All About Beer Magazine — a Durham, N.C.-based monthly that just celebrated a 30-year anniversary — presents the second annual World Beer Festival Columbia on Sat. Jan. 16. The all-day, two-session will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The event includes educational seminars from the nation’s leading beer experts, samples of food from some of the Columbia’s finest restaurants, live music, and a selection of over 250 ales and lagers from all over the world.

According to editor Julie Johnson, All About Beer Magazine has presented 16 festivals in N.C. over the past 13 years. “We’re proud that the World Beer Festival is recognized as one of the premier beer events in the country, with, USA Today, and Wired all calling attention to it,” she says.

Designed as a beer tasting, the festival encourages small samples from a wide range of world-class beer styles — from familiar and newly-released lagers made by large companies such as Anheuser-Busch and Miller, to seasonal specialties and boutique faves from domestic microbreweries (including Charleston’s own Coast Brewing Co. and Palmetto Brewing Co.) and a variety of British and European regionals.

“With different areas devoted to beer, entertainment, food, merchandise and relaxation, the festival creates a unique atmosphere that promotes responsible consumption in a relaxed, enjoyable setting. Our goal is that our guests leave the festival appreciating and understanding more about beer flavor and diversity.”

Tickets for the event went on sale Wed. Oct. 21. General admission is $40 per session plus fees, and $50 at the door (if not sold out already). VIP tickets are available for $75 per session plus fees ($85 at the door). VIP tickets are limited and only sold online at