It’s the halfway point of Charleston Beer Week, and your liver is probably aching, but remember the only way to detox is to retox, so plan to suck it up and drink on as the week rolls into its final days.
Whether you’re into hoppy IPAs, roasty porters, malty stouts, or light pilsners, Charleston Beer Week has something for all beer lovers. Participating brewers include local Holy City, Westbrook, COAST, Palmetto, along with notable and national companies like Brooklyn Brewery, SweetWater, and Thomas Creek.
The Beer Week schedule is packed with sudsy fun. Wednesday night, try your hand at Craft Beer Trivia with River Dog at Boone’s Bar. River Dog brews including Coastal Wit, Double IPA, English Dry Cider, Galaxy Quest Pale Ale, Red Ale, and a special release of El Dorado Single Hop Pale Ale will be on tap. The beers will be tapped at 7:30 p.m. and trivia begins at 8 p.m. Expect plenty of swag giveaways, and half-off wings. With $4.50 pints of River Dog brews, this is an event where you can ball on a budget.
Over at The Green Door, they’re teaming up with Highland Beer of Asheville for an adventurous beer-paired dinner on Thursday night ($55). The menu will include local clams in a coconut curry broth, braised pig head with candied bacon, pickled turnips and grilled sourdough, Highland-braised local beef tongue sliders, house mustard, pickled green tomatoes and arugula.
On Thursday, Mellow Mushroom gets creative with There’s Art in that Can with Oskar Blues. Drink a variety of brews in cans from Brevard, N.C., and then watch your empties get turned into art by local aspiring artists. This exclusive art demonstration will feature Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Old Chub, Gubna, and G’Knight Imperial Red.
TGIFirkin Friday on the patio at Smoky Oak is a great way to start your weekend. A firkin, or a cask of beer, is a traditional serving container used to naturally carbonate beer, resulting in a softer mouth feel and more flavor. This rare beer event at 6 p.m. will give you an opportunity to try some beers you may know well in a whole new way. Participating brewers include Sierra Nevada, River Dog, RJ Rockers, Sweetwater, Holy City, and Thomas Creek. 10-oz. pours will be $4.
So the bad news, Saturday means CBW is coming to an end, but the good news, it also means its time for the City Paper-sponsored Seasonal Beer Crawl. For $35 you can stumble around downtown and try seasonal and flagship craft brews at some of your favorite bars. Each bar will host a brewery and feature some of their beers at a special price just for CBW. Locations and beers include: Mellow Mushroom, which will be serving Foothills India Brown Ale, Hoppyum, SweetWater Road Trip, and 420; Mac’s Place, which will be pouring Highland Gaelic Ale and Devil’s Britches IPA; and Moe’s Downtown, serving RJ Rockers Son of a Peach, Bell Ringer Ale, Magic Hat #9, and Encore. Register online and then pick up your passport between 12:30 and 2 p.m on Saturday before embarking on your crawl, which goes until 6 p.m.
For more information or a full list of the CBW events, visit charlestonbeerweek.com. Drink responsibly and enjoy!
