The Music Farm show is one of several events during Sweetwater’s “Save the Cooper” campaign this summer. The Cooper River is regularly polluted by runoff and industrial and municipal wastewater discharges. The company has conducted similar campaigns in Atlanta and around the Southeast over the last four years. “A lot of folks don’t realize it, but local waterways account for a main ingredient in our beers, while also serving as a fresh water source for the community,” said Sweetwater founder Freddy Bensch. “Keeping our water clean is a cause I think we can all believe in, and we’ll continue to do anything we can to help raise awareness and make these efforts possible.”
Proceeds from Sweetwater’s Waterkeeper HefeWeizen (a specialty wheat ale) will specifically benefit the Charleston Waterkeeper efforts to protect the Cooper River. Campaign kickoff parties will be held at the Griffon on Fri. June 1 at 6 p.m. and Moe’s Downtown Tavern on Tues. June 5 at 6 p.m.
Polish up the bier steins and pint glasses — popular Avondale tavern Gene’s Hafbrau (817 Savannah Hwy.) plans to host another big, sudsy beer bash. They do this kind of thing every fall with their annual Oktoberfest events. This one must be their Bavarian-styled "Märzen" festival.
Sponsored by Georgia-brewed SweetWater 420 (an assertively hopped pale ale), Gene’s "Outdoor Beerfest" will feature a variety of ales and lagers, seafood and barbecue, and live acoustic Americana music by local singer-songwriter Lindsay Holler (with guests) and cool bluegrass and folk music by Blue Plantation.
Say “prosit” on Sun. April 19 when the bash kicks off at noon. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit Pet Helpers. Visit www.geneshaufbrau.com and for more.
Back in town after a enjoyable, week-long visit with my younger brother Stewart and his family in the French-speaking Vaud region of Switzerland. It was great to get away from Charleston for just a little while — and just as cool to return to swing of things. I snapped some extra photos in the Swiss town of Nyon, at Le César bar near home base (their careful and deliberate service of Belgian beers — each in its own elegant glass vessel — was excellent and well worth the high-franc price), on a slow boat ride across Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), in the French town of Yvoir, and in the big, hilly city of Lausanne (30 minutes north of Nyon). Stewart and his wife have an adorable, sharp witted two-year-old. They’re quite a trio.
3. Synthesizer techno dance music seems most popular with those who blast it from expensive motorcycles.
5. Butter and salty cold cuts on chewy wheat bread for breakfast ain’t bad.
6. Never make a tipsy Moroccan lady angry in a Swiss bar.
7. While cultural mix in Swiss cities seems pretty international (with a healthy dose of Latin, Slavic, Germanic languages bandied about), most Swiss tend to be ultra-traditional and isolationist in nature.
8. Most of Switzerland is actually rolling fields and farmland (and mountains).
9. In Swiss thrift stores, framed art is way overpriced, but the old VHS tapes are a bargain.
10. Fried Perch fillets goes great with a lemon-dijon butter sauce.
Au revoir. Les acclamations et remercie!