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World's hottest pepper claimed by Fort Mill company
AUG 28, 2012

The PuckerButt Pepper Company, a Fort Mill manufacturer and distributor of all natural chili pepper products and seeds, announced the debut of the world's hottest pepper: Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper.

"We have raised the bar for heat intensity by surpassing the current world record holder, the Butch T Trinidad Scorpion," said Ed Currie, founder of the PuckerButt Pepper Company. Over a four year testing period, Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper has averaged a rating of 1.474 million on the Scoville Scale which measures the heat intensity of peppers.  For comparison purposes, the Jalapeno pepper has a Scoville Rating of 3,000 to 7,000.

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The SmokeHouse Mafia is overall champion at BBQ festival
AUG 26, 2012

The Smokehouse Mafia, in their first summer competing in Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned cookoffs, won the Sooie't Relief BBQ overall championship.

The SmokeHouse Mafia won overall champion honors and the $2,500 award at the 2012 Sooie’t Relief BBQ festival today.

The winning team, from Hickory, N.C., competed in this Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition for the first time. The SmokeHouse Mafia only began competing on the competitive circuit this summer. The cookers won their first competition in Greenwood in July.

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Walmart Market files for $2.4 million commercial upfit
AUG 14, 2012

The Walmart Neighborhood Market is beginning to show signs of growth with the Greer Plaza facade and parking lot getting a complete makeover. A $2.4 million upfit for the former Winn-Dixie store will begin after the facade and parking lot are completed.

A $2.4 million interior commercial upfit permit has been filed with the City of Greer for the Walmart Neighborhood Market that will be built at Greer Plaza and become the first in South Carolina.

The upfit will follow the $768,500 façade facelift that is ongoing and a new parking lot upgrade complete with landscaped islands and upgraded lighting. The opening date remains in the first quarter of 2013.

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Craggie Brewing is about unique beer and a sense of community
AUG 10, 2012

Bill Drew, left, is the owner of Craggie Brewing Company and DJ McCready is the head brewer.

Craggie Brewing Company would easily be on my Top 5 Breweries in America list. I know that sounds excessive for a small brewery tucked away in Asheville on Hilliard Avenue with just three people running it, but the beers, the people, and the feel of the place all blend together to make it one of my favorites.

Tucker and I made the hour-long trek (well worth it) up to Asheville on a late afternoon to meet owner Bill Drew and head brewer DJ McCready at the old warehouse that they converted into the brewery. Their love for craft beer and for their community was evident early on in our conversation, as Bill talked about how the company started, and DJ filled us in on the things that make Craggie unique.

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Rhythm & Brews adds smoked barbecue to menu
AUG 6, 2012

Rhythm & Brews is teaming up with local chef Daniel Dobbs to bring smoked BBQ to historic downtown Greer. Owner Brad Blevins, in celebration of Rhythm & Brews’ 3rd anniversary, wanted to expand its menu to add one more dinner option.

Daniel Dobbs studied culinary arts at Johnson and Wales and has worked at restaurants throughout the Upstate. He was a chef at Ember until it closed unexpectedly in May and previously worked at Great Bay Oyster House on Poinsett Street.

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World of Wines course offered at Greenville Tech
AUG 3, 2012

Learn which wines you prefer and why you like them with a new course offered at Greenville Tech. "The World of Wine for Consumers and Hospitality Professionals" will be taught by Richard Peck, wine and beverage director for Table 301 Restaurants in Greenville.

Offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 13 through Nov. 8, at Greenville Tech’s Buck Mickel Center, the class costs $159 per person plus a $75 materials fee, which covers three wine tastings at area restaurants.

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Pisgah Brewing beer is certified organic
AUG 3, 2012

Brent Ludwig provides a tour for guests visiting Pisgah Brewing.
 

Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, N.C., is worth the hour drive from Greer. All its beer is certified organic, and the brewery has a great tour of the organic brewery that explains the process and what steps a brewery has to take to make organic beer.

Brent Ludwig, one of five employees of the brewery, led the tour we took this past Saturday. We got a beer from the tasting room (I got the Blueberry Wheat), and followed Brent through the building that used to house a federally subsidized company that made school desks.

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