Festivals + Events, Beer, City Picks

Ballpark Festival of Beers

When: Sat., Aug. 23, 1-4 & 6-9 p.m. 2014

Some Friday afternoons we find ourselves daydreaming about starting the weekend with an ice-cold beer. It’s a great escape from reality because it’s actually attainable. The only thing that would make the dream better is a baseball field full of beer. And on Saturday, that’s exactly what will happen when the 12th annual Ballpark Festival of Beer returns to The Joe. More than 30 breweries make their way to Charleston — from Abita to Doghead, Foothills to Oskar Blues, not to mention locals Frothy Beard, nano-brewery Tradesman Brewing Company, and Palmetto — to give event-goers samples of their different suds. And after a year away from the outfield, the fest returns to its grassy stomping grounds. The rain last year — it poured all week before the event — caused the fest to move up to the concourse, explains Melissa McCants Azevedo, vice president of special events for the RiverDogs. Azevedo also let us know that they’ll be featuring a beer shake from the top three contestants in the beer shake competition. Prior to the fest, people posted their recipes to the RiverDogs social media pages and the top three recipes were selected. Those three will duke it out for their shake to be served at the last three home games of the season. Midnight City and Blue Plantation will provide the jams. And don’t worry about drinking on an empty stomach; Hello My Name is ... BBQ, Kickin’ Chicken, Roti Rolls, Creole Truck, and Cast Iron will be on hand to serve up their eats.

Melissa Tunstall

Price: $30, $25/at Kickin' Chicken

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