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.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
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