A Week of Wonderful Drinking Events

By Tug Baker
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This Sunday marks the day that we’ve all been waiting for as Swamp Cabbage Brewery officially opens its taproom doors. The third production brewery in Columbia will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. The Wurst Wagen and the Haute Dog Lady will be there selling food, and of course, those tasty new local beers will be available for your enjoyment.

Looking to taste some good local brew? Then head over to Sam’s Fine Wine & Spirits right now! Every month, Fred Richardson (@samsbeerguy on Twitter) features a different brewery, and this month hometown hero Conquest Brewing takes the spotlight. To celebrate, tonight’s weekly tasting and growler fills will be some limited Conquest releases including Cedar Double IPA, Belma Black IPA and a randallized Medusa Stout (the randall contents have not been disclosed as of press time, but I have faith in Fred’s tastebuds). The tasting runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, so hurry on over.

In another time-sensitive item, last week I neglected to mention that the Columbia Brew Bus has a Kickstarter page to raise money to help detail the bus before it begins giving tours of Columbia’s (soon-to-be — see below) three breweries. You have until this Friday, Aug. 15, at 9 p.m., to back the project. Backer reward levels start at $10, which gets you a swag pack with bottle opener, koozie and stickers, and it gets better from there. There’s even one for $250 to get a bus seat dedicated to you with your name on a placard. At press time, the Kickstarter has a little over half of its modest $1,500 goal met, so do what you can and help pimp their ride.

Maybe you’re like me and can’t draw so much as a stick figure, so you stay away from paint-and-drink places like Grapes and Gallery on Taylor Street. If so, you should stop by this Friday night from 5 to 10 p.m. when the gallery throws a Party Because We Like to Party party. (That last sentence is like an Andrew WK song.) There won’t be any painting going on, but there will be drink specials, live music and fun times to be had. Who knows? You may just catch the art bug and want to come back for some painting and drinking soon.

Girls’ Pint Out keeps absolutely killing it with their meetings. This Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. they’ll be meeting at Krafty Draft Brew Pub, Lexington’s newest place to drink great craft beer, and they’re going to be focusing on beer and cake pairings. Let me repeat. Beer. And. Cake. That sudden pulling sensation in your mouth is your tongue trying to jump out of your mouth and get to this meeting.  Ladies attending the meeting will get to taste four cakes from a local baker and pair them with four beers. The cake tasting is $5 per person and the beer tasting is $4. And if you see a lady with a beard and a bad wig, leave me alone — I’m eating cake and beer.

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