The members of Charleston’s downtown brewery district are inviting craft beer enthusiasts to visit all 10 breweries to get their “Holiday Beer Pass” stamped before Jan. 1. The first 200 people to complete the competition will get to attend a winners-only Brewery District Beer Festival that will take place at Tradesman Brewing Co. in late spring or early summer, a Palmetto Brewing Company spokesperson said.
Here’s how it works: Pick up your free pass from one of the 10 breweries — Baker & Brewer, Brewlab, Cooper River Brewing Company, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., Fatty’s Beer Works, Lo-Fi Brewing, Munkle Brewing Co., Palmetto Brewing Company, Revelry Brewing or Tradesman Brewing Co. Visit each brewery and get your pass stamped. Once you complete the race, sign your card, take a picture of it and upload to the event’s Facebook page.
“As a district, we meet once a month, and when we reconvened our meetings in September (post-COVID), we were trying to offer something that would allow people to visit each of the breweries at their own pace and make it worth their time,” said Palmetto Brewing Company marketing coordinator Tarah Gee.
District breweries collaborated to launch a free Saturday trolley service in February, giving brewery-goers the chance to easily visit each spot. The service was suspended shortly after its first Saturday due to the coronavirus pandemic, but members of the district hope the Holiday Beer Pass race will encourage people to support the breweries in a safe, masked and socially distanced way, Gee said.
The race starts Tuesday, Dec. 1 and ends on New Year’s Day, and the first 200 people will get a ticket to the socially distanced festival. The district chose to host it at Tradesman because it has the most outdoor space, and Gee said the event will benefit a local charity that the district will vote on at its next meeting.
For more information, visit the Holiday Beer Pass Facebook page.