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South Carolina Brewers Guild to Host Inaugural ‘Best of SC Craft Beer Festival’

Birds Fly South barrel
Brian Haitz

The South Carolina Brewers Guild will embark on a new tradition on October 15 in the state’s capital, Columbia, by hosting the first annual Best of South Carolina Craft Beer Festival. This marquee event will present itself as the state’s largest gathering of craft breweries on record.

Attendees will have a rare opportunity to partake in South Carolina’s “largest ever gathering of the state’s breweries that lets customers explore the state in a glass.” The festival will feature over 50 participating breweries, including Birds Fly South Ale Project, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., Revelry Brewing Co., Liability Brewing Co. and many, many more. 

All participating breweries must be South Carolina brewery guild members. This event will also serve as a fundraising effort for the SC Brewers Guild (SCBG) to help fund awareness and legislative efforts benefitting all of South Carolina craft beer. The festival will feature food, live music, a VIP experience (optional), and all the variety of SC beer you desire to sample. 

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“South Carolina’s craft beer scene has always been fantastic, but even many within our state haven’t realized just how many great local drinks are made right here in their own backyard,” says Pearce Fleming, President of the Guild and owner of North Charleston’s Commonhouse Aleworks. “The Best of SC Craft Beer Festival is an incredible opportunity to showcase that, and to bring together the brewers and craft enthusiasts that make our beer industry so special. We look forward to using the awareness and focus an event like this brings to continue to modernize South Carolina’s rules and regulations to support and uplift our small businesses, breweries included.”

Interested patrons can purchase both general admission and VIP tickets through EventBrite via this link. General admission tickets include a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited craft beer tastings from breweries around the state, live music, and food available for additional cost. VIPs will enjoy commemorative tasting glass, unlimited craft beer tastings from breweries around the state, live music, one hour early entry to the event, access to the VIP lounge where food and non-alcoholic beverages are included, and exclusive tastings of SCBG award winning craft beers. General admission is from 2-5p.m. while VIP hours enjoy their experience from 1-5 p.m.

“With long-established beer scenes in neighboring states, South Carolina doesn’t always get its due,” explains Terry Horner, founder of Greenville’s Liability Brewing Company and the Vice President of the Guild. “But we have everything from Hazy IPAs to traditional Pilsners, and from big Imperial Stouts to Fruited Sours, and much more in between. We’re just excited to show people that our state has a brewing industry just as rich and worthy of exploration as anywhere else in the Southeast.”

South Carolina Brewery List

  • Peak Drift Brewing Company
  • Peak Drift Hard Seltzer Company
  • Low Tide Brewing
  • Magnetic South Brewery
  • Liability Brewing Co.
  • Kite Hill Brewing
  • Holy City Brewing
  • Model A Brewing
  • Silos Brewing Co
  • Steel Hands Brewing
  • Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company
  • The Southern Growl Beer Company
  • Indigo Reef Brewing Company
  • Carolina Bauernhaus Ales
  • Seminar Brewing, LLC
  • Slow Play Brewing
  • Lore Brewing Company
  • Plankowner Brewing Co
  • Fireforge Crafted Beer
  • Columbia Craft Brewing Company
  • Tidal Creek Brewhouse
  • Frothy Beard Brewing Company
  • Pangaea Brewing
  • Tradesman Brewing Co.
  • Savage Craft Ale Works
  • Legal Remedy Brewing
  • Hazelwood Brewing Company 
  • Sumter Original Brewery
  • New Realm Brewing Company
  • Southernside Brewing
  • Double Stamp Brewery
  • Two Blokes Brewing
  • River Rat Brewery
  • Wild Heart Brewing
  • Dust Off Brewing Co.
  • Shellring Ale Works
  • Angry Fish Brewing Co.
  • Lot 9 brewing Co.
  • Commonhouse Aleworks
  • River Dog Brewing 
  • Tideland Brewing
  • Holliday Brewing
  • Brewlab Charleston
  • New Groove Artisan Brewery
  • Pawleys Island Brewing Co.
  • Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant
  • Replay Brewing 
  • Birds Fly South Ale Project
  • RJ Rockers Brewing Company
  • Good Times Brewing
  • HabiTap
  • Amor Artis Brewing
  • Hobcaw Brewing Company
  • Revelry Brewing 
  • Tetrad Brewing Company

Support South Carolina’s growing craft beer scene in the most enjoyable way by attending this inaugural event and perhaps find your new favorite brewery and beer, all while benefiting a good cause. 

Event details

When: October 15th, 2022
Where: Junction 800 | 800 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201

About the South Carolina Brewers Guild

The South Carolina Brewers Guild is a non-profit trade association advocating for and representing the state’s thriving craft beer community through its pillars of education, outreach, and support. SCBG’s more than 80 member breweries aspire to be leaders in the Southeast in product quality and social impact, furthering the vision of a better beer industry for customers, brewers, and the community alike.

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