Can't make it to Brewvival. No worries. Beer venues across town have teamed up with visiting brewmasters to offer some very cool fringe events.
THURSDAY, FEB. 23
New Belgium Tap Takeover
at Bottles in Mt. Pleasant
Grant, the South Carolina Beer Ranger for New Belgium Brewing, will put six very special beers on tap. Have a pint or take home a growler of the sour La Folie, which is always a hit on tap, or be one of few to try Jared's Ale, a smoky peach porter. Other beers include Ranger IPA, Trippel, Dig Pale Ale, and Cocoa Mole. 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Beer Club Official Launch Party
at Mellow Mushroom in Avondale
Mellow Mushroom is officially opening the door to their legendary Beer Club, letting newbies partake in the 100-beer challenge at both its downtown and Avondale locations. The launch party will have a special keg on tap (complimentary glasses for new members), and if you sign up (for free), you'll receive a beer scorecard for taking notes and scoring the beers you drink on your journey. In addition, they'll have live music, a $2 beer-of-the-month special, $4 drafts, and other drink and food specials. 5-7 p.m.
Support a Sister Meet and Greet Craft Beer and Hors d'oeuvres Pairing
at Butcher & Bee Downtown
Re-Visionista and Butcher & Bee are putting together a meet-and-greet to support women in their career, motherhood, marriage, and beyond. This event will allow women and guys in support of women mingle while enjoying delicious food and craft beer. The pairings include ginger cookies with Westbrook White Thai, beef tartare with Victory Headwaters Pale Ale, chicken liver Mousse with Rodenbach Grand Cru, smoked fried mushrooms and dill ranch with Stone Smoked Porter, and lamb kebab with Avery IPA. It's all for $25, and there will be additional wine and craft beer for purchase. 6:30-9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 24
Great Divide Brewing Company's Great Minds Drink Alike Pre-Brewvival Party
at House of Brews in Mt. Pleasant
Adam Kimball from Great Divide will be on hand at House of Brews with some tasty treats. Not all the beers have been announced but word on the street is that each of five Yetis will be on hand as well as the rare American wild ale, Petty Theft. Music will be provided by local groove-rock band Fowler's Mustache and food provided by Farm on Fire. 6-10 p.m.
Stone Brewing Company's Finz to the Left, Pints to the Right Pre-Brewvival Party
at Finz Bar and Grill in Mt. Pleasant
If you like Stone Brewing Company, then there's no better place to be than Finz on Brewvival eve. Local Stone guru Scott Sheridan will have Eastern Regional Sales Manager Mike Sakled and head brewer Jeremy Moynier helping him pour Stone's IPA and the 15th Anniversary Black IPA. Better yet, they'll have a special keg of Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers, a gem not found too often. 7 p.m.
Green Flash Launch Parties
at Charleston Beer Exchange and Coleman Public House
Green Flash Brewery out of San Diego, Calif., helped define what West Coast brewing is all about, especially with their take on a hopped-up IPA, known as the West Coast IPA. Now we have a chance to experience the bold beers they have to offer. Stop by the Beer Exchange or Coleman Public House to welcome Green Flash to South Carolina. Rumor has it that Green Flash national sales manager Jim Kenney and possibly one of the brewmasters will be making their way to both locations. The Beer Exchange will be the first place to sell Green Flash in the area from 5-6:45 p.m., and Coleman Public House will be pouring West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red, Trippel, Fizzy Yellow Beer, Barleywine, and Le Freak from 7-10 p.m.
New Belgium Beer Dinner
Closed for Business
Closed for Business will be hosting a one-of-a-kind five-course beer dinner with New Belgium on Brewvival Eve. A $55 ticket will get you five courses paired with Prickly Passion Saison, Biere de Mars, La Folie, Cocoa Mole, and Jared's Smoked Peach Porter. Even more exciting news is that Peter Bouckaert, New Belgium Brewmaster, will be on hand. If this event isn't sold out already, it certainly will, so get your tickets ASAP. The "welcome pints" start pouring at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m.
Holy City Brewing Fish Fry
at Holy City Brewery in North Charleston
The team at Holy City will be frying up about 70 pounds of catfish for everyone to enjoy while listening to live bluegrass music. There's no charge for the fish, but normal tasting costs and rules will apply for the beer. Holy City Pilsner, Pluff Mud Porter, Vienna Lager, and New Year's Resolution Dopplebock will be available for tasting and growler fills along with a few other surprises. 4-8 p.m.