Barley’s fights for Most Bitter Bar title


Not content with being labeled the USA’s Most Arrogant Bar for 2012, Barley’s Greenville is looking to earn another beer-centric title, and they plan on fighting to the bitter end.

Similar to the Most Arrogant Bar Challenge, Stone‘s Most Bitter Bar Challenge looks for the bar with the biggest contingent of hop-loving beer geeks. The process is simple: The bar that sells the most Stone product wins the title and gets a big party thrown for them. (Barley’s has their Most Arrogant Bash party Thursday, June 13.)

From Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 30, the Barley’s clan is asking you to pop in an enjoy a pint or 10 of the following: Stone IPA, Ruination IPA, Cali-Belgique IPA, Sublimely Self-Righteous IPA, Double Dry-Hopped Ruination IPA and Ruination: Tropical Heat Addition (with mango and Habanero peppers.)

Throughout that week, special kegs will be tapped as an additional incentive. On Sunday, June 23, they’re tapping Stone IPA with orange and lemon zest; on Tuesday, June 25, it’s Cali-Belgique with Bananas Foster coffee beans; and Thursday, June 27, is a Citra wet-hopped version of the IPA.

More details about the week here.


Quest schedules July 13 grand opening


The second of South Carolina’s three new craft breweries to come online in 2013 has set a date for its grand opening celebration.

Greenville’s Quest Brewing Co. will open its doors to the public on Saturday, July 13. There will be music and food trucks to enjoy and all of Quest’s core beers – Ellida IPA, Golden Fleece BPA, Kaldi Coffee Stout and Smoking Mirrors Porter – will be on tap. A few special releases will also be available that day as well.

A few days earlier on Wednesday, July 3, Barley’s will be throwing a launch party for the brewery featuring Quest’s Don Richardson and Andrew Watts, as well as a slew of delicious Quest beers.

Mark your calendars!

Pint Bill to become law within days


One way or another, by this time next week, you’ll be able to walk into a South Carolina craft brewery and order a pint of beer.

Late Tuesday, it was announced that the legislation allowing up to 48 ounces of beer to be served to an individual at a brewery had been ratified and was on the way to being signed by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley. Following that, one of two things will happen: 1) The governor will sign the bill, at which point it immediately becomes law and the changes go into effect, or 2) if she doesn’t sign it, it automatically becomes law in five days.

Haley has said she will sign the bill, and there is no fear of a veto.

While brewery employees will still have to undergo safety training and breweries will still have to purchase insurance, there is a grace period inherent with the bill and breweries can immediately begin serving pints as soon as the law goes into effect.