Brewvival pitches a tent for beer lovers 

Charleston Beer Exchange and COAST team up for a big event

Now this is a revival we can appreciate.

Charleston Beer Exchange and COAST are mounting a Brewvival, an event for serious beer lovers.

Scott Shor and Rich Carley of CBX and David Merritt and Jaime Tenney of COAST are organizing the afternoon gathering at 1250 Second St. N. (in the Noisette neighborhood in North Charleston). Scheduled for on Sat. Feb. 27 from noon-6 p.m., the Brewvival will feature over 30 microbreweries from around the country.

"It'll be a big, outdoor event, right across the street from COAST in North Charleston," says Carley. "This is for beer people; this isn't for Joe Six Pack. We are expecting close to 2,000 people to be there. We're sort of scrambling here to confirm that final breweries and guest speakers who will be attending."

Greg Koch, CEO and co-founder of Stone Brewing Co., will be one of several brewmasters from the craft brewing industry scheduled to make presentations.

The organizers will post an updated list of participating breweries and special guests later this month. "We're actually buying the beer for the festival directly from the breweries," he says. "Normally at these things, the festival asks for donated samples from the breweries, and they get the standard, usual stuff. We're trying to seek out the cream of the crop — specific specialties and rare brews that you don't usually see in the store ... one-offs, barrel-aged things, wild ales, sours ... strange stuff. It's not all going to be crazy stuff, but we're definitely going for a unique variety."

Tickets are currently available for $50 (admission is $60 at the door) online at Admission includes samples of all beer. Food vendors and live musical acts will be on hand as well.


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