Brewing up another Beer Week

Beer Week this year is Sept. 9-16.

Beer Week is brewing on the horizon this month.

Charleston Beer Week is now its fifth year and will be held Sept. 9-16 at participating venues throughout the greater Charleston area – including a couple in Summerville.

On Sept. 10 Flowertown’s Funky Firkin Fest is back for its third year of residents sampling beer – but it comes with a change: instead of Saturday it will be on a Sunday at Oak Road Brewery. The cask-only festival will have more than 20 South Carolina breweries pouring unique beers, and celebrates “the beauty of sour, wild and barrel aged beers.” The event is limited to 200 tickets and can be purchased online or at Oak Road Brewery, Coastal Coffee Roasters or Homegrown Brewhouse. Tickets are $45.

Oak Road Brewery also has an event called Forever Grateful during Beer Week, though it is not an official Beer Week event. This is the third annual competition held in remembrance of Grant Guthrie, who passed away in March 2015. He was a home brewer and former president of Low Country Libations.

Ben Bankey, one of the co-owners of Oak Road Brewery, said the competition consists of home brewers who brew up a beer based off certain guidelines. The winner’s beer gets to be brewed and sold with Oak Road. It is a free event – the only fee is to buy a beer.

Bankey said Beer Week is a good chance for brewers to see each other. The customers get to try unique beers they cannot regularly sample.

“So that uniqueness is what I like,” he said.

Oak Road is putting Summerville on the map – or at least one specific beer map.

Ale Trails of America recently announced the launch of its latest endeavor: "The Charleston Ale Trail: A Field Guide to Breweries in the Charleston Area."

The website lists more than two dozen breweries, beer shops and restaurants serving local beers, with Oak Road Brewery the sole listing in Summerville.

Another Beer Week event in Summerville is the Homegrown Oktoberfest at Homegrown Brewhouse in downtown Summerville on Sept. 16. Owner Caleb Taylor said he is excited about this year's event.

"The whole week should be fun," he said.

At noon Homegrown will tap the first cask, and also release its German collaboration between Homegrown, Frothy Beard Brewing and Cannonborough Beverage Co. There will also be a wide variety of German-style beers. Special half-liter Homegrown Beer steins will be available for purchase and all the customers will receive complimentary upgrades from the standard 12-ounce pour to the half-liter pour all day long.

There will also be a Bavarian-inspired meal consisting of brats, sauerbraten, spaetzle, sauerkraut, German potato salad, rokohl and apple strudel.

The Summerville Orchestra will put together an oompah band to entertain participants. If residents purchase their meal and/or stein now they can save 10 percent. Go online to purchase tickets.

There are a total of 48 events in the Charleston area being organized this year – visit http://charlestonbeerweek.com to view all the events.