In a little more than a week, breweries from across the Palmetto State will descend upon the Midlands city of Cayce for the inaugural South Carolina Brewers Guild Festival, a celebration of all things SC beer.
While a lot of festivals across the state showcase the growing number of breweries in SC, the Brewers Guild Fest will focus solely on beer and brewers from here. The event is planned to be a sort of traveling festival, with subsequent ones held in different cities to help attract drinkers to somewhere they might not have visited before.
The inaugural festival, which currently has 26 breweries signed on to participate, will be held Saturday, May 21, in Cayce at the historic Brick Works Park (190 Knox Abbott Drive). The city is just across the river from downtown Columbia and its production breweries (Conquest, River Rat and Swamp Cabbage) and brewpubs (Hunter-Gatherer and Twisted Spur), as well as near Lexington, home of the Old Mill Brewpub.
Brook Bristow, executive director of the Guild, said the time was right for a festival spotlighting just SC beer.
“After such explosive growth in the last few years, this seemed like the perfect time to put on such an event under the Guild umbrella,” he said, “as well as take time to meet with our legislators to say thank you, present them with economic growth numbers and discuss issues pertinent to the industry today.”
The latest data from the Brewers Association say South Carolina’s 36 breweries (as of their last count) have a $443 million impact on the state’s economy.
Tickets are $50 each and local food trucks will be on hand as well. The Guild is also looking for volunteers to help set up, maintain and break down the festival. You can sign up to help out here. Tickets are available here and you can find out more information about the festival and a list of participating breweries here.