Birds Fly South withdraws from Wicked Weed beer festival following A-B InBev acquisition announcement

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In the wake of the news that Ashville’s Wicked Weed Brewery will be acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, multiple craft brewers have withdrawn from the brewery’s upcoming Funkatorium Invitational beer festival scheduled for July. On Thursday, Greenville’s Birds Fly South Ale Project – the only South Carolina brewery invited to participate in the festival – announced it too would be withdrawing its involvement.

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Holy City collaborates with SC, NC, GA breweries for Brewvival

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If you’ve been following Brewvival’s Twitter account (and if you’re not, you really should), you’ve noticed they’ve slowly been releasing the beers and breweries that will be appearing at the festival. And there was quite an announcement Wednesday afternoon: Of the five beers Holy City will have on hand, four will be collaborations with regional breweries.

In addition to a Jack Daniels barrel-aged version of their Manuel Fantastico barleywine, HCB will also be offering the following:

  • Holy Weed, an imperial IPA brewed in collaboration with Wicked Weed out of Asheville, NC. It’ll include green tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation.
  • Sister City Saison, a farmhouse ale brewed in collaboration with Savannah’s Southbound Brewing Co. This one’s an imperial saison brewed with rose hips.
  • Half Calf, brewed with Spartanburg’s RJ Rockers. It’s a coffee milk stout that includes coffee from Coastal Coffee Roasters in Summerville.
  • Shades of Grace, a blend of HCB’s Graveyard Shiftee and NoDa of Charlotte’s Imperial Coco Loco. So, a massive imperial porter.

Brewvival will be held Saturday, February 22, at the field across from COAST. It will sell out.