In a perfect world, there would be only one form of currency, and that currency would be beer. Imagine, if you will, getting paid in kegs, bottles, and cans. Oh, how glorious that would be. As for paying your bills, you wouldn’t be parting with your hard-earned money, you’d be sharing a beer with a bud. And at tax time, well, we’d all pour one out for the IRS and sing “Danny Boy.” But alas, that’s not the world we live in today, and because of that, we have beer. And in honor of this magic elixir, we here at the City Paper have put together our annual beer issue. Enjoy.
You know what's jet-lag tired? The idea of chick beer. You know the ones: your Mich Ultras, Bud Light Lime, and Miller 64s. Beers that market to a vapid fantasy woman who only wears crop tops and jorts with taglines like "Lose the calories. — Kinsey Gidick
Long before the leaves change and the fair rolls into town, orange six-packs plastered with festive gourds and "Oktoberfest" labels arrive on store shelves, reminding you that it's time to drink the new batch of fall beers. — Sam Spence
Some things are inevitable. Time passes. Seasons change. Plants grow. More breweries pop up in the Lowcountry. — Timmons Pettigrew
After a legislative battle involving our state's breweries, various lawmakers, some fringe voices, and the sacrosanct promise of jobs echoing all over the joint, the Statehouse turned the Stone Bill into the Stone Law this summer. — Timmons Pettigrew
Everyone talks about the sleepless nights and countless diapers they have to change after having their first baby. The well-wishers ask about how the newborn is eating, and parents and parents-to-be discuss the pros and cons of newly fascinating topics like co-sleeping and baby wearing. — Courtney Davis O'Leary
Daily tours and tastings. Sample flights and half and full pints. Get growlers filled and find brewery merchandise. Limit 48 ounces per person max. Live music Fridays and food trucks all weekend. Dog friendly for friendly dogs.Holy City Brewing
Stop by for tastings and the occasional food truck.Frothy Beard Brewing
Sample up to eight different craft-brewed beers.Total Wine & More
Try three of the all-organic brews for $5. During the tasting hours, you can also fill growlers and grab some bottles to go. Food trucks will be on-site.Freehouse Brewery
Pay $4 for four samples. Four sample limit. Cash only.COAST Brewing Company
Each week a different brewery will takeover the six growler taps at Bottles' tasting bar. Try a new beer and fill up your growler to-go.Bottles
Sample four 4-oz. pours from a selected brewery that have been paired with four food items.Craftsmen Kitchen and Tap House
Learn about local beer and local history as you cruise the streets of downtown Charleston on the Brew Bus during a pub tour.Original Pub Tour
The local microbrewery offers an array of standard and seasonal ales in the tasting room. $4 for four 4-ounce samples. Served with samples of the Great Harvest/Westbrook IPA Beer Bread. There is a four-sample limit. Cash only.Westbrook Brewing Co.
Holy City Brewing presents Pint of Hope, a benefit for Lowcountry AIDS Services. $1 of each pint of Washout Wheat sold will go towards Lowcountry AIDS Services.Holy City Brewing