Charleston Beer Week is underway! If you live in or around the Charleston area, then you probably have your week planned around certain beer events. Although, let’s face it. No matter where you live (whether in South Carolina or elsewhere), you probably have your week planned around certain beer events considering that you’re reading this blog. Well, this is Charleston’s week and there are plenty of great events to head to if you can. As always, the guys at CHSBeer are at the center of things and have done a wonderful job coordinating with others in the industry to help put this together. A hat tip to everyone who has assisted in creating a great week filled with plenty of activities. The complete list of events is available at

I’d specifically highlight 2 events that are helping to promote the South Carolina beer culture. First, is tonight’s event at Holy City Brewing that will find the legendary Charlie Papazian hanging out with homebrewers and anybody else who wants to show up. Papazian founded the Association of Brewers in 1979, which is now the Brewers Association, which he is president of. He also founded the American Homebrewers Association, the Institute for Brewing Studies, the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, and Zymurgy magazine. Interestingly enough, he’ll be at Holy City – a gold medal winner at last year’s Great American Beer Festival. Earlier in the day, Papazian will be speaking to the SC Brewers Association. No doubt, he’ll have some thoughts about the Pint Bill. More info about the event can be found here:

The other event that week is South Carolina Beer Night at Closed for Business on Tuesday night. The event will feature 42 taps plus some casks of all South Carolina beers. The ten operating breweries will be there. More info can be found here:

I point these out because there is something else you can do to help Charleston Beer Week and the culture of South Carolina beer during this week besides attending these events. And no, it doesn’t have to do with the Pint Bill. Although, you still need to be contacting your legislators!

No, it isn’t on any flyer or event calendar this week. In fact, you might not have known about it. Ever heard of Beer City, USA? Yes, that’s the thing that Asheville wins every year. Although, it did share the title with Grand Rapids, Michigan last year. Voting for this year’s title runs from May 6-12. 19 cities have already qualified to be finalists, including Asheville and Grand Rapids. Now, why should you care about this? There aren’t any South Carolina cities among those 19 cities. Yet.

That’s where you come in. This week – from April 22-26, other cities can attempt to qualify to be finalists. Only about 400 votes are needed to qualify. So, the question is why not Charleston? Right now, Charleston is the state’s biggest player in craft beer. Although, Greenville has really made a lot of progress and in the next few years will be giving Charleston all it can handle. But for now, South Carolina’s beer culture could use a finalist on the list for Beer City, USA. While it is more of a popularity contest than a scientific poll, it’s still an honor to be included. Here’s the current list of finalists:

  • Asheville, NC
  • Bend, OR
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Denver, CO
  • Durango, CO
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Madison, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Missoula, MT
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix-Tempe-
  • Portland, OR
  • Raleigh, NC
  • San Diego, CA
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Tampa, FL

Pretty impressive, right? But isn’t it time we took our rightful place on that list of big cities for craft beer? This is the perfect week for it. And perhaps you can talk to Charlie Papazian about it tonight. He also thought up this contest.

We’re not on the nomination ballot either. So, you’ll have to click Other and then write in Charleston, SC. Vote here: 

More info is available here:

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