Beer Chick | Atlas Tap House hosting Extreme Beer Fest on Aug. 1

Atlas Tap House is hosting an Extreme Beer Fest on Aug. 1. File photo.
Atlas Tap House is hosting an Extreme Beer Fest on Aug. 1. File photo.

What better way to enjoy the height of summer than with an event celebrating craft beer?

Atlas Tap House, located in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, has the perfect way to kick off the month of August with their inaugural “Extreme Beer Fest.”

On Aug. 1, Atlas is sharing some of the best and most sought-after beers of the year to celebrate and thank the Myrtle Beach area’s amazing craft beer community.

Aaron Gifford, half of the brother duo that owns Atlas, says for them it’s all about the beer community.

“In the year and a half that we’ve been open, we’ve met so many great people amongst the tight-knit craft beer community, including other craft bar owners, brewers and, of course, the craft beer drinkers.

“Craft beer is exploding in other regions of South Carolina and we are proud to be a part of the Myrtle Beach craft beer movement. Our local support has always meant the most to us and this event is our way of saying thanks to a community that has embraced us from day one.”

One of the reasons why the community has responded so well to Atlas is due to their diligence in bringing the right experience to the discerning craft beer connoisseur.

“We take great pride in our constantly rotating taps and huge bottle selection,” Aaron Gifford said. “Craft beer lovers definitely have judgmental palates, and it’s a challenge we love taking on every day to bring the best and most sought-after beers to the taps and cooler.”

The current list for the event includes:

▪ Foothills Brewing’s Sexual Chocolate (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

▪ Ballast Point’s Victory At Sea (San Diego, Calif.)

▪ COAST Brewing Company’s Boy King (Charleston)

▪ Westbrook Brewing Co.’s Mexican Cake (Mt. Pleasant)

▪ Victory Brewing Company’s Anniversary 19 Ale (Downingtown, Pa.)

▪ Boulevard Brewing Company’s Hibiscus Gose (Kansas City, Mo.)

▪ Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barley Wine Style Ale (Berkeley, Calif.)

▪ Abita Brewing Company’s Bourbon Street Barrel Aged Rye Pale Ale (Covington, La.)

As if that impressive lineup isn’t exciting enough, Atlas has a few surprises hidden away for that special evening.

“It hasn’t been easy walking past some of these beers in our cooler over the last year but it’s definitely worth it to be able to share them with everyone. Especially those who either missed out on their original release or have never had the chance to try some of these incredible beers!” Aaron Gifford said.

For me, I’m always looking forward to trying a beer that’s hard to get. The one I’m most excited about and have never had before is the Abita Bourbon Street Barrel Aged Pale Ale because barrel aged beers are among my favorite to enjoy.

They have a unique oaky/woodsy flavor accompanied by a slight booziness that turns the brew in to a decadent treat. Having limited release and special batch brews in the spotlight is what really puts this event in to the “do not miss” category.

The event begins at 4 p.m. with live music and food specials all day. Tickets are available to purchase at Atlas Tap House for $40, which includes access to unlimited 6-ounce pours of all Extreme Beer Fest beers.

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