Cheers!

Thanksgiving Mule at Twisted Spur Brewing!

Open Thanksgiving Day from 6 – 11pm with a limited menu! | 705 Gervais Street

milkovi-352499Twisted Spur is running different cocktail specials every week, and in honor of the holiday, this week they’ve created a Thanksgiving Mule! It is made with gin, house made cranberry simple syrup, a splash of lime juice, ginger beer and garnished with fresh rosemary and dried cranberries – yum, so festive! Read more about Twisted’s daily specials here, and see what’s currently on tap here.

Champagne Tuesdays | Cellar On Greene

2001-D Greene Street | 803.343.3303

two glasses of champagne ready for christmas celebrationChampagne Tuesdays is one of Cellar’s favorite traditions! Every single Tuesday, all night long, all of the bubbles on their by-the-glass list (ranging from Cava to Prosecco to Brut and everything in between!) are HALF PRICE. In addition to those on the list, they always feature an Extra Special that is also half priced, and is usually a special Champagne that is either from a smaller producer, or is unique/hard-to-find. The Extra Special gives you the chance to taste some of the best Champagne in the world, at an affordable glass price! Experience this awesome deal for yourself and head over to Cellar on Tuesdays! More here.

 

 

 

 

Cheers: Holiday Beers

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Holiday Beers

By Andrew Johnson, ColumbiaFoodieNews.com contributor

Let’s be honest. It’s never a BAD time to have a beer, but one of my favorite times of year to enjoy a few is when the leaves start to fall and the nights become much cooler. My beer taste buds seem to evolve in those autumn months from a desire to drink hop-forward beers and wheat beers to craving more malty and darker beers. It all begins in the middle weeks of September with the emergence of Oktoberfests and Marzens and continues through the Holidays with Stouts and Porters. If you’re out and about, be sure to try some darker offerings from some of our local bars and restaurants. Below are few of my favorites for some smooth cool-weather sipping.

Highland ClawhammerHighland Clawhammer Oktoberfest, 5% – Asheville: This is one of my favorite Oktoberfest styles because of its drinkability. Even if Oktoberfest is officially done, this beer can hold its own in the cooler months thanks to a malty backbone packed with a rich caramel flavor and a smooth, biscuit-like finish. Enjoy this beer as it was meant to be: in sessionable quantities. Thanks to the low ABV, it’s easy to down a few and not be over-served.

Swamp Cabbage Dunkelweizen, 4.8% – Columbia: Swamp Cabbage LogoNot many breweries brew a dark wheat beer that’s as good as this one. This beer has the banana and clove profiles of a traditional German-style hefeweizen, but there’s a significant boost in the malt character with the addition of caramel malts. It almost tastes like semi-sweet banana bread. Enjoy by itself or with roast chicken or pork.

Westbrook Dark Helmet Schwarzbier, 5.5% – Mt. Pleasant: Schwarzbiers are dark lagers Westbrook Dark Helmet logo(schwarz is German for “black”) that drink dark due to the specific malts used in the brewing process but also finish light because they’re lagers – this simply means they’ve fermented at lower temperatures. Westbrook does a fantastic job of striking this balance with some coffee and dark chocolate notes that finish crisp and clean with flavors that don’t linger. This one pairs well with hearty red meats fresh off the grill.

Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard Barrel-aged Scotch Ale, 11.2% – Grand Rapids, MI: Founders puts their “Dirty Bastard” scotch ale in bourbon barrels to obtain the complex and non-traditional flavor profiles, but to also add a subtle hint of bourbon found in the finish. Notes of sweet caramel and roasted malts come through from the scotch ale and blend with the sharpness of oak barrel bourbon, and at 11.2% ABV, it is certainly a sipper.

Stone Xocoveza Stout, ;8.1% – Richmond, VA: This is the heaviest beer on this list, but alsoStone Brewing the most flavorful. Inspired by Mexican chocolate, which is created with a spice addition (usually a smoked pepper), Xocoveza boasts a complex flavor profile full of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and spicy pepper. This is the perfect post-dinner dessert beer, but it also makes a sitting by a campfire even more enjoyable.

You can find most of these beers throughout the season in a variety of establishments, but you’re more than welcome to stop by Craft And Draft to enjoy even more varieties of seasonal offerings! (Shameless plug, we know). We hope you enjoy the Holidays better with BEER!

Andrew Johnson is co-owner of Craft And Draft craft beer store and growler shop here in Columbia.