Charleston Beer Week
Abita Beer Dinner – Enjoy Sesame’s homemade burgers and more paired with Abita brews. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Wed. April 24, 6:30 p.m. $45. Sesame Burgers & Beer, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. (843) 766-7770. charlestonbeerweek.com
Beer Can Chicken with Oskar Blues – Enjoy specials on Dale’s Pale Ale and Mama’s Lil Pils cans, as well as $12 beer can chicken. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Wed. April 24, 7 p.m. Smoky Oak Taproom, 1234-C Camp Road. (843) 762-6268. charlestonbeerweek.com
Beer Tastings at Holy City Brewing – Get four tastings and a pint glass with a four-sample limit. Cash and credit accepted. Holy City Brewing is located directly behind Champion Honda Motorcycle. Each Mon. Tues. 4-6 p.m. and Wed.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. $5. Holy City Brewing, 4155-C Dorchester Road. (843) 225-6089. holycitybrewing.com
Brooklyn Beer Dinner – Enjoy a five-course menu paired with Brooklyn Brewery beers. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Wed. April 24, 7 p.m. $35. HoM, 563 King St. (843) 573-7505. charlestonbeerweek.com
Craft Beer Trivia and River Dog Tap Takeover – Beers will be tapped at 7:30 p.m. and trivia begins at 8 p.m. Enjoy half-price wings all night and $4.50 River Dog pints. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Wed. April 24, 7 p.m. Boone’s Bar, 345 King St. (843) 577-6665. www.charlestonbeerweek.com
Tap Into Hops Night – This event is the second in a three-part series, wherein Team CBW will focus on a single brewing ingredient. A number of hop-forward beers will be on tap, and reps will be on hand to talk about how hops are used in their recipes. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Wed. April 24, 4:30 p.m. The Griffon, 18 Vendue Range. www.charlestonbeerweek.com
Founder’s KBS Release + Other Awesome Stouts – The bar will tap one of only two Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stouts (11.2% ABV, 100, 100). Part of Charleston Beer Week. Wed. April 24, 6 p.m. Closed for Business, 453 King St. (843) 853-8466. charlestonbeerweek.com
Growler Hour – $1 off drafts. Visit website to view what will be on tap. Dinner menu available. Get a free growler bottle with a fill ($6 value). Mention the word of the day on Twitter and get a free appetizer. Each Wed. 5-9 p.m. Laura Alberts Tasteful Options, 891 Island Park Drive #B. (843) 881-4711. lauraalberts.com
Holy City/RJ Rockers Collaboration Beer Debut – North Charleston’s Holy City Brewing drove up I-26 to brew with Spartanburg’s RJ Rockers Brewing. The result: a hopped-up imperial red ale brewed with a dose of rye, clocking in at 8.5% ABV and 50 IBUs, called Stuck on Rye 26. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Wed. April 24, 7 p.m. Oak Barrel Tavern, 825-B Savannah Hwy. 843-789-3686. www.charlestonbeerweek.com
Beer Tasting – Sample up to eight different craft-brewed beers. Each Thurs. 3-7 p.m. Free. Total Wine & More, 1820 Ashley River Road. (843) 763-7034. www.totalwine.com
Charleston Beer Night – Enjoy six half-pint pours, each of a different beer from a different Lowcountry brewery, plus heavy hors d’oeuvres. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Thurs., April 25, 6 p.m. $30. EVO Bakery, 1075 E. Montague. (843) 225-1810. www.charlestonbeerweek.com
East vs. West – Take part in a friendly turf war. Representing the East Coast will be Winston-Salem, N.C.’s Foothills Brewing, and for the West Coast, Lagunitas Brewing out of Petaluma Calif. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Thurs., April 25, 7 p.m. The Griffon, 18 Vendue Range. (843) 723-1700. www.charlestonbeerweek.com
Frothy Beard Tasting and Growler Fill Release – Sample Frothy Beard brews and fill up your growler. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Thurs., April 25, 3-5 p.m. Total Wine & More, 1820 Ashley River Road. (843) 763-7034. charlestonbeerweek.com
Guinness & … – A night dedicated to the unique pairings of Guinness & craft ciders, ales, and lagers. Get any 20-ounce blend for $4. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Thurs., April 25, 7-9 p.m. Smoky Oak Taproom, 1234-C Camp Road. (843) 762-6268. charlestonbeerweek.com
Highland Beer Dinner – Enjoy five courses paired with Highland brews. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Thurs., April 25, 8 p.m. $55. The Green Door, 251 East Bay St. (843) 754-9914. charlestonbeerweek.com
