Cheers! South Carolina Offers a Bounty of Beer, Wine and Spirits Festivals in 2017

By:Bob Gillespie

Date:2/6/2017

If you love craft beer, wine or craft spirits, and also enjoy celebrations of all three, South Carolina in 2017 is your kind of place. All year long, there is a wide variety of beer and wine festivals, tastings events and more in cities and towns across the state.


The size of such gatherings ranges from major beer-oriented events such as the World Beer Festival, Soda City Suds Week, Brewvival, Brewtopia and others to celebrations of both food and drink, notably Charleston’s Food + Wine Festival and Greenville’s euphoria. Almost any weekend, you can also find small, intimate get-togethers to sample the best local-produced beers, wines and spirits.


Additional dates will be added as events are scheduled. So get started with this list, drink up and enjoy. Cheers!


2017 BEER, WINE & SPIRITS FESTIVALS


Feb. 11-19

Columbia Craft Beer Week, Columbia.

Festival kicks off with events at City Roots and Tin Roof, then Nickelodeon and The British Bulldog Pub, all leading up to the World Beer Festival on Feb. 18.


Feb. 18

World Beer Festival, Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia.

Presented by All About Beer magazine, World Beer Festivals are staged across the country and considered among the year's top beer events. Samples from more than 100 breweries plus education and food available.


Feb. 25

Brewvival, 1250 Second St. North, North Charleston (across from Coast Brewing Company).

This eighth annual event will spotlight South Carolina’s growing craft beer industry, with one-offs and rare beers, as well as offering beers from across the country.


Feb. 26

Friends of Caroline Hospice Bands, Brews, 809 Paris Ave., Port Royal.

This 6-9 p.m. event, featuring barbecue, craft beer and music, helps raise funds for this Beaufort County facility.


March-November, weekly

Sippin’ Saturdays at Deep Water Vineyards (formerly Irvin-House Vineyards), 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island.

Weekly event is noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, with wine and food available, as well as Firefly Vodkas and Sea Island Rums. Shop open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.


March 1-5

Charleston Wine + Food Festival, 329 Meeting St., Charleston.

Besides a biergarten (beer garden), the festival will feature food, music, and arts and crafts in its annual celebration of Southern culture and cuisine.


March 11

St. Paddy’s Pawlooza, Wannamaker Country Park, North Charleston.

Live music, craft beer and food trucks, noon-4 p.m., all dogs welcome, with proceeds benefiting the Charleston Animal Society.


March 11

Low Country Craft Beer Jamboree, City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia.

Sponsored by Greater Rosewood Merchants Association, the event will offer more than 20 craft beers, plus Lowcountry Boil by Charleston’s Jack the Caterer, and live music on two stages, entertainment for kids. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


March 12

Beertopia, Baxter Village, 1012 Market St., Fort Mill.

This festival, in its ninth year and a sellout the past seven years, offers more than 150 beers from 50-plus breweries, as well as wine. General admission tickets are $45-55.



March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Beer Run 5K, Heritage Park Amphitheatre, 861 SE Main St., Simpsonville.

Drink beer at four stops while running a 5K race, 5-8 p.m.; under-21 racers drink milk. Irish band following race, benefits Simpsonville Rotary Club.


March 18-26

Soda City Suds Week, Columbia.

The capital city’s 10-day celebration of craft beer was founded by the nonprofit Midlands Craft Beer Supporters and will have activities at the Midlands’ craft breweries (Conquest, River Rat, Swamp Cabbage and Bierkeller) as well as local craft beer bars and restaurants.


March 25

Nuit Beige Charleston, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

The one-day festival spotlights Belgian and Belgian-inspired beers, paired with small plates, oysters, cheeses and chocolates from the city’s best restaurants and chefs. Tickets are $99-$149.


March 25

Cream of the Crop Beer Festival, City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia.

The fourth annual festival, noon-5 p.m., features beers found only in the Carolinas, and marks the conclusion of Columbia’s Soda City Suds Week. Food is available from Bourbon Columbia, The Oak Table and The Wurst Wagon.


March

Bierkeller’s Lenten beer release and beer garden, Columbia.

Bierkeller concentrates on brewing German beers in a variety of styles. Details to come.


