Columbia’s third post-Prohibition production brewery, Swamp Cabbage, has begun to take over taps all across the city. I stopped in last weekend to visit with Ed and Doug Boyd, talk about the brewery and get a taste of their initial offerings.
Swamp Cabbage’s first three offerings are a solid batch of beers. There’s an ESB that has a solid flavor profile with enough of a bite to please hopheads. It was meant as a seasonal, but after a very positive reception at the Tasty Tomato Festival, it may be a contender for a year-round beer. Their seasonal summer ale is refreshing and light while still maintaining a balanced body. Finally, there’s the chocolate brown ale, which eschews the nuttiness of most brown ales and focuses solely on the chocolate. As a result, it’s got a lot of chocolate on the nose and a sweet, slight alcohol tingle on the tongue. All three are sound representatives of their style, and I for one can’t wait to see what else they’ve got in store for us — which will probably include an amber ale and a porter, according to the brothers.
The Boyd brothers are hoping to open their taproom around the second week of August. This will give them enough time to get everything in order for the all-important upcoming Gamecock football season. Their ideas for the taproom, including a cabin porch motif bar, sound terrific.
Until they open their doors, though, you can find them this week for growler launches at Morganelli’s Wednesday, July 30; at Green’s on Piney Grove on July 31; at Total Wine & More on Aug. 2; and at Vino Garage on Aug. 16. They also will be heading to bars this week with launch events at Dano’s Pizza Wednesday, July 30; Liberty Tap Room on Aug. 6; and The Whig for First Thursday on August 7.
Another place you’ll be able to get your mitts on some Swamp Cabbage beer this week is also one of our favorite Columbia beer events. Once again, you can walk with the animals, talk with the animals and drink beer with the animals at Brew at the Zoo. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s annual fundraising event descends on the zoo this Friday night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Attendees will get to stroll around the zoo tasting beers from lots of great breweries, including lots of South Carolina ones. Advance tickets are $30 for Riverbanks members and $40 for non-members and are available at riverbanks.org. Day-of ticket prices go up to $50 for everyone, so make sure to get tickets in advance. There will also be $15 designated driver tickets, which is always a good idea, and Checker Yellow Cab will be there, too, with Riverbanks paying the first $10 of your fare home, which is an even better idea. All proceeds benefit ongoing wildlife conservation and education at the zoo.
Friday night keeps the hits coming for beer lovers as it’s also the latest installment of Arts and Draughts at the Columbia Museum of Art. From 7 to 11 p.m., you can enjoy On Tap’s favorite night out in Columbia featuring the current art exhibit Animal Instinct; food from Wurst Wagen, Bone-In BBQ, Paradise Ice, and Earth Fare; art projects and sketch classes; lots of great bands; and beer, of course. This A&D’s featured brewery is recently-available-in-Columbia Natty Greene’s from Greensboro, North Carolina. Attendees will get to sample the Wildflower Witbier, a crisp offering for the increasingly hot summer nights. There will also be a cash bar by The Whig for after you’ve had your sample and want more. Tickets are $5 for museum members and $8 for non-members (or free if you become a member that night).
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