One welcome way I always know spring has sprung is when I get my invite to the Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries Annual Oyster Roast. Whether blustery or toasty, it’s always a great time to gather in Boyd Plaza around a table full of steamed oysters with a shucker in one hand and a beer in the other. Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., you can enjoy some good tunes from the Mustache Brothers, all-you-can-eat oysters and that most welcome companion of oysters everywhere, bottomless beer. Tickets are free for Contemporaries members and $20 for non-members.
Mr. Friendly’s is doing away with the tried and true happy hour and replacing it with Friendly Hour. The self-promoting rebrand aside, they will be offering some pretty great deals from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday through Thursday on their patio and bar top seating. There will be discounted beer features such as Westbrook beers for $3, wine by the glass for $2 off, and $4 house liquor drinks. They also have a new bar menu that will be half off during Friendly Hour. It sounds like a pretty nice way to celebrate the warmer weather.
Beer Debate Rages
There’s an interesting debate going on in craft beer circles right now regarding Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing and their attempts to trademark the names “Nitro” and “Milk Stout Nitro.” Left Hand was the first American brewery to release a nitrogenated (using nitrogen for pressurization instead of carbon dioxide) bottled beer with its Milk Stout Nitro, and it is a highly regarded beer among craft beer fans (including this writer). However, lots of Milk Stout fans turned a little sour when they heard that Left Hand was trying to copyright the name “Nitro,” seeing the potential for Left Hand to basically become a patent troll writing cease and desist letters to any smaller brewery that tries to develop its own nitrogenated beers. Left Hand responded with a Facebook post explaining that its intention was to protect its names and brands, not keep the nitro style of beer all to itself. Reaction is still mixed in the comments on that post, ranging from “I’ll never buy your beer again” to “I love your beer no matter what,” to my personal favorite, which is just a picture of Nitro, the American Gladiator.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
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New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
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