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Saluda Shoals Jazz Series

Fridays: April 6, 13 & 20
rappSaluda Shoals Park and Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission invite you to join them for some Friday evening Jazz outdoors on the deck! Dance lessons will be offered by Patricia Hill from 7–7:30pm followed by live music from 7:30–9:30pm. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Performers include Reggie Sullivan Band, Tony Lee Group and the Mark Rapp Group. More here.

Groove ‘N Brewfest | Newberry

Saturday, April 7

Groove N’ Brewfest is a fundraising street festival featuring an outdoor stage with two local bands playing 70s/80s music, many craft beer selections, food trucks, and vintage cars and memorabilia! Headliners Heart Breaker and Rumours ATL: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute will play inside the Ritz Theatre. Additional ticket required for these shows. Festival-goers are encouraged to dress in 70s/80s costumes. Costume contests and Karaoke contests will be held on an outside stage where participants can win prizes. More here.

Krafty Draft Brew Fest 2018

Saturday, April 14
Krafty Draft’s 3rd Annual Brew Fest will take place from noon until 4pm and will feature craft breweries from around the country! Tickets include tasting glass, and unlimited samples (within reason). Get your tickets here.

Artista Vista ART(uncorked) w/ That Godzilla Guy!

Thursday, April 19

ART(uncorked) is a monthly celebration of Columbia’s local art scene paired with a FREE premium wine tasting at SakiTumi Grill & Sushi Bar in the Vista! At each opening, there are 4-5 premium wines featured for the tasting and light hors d’oeuvres from 6–8pm! Featured Artist for April is favorite local artist, Sean McGuinness (That Godzilla Guy)Drop in for what’s always a great night of art, food and wine! More here.

Pack the Porch Spring 2018 | Enoree River Winery

Sundays, April 29 – June 3

Taste local wine! Every Sunday, April 29th until June 3rd, enjoy local wine, live music & a relaxing afternoon at the winery, located in Newberry, just 30 minutes northwest of Columbia. More here.

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Cheers! I’ll Drink to That!

Love is in the Air!

By Andrew Johnson, Co-Founder of Craft And Draft and ColumbiaFoodieNews.com contributor

Couple drinking beer.jpegI’m usually not a romantic person – ask my wife – but since I do enjoy a quality date night with her whenever possible, I view Valentine’s Day as a great excuse for us to enjoy some fine dining in our city. There is certainly no shortage of top-notch restaurants in Columbia, and there are several quality styles and options, which naturally brings me to make this about beer. There is some great beer being produced in this town at some fine establishments which are more than deserving of a V-Day visit. Here are some beer related dates that you and your Valentine are sure to enjoy.

“Valentine at the Brewery” at Swamp Cabbage, Wednesday, February 14th: Join Yvette and Jean-Louis, the fine folks behind the Belgian Waffle Truck, at Swamp Cabbage as they offer a four-course meal paired with beer for only $30 (beers extra). There are seatings at 5:30 and 8, so grab your tickets before they sell out!

“Romancing the Stone” at The Whig, Wednesday, February 14th all night: Low-lit? Check. Small and comfortable? Check. Great beer? Triple check. Not many folks do tap takeovers better than The Whig, especially when it comes to beers made by Stone. If you’re hitting Main Street or The Vista for dinner, do yourself a favor and stop by before or after (or both) and treat yourself!

“Pick a brewery, pick a flight,” any brewery in town: Have your date pick the brewery to visit, and once your there YOU pick the flight! Enjoy beers from Columbia Craft, Conquest, Hunter-Gatherer, Old Mill Brewpub, River Rat, Swamp Cabbage, or Twisted Spur! Most breweries allow at least four samples, which leaves the two of you plenty of room to try something new and exciting! Remember, flights are only four to five ounce samples, so don’t be scared to venture out of your normal flavor boundaries! You and your date will certainly appreciate it!

