The Casual Pint: Beer & Chocolate Pairing
Evolution Through Chocolate is bringing the party to the Vista for another fantastic pairing. Here’s what’s on tap:
-Doc’s Cranberry Spiced Cider with a Rosemary Sea Salt Truffle
-Wells Banana Bread with a Banana Clove Truffle
-Victory Peppermint Stout with a Peppermint Truffle
-Kona Koko Brown Ale with a Coconut Almond Truffle
LADIES…If you stick around, you can also get $1 off all draft-Call (803) 832-PINT(7468) for more information.
Wine & Spirits Tour: Every other Saturday from 2:30pm – 6pm! Current tour stops include Copper Horse Distilling, Crouch Distilling and The Vino Garage. Tour begins at Bourbon, located at 1214 Main St. You’ll get at least 3 different craft spirit samples at distilleries and a curated tasting of at least four different wine samples at Vino Garage.
Columbia Brew Tour: This ride includes a brewery led tasting session and facility tour at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. Tours begin at Liberty Taproom located at 828 Gervais St. Friday: 5:30pm – 9pm, Saturday: 3pm – 6:30pm, Sunday 2pm – 5:30pm. Enjoy at least 16 oz. of beer samples at each stop.
Saturday, February 11 | at Music Farm Columbia (1022 Senate St.) | 5:30pm – 8pm | $35 for general public
Do you love a bowl of “Famously Hot” chili? Cold beer? Great live music? Then join Historic Columbia at Music Farm Columbia for The Palladium Society’s 19th annual Chili Cookoff! One of Historic Columbia’s most popular events, the CHILI COOKOFF is hosted by The Palladium Society and features a variety of chili recipes, judging by local celebrities, cash prizes for the winners, and live music. Ticket price includes all you can eat and drink chili, wine and beer, and all proceeds from this event benefit Historic Columbia. Buy ticket(s) here!
Saturday, February 11 | 11am – 4pm | at City Roots Farm (1005 Airport Blvd.)
Kick off Craft Beer Week at City Roots farm! Enjoy small tastings by eight featured restaurants paired with craft beer from the Carolinas and Georgia (11:30-2pm). Cash bars for beer and for prepared food by Farm to Table (11:30-3:30pm). Live music by Ashes of Old Ways and Tom Hall and the Plowboys. Tickets are $15. Participating restaurants are Bourbon, The Oak Table, Ristorante Divino, Tallulah, The Kingsman, Keg Cowboy, The Whig, and Barnone. Get ticket(s) here.
Saturday, February 11 – Sunday February 19 | Throughout Columbia
Check this out – celebrations throughout town where various craft beers are the stars! You’ll get to try something new and discover a favorite – you won’t know until you try! The Casual Pint, Craft and Draft, Swamp Cabbage Brewing, Old Mill Brewpub, Nickelodeon, British Bulldog and many more local beer-sellers are participating! See the complete schedule here.
Craft and Draft: Beer and Chocolate Pairing
Monday, February 13th | at Craft and Draft (2706 Devine St.)
Foodies, enjoy this beer and chocolate pairing featuring Brewery 85 and Bruges Chocolaterie on Monday, February 13th at Craft and Draft! Tina Miles, the owner of Bruges Chocolaterie, will be there and you’re sure to be in for a treat. She takes pride in hand-painting chocolates and filling them with fresh ganache and caramels (can you say delicious?), using the freshest, locally produced quality ingredients! When she first tasted chocolate in Bruges, Belgium…she found the BEST chocolate that she has ever tasted, so hopefully you will have the same reaction after this foodie event.
- 864 Hefeweizen – Salted Caramel- It’s clean like the beer yet rich and loud like the description. Typically wheat beers carry a caramel tone and this will pair well with it.
- Yeoman’s Brown Ale – Dark Chocolate/ Coffee- This will enhance the coffee tones of your beer
- Howdy Dunkel German-style Dark Wheat Ale – Almond Amoretto. (Almonds and Bananas go great together, lovers!)
