Brewvival 2012: Bigger, Better, Drunker

For the third year, COAST Brewing Co. and the Charleston Beer Exchange hosted the Charleston Brevival at the brewery located in North Charleston, SC. With South Carolina lacking any major notable beer festivals, the folks at COAST and CBX joined together to invite brewers from across the country to bring out their biggest and best for a daylong party.

The festival, held in a field across from the COAST brewery, has become sort of a competition among brewers, with everyone trying something special or different with their beers in hopes of winning over drinkers. IPAs randalized with habaneros and bacon, 4-year-old barrel-aged imperial stouts, dry hopped casks, porters aged on pork shoulders … you think of it, someone will try it. (In short, attendees win out big.) 

Word has gotten around about the festival quickly and it’s grown to become one of the preeminent beer festivals in the Southeast. Last year it was busy; this year it was packed. It was a good thing my friends and I were in line two hours before the gate opened, because we heard people that got in at the back of the line didn’t get in until around two hours after the festival started. You could clearly tell when a brewery had broken out its big guns – Bell’s Black Note, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout – because the lines stretched on seemingly forever. But at the end of the day, after reviewing my extensive Untappd check-ins, I more or less got to try everything I wanted.

As should be the case with any great beer festival, I was more interested in spending time with friends and fellow beer geeks than taking photos and notes for everything I tried. So, instead, here’s a list of what I was sipping on throughout the day:

  • Allagash Thing 2
  • Avery Trogdor the Burninator
  • Bell’s Black Note
  • Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve – Mary’s Maple Porter
  • Cigar City Church on a Hill
  • Cigar City El Murcielago
  • Cigar City Kalevipoeg Baltic Porter
  • COAST 2011 Barrel-aged Blackbeerd
  • Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
  • Evil Twin Biscotti Break (Spanish Ham Edition)
  • Foothills Barrel-aged People’s Porter
  • Foothills 2010 Sexual Chocolate
  • Fullsteam 2011 Sour Summer Basil
  • Funky Buddha Ich Bin Lime
  • Funky Buddha No Crusts
  • Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
  • Funky Buddha Bonita Applebum
  • Funky Buddha Red Dawn Ale
  • Funky Buddha Hop Gun IPA
  • Great Divide Oaked Red Yeti (cask)
  • Great Divide Petty Theft
  • Holy City Laser Pants
  • Holy City Notorious P.I.G.
  • Left Hand Ambidextrous Ale
  • Left Hand Oak-aged Widdershins
  • New Belgium 2009 Biere de Mars
  • New Belgium 2011 La Folie
  • Southern Tier Oak-aged Pumking
  • Southern Tier Oak-aged Back Burner
  • Stone 2008 Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Russian Stout
  • Stone Double Calypso Ruination
  • Terrapin Big Sloppy Monster
  • Terrapin Cabernet Barrel-Aged Monk’s Revenge
  • Victory Braumeister Tettnang
  • Westbrook Mexican Coffee Cake

This year’s Brewvival was bigger and better in every way. While the folks at COAST and CBX still have some logistics to figure out – they’ll either have to cut the number of tickets sold or relocate the festival to a bigger venue to make it more manageable – I have no complaints. I still had a blast and will definitely be back next year.

Until then, cheers, Brewvival.


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