These are just a few suggestions I have to satisfy both you and your V-Day companion. If you’ve already made dinner plans, I suggest stopping by your local craft beer bar (I know a pretty damn good one on Devine Street) and enjoy a pint or two of your favorite before or after the big night and raise a toast to you and your Valentine! Cheers, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company | Pups and Pints

Sunday, February 4 | 921 Brookwood Dr | (803) 939-2589

scbppJoin Swamp Cabbage for a great time! Every first Sunday of the month, bring your furry dog family member(s) and have a pint or two! If you bring an item from the Humane Society’s wish list you will get a $1 off your pints! See Wish List and more here.

Yoga & Beer at Conquest Brewery

Sundays through June 3, 2018 | 947 S Stadium Rd.

Enjoy one hour of yoga at Conquest Brewery, with a pint to enjoy after, for just $10! Let yoga instructor Jean Boiteau help you relax and get your groove back. Extra yoga mats are available. Get tickets here.

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

Friday, February 16 | Liberty Tap Room Vista, 828 Gervais St.

Sponsored by Michelob Ultra and Bud Light, this First Annual Mardi Gras Bar Crawl will begin at Liberty Tap Room, then head to Moriartys Irish Pub, World of Beer and Tin Roof. Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit, get your Mardi Gras beads and masks at check-in, and enjoy drink specials throughout the night! Raffles will take place throughout the event, with prizes going to the winners. More here.

Craft And Draft: Bold Rock Cider & Chocolate Pairing

Thursday, February 22 | 2706 Devine St.

bcHosted by Craft And Draft and Evolution through Chocolate, this Cider and Chocolate Pairing will feature decadent, handmade artisan chocolates paired with Bold Rock’s great craft hard ciders for a totally unique tasting experience! At Craft And Draft, Columbia’s premier craft beer store and growler shop. More here.

Onesie Bar Crawl

Saturday, February 24 | 2 – 10PM

toa-heftiba-176152Join hundreds of bar crawlers dressed up in their best Onesies, PJ’s, Sweatpants, or Snuggies! Your ticket to the event includes a Onesie Bar Crawl T-Shirt, Koozie & Map, and you’ll enjoy great drink specials during the crawl, along with DJ’s spinning tunes, a professional photographer on hand, Snapchat filters at every bar to help capture the moment, and an end-of-the-line epic onesie after party! Bars include Carolina Ale House – Vista, Vista Union, Flying Saucer Columbia and Liberty Tap Room in the Vista, with more to come! More here.

 

Beer Pairing Tips

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Pair the finest quality blends of barley, yeast, hops and water with the foods you serve! Make it fun and host your own Beer Pairing Party.  Here are some ideas on what goes with what…AdobeStock_159752333.jpeg

Steak, hamburgers, roast beef and turkey: Pale Lager. A pale lager is a very pale or golden colored lager beer. Flavors are subtle, with no one traditional beer ingredient dominating the others. Lightness of body is essential. This makes the beer work well with foods that are more subtle in flavor as well. Favorites: Mecklenburger (available on tap right now at The Casual Pint), Pilsner Urquell, Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest (currently found on tap at Craft and Draft – get a growler-fill)

Fish, chicken and cheeses: Light Beer. Today’s light beers are no where nearly as flavorless or watered down as light beers of the past. People who are watching their calorie intake or alcohol consumption prefer to drink light beer and will appreciate a host offering good light beer. Favorites: Corona Light, Michelob Ultra Amber, Heineken Light

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BBQ, blackened chicken, Mexican foods: Ale. Ales are sweet, full-bodied and fruity in taste. When pairing with food, think about tastes that complement each other. Sweet and savory, salty and sweet, sweet and spicy… ales work well with strong tasting foods. Favorites: Chocolate Brown (brewed locally at Swamp Cabbage Brewing and available on tap at the brewery), Coast Brewing Kolsch (available at Craft and Draft), Oberon Ale (on tap now by the growler at The Casual Pint)