Oskar Blues Local Art Demonstration – Sample brews and see young artists create art out of the empty cans. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Thurs. April 25, 9 p.m. Free. Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St. (843) 723-7374. charlestonbeerweek.com
SweetWater Cornhole Tournament – Enjoy $3 SweetWater pints. Registration at 5:30 p.m., tournament starts at 6 p.m. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Thurs., April 25, 5:30 p.m. Triangle Char and Bar, 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd. (843) 606-2900. charlestonbeerweek.com
Tastings at COAST – Pay $4 for four samples. Four sample limit. Cash only. Each Thurs. 4-7 p.m. and Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. COAST Brewing Company, 1250 Second St. N. (843) 343-4727. www.coastbrewing.com
Up the Creek and to the Ville – Meet the guys from Thomas Creek brewery and sample their beers. Receive a free pint glass, while supplies last, with a five-sample flight. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Thurs., April 25, 6-9 p.m. $8/five samples. Homegrown Brewhouse, 117 S. Main St. charlestonbeerweek.com
Westbrook Brewing Tasting Room and Tours – The local microbrewery offers an array of standard and seasonal ales in the tasting room. $4 for four 4-ounce samples. Served with samples of the Great Harvest/Westbrook IPA Beer Bread. There is a four-sample limit. Cash only. Each Sat. 12-4 p.m., Thurs. 4-7 p.m. and Fri. 4-7 p.m. Westbrook Brewing Co., 510 Ridge Road. (843) 708-2964. www.westbrookbrewing.com
Yeast, Sir, I’ll Have Another in Avondale – This event is the third in a three-part series, wherein Team CBW will focus on a single brewing ingredient. Gene’s Haufbrau, Mellow Mushroom, Pearlz, Oak Barrel Tavern, and Triangle will have a number of beers on tap with a distinctive flavor profile thanks to yeast. Reps will be rotating among all five venues. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Thurs., April 25, 4:30 p.m. www.charlestonbeerweek.com
Abita Brewing Tasting and Growler Fill Release – Sample brews and fill your growler. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Fri. April 26, 5-8 p.m. Free. Total Wine & More, 1820 Ashley River Road. (843) 763-7034. charlestonbeerweek.com
Guinness & … – A night dedicated to the unique pairings of Guinness & craft ciders, ales, and lagers. Get any 20-ounce blend for $4. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Fri. April 26, 6-8 p.m. The Roost Bar and Grill, 825 Savannah Hwy. (843) 718-2285. charlestonbeerweek.com
Homegrown Turns 40 – Homegrown adds their 40th tap and will celebrate with drink specials. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Fri. April 26, 6-9 p.m. Free. Homegrown Brewhouse, 117 S. Main St. charlestonbeerweek.com
Magic Hat Boat Cruise – Board the Carolina Queen and enjoy music from the Holy City Hooligans, food from Roti Rolls, and $2 Magic Hat brews. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Fri. April 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15. Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive. 843-723-5098. www.charlestonbeerweek.com
Missing in Action Brewery Night – Enjoy $4 pints all day. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Fri. April 26. D.D. Pecker’s Wing Shack, 1660 Savannah Hwy. (843) 402-4567. charlestonbeerweek.com
TGIFirkin Friday – Charleston Beer Week will present between six and eight casks (a.k.a. firkins). These traditional serving vessels are used to naturally carbonate beer, resulting in a softer mouthfeel and more depth of flavor. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Fri. April 26, 6 p.m. Smoky Oak Taproom, 1234-C Camp Road. (843) 762-6268. www.charlestonbeerweek.com
Seasonal Beer Bar Crawl – Try some seasonal craft brews at bars on the peninsula. Each bar will host one brewery and feature some of their finest beers at a special price just for Charleston Beer Week participants. Part of Charleston Beer Week. Sat. April 27, 12 p.m. Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St. (843) 723-7374. www.charlestonbeerweek.com
Where’s Waldo Bar Crawl – Bar crawl up King Street in an attempt to break the current World Record of The Most People Dressed as Where’s Waldo/Wanda in One Place. Waldo and Wanda costumes are mandatory. Sat. April 27, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Marion Square, Calhoun and King. charleston.carolinanightlife.com