This past Saturday 150 or so of us rode from Palmetto Brewing to COAST Brewing and back with Pint Pedal Charleston to raise money for Movemeber and Testicular and Prostate cancer research. Here are some photos below the fold.
Brewvival 2013 was one to be remembered. We all knew heading into it that it was going to be raining, hard. Seriously. Warnings were broadcast via Twitter, Facebook and other avenues telling everyone that rain gear was going to be a necessity and to plan for seriously messy conditions. That was no exaggeration. There was some fear of lightning and postponement but Jared at CHSwx ensured us we should be in the clear, for lightning at least. I was shooting the festival so I arrived early to get some set up shots of the brewers and workers and check out the layout. When I sloshed up at 10:00 AM there were already 10-20 people waiting in line in a downpour, all of them excited about the day. Tents set up with people making breakfast in the parking lot, vendors still pouring in, literally, and ice being delivered to the brewer’s tents. The closer we got to the Noon starting time, the harder the rain fell. This was going to happen.
I was lucky enough to be the official photog of the 2012 edition of the South’s best beer festival, Brewvival. Here is the photo gallery. I want to thank Jaime and David from COAST Brewing and Rich and Scott from The Charleston Beer Exchange for putting on one hell of a great event. Lots of amazing “rare” beers and lots of great people. Talking to the participating breweries behind the scenes was a lot of fun. Looking forward to next year.
Highlight for me was Funky Buddha’s offerings. Everything I had from them was fantastic.
Photos below the fold.
Yesterday the good folks at Coast Brewing released their wonderful Blackbeerd Imperial Stout. In typical laid back Coast style, this wasn’t hyped up like some other Stout releases I know of… Even so, I was excited as Blackbeerd is my favorite Coast offering. I’ll review this next week when I crack one open but don’t wait for my review, go out and get some now. It’s worth it. There was already a line of people when I arrived all amped up to have a few samples and pick up growlers of Coast’s other offerings along with a few bottles of the star of the day’s show. Some of the brew is aging in bourbon barrels for a later release (I can’t wait). I saw some Buffalo Trace barrels but according to the ultra friendly co-owner and resident social media guru Jaime, they also have some Blanton’s bourbon barrels for this batch. Great choices in my not so humble opinion. Really looking forward to getting my grubby hands some of that when it’s ready. While I was there I figured I should probably sample the Blackbeerd and a smoked rye pale ale. Just for the blog’s sake of course. Both excellent as always. If you’re interested, and you should be, Coast has tastings every Thursday from 4-7 and Saturdays from 11-2 (these vary with the holidays of course)
And if you don’t know, they’re located at the old Navy base in North Charleston. Which not so un-coincidentally is also the site of the annual Charleston beer festival extravaganza, Brewvival. Which you, being the beer loving person that you are, have already purchased your tickets. Right? No? Well what the hell are you waiting for?