Shopping can be thirsty work, especially in our Famously Hot city, and as one of the longest-established collections of watering holes in Columbia, Five Points knows thirsty. That’s why every Wednesday in June and July is Wine Down Wednesday in Five Points from 5 to 7 p.m. Participating Five Points shops will be offering various specials on their goods, and many will offer some refreshments such as the aforementioned wine and maybe even some beer, too. Keep an eye on fivepointscolumbia.com and the Wine Down Wednesday Facebook page to find out each week’s deals (and where you can find the complimentary booze). Restaurants like Harper’s and Yesterdays usually have good deals on wine during the event, too.
One of North Carolina’s most respected breweries is featured this Thursday night at World of Beer. Foothills Brewery Night kicks off at 6 p.m. on June 19, and the bar will undoubtedly have some special stuff from the brewery on tap. While the final beer list hasn’t been announced as of press time, Foothills’ excellent Jade IPA is currently making the rounds of Columbia growlers stations, so I expect it could be part of the night. It might also be one of the last chances Columbians have to wrap their lips around some Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, my favorite Foothills brew, until it’s brewed again next year.
Note: This event is next weekend, not June 21. Free Times regrets the error.
While South Carolina craft beer is obviously booming over the past couple years, one brewery that’s been in the game much longer is Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville. In fact, Thomas Creek has been in it so long that it will be celebrating its Sweet 16 next Saturday, June 28 [online copy corrected]. The Thomas Creek 16th Anniversary Party will run from 2 to 8 p.m., celebrating with lots of food, music, a homebrewing demonstration, a cornhole tournament with cash prizes and appropriately 16 different beers. There will also be a flight of four “best of” cask-aged beers included in the (extra-low) admission price of $5. All the other beers are $4 each, and now that the Stone Bill has passed, you can have as many as you want. If you’re an early bird, a Thomas Creek pint glass goes to the first 100 people, too. If you haven’t seen Thomas Creek’s new taproom, this is a great time to check it out and celebrate 16 years of these guys making really great South Carolina beer.
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