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8 And All

Edmund Egan was one of Charleston’s earliest commercial brewers, but he didn’t work alone. Egan’s success was built on the backs of enslaved black brewers, coopers, and other skilled people working in his brewery and in obscurity. We know their enslaver’s name, but not theirs. Black beer history was deliberately erased long before any of us were born, and still continues today.

We aim to amend these unfortunate truths.

8 And All is a Dark American Strong Ale. Our hope is that you pair it with red rice, fried okra, boiled peanuts, and many other Gullah Geechee dishes. A collaboration between Edmund’s Oast, Jamaal Lemon, Dr. Brian Alberts, Good Beer Hunting, and Lost Lagers, this beer is part of an ongoing effort to learn how American beer’s inequalities today were constructed — so we can tear them down and rebuild for the better.

Tek cyear uh de root, fa heal de tree.

Art by Damion Johnson