Months before the largest beer fest in the world in Germany (Oktoberfest, natch)  Charleston hosts two of its own celebrations of suds. Last year was our first year without COAST’s beloved Brewvival, but we’ve soldiered on with new fests like Revelry’s Funk Collective (this year’s Funk Collective takes place in Greenville, and will return to CHS in 2020). And this year we’ve got two spring fests to look forward to: Chucktown Brewdown and the re-branded Charleston Beer Fest.

Chucktown Brewdown

Now in its second year, James Island’s Fam’s Brewing Co.’s Chucktown Brewdown returns on Sat. April 20 from 1-5 p.m. The homebrew competition and festival will highlight 32 local homebrewers (either individuals or a team). The brewers compete for the chance to work with Fam’s head brewer Justin Famulari as they recreate their winning beer to be placed on tap at the James Island brewery. The competition is asking all contestants to brew up their best IPA.

Registration for the event closes Mon. Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. Contestants can create any type of IPA from West Coast IPA to New England IPA and all the beers in between.

The day of the event attendees can enjoy samples of each homebrew (and the chance to vote for your fave) and live music. Fam’s Brewing Co. also releases their anniversary beer at this event. Snag tickets online.

[image-7]Charleston Beer Fest

With a new name and new locale, Charleston Beer Fest (formerly the Charleston Beer Garden), returns on Sat. May 18 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. This year’s event promises even more craft beers, food trucks, live music, and local vendors for guests to peruse while sipping on cold ones. The beloved Beer Games will also return with an updated course including inflatable pony hops, arm wrestling, a hands-free pizza eating contest, and more.

Local homebrewers have the chance to show their goods with The Homebrewers’ Village, a competition meant to focus on regional homebrewers with a winner selected by a panel of local judges. This application is open through April 18 and is a rolling admission, so the earlier you submit the better.

Proceeds from the festival will go, as they have in the past, to support Palmetto Community Care, an organization dedicated to providing HIV care and prevention education awareness across the tri-county area.

The festival is offering two ticket packages, now available for purchase: general admission and VIP. General admission tickets cost $15 during February (prices increase to $20 during March and then $25 in April) and include a commemorative mug as well as five beer tickets. There are a limited number of VIP tickets for $40 and once they’re sold out, prices increase to $50. 

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