Cap n ‘Cork craft beer bar opens in Murrells Inlet


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Cap’n Cork craft beer and wine bar is set to open soon in Murrells Inlet.

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Mary and Joseph Albanese frequented a bar called Carolina Beer Temple in Matthews, North Carolina, where they lived before they moved to the Myrtle Beach area.

Inspired by his concept, they open Cap’n Cork in Murrells Inlet, which will be a craft beer hall, wine bar, cafe and bottle shop, with bottles of wine and bottled craft beer. for sale.

“They got that kind of idea with the craft beer, the wine bar then the bottle shop, and we didn’t see anything like it here, so we thought there was an opportunity,” Mary said. .

Cap’n Cork is located in the Woodside Village mall behind a Chick-fil-A off the US 17 Bypass South. The location was once a Vienna pizzeria and sports bar and has been heavily refurbished.

Change career

Mary was Director of Information Technology (IT) and Joseph is a six-year former Army medic who was involved in wine sales for several years, most notably at Total Wine in Myrtle Beach.

“My husband wanted to retire, but he didn’t want to sit idle,” Mary said.

Their son, Joey, has been a Brewmaster at Lowes Foods and a bartender, and will oversee the craft beer selections with the nickname “The Ale Man”.

Their daughters help in the development of the website and social media and could one day be involved in the operations of the company.

The bar will have 24 taps of craft beer.

Mary said the family plan to showcase craft beers from the Carolinas, including Myrtle Beach area breweries, Grand Strand Brewery, New South Brewing Co. and Tidal Creek Brewhouse, as well as Legal Remedy Brewing in Rock Hill and several breweries. in Asheville, North Carolina.

Cap n ‘Cork will be located in Woodside Village behind a Chick-fil-A in Murrells Inlet. Alain Blondin [email protected]

Unique furniture

Cap’n Cork has a pallet of fruit crates serving as showcases for craft beer and wine bottles, and four wine barrels serving as tables and two more serving as displays.

Two Brothers Woodworks at Market Common is building a live-edged main bar top from a large slice of maple that will be protected with epoxy.

The brothers also make a 10-inch-wide skinny bar along an adjacent wall for the bar overflow, and a 10-person community table from a local pecan with copper U-shaped leg supports. The café-bar will be in granite.

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The menu is not finalized, but the limited food options will likely include light appetizers such as cold cuts, cheese boards, hummus, soft pretzels with beer cheese, and other dips. , caprese salad, antipasto, Utica tomato pie and Charleston Lowcountry Kettle potato chips.

Salads and sandwiches can be added, Mary said, but Cap’n Cork doesn’t offer fried foods.

Daily drink promotions will include Wine Down Wednesdays, Thursday Thirsty beer specials, Friday night flights and Prosecco Sundays, and there will be a monthly mimosa flavored special.

Cap’n Cork has preliminary hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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Alan Blondin covers Coastal Carolina golf, college and athletics, as well as many other sports-related topics that deserve coverage. Well versed in all things Myrtle Beach, Horry County and the Grand Strand, the 1992 Northeastern University School of Journalism Promotion Major has been a Sun News reporter since 1993 after working for newspapers in Texas. and Massachusetts. It has won eight of the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Top 10 National Writing Awards and 20 of the SC Press Association’s top three writing awards since 2007.


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