April 24

Greenville Craft Beer Week, 1320 Hampton Ave., Greenville.

Greenville’s fourth annual celebration of the city’s craft beer scene is staged at the Birds Fly South Ale Project; hours 6-11 p.m.


April 28

Colonial Life Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, 7 p.m.

Sample a variety of domestic and imported wines, along with “light bites” from local restaurants. A selection of microbrew beers is available, plus live music.


April 29

Community Tap Beer Fest, 217 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville.

More than 50 breweries will offer beers from around the US, focusing on small-batch beers. Live music and food are also available.


April

Central Carolina Food and Wine Festival, 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia.

This Midlands event has a selection of domestic and international wines, craft beers and dishes from local restaurants, live music and featured wines at discount prices. Proceeds support the Central Carolina Community Foundation.


April

Myrtle Beach Beer Fest, 1251 21st Ave. North, Myrtle Beach.

Festival Promotions, billed as Myrtle Beach’s largest event company, also stages annual the annual Wine Fest in October.


May

Arts Council of York County Prohibition Party, Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

Gathering celebrates the end of the 1920-1933 Prohibition Act. Sample a variety of bourbons, whiskeys, wines and moonshine.


May

Bierkeller Spring Bockbier Release, Columbia.

Bierkeller concentrates on brewing German beers in a variety of styles.


May 14

Florence Beer Fest, 2295 Hoffmeyer Road, Florence.

The eighth annual festival is hosted by Mickey Finn’s beer and liquors.


Aug. 21

Solar Eclipse Fest, Chattooga Belle Farms, 454 Damascus Church Road, Long Creek.

Festivities start about 2:30 p.m. and feature food trucks, distillery tastings, music, games and more.

Email: info@chattoogabellefarm.com


Aug. 4

Brew at the Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia.

Samples are available of more than 100 varieties of imported, domestic and microbrew beers, plus live entertainment and one-of-a-kind “animal encounters and presentations.”


Aug. 28

SC Reggae and Wine Festival, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston

The event offers wine samples from a variety of vineyards, plus complimentary jerk samples by a chef from Caribbean Rootz and live reggae music.


September

Drink the District: Rock the Core Cider Fest, Charleston.

More than 30 ciders and 20 beers will be available, plus food trucks, live DJ and games.


September

Carolina Brew HaHa, 590 Woodcrest Drive, Anderson.

Anderson’s original beer festival has dozens of local, regional and national breweries represented, plus local food and live music.


September

Bierkeller Oktoberfest, Cayce/Guinyard Brick Works, Cayce.

Bierkeller concentrates on brewing German beers in a variety of styles. Details TBA.


September 21-24

Euphoria, various downtown locations, Greenville.

An annual highlight of the Upstate calendar since 2006, this four-day festival includes tasting events, music, food trucks, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, plus multicourse dinners and live music concerts. Domestic and international wines are featured. Proceeds fund charity Local Boys Do Good.


Sept. 30

Aiken Oktoberfest, Hayve Avenue and Pendleton Street, Aiken.

Aiken plays host to its seasonal beer festival, celebrating German beer, food and music with an authentic Oompah Band performing onstage.


Sept. 30

Myrtle Beach Wine Festival at The Market Common, Myrtle Beach.


September-October

Oktoberfest at NOMA Square (North Main), Greenville

This four-day event in the heart of Greenville’s Main Street corridor offers German beer, music, entertainment and more.


October

Hub City Brewfest, downtown Spartanburg.

Beers from the Carolinas are featured in this annual celebration of craft beers.


November

Cayce City Fest and Beer Garden, Cayce Speedway, Cayce.

Bierkeller concentrates on brewing German beers in a variety of styles.


November

Greenville Craft Beer Festival at Fluor Field

Fifth year of this event, with more than 35 local, regional and national breweries represented.


November

Bluffton International Craft Beer Festival, Calhoun Street Promenade, Bluffton.

Now in its seventh year, the “Best Little Beer Festival in the USA” features a large variety of local, regional and international beers, including a selection of specialty brews, as well as a food court and live music.


December

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

This gathering provides steamed oysters (caught locally), craft beer from local breweries and live outdoor music.


December

Bierkeller Weihnachtfest and Open House, Columbia.

Bierkeller concentrates on brewing German beers in a variety of styles.

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