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.

The ladies of the Beer Social Club take drinking seriously
The ladies of the Beer Social Club take drinking seriously Girls' Pint Out

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


You'll fall for these fall beers
You'll fall for these fall beers Märzen Madness

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


Thanks to Revelry and Tradesman, the Lowcountry's brewery boom continues to, well, boom
Thanks to Revelry and Tradesman, the Lowcountry's brewery boom continues to, well, boom Eight Isn't Enough

Some things are inevitable. Time passes. Seasons change. Plants grow. More breweries pop up in the Lowcountry. — Timmons Pettigrew


Thanks to the Stone Law, Holy City Brewing now has a burrito-slinging kitchen
Thanks to the Stone Law, Holy City Brewing now has a burrito-slinging kitchen The Struggle Gladly Begins

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


How and where to imbibe with your kids in tow
How and where to imbibe with your kids in tow Baby Up to the Bar

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


Upcoming Beer Events
  • Two Blokes Tastings

    Mondays-Fridays, 4-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 12

    Come by the Two Blokes taproom which offers pours of all of current beers, from 4 oz. tasters to 16 oz. pints. You can purchase beer to go in canned Crowlers (32 oz.), or bring your own growler to be filled. Bring your own food in or come by on weekends for food trucks. Tours of the brewhouse available on request. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome in the brewery.

    Two Blokes Brewery
    547 Long Point Rd. #101
    Mt. Pleasant
  • Trivia & Venezuelan Hot Dogs

    Trivia & Venezuelan Hot Dogs

    Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m. Continues through Feb. 7

    Head to the Charles Towne fermentory every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. Avila will be slinging Venezuelan style hot dogs. Trivia starts at 8 p.m.

    Charles Towne Fermentory
    809 Savannah Hwy.
    West Ashley
  • Holiday Pub Crawl

    Holiday Pub Crawl

    Mondays-Sundays, 1-7 p.m. Continues through Jan. 7

    Bring your friends and family on a holiday adventure to celebrate local food, flavor, and fun on the 9th Annual Holiday Pub Crawl. On this tour, the group will be escorted by a local guide to several pubs and taverns, to hear the stories and legends of Charleston’s unique culture and history. Sip on your favorite beverages and enjoy complimentary appetizers and holiday treats, while taking in the backdrop of the beautifully decorated city. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit http://pubtourcharleston.com/holiday-pub-crawl/.

    Tommy Condon's Irish Pub & Seafood Restaurant
    160 Church St.
    Downtown
  • Live Music - Robbie Madison Band

    Live Music - Robbie Madison Band

    Thu., Dec. 14, 7-10 p.m.

    Singer/songwriter

    Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
    3005 W. Montague Ave.
    North Charleston
  • Toys For Tots toy drive

    Toys For Tots toy drive

    Thu., Dec. 14, 7-10 p.m.

    Donate an unwrapped toy and get a prize from Rusty Bull!

    Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
    3005 W. Montague Ave.
    North Charleston
  • Live Music - Becca Smith

    Live Music - Becca Smith

    Fri., Dec. 15, 7-10 p.m.

    Singer/songwriter

    Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
    3005 W. Montague Ave.
    North Charleston
  • Food Truck - Rolled Quesadilla

    Food Truck - Rolled Quesadilla

    Fri., Dec. 15, 5-9 p.m.

    Quesadillas and guac - need we say more?

    Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
    3005 W. Montague Ave.
    North Charleston
  • Paints & Pints

    Paints & Pints

    Sat., Dec. 16, 5-7 p.m.

    Painting and Beer! Pre-registration requested

    Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
    3005 W. Montague Ave.
    North Charleston
  • LIve Music - Fusion Jonez

    LIve Music - Fusion Jonez

    Sat., Dec. 16, 7-10 p.m.

    Jazz and funk fusion City Paper's Up-and-Coming Band of the Year

    Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
    3005 W. Montague Ave.
    North Charleston
  • Beer Tastings at Holy City Brewing

    Mondays, Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 3-8 p.m., Saturdays, 12-8 p.m. and Sundays, 12-4 p.m.

    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.

    Holy City Brewing
    4155-C Dorchester Road
    North Charleston
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