by Eric Doksa
On Sat. Nov. 5, the Dubplates will be back to provide rhythmic reggae beats while beer lovers sample beers from over 35 local and national breweries. We're still waiting to get confirmation on what will be poured this year. The beer fest benefits the Windwood Farm Home for Children, a local organization that provides support to boys who are victims of abuse and neglect.
You can get a general admission ticket or you can splurge and go VIP for $35, which will get you valet parking, a seat in the VIP section with various local "celebrities," band members, and and platinum sponsors, and a gift bag including glassware and a shirt. The restaurant will also be open so you can keep track of the football scores and satisfy any pizza cravings.
The Beer Fest will go on from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. Last year's was a huge success, and we expect the turnout to be even bigger this time around, so get your tickets soon.
UPDATE: Local beer guru Timmons Pettigrew will be at the festival signing copies of his book Charleston Beer: A High-gravity History of lowcountry Brewing.
Here's a sneak peek of some of the breweries and beers you should expect to see on Nov. 5:
RJ Rockers: Gruntled Pumpkin, Buck Wheat After Dark, Bellringer
Abita: Turbo Dog, Restoration
Oskar Blues: Dale's Pale Ale, Mama's Lil' Yella Pils, G' KNight
Sweet Water: The Dank Tank, Festive, IPA, Blue
Holy City: Porter, Oyster Stout, Category 3
Westbrook: Saison, Dubbel VO, 2 more
Crispin: Original, Fox Pear
Brooklyn: Lager, Brown
Dogfish Head: Festina Peche, Palo Santo, 2 More
Breckenridge: 471, Vanilla Porter, IPA
Thomas Creek: Up the Creek, Pilsner
Victory: Baltic Porter, 2 More
Bell's: Two hearted, 1 more
Sierra Nevada: Torpedo, Celebration, Pale Ale, Ovila Saison & Dubbel
Franziskaner: Dark, Hef
Spaten: Optimator, Lager
Harpoon: IPA, UFO Rasp, 100 Barrel Series
New Belgium: Ranger, Belgo IPA, Super Cru, Kick
Southern Tier: Dbl IPA, Mokah, Raspbery Wheat, Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
Sam Adam's: Boston Lager, Dbl Pumpkin, Winter Lager
Great Divide: TBD
Magic Hat: #9, Encore IPA