The time is here — you have a decision to make. What will be your ultimate summer swilling brew? An IPA, a sour, a pale ale — maybe you’ll go rogue and find an incredibly light brown ale to clutch as the sun beats down. We’ve kindly rounded up some choice events around town that highlight the best brews around — whatever beer gets your mouth watering and your mind right at the end of the day well, that’s up to you. And, as we noted in our What’s Poppin roundup, the Cinco de Drinko and Dirty Derby round-ups will be coming your way faster than you can say, “the highest ABV you have on tap, good sir.”


Paint and Sip at Holy City Brewing starting at 6:30 p.m. Arrive between 6 and 6:15 p.m. to sign in, find a seat, and grab a pint.


Starting at 5:30 p.m. visit Edmund’s Oast Exchange for Old Time Tuesday beer tastings with cicerone Brandon Plyler.

Get fit at Frothy starting at 7 p.m. — workouts are always followed by some brews.

It’s Tamale Tuesday at Charles Towne Fermentory with Desayuno Charleston. Grab tacos, tamales, and other tasty treats starting at 5 p.m.

Pedal on over to Tradesman Brewing Co. from 6 to 8 p.m. for a free ride followed by beer available for purchase. A portion of proceeds goes to the JDRF Palmetto chapter, an organization that works to improve the lives of those affected by Type 1 Diabetes.


If you love kittens and you love beer (I mean, you’ve gotta be into at least one of the two, right?), then Pounce Cat Cafe has you covered (in hair). Head to the cafe for Mews and Brews from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Swill six different summer beers and ciders while cuddling tiny meow cats. Purrfect.

Wednesday is for trivia, y’all. Test your noggin at Brains & Brews Trivia at Low Tide Brewing starting at 7 p.m. — according to CP columnist and trivia host Ali Akhyari, you’ll definitely have a question involving The Simpsons. Throw back a few golden ales and get your trivia on a Cooper River Brewing starting at 7 p.m. Twisted Cypress kicks off their weekly trivia at 7:30 p.m., and Holy City Brewing’s starts at 6:30 p.m.


If you missed out on all the trivia on Wed., fear not. Frothy hosts trivia every Thursday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Lace up your trainers for Commonhouse Aleworks’ Thirstday Beer Run starting at 6:15 p.m. Runners can choose either the one mile or 5K route, both out and back and lined with sidewalks the entire way. Meet back at the brewery for a beer and a bite to eat.


Frothy Beard celebrates Star Wars Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with Harlowe’s Hats Peanut Butter & Banana Porter back on tap, a chocolate paring from Evolution Through Chocolate and, of course, a costume contest.

Charleston professionals are invited to swing by Ghost Monkey Brewery starting at 5:30 p.m. as part of First Friday Charleston. The Castejons will serve up eats, there will be a giveaway of Ghost Monkey merch (bring your biz card to enter into the drawing), and you’ll get to taste the brewery’s new Mexican lager.

Oak Road Brewery is also celebrating Star Wars Day with the release of two beers: Darkside Imperial IPA and Rebel Rye Pale Ale. Those who come in costume will receive 10 percent off their tab.


The 2018 Brewster Women’s Brew Day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at Holy City Brewing. The brewsters will be brewing a French Saison with Basil, aptly named Madam Basil. Proceeds from this beer will go to One-Eighty Place.

Oak Road Brewery continues their themed beer releases with a Cinco de Mayo horchata beer and Mexican lager.

Rusty Bull celebrates one year around the sun with a bunch of fun stuff. On Fri. May 4 they’ll have Tamashii food truck, music from Mechanical River, and the release of a new beer, Lando’s Cascadian. Then on Sat., there will be Cinco de Mayo beer specials ($5 all day); two new releases, the Orange Summer and Tu Abuela Caliente; eats from Wings N Things and Braised in the South food trucks; music from Mystic Vibrations, Mike Freund Band, and Fusion Jonez; and the Kentucky Derby on all TVs.


No GOT? That’s OK! Frothy hosts a Westworld Watch Party starting at 9 p.m.

Join Cooper River Cycles and Commonhouse Aleworks for a screening of the Movement Mountain Bike movie.

Ghost Monkey Brewery hosts Name the Music starting at 3 p.m.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Bark for your Brew at Joe Riley Stadium. Bring your pup down to the Joe for this dog-friendly craft beer tasting event presented by DoLittle’s and Southern Eagle Distributing. There will be more than 30 craft beers from Southern Eagle Distributing’s craft beer portfolio, hot dogs from local vendors, plus live music and tons of doggie watching.

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