Raise a glass at the 2015 Bluffton, SC Beer Fest
Though it may no longer be October, there's no reason not to attend the 5th annual Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival! With the moniker as "The Best Little Beer Fest in the USA", you have a chance to sample from among 200 beers from 80 breweries.
When: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Where: Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, Bluffton, SC
Hours: 1:00P.M. - 5:00P.M.
What: Beer Tasting Festival
Who: ADULTS 21 and over
NO PETS OR CHILDREN IN THE FESTIVAL AREA
Cost: $35 (up until 11/6/15) and $40 day of the festival CASH ONLY
Benefits: Palmetto Animal League
What is going on?
This fun event again is a great way to get to know thearea that is Bluffton, SC! A little town that is one of the fastest growing towns in South Carolina, the Beer Fest is just one of their events. There will be terrific selections of all types of beer from pilsners, stouts, ales, lagers, lambics, and more. Though there are plenty of local small artisanal breweries in the area, the festival will also have samplings from various brewers including Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and from the American Craft Breweries. CLICK HERE for a complete list of beers.
Where can you get tickets?
There were opportunities to purchase tickets at $28.00 but that time has passed - so for next year be sure to bookmark their page to find out when those discounted tickets are available. Up until 11/6/15 the tickets are $35.00 if purchased at Captain Woody's in Bluffton, River Dog Brewing, New York City Pizza Co., and The Lodge. ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN CASH.
There is also another level for you - VIP TICKETS - were available online and at the outlets above BUT were limited to 300 lucky few who got on the stick. The cost was $45 in advance or $55 at the door - only there are none left, so I'd advise you for 2016 to order early. This entitled you to a festival tasting glass, and a selection of 10 beers that will not be available to the rest of the festival goers.
Where does the money go?
Part of the proceeds from the festival will go to benefit the Palmetto Animal League. A no-kill shelter located in Okatie - just outside the town limits of Bluffton.
Hints to enjoy the Beer Festival?
1. BRING YOUR ID and DRINK RESPONSIBLY - I know this may not be the first thing that people want to think about but this is a sampling festival - you're meant to get your 1 ounce sample and then try plenty of others - like at a wine festival, it's about learning about the different beers, the notes of sweetness or bitterness, perhaps the degree of 'hoppiness', or maltiness and whether you like the coffee or tobacco flavor. Don't be afraid to spit it out (in the proper bucket of course)- the point is to try what you might not select any other time.
To be sure that everyone stays safe, the festival has contracted with a company on Hilton Head so that you can get a shuttle from there to Bluffton and back (limited to 42 people so book early); the Yellow Cab company is offering discounts to festival goers, and if you don't live in walking distance to Old Town Bluffton, there are also options for designated drivers.
2. Come early or certainly right at the beginning - some of the smaller breweries or interntaional breweries who bring special beers just for the event run out.
3. Bring cash - always easier and that way if you have a family member who really is not a fan of the beer, they can get solda, water, etc. There's also a Food Court with oysters, brats, pizza and other seafood.
4. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on. The Will Snyder Band and the Bob & Neil Band will be playing
5. Parking will be in short supply so either get there early and park in the designated spots close to the Oyster Factory Park, or usually the churches along Wharf Street and Boundary open up their lots to make extra money. There is parking off of some of the side streets or at the community park and ballfields.
Doesn't this sound like a great thing to do? Wouldn't you LOVE to live in a community that has these kinds of events?