Charleston Beer Fest proceeds to go to Palmetto Community Care

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Almost 40 Carolina craft breweries have signed on for the Charleston Beer Fest on May 18, making this the largest event yet. The eighth annual festival gives beer lovers the chance to sample plenty of local favorites plus new IPAs, reds, ales, stouts, sours, ciders and many more styles from all around North and South Carolina.

Presented by Tabor Mortgage Group, the Charleston Beer Fest is from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at its new venue, Riverfront Park in North Charleston.

Pouring more than 60 different beers are:

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“We couldn’t be more proud of this list of amazing Carolina craft breweries! Not only do these breweries make great beer, but each of them is generously supporting our community and the work we do each and every day,” said Jason Kirk, director of development and marketing for Palmetto Community Care. “We have our best mix yet of returning favorites as well as new breweries, so everyone is sure to find one of their favorite beers and keep adding to their list with new ones. We worked our butts off to partner with more breweries than ever before, and I truly think it has paid off — we are so pleased to showcase the Carolina craft beer community at Charleston Beer Fest.”

Two Blokes Brewing in Mount Pleasant is returning to the festival for a third year. Founder and head brewer Matty Symons said the event is “becoming the premiere beer festival in Charleston.”

Not only are breweries supporting Palmetto Community Care’s mission, but it’s also a chance to meet up with other brewers, he said. “A lot of us get stuck back in our caves and we don’t get the opportunity to get out and socialize.”

Rick Rice, location manager at Palmetto Brewing Co. said Charleston Beer Fest is one of their favorite events.

“Palmetto Brewing Company loves sharing our beer and our story with the Charleston beer community,” he said. “We’re especially excited this year as we recently debuted a new look and introduced two new beers. As an added bonus, we get to share the stage with so many other amazing local and regional craft breweries and enjoy their latest creations.”

VIP attendees also will have access to exclusive beer samples in the VIP Retreat on the River:

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 each and include a commemorative festival mug, 15 beer tickets, early festival access at 11:30 a.m., VIP swag bar and access to the VIP Oasis with shaded seating, misting fans, exclusive activities, free VIP-only beer tastings, light snacks, beer finished whiskey tastings from Chattanooga Whiskey and private port-a-potties.

General admission tickets include a commemorative festival mug and 5 beer tickets. Tickets are $20 each through March; the price goes up to $25 beginning April 1.

A Designated Driver ticket is available for $15. Purchase tickets and learn more at www.chsbeerfest.org. Proceeds from Charleston Beer Fest benefit Palmetto Community Care in its work providing complete compassionate HIV care and prevention education awareness across the tri-county area.

Parking for the event will be free. The event is strictly for ages 21 and over only.

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In addition to all the Carolina craft brews, festival attendees will be treated to a wide range of food trucks, a Vendor Village featuring local artisan and craft vendors. The popular Beer Games will expand and return with inflatable pony hops, arm wrestling, a hands-free pizza eating contest and much more. Two stages will feature more musical acts than ever before along with entertainment throughout the day. The Homebrewers’ Village also returns to highlight local and regional homebrewers with a winner selected by a panel of regional judges.

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