meets Californian."

  • Outside of Edmund's Oast in Charleston, SC.

  • Chef Andy Henderson and meaty treasures from the Charcuterie Aging Room of the restaurant.

  • Head bartender Jayce McConnell sipping The Red Wedding (see the recipe); clam-speckled tilefish.

  • All in a day's work: rolling out pasta.

  • The hibiscus and tea-infused ice cubes for The Red Wedding (see the recipe).

  • Over 40 beers are on tap at the restaurant-brewpub.

  • Roasted chiles and bones for stock.

  • How Edmund's Oast does chandeliers; Henderson's tangy pickled shrimp on rye (see the recipe).

  • The wall at Edmund's Oast.

  • Carrots of all colors on the menu at Edmund's Oast.

  • A close up of the olive oil-poached pickled shrimp.

  • The chef enjoying some country ham.

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Edmund's Oast 1081 Morrison Dr. Charleston SC 29403 843-727-1145


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