Westbrook Brewing Co. | One Claw
When I think about the lowcountry of South Carolina, a few things come to mind: oyster roasts, Spanish moss, and Westbrook Brewing Company’s One Claw.
Westbrook Brewing Co. is nestled in Mt. Pleasant, SC right down the road from historic Charleston. While Westbrook may not be the Holy City’s oldest brewery, they may very well be the most well known. They maintain an impressive and recently expanded production facility, an extremely sought after barrel room, and produce four year round canned beers. Today we look at one of these — One Claw.
One Claw is a Rye Pale Ale made with malted rye, a variety of hops including Chinook, Citra and Nelson Sauvin, and comes in at 5.5% ABV. Upon cracking open the can, the aroma of citrus and rye fills the air. One Claw pours a hazy pale orange color due to being unfiltered. After pouring, the aroma maintains a strong citrus note. At first sip, citrus and mild grapefruit explode on the tongue with a hint of spiciness from the rye. After a few more sips, it mellows out and develops more juiciness with light body and hints of pineapple.
I paired this beer with homemade spicy miso ramen and the flavors matched phenomenally. The citrus and pineapple flavors helped round out the spicy Sriracha and strong miso broth. One Claw would also pair nicely with lowcountry boil or even fresh, steamed oysters.
One Claw would make a great companion for a day of boating or a lazy day spent lounging on the beach. Sessionable and easy drinking make this Westbrook staple a great anywhere, anytime beer.