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Charleston Beer Week, an annual celebration of local craft beers and brewers, will return this fall from Oct. 29-Nov. 6 with more than 30 breweries and brewpubs involved.

Though this will be the event’s eighth year, Charleston Beer Week (CBW) is no stranger to re-scheduling its events — the annual gathering has been derailed numerous times thanks to hurricane season.

CBW 2018 was the first year that event producer Chrys Rynearson extended it to 10 days, but the festivities were cut short when Hurricane Florence headed toward South Carolina and Gov. McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation that included Charleston.

So, after a few years of bad luck with storms and hurricanes, it was decided in 2019 that Beer Week would shift from fall into May 2020. Of course, a global pandemic would break out, forcing all the planned events to once again be called off.

Now, as COVID-19 numbers are trending down and people are getting vaccinated, life is beginning to return to normal — including the return of gatherings like Charleston Beer Week.

Though the event will take place this fall, the festival is slated for the end tail end of hurricane season, so fingers crossed there will be no storm interference for 2021. We’ve had a long year. We deserve a week of tap takeovers, live music, food pop-ups and games.

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