At 2 p.m. this afternoon (Sat., Oct. 9), Charleston Beer Exchange will be gravity tapping a cask of Smuttynose Big A IPA, winner of Best American Beer at the Great British Beer Festival. This special ale was dry-hopped with Simcoe, Santium, Centennial, and Cascade hops with a very nice addition of French Oak. Since this is beer in its purest form, it is extremely perishable and must be consumed the same day. The Glass Onion will be also be there with some signature GO nibbles, raffling off tickets for Tuesday night's Sustainable Seafood Dinner with local brewery COAST.
If high-quality, rare beer isn't your thing, remember oysters are in season, which means Fleet Landing's Oyster Bucket Saturdays are back. Buckets of steamed oysters for $9.95 right on Charleston Harbor? Um, yes please. And buckets of domestics and imports are $12 and $15 respectively.
Once you've spent your day filling yourself to the brim with beer and oysters, walk it off and admire Charleston's galleries, which will be opening their doors to a cool, clear October evening and showcasing the Lowcountry's artistic talents. For Taste of the Arts, the galleries will be offering nibbles and appetizers from a variety of Charleston's favorite restaurants. Tickets for that are $20.
On Sunday, the main event is the Taste of Charleston at Boone Hall Plantation. Expect traffic and big crowds for that one, as people clamor to get their hands on food from local restaurants and lay bets on the waiter wine race (white shirts beware). There will also be food and wine pairings, a selection of specialty and imported brews, live music, and a kids corner with, brace yourself kiddies, pony rides! This year Taste of Charleston is welcoming officials from the Guinness Book of World Records to watch over the on-sight construction of the world's largest sno-cone. Make it happen Taste of Construction. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate.
If your appetite for local oysters is not satiated on Saturday, you can head over to any of the Gilligan's. They've brought back their all-you-can-eat oyster clusters for $21.95 deal. (Are you craving oysters yet?)
The aforementioned Sustainable Seafood Initiative dinner with COAST Brewery takes place Tuesday night at the Glass Onion. The four-course dinner starts with a local oyster or crab salad paired with a Coast Kolsch. For the second course, fried grouper gets matched with a COAST HopART IPA. Then, enjoy a New Orleans style barbecue shrimp paired with a Coast Event Horizon. And finally, for dessert, enjoy a Wadmalaw Sweet Potato Tart paired with a COAST Brewmaster's Choice. Owners/brewers of COAST David Merritt and Jaime Tenny will be on hand to discuss their beer choices for each of the seafood courses. For additional information or to make a reservation, check out ilovetheglassonion.com or call (843)225-1717.
On Wednesday, Wingapalooza is a wing event like no other with 15 restaurants bringing their hottest and tastiest to be voted on by wing aficionados and the public to determine the best. This first-ever wing extravaganza also has live music, raffles, and a wing-eating contest. Welterweight wing-eaters need not apply. The event is being held at the Gaillard Auditorium and is hosted by the Sertoma Club of Charleston.