Beer Pairing Tips

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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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Cheers!

Craft and Draft Pint Night Benefitting Jam Room Music Festival

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 4 – 8pm | 2706 Devine St.

craftCraft And Draft Pint Night will feature an Oktoberfest celebration by Sierra Nevada, with a portion of every pint sale going to benefit the sixth annual Jam Room Music Festival, which will take place Saturday, October 14. Tap list and food trucks TBA. More here.

Great American Whiskey Fair

Thursday, September 28 | 5:30 – 9pm | 701 Whaley Street

The Great American Whiskey Fair is the largest celebration of American whiskey in the Southeast, with over 100 different distilleries and bottlers presenting over 500 whiskeys, bourbons and ryes! Taste from a variety of whiskeys, chat with distillery owners, master distillers, blending masters and brand ambassadors, and enjoy delicious eats from Bourbon and LowCo BBQ. More here.

Swamp Cabbage Beer & Chocolate Pairing

Assorted Chocolate pralines on brown backgroundFriday, September 29 | 6 – 8pm | 921 Brookwood Drive
Evolution through Chocolate will again host this pairing at Swamp Cabbage Brewery, where unique, delicious chocolates are complimented by Swamp Cabbage’s original brews. Check Facebook for upcoming chocolate pairing menu. Tickets are only $16, and seating is limited, so RSVP to 803.939.2589, or go here.

Sumter Oktoberfest on Main

Saturday, September 30 | 5pm | Downtown Sumter

For the eighth year in a row, Downtown Sumter will transform into the feel of an old German town! Featuring delicious German fare, drinks and live entertainment. More information here.

Soda City OktoberFest

Saturday, September 30 | 9am – 3pm | Main and Hampton / Main and Washington 

Enjoy two biergartens, German baked goods, face painting by Emerald’s Artistry, live music and much more at Columbia’s downtown street market! More here.

Aiken Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 30 | 6 – 10:30pm | Hayne & Pendleton St., Aiken

Man in traditional bavarian clothes with beer and pretzelsThis year’s event will feature craft and German beer, college football on the big screen, live music from the The Foothills Oompah Band, and German food, like amazing pretzels from The Brezelmann – Bavarian Pretzel Shop in Aiken! Don’t miss the Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition going on all day as well! More here.

Pups & Pints | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Sunday, October 1 | 2 – 5pm | 921 Brookwood Drive

swamp pupJoin Swamp Cabbage for a great cause! Every first Sunday of the month, bring your cute canine family member(s) to the brewery for a pint, or three! Donate an item or two on the Humane Society’s Wish List and get $1 off your pints. More info and Wish List here.

 

Bold Rock Cider & Chocolate Pairing | Craft And Draft

October 5 | 2706 Devine St

Hosted by Craft And Draft and Evolution through Chocolate, this event will feature the following delicious pairings:

Premium Dry Apple Cider with a Caramel Sea Salt Truffle
Pear Cider with a Pear Truffle
Orange Cider with a Blood Orange Truffle
Peach Cider with a Mango Peach Truffle

Tickets are only $16 and are available the day of the event. Seating is limited so, please arrive early. More here.

2017 Lexington Craft BeerFest

Saturday, October 14 | 6 – 10pm | Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington

Lex Beerfest LogoSample regional craft beers and grab a bite from local restaurants at the 2017 Lexington Craft Beerfest, hosted by the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center! Featuring live music by Fantasy and food vendors Old Mill Brewpub, Tin Lizzy’s Columbia, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, The Wolf Pizza Co, and the Lexington County Blowfish providing a cook-out style menu. See the huge list of participating breweries here. All food items will be priced at 5 tickets or less. Food tickets will be available in the festival at $1 each and can be used at any of our vendors listed above.. Tickets include a commemorative glass. Tickets here.

 

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Marchesi Antinori Wine Dinner | Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Sunday, October 15 | 6:30 – 9:30pm | 924-A Senate Street 

Enjoy five perfectly paired courses during this latest in the Ruth’s TasteMaker Dinners Series! Adding Italian touches to Ruth’s traditional steak house fare, this unique dinner pairs five decadent dishes with five luxurious Tuscan wines, including the estate’s flagship wine, the Guado al Tasso. See the mouthwatering menu of courses and pairings, and RSVP here.

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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!

 

Under The Foam: Craft and Draft

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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

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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!

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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