This week in CBX: A local rarity and a West Coast relaunch

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It's a double feature week at Charleston Beer Exchange, with a very special Rare Beer Tuesday and a free tasting/brewery relaunch on Thursday. Here's the skinny.

Tuesday at 5 p.m., the CBXers tap Westbrook Brewing's first anniversary beer, Mexican Cake. This thing garnered quite a name for itself in the beer geek community, and has been sought after since its limited and long-since-gone release in January.

Haven't tried it? You need it. Tried it? You probably need it even more. Here's what the Beer Exchange boys have to say:

At 10.5% ABV, this is a stout to be reckoned with. It boasts grand notes of cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and just an ever so subtle background hint of habanero, all of which are actually used in the making of this beer!  Due to the high demand for this special treat, we'll be limiting this to 32oz growlers only, 1 per person.

Thursday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., it's tasting time. At long last, San Diego, California's Ballast Point Brewing has re-entered our market with a new distributor and fresh product. Many of their ales are distinctly "West Coast" in that they are boldly hop-forward, but the brewery is no one-trick pony, sporting a wheat beer and a porter in their year-round lineup and a pile of weirdos in their one-offs.

For now, CBX is welcoming them back with a free (draft) tasting of three year-rounds, and giving away free glasses with purchase of a Ballast Point growler fills while supplies last. Here's the lineup:

The Charleston Beer Exchange lives (la vida loca) at 14 Exchange Street downtown.

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