SC - Active Charleston Beer Week ahead
By Hanna Raskin
At least according to the illustrations on Father’s Day cards, beer is a good accompaniment to watching TV; sitting on the porch and lying in a hammock. But during Charleston Beer Week, ales will be paired with activities including kayaking, yoga and mountain biking.
“We kind of want it to be something for everybody,” says organizer Chrys Rynearson of the scheduling strategy for the Sept. 11-Sept. 17 event, now in its fourth year.
Participating breweries were asked to come up with their own programs, meaning attendees aren’t always required to break a sweat before cracking a beer: The full schedule includes dinners, classes, competitions and a ghost tour.
Still, it’s striking how many of the sessions include a physical activity component. While it’s not unprecedented for a culinary festival to heed ticket buyers’ need to exercise something other than their palates – Music to Your Mouth and Tales of the Cocktail have both sponsored 5K fun runs, for example – Charleston Beer Week is possibly the first such extravaganza to list a session that begins at Marrington Plantation trailhead. (The actual Tradesman Brewing Co. sampling will take place at EVO.)
“You can tell where they thought out of the box,” says Rynearson, adding that “nothing says Charleston” like the sunset paddle and all-you-can-eat Lowcountry boil at Bowens Island Restaurant that Holy City Brewing put together.
Among the less strenuous events bound to generate excitement are a House of Brews brunch prepared by Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill; a South Carolina night at Closed for Business, featuring 42 state-made beers on draft, and a bluegrass show at Kudu, supplemented by local sausages and cask ales.
Beer geeks are reportedly gravitating toward an all-sour evening at Revelry Brewing, although Rynearson emphasizes there’s no single profile of a Beer Weeker. In years past, attendance has been evenly split between men and women, and Rynearson describes the general age range as “from drinking age to people in their 60s.” And while it’s impossible to perfectly quantify local beer fans’ interests, Rynearson says the schedule reflects the breadth of them.
“There’s a lot of variety,” he says. “It’s really nice when that happens: We kind of hope for not a whole lot of tap takeovers.”
For more information on Charleston Beer Week, visit www.charlestonbeerweek.com