Love is in the Air!
By Andrew Johnson, Co-Founder of Craft And Draft and ColumbiaFoodieNews.com contributor
I’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!
Sunday, February 4 | 921 Brookwood Dr | (803) 939-2589
Join 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.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 22 | 2706 Devine St.
Hosted 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.
Saturday, February 24 | 2 – 10PM
Join 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.