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.
Brew Pub Site Available
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Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
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.
Accepting Applications for Shakespeare’s Kidz!
Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
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Wing Zone is now hiring for experienced delivery drivers, cooks & cashiers. Apply in person @ 132 Assembly St. or call 803-933-9464.
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Free Times is looking for a highly organized, detail-oriented self-starter to assist in gathering material from advertisers, coordinating between the sales and production departments, and handling routine clerical tasks. Must be proficient on a Mac, able to conduct business via phone, email, text, Dropbox, social media platforms and face to face while under deadline in a fast-paced, sometimes distracting work environment. The position requires the ability to multitask, excellent oral and written communication skills, and solid experience in quickly learning new computer programs. This is a full time position with benefits. Send a cover letter, resume and salary expectation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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