This week in CBX: Growlers, bombers, and casks (oh my!)

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In a move to have more rare beer events than days in a week, the Charleston Beer Exchange crew is bringing you a cask ale on Saturday in addition to the 5 p.m. mainstays, Rare Beer Tuesday and Rare Bomber Thursday.

Tuesday's selection is San Diego County Session Ale, a three-way collaboration from Stone Brewing, Ballast Point Brewing, and homebrewing champion Kelsey McNair (I'll let you guess where all three are located).  This one should a great pick for growlers, as its low ABV should allow you to get a few pints in without ruining hump day, while still being fully hoptastic.  4.2% ABV, A-, 96

For the second week in a row, a barrel-aged brew from Oskar Blues Brewing out of Lyons, CO takes center stage for Rare Bomber Thursday.  It's Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels once again, but this time around the base beer is Old Chub Scotch Ale, a year-round selection from OB.  The CBXers promise "amazing notes of vanilla, caramel, oak and butterscotch."  8% ABV, A, 98.

Bringing up the rear is a special firkin from Athens, GA's Terrapin Beer Company, set to be cracked open at 2 p.m. on Saturday.  Big Hoppy Monster is part of Terrapin's "Monster Beer Tour" seasonal line.  It's technically an Imperial Red Ale, with enough rich malt flavor to counter-balance what would otherwise be a vicious IPA.  This particular cask is a cherry-oak aged version, which should make for a very intriguing combo.  Remember the rules for a cask release: limited quantities and very perishable beer, so get there on time and make plans to drink it on time.  8.3% ABV, A-, 99.

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