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.