BEER | Winter Beer Wonderland
Craft Beer Dinner
Thurs. Dec. 6
334 East Bay St.
Ted's Butcherblock is getting in the holiday spirit this Thursday with their popular monthly beer dinner. The event features five wintry beers selected by brew guru Scott Shor, paired with a five-course menu from Chef Michael Ruggiero. Pairings include Cisco Moor Porter from Nantucket paired with homemade chili; French-brewed Dupont Cidre Bouche Brut with cheese in phyllo topped with sweet potato; Duchess de Bourgogne, from Belgium, with duck spring rolls and sweet & sour sauce; John Barleycorn barley wine, from California, with mini beef wellingtons; and German beer Eku 28 with eggnog bread pudding. Reservations required. —Erica Jackson THURSDAY
BEER | B.Y.O. Homebrewed Beer
The West Ashley Homebrew-Off and Good Beer Festival
Sat. Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m.
$30/ day of
D.D. Peckers' Wing Shack
1660 Savannah Hwy.
Homebrewers put their concoctions to the test in a noon brewing contest at the happening neighborhood joint on Savannah Highway that's as famous for its adult sandbox as its wings. A beer tasting follows the competition, featuring more than 30 brews. Coast, Charleston Brewing, Palmetto, T-Bonz, Rogue, Allagash, Great Divide, Cottonwood, Terrapin, and Victory bring their best blends. Listen to the Hans Schmidt's German Band perform and fill up on Best of the Wursts from the grill. Call ahead for tickets and save five bucks. —Rachel Ward SATURDAY
An annual tradition that takes visitors by horse-drawn carriage to several historic inns and restaurants for different dinner courses. This year's dinner begins at the Kings Courtyard Inn for hors d'oeuvres followed by dinner at Circa 1886 and dessert and coffee at the John Rutledge House Inn. Highlights of the meal include petite beef Wellington with chive cream, wild mushroom and Gouda quiche, Navan Cognac-infused eggnog and cinnamon-spiced apple cider, a candied garlic-glazed salmon with goat cheese potato mousseline, broccolini and citrus butter, and a chocolate yule log. Reservations and payment must be made seven days prior to the dinner. Select dates through Dec. 22. $90. Circa 1886, 149 Wentworth St. (843) 406-6261. www.circa1886.com
Thoroughbred Club Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea with all the trimmings; reservations strongly suggested. Each Mon.-Sat. 1-4 p.m. $22/Classic Charleston, $27/South of Broad. Thoroughbred Club, 205 Meeting St. Charleston Place Hotel. (843) 722-4900 x7689.
Charleston Tea Plantation Tours
America's only tea plantation, now owned by R.C. Bigelow, is open to visitors. Take a narrated bus tour of the fields and see how tea is made, talk to tea experts, and sample American Classic Tea. Each Sun. 12-4 p.m. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy. (843) 559-0383. www.bigelowtea.com/act
Foodie 201 at Tristan
On the heels of its Foodie 101 courses, Tristan's top food and wine staff create a fun, casual introduction to the ways that foods and wines that share a region work together. Each Wed. 6-7 p.m. Through Dec. 12. $30/each class. Tristan, 55 South Market St. (843) 534-2155. www.tristandining.com
March of Dimes Signature Chef's Auction
Chefs from 18 restaurants offer samples of their signature hors d'oeuvres, entrées, and desserts while guests place bids on live and silent auction items. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes Premature Birth Campaign. Thurs., Dec. 6. $100. Embassy Suites, 337 Meeting Street. (843) 571-1776. www.walkamerica.org
Babes on a Budget
Network, sample fine wine, and stay on budget. Featuring two holiday wines paired with sliced baguettes, infused olive oil, and holiday biscotti. Fri. Dec. 7, 12-3 p.m. Free. Victoria's Consignments, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd. (843) 810-0088. email@example.com
Charleston Farmers Market
Find fresh veggies, baked goods, and an assortment of arts and crafts. Holiday wreaths and greenery also available. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m; Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Marion Square, Calhoun and King. (843) 724-3746.
SNOB 14th Anniversary
The downtown restaurant celebrates by offering free champagne with every dinner reservation, happy hour prices all night, raffle drawings, and complimentary birthday cake. Tue., Dec. 11. Slightly North of Broad, 192 East Bay St. (843) 723-3424.
Local Showcase Dinner
The first in a series of pairing dinners featuring Lowcountry Purveyors paired with fine old and new world wines. Executive Chef William Condon and General Manager Drew Harris present local fare from Raul Seafood and E.T. Van Buren with wines from Advintage Distributing. Wed. Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. $75. Atlanticville Restaurant, 2063 Middle St. (843) 883-9452. www.atlanticville.net
Wine Lover's Happy Hour
Wine flights of five different wines of varying themes. Each Tues.-Sat. 5-7 p.m. $5 for 5 (2 oz. pours). Amuse, 1720 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. (843) 573-8778.
Guess the Wine
Use your senses and wine education to guess the wine. Each Tues. & Wed. 6 p.m. Free. The Trusted Palate, 563 King St. (843) 810-0088. www.thetrustedpalate.com
Food, friends and wine. Your choice of panini, side and wine. Thurs. 6:30 p.m. $20. The Trusted Palate, 563 King St. (843) 564-6149. www.thetrustedpalate.com
Sample wines from local distributors twice a week. Call for details. Each Mon. Thurs. 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 769-5444.
Holiday Tasting Events
Special tastings featuring great holiday wines and beers and gourmet samples. A portion of proceeds goes to Schools Out SC. Fri. Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m. and Fri. Dec. 14, 5-7 p.m. $10. Ted's Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. (843) 577-0094.
In Good Tastings
Informal weekly wine event. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $1. In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road. (843) 763-5597.
Around the World
Taste a selection of wines from around the globe. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. (843) 534-1916.
Sample varying flights of wine, focusing on Spanish flavors. Tues. $12-$25. Raval, 453 King St. (843) 853-8466.
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