Gallery: Muddy Fun and Music at the Charleston Brewvival 2013

Despite heavy rains and muddy conditions, this year’s Brewvival beer festival and concert drew a sold-out crowd of dedicated craft beer fans (locals and visitors) to North Charleston on Feb. 23. Presented by craft beer retailer Charleston Beer Exchange and North Charleston-based microbrewery COAST Brewing Co., Brewvival delivered an impressive variety of rare ales and lagers from regional, national, and European breweries.

Nashville’s twangy/bluesy Kingston Springs headlined the concert on the side stage with support from two local acts — Americana trio James Justin and Co. and singer/guitarist Graham Whorley (and his nifty loop effects).

Attendees sloshed from booth to booth and huddled under the main tent from noon to 6 p.m. A half dozen food trucks were on hand as well as several Lowcountry restaurants with their own concession stands. High-gravity touts and porters, barrel-aged ales, sours, spiced beers, and extreme-hopped pales seemed to be the most popular selections of the afternoon.

The rain didn’t dampen the spirit of Brewvival by much. The heavy downpour that met early-birds around noon gradually subsided by 3 p.m. or so. All four local microbreweries — COAST, Palmetto, Westbrook, and Holy City — offered fantastic specialties all day. The wait was never very long in any beer line. Visiting brewers collaborated with local F&B folks and beer fanatics with great camaraderie. The commotion at some of the most popular booths was festive and friendly.

Cheers to it all — especially the diligent organizers from COAST and Charleston Beer Exchange. Can’t wait for next year. Visit for more.



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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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