- Runner Chocolate Stout & Rum Runner (Barrel-aged in rum barrels) – White Chocolate Raspberry as suggested by you
Swamp Cabbage Brewery: Valentine at the Brewery
Tuesday, February 14 | at Swamp Cabbage Brewery (921 Brookwood Dr.) | 5:30pm – 8pm | $30 per person (drinks not included)
Brunch at the Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company is back, Foodies! Kick-off event is February 14th, featuring these five delicious courses:
First course: Smoked Gouda and Bacon Scone “in Love” with Homemade Sausage Gravy, Collard Greens and Fried Egg Julienne (Vegetarian option: Smoked Gouda Scone, White Gravy, Collard Greens and Fried Egg Julienne)
Second course: “Duo” of Quiches: Spinach and Feta Cheese Quiche AND Leek and Sundried Tomato Quiche, Petite Salad Vinaigrette
Third course: “Couple” of Cakes: Shrimp Cake and Crab Cake, Old Bay Tomato Aioli, Belgian Waffle Finger, Lemony Celeriac Garnish
Fourth course: Fresh Ground Coffee rubbed Beef Tender and MadagascarVanilla Cream Sauce “on a Date”, Sautéed Baby Carrots and Barley Pilaf (Vegetarian option: same with homemade vegetarian patty)
Dessert course: Dark Belgian Chocolate “Cupid” Pie with Strawberry Coulis
Tuesday February 14
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers lands in Columbia on February 14, and will be located at 457 Killian Road. Freddy’s is famous for its Steakburgers – premium beef patties, pressed to create deliciously crispy edges and always cooked to order! Freddy’s menu offerings also include Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers, Fried Pickles, Chili, Frozen Custard treats, Malts, Shakes and much more! Check it out here.
Thursday, Feb 16th | at SakiTumi (807 Gervais St.) | 6pm – 9pm
ART(uncorked) is a monthly celebration of Columbia’s local art scene. Every third Thursday, SakiTumi hosts a selected local artist to showcase their work for the month. At each opening, there is a wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres from 6–8pm! Drop in. Meet the artist – Aaron Shaw. Buy some art! #ARTuncorked
Saturday February 18th, 2017: These tours include a history lesson along the way… learn the fascinating history of the Vista and its refurbished buildings. It will leave you stuffed with delicious food and full of fun historical facts!
- Brunch & Munch: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM with tasting stops at Liberty Taproom, Blue Marlin, Mellow Mushroom, World of Beer & Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe
- Sites & Bites: 4:00 – 6:30 PM with tasting stops at Sure Fire Tacos, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Carolina Strip Club, SakiTumi Grill & Sushi Bar & Wired Goat
Only 16 spots available per tour, so get your tickets today!
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Prisoner Wine Dinner
Thursday, February 23 | at Ruth’s Chris (924 – A Senate St.) | 7pm | $100 per person (plus tax & gratuity)
Known for sourcing varietals from the best vineyards across Napa, Prisoner Wine Company’s winemaking team consistently produces unique wine blends that are both captivating and approachable. As part of this special evening, guests will enjoy five wines – The Prisoner, Saldo, Cuttings, Thorn and Blindfold – alongside a beautiful multi-course menu inspired by the flavors California wine country. Call 803.212.6666 to make your reservation! Enjoy these five courses, Foodies:
-Jumbo Lump Crab Salad (Champagne Vanilla Dressing, Baby Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes)
paired with Blindfold White Blend (Chardonnay, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Marsanne)
-Devils on Horseback (Dates, Dried Plum and Apricot “Bound” by Bacon, Soy Ginger Glaze) paired with Thorn Merlot (Merlot with Syrah and Malbec)
-Pistachio Crusted Pork Noisettes (Roasted Root Vegetables and Crispy Spinach with Black Cherry Demi-Glace) paired with The Prisoner Red Blend
-Petite Filet Mignon, Horseradish Crust (Gratin Potatoes Romanoff, Green Beans Almandine) paired with Cuttings (Cabernet Blend with Petite Sirah and Syrah)
-Chocolate Bouchon (Vanilla Ice Cream) paired with Saldo Zinfandel
Mr. Friendly’s: Mardi Gras
February 27th – March 2nd | at Mr. Friendly’s (2001 Greene St.)