I know that several CBC readers are headed to Charleston this weekend to attend Brewvival. That’s why I’m dedicating two posts on Chucktown this week. This is the first.
Never heard of Brewvival? Brewvival is simply the South East’s premier beer event. Select brewers are invited to bring their best brews to a festival style format. Yes, there is a band playing in the background you’ll soon forget. And the food is served up by some pretty good food trucks. But the star of the show is the beer selection.
Unlike most of the festivals here in North Carolina the beers at this festival are paid for, allowing brewers to bring the rarest and most experimental brews they have. You’re going to find an array of barrel aged beers, dry hopped IPAs, cask conditioned ales, Imperial this and double that. You get the idea. The selection goes beyond the typical “here’s my regular line up of beers you’ve already tried” beer festival. 17.5% abv is the cap on beer in South Carolina and you’re likely to come across a few beers that meet this limit.
A handful of North Carolina Brewers are headed to Brewvival and here is the list from the brewvival website:
Fullsteam Summer Sour Basil Saison 5.4% / Bourbon Barrel-Aged Southern Lager 5.5%
The Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery American Barleywine 11.0% / Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter 10.0% / Brown Ale 5.6% / Milk Stout 5.7%
Highland Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black Mocha Stout 5.3%, Cold Mountain Winter Ale (cask) 5.2%, Footloose Tripel 8.7%, Love Is in the Ale (cask) 8.1%
French Broad Brewing Company IPA 5.9%, Koko the Stout, Oak-Aged Wee Heavy-er (cask) 7.0%
Foothills 2010 Sexual Chocolate 9.8%, 2012 Sexual Chocolate 9.8%,
Barrel-Aged People’s Porter 7.0%, Jade IPA 6.4%
For South Carolina beers I’m looking forward to trying my first beers from Holy City Brewing, revisiting Westbrook and of course the host brewery Coast Brewing, who will be offering 7 beers.
In addition to all that, I’m looking forward to selections from Allagash Brewing Company who are bringing two “Wild Ales,” Evil Twin Brewing Company and their American stout called Cherry Pop, Saint Somewhere Brewing Company Fierté du Sud cask and Stillwater Ales Holland Oats… because it’s called Holland Oats!
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