Desserts: Since desserts can vary wildly in character and level of sweetness, no one beer style works with every dessert. Pair these common desserts with these beers – Carrot cake, caramel cheesecake or crème brulée: Double/Imperial IPA like Stone Ruination Double IPA | Caramel apple tart, ginger spice cake, rice pudding: India Pale Ale… our favorite is Rubrum Red IPA from Swamp Cabbage Brewing, available on tap at the brewery here in Columbia or sold in stores | Dark chocolate desserts like truffles or chocolate raspberry mousse cake: Stout, like Founders Brewing’s Breakfast Stout found at Craft and Draft

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Battle of the Breweries: Fall Kickoff @ Craft and Draft

Wednesday, September 13 | 2706 Devine St.
battlJoin Craft and Draft for the Fall Kickoff edition of the Battle of the Breweries! This one will feature six beers from Ballast Point Brewing Company versus six from Founders Brewing Co. Tap and KC Hotdog Food Truck! Begins at 4pm. More here.

 

From the Vine: Tastings and Wine Specials

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Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting

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Cellar on Greene hosts a GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING every other Saturday! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 30 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail prices, and stock up your home cellar! Cost is $8 per person, waived with 2 bottle purchase. Enjoy!

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Wednesdays | at Liberty Taproom (828 Gervais Street)

Half priced wine by the bottle or glass every Wednesday at Liberty Taproom in the Vista.  And

Gervais & Vine: Wednesday Wine Tastings

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620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463

Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wines and a small plate for just $10. Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music at 6:30pm. Deals on bottles and $6 glasses too!

 

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Craft and Draft: Wine Wednesdays and Food Trucks

2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575

Join Craft and Draft for Wine Wednesdays, featuring $5 off select wines by the glass. Craft and Draft also offers $1 off pints to ALL military and first response personnel! Check Facebook to see which food trucks will be set up at C&D every night from Thursday through Sunday, through the end of September. Trucks will vary each night, and will operate from around 5pm to close!

Swamp Cabbage Brewing: Three Year Anniversarybeer

Sunday, August 20th | 1pm – 6pm | at Swamp Cabbage (921 Brookwood Drive) | Free admission and kid friendly

Join Swamp Cabbage in celebrating THREE years!! There will be live music, food trucks, misters to keep you cool, plus enjoy special release beers all day! The live music will be featuring Whiskey Bears and The Black Bottom Biscuits. Random Taste and Ludicrous Foods will be there serving up some great food too, plus Swamp Cabbage will have a commemorative glass for sale celebrating their 3 year anniversary and commemorating the solar eclipse! Visit event FB page here!

The Casual Pint: Solar Eclipse PartySolar Eclipse Party

Monday, August 21st | 1pm – 10pm | at the Casual Pint Vista (807 Gervais St.)  or Lexington (217 Saluda Springs Rd. Suite A, Lexington) | $75 per person

Where are you going to watch the eclipse? Does it offer all of the beer that you can drink? Casual Pint in the Vista and their second location in Lexington do! Enjoy half off food specials, all you can drink beer and receive a free viewing glass too! Get your ticket(s) here for Vista locationGet your ticket(s) here for Lexington location.

 

Under the Foam: Columbia Brew Bus

SUNDAY FUNDAY on the Columbia Brew Bus

757-871-8150 | columbiabrewbus.com

Trivia BattleBeat the summer heat on the Columbia Brew Bus as you compete for trivia supremacy!

You and your friends will be pitted against other teams in a traveling trivia battle through Columbia’s craft beer scene as you test your knowledge to win great prizes from local breweries, bars and restaurants.

Guests can compete in teams of four or less in Columbia Brew Bus’s six-round summer-themed trivia clash while tasting beer & exploring three different local breweries/bottle shops. The three top teams will win great prizes from some of the best breweries, bars and restaurants in Cola!

Sign up for the July 30 installment of the series here!

From the Vine: July 2017

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Four Wines & Cheese Plate $10

Gervais & Vine

620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463

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Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wine and cheese varieties for only $10! Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music at 6:30pm.  Deals on bottles and $6 glasses too!

Gervais & Vine also has a special white wine you’ve got to try, perfect for the summer, called Telmo Rodriguez Basa Verdejo, from Rueda, Spain. This medium bodied 100% Verdejo blend has a clean, refreshing taste you’ll enjoy on hot Columbia nights.

