Dockery's is more than simply a restaurant, it's a destination on Daniel Island designed to bring the community together through great food, great beer, and great music. In the kitchen and in the brewery, we focus on high quality, fresh local ingredients and an attention to detail to prepare the best dishes and beers for our guests. Our offerings are meant to be casual, but extremely well executed. Many of the vegetables we use in our dishes will eventually be grown aeroponically on-site, and we'll use organic products as often as possible. Guests can expect everything from a hearty, wood-fired steak and double patty burger to vegetarian and gluten free options. Complementing the food and beer is live music several nights a week, with local and regional acts in an intimate listening room atmosphere. We wanted to bring a concept to Daniel Island that we would enjoy visiting time and again ourselves, and hope our guests feel the same way!
What do you get when you cross a rock climbing gym owner, a southern deer hunter, and a beer-loving chemist? Apparently you get Dustin Wilson, the brewmaster for Dockery's on Daniel Island. A Georgia native, Dustin studied kinesiology and chemistry at Georgia Southern University before beginning his career as a fitness director at the YMCA. From there, he took on a role designing fitness programs for the Wounded Warrior Project through the Department of Defense. With a long time passion for cooking and creating interesting flavor combinations, Wilson took up home brewing as a side hobby. Fueled by a competitive nature, Wilson entered a few of his beers in a home brewing competition, eventually winning second and third place awards. His success pushed him to return to school, where he earned a degree in brewing sciences and engineering. He later completed training with the American Brewers Guild.
Since then, Wilson has gained experience in a number of regional breweries including Eagle Creek Brewing in Savannah. As the brewmaster at Dockery's, Wilson plans to create a mix of well-balanced traditional and experimental beers. He takes inspiration from local ingredients and the restaurant's menu in brewing his beers, and looks forward to leading Daniel Island's first craft brewery.
Born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Austin Poisson studied arts management at the College of Charleston. For as long as he can remember, he has surrounded himself with music, from playing guitar to joining the jazz band in high school, to attending an incredible number of live shows afterwards. With a passion for music, he began to develop his knowledge of the industry and ingrained himself in the Charleston music scene, gaining experience programming shows for Charleston Music Hall and Murias Entertainment.
In his role with Dockery's, Poisson will schedule a panoply of artists across many different genres to perform. He plans to support local artists first and foremost, while also bringing in quality regional and national acts. "Dockery's has the opportunity to take Charleston from a ‘music scene' to a ‘music hub'," he says. Outside of work, you can find Poisson running, playing music, enjoying a beer or catching the occasional Charleston Battery game.
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