Dark liquor and strong beer at the Brick House ABC Fest 

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Early in their show at Brick House Kitchen on Sunday, someone passed a bottle of Virgil Kaine ginger bourbon to the Royal Tinfoil on stage. Unsure of the concoction at first ("I think it has ginger already in it?" frontwoman Lily Slay pondered from stage), the band soon embraced the whiskey ambrosia, even claiming to have written a song on the spot for the Kaine halfway through. By the end of their set, the bottle was half empty (or half full?), and the band had proclaimed themselves as "our local source for drunken gypsy sex."

Holy City Brewery comprised the 'B' in Arts, Brew, Community, and at least four varieties were on tap, including the high octane New Year's Resolution Dopplebock (10%) and Collision Stout.

In an unfinished building behind the main Brick House, about a dozen local artists, mostly with graffiti and tattoo backgrounds, transformed the bare wooden walls into a panorama of color. With Eye Level Art boarded up, the ample-sized impromptu gallery space suggested itself as a contending successor, albeit on James Island.

As the night progressed, Skye Paige brought out burlesque dancer Honey Duvet, commanding everyone’s attention when she stripped down to her next-to-nothings in the chilly evening air. Gradual Lean closed out the night’s music, with a handful of folks sticking around to shut down the bar. We left late, after pulling the final swig from Lily Slay’s Virgil Kaine bottle on her way out the door.


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