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Under the Foam: June 2017

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Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

921 Brookwood Drive | 803.939.2589Rubrum IPA crop

Swamp Cabbage had a new Rubrum Red IPA Bottle Release in March. This fabulous IPA has a blend of Centennial and Chinook hops to provide bitterness, and a heavy dose of Cascade to lend a floral aroma. If you’re an IPA fan, you’ll really enjoy this one! More here.

Twisted Spur Brewing

70TS brew5 Gervais St | 803.764.0203

Start your weekend off right! Twisted Spur’s newest brew is “Red Menace IRL” – an India Red Lager, conditioned for two months to ensure a crisp finish. Balanced with a touch more malt than a traditional IPA, at 5.5% ABV and 48 IBU, this IRL is a refreshing addition to any meal! Stop in tonight and try it!

Under the Foam: May 2017

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Craft and Draft

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Saturday, May 20th: Join Craft and Draft for the release of New Holland Brewing’s Hoptronix IPA! This innovative Double IPA features “eye-popping bitterness”, yet finishes smooth and crisp.

Thursday, May 25th: Pups and Pints Night! 4pm – 8pm. Grab your pups and friends and join Craft and Draft for a fun “Pups & Pints Night!” Featuring Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, and hosted by Craft and Draft and Pawmetto Lifeline.

Moriarty’s Irish Pub: What’s New on Tap & Winner of March Madness Beer Bracket

902 Gervais Street | 803.888.6462

Excited to try three new beers that are now on tap at Moriarty’s. Who’s with me? Let’s drink em while they last.

-Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time
-Southern Tier Cherry imperial Gose
-Southern Tier Lemon Drop Sun

New on Tap May 2017

DRUM ROLL PLEASE. Catawba White Zombie WON Moriarty’s March Madness beer bracket! Do you know what this means? This delicious beer is now on permanent happy hour everyday open – close until next season. YES!! Get a pint for just $5.00 now.

The Casual Pint

807 Gervais Street #100 | 803.832.7468

Thursday, May 11th: River Rat Takeover. 7pm – 10pm. River Rat Brewery is taking overIMG_8138 (1)
The Casual Pints’ taps! Someone call the brew patrol and help us drink all this great beer.

From the Vine: May 2017

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Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting

2001 Greene St. | 803.343.3303 Dull wine bottles.jpg

Mark your calendars…Cellar on Greene’s next GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING is Saturday, May 20th! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 25 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail prices, and stock up your home cellar! Cost is $5 per person, waived with 2 bottle purchase. Enjoy!

The Casual Pint: Wine Flight Nighthenry-fournier-68573

807 Gervais St. | 803.832.7468

Thursday, May 18th from 7-10pm. Enjoy a great selection of wines during Casual Pint’s Wine Flight Night! More details coming soon!

Crouch Distilling: Rum Release

Greetings Spirits Fans!

In early April, Columbia’s own Crouch Distilling released their Cane Juice and Cane Syrup Rums.  Both are distilled from sugar cane grown on the Bair family farm in St. George, Crouch DistillingSouth Carolina. Their Cane Juice Rum is distilled from fresh pressed sugar cane juice, in the French Caribbean style, while their Cane Syrup Rum is distilled from sweet sugar cane syrup after the cane juice has been reduced.  Both Rums are unaged and distinct.

The interesting thing is that nothing in this rum is from outside the Palmetto State. Their Cane Juice Rum is fresh and complex with a sweet and grassy flavor.  SC greatness in a glass, this spirit is the purest expression of this locally grown sugar cane.  Their Cane Syrup Rum has a silky mouth feel and smells and tastes like earth and molasses.

The prices for these new products are as follows:

Cane Syrup Rum: $45.00
Cane Juice Rum: $45.00

Crouch Distilling: 947 S Stadium Rd, Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 764-6839

Tasting Room & Retail Hours:
Thursday and Friday 4:30pm-7pm
Saturday 1pm-7pm