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Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012

Brews-a-Palooza?

Another local beer fest on tap

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Mike Shank has done it again: the guy behind the annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest has planned another beer festival for our near future.

This time, the beer fest will be called Brews-a-Palooza, playing off the famous Lollapalooza music festival.

●When? 5-11:30 p.m. on July 20

●Where? On The Deck at House of Blues in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

●Beers? More than 50 craft brews

●Food? A free buffet 5-6 p.m. to prep your stomach for some drinkin’

●Live music? Long Reef, a band from Australia

●Cost? $5 includes admission and a free tasting glass; tickets for beers will be $1 each, with different beers costing different numbers of tickets

Among those 50-plus craft beers will be some highly coveted libations: Founders Devil Dancer, Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown, New Belgium La Folie, Terrapin Easy Rider, He’Brew Funky Jewbilation, and Jolly Pumpkin La Roja.

Social Beer Media

Have you noticed that some TV journalists are now identified only by their Twitter handle? You know, their Twitter.com address. Mine’s @cfburch4 – not very imaginative, to be sure, but easy to remember.

Twitter isn’t just everyone’s second form of text-messaging. Twitter is everyone’s personalized newswire.

There’s no better way to keep up with craft beer than to subscribe to the right Twitter accounts.

So I’ve compiled a Twitter list of local, regional, and state breweries and distributors. I think I’ve got everyone – but if I’ve missed anyone, please let me know at beerpour@yahoo.com and I will let folks know in upcoming columns.

Keep in mind – as crazy as it might sound – not everyone has a Twitter account.

By the way, I’ve noticed that most Facebook pages have long web addresses. Rather than reproduce those here in print, I’ll just say, to find the following brewers and distributors on Facebook, just plug their names into the search box.

Meanwhile, follow these Twitter accounts and keep up with the area’s beer news.

Distributors:

Advintage Fine Wine & Craft Brews Distributors, Charleston: @AdvintageSC

Lee Distributors, Charleston: @BeerByLee

Pearlstine Distributors, Charleston and Ridgeland: @Pearlstine

The Yahnis Co., distributors in Myrtle Beach and Florence: @YahnisCompany

Enthusiast Groups:

Myrtle Beach Craft Beer: @MBCraftBeer

Myrtle Beach Beer Lovers: @MyrtleBeachBeer

Brewers:

COAST Brewing Co., North Charleston: @COASTbrewing

Firefly Vodka, Wadmalaw Island: @FireflyVodka

Palmetto Brewing Co., Charleston: @palmettobrewing

RJ Rockers Brewery, Spartanburg: @RJRockers

Thomas Creek Brewery, West Greenville: @ThomasCreek

Westbrook Brewing Co., Mount Pleasant: @WestbrookBeer

Miscellaneous:

Yours Truly: @cfburch4

Festival Promotions (organizer of the Myrtle Beach Beer Fest), Myrtle Beach: @festivalpromos

This fine publication, Myrtle Beach: @TheWeeklySurge

New can for New South

Recently I told you that Myrtle Beach’s very own microbrewery, New South Brewing Co., would soon release its Nut Brown Ale in six-packs of 12-ounce cans.

And now, it’s available.

Beach Discount Beverage, 2204 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, was the first to carry the canned Nut Brown six-packs.

New South also posted on its Facebook page that the cans are available at Mellow Mushroom, 1571 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

Of course, many places will still have Nut Brown on tap.

Nut Brown is New South’s second six-pack offering. White Ale is also available.

Asheville beers

I recently made the difficult decision to pick up my kids from camp. Really, they could have stayed there all summer, but you know, they get to missin’ their mama.

I spent a night in a Holiday Inn near Asheville, N.C., and Kristi (the wife) and I went down to the bar, where we found six local and regional beers on tap.

Between pints and samples, I tried the following, which I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who might be traveling to the Asheville area this summer:

Rocket Girl Lager from Asheville Brewing Co. in Asheville: Many lagers have a bread-like flavor to them, and this one did, too. However, it also had a hint of something like lemongrass, too. Even if subtle, this is the most distinctive lager I’ve had.

Shiva IPA from Asheville Brewing Co.: I like it when brewers put a slight twist on a basic recipe. In this case, I think it was a floral touch on the grapefruit-like flavors.

Razor Wit from Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville: This new summer seasonal is a light yet smooth Belgian white ale with a nice dance of citrus in the flavor.

Sweet Josie from Lonerider Brewing Co. in Raleigh, N.C.: OK, technically, this isn’t an Asheville beer, but it’s from North Carolina. Sweet Josie is the sweetest brown ale I’ve ever had. It’s a candidate for people who don’t like the typical bitterness of many beers. Then again, I only had a sample of this one. An entire pint might just be too sweet.

Contact Colin Burch at beerpour@yahoo.com and visit his blog at http://maltyhops.blogspot.com.
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