A good beer festival is one of my favorite things, and it’s not just because of the beer.
What I really love about beer fests is the opportunity to enjoy beer with a bunch of other people doing the same thing. Everyone is talking about “that amazing beer” they just tried, or what they are going to try next, and that gives me the feeling that festivals like these are actually all about celebrating the community.
Most recently, there were events at Atlas Tap House and House of Blues, and they really were all about bringing people together to enjoy each other, craft beer, food and good music. Now another hot spot for craft beer, The Grumpy Monk, is bringing its own unique take on pairing community and beer, Monk-A-Palooza.
The Grumpy Monk has put together its first Monk-A-Palooza to be held on Aug. 29 from noon-10 p.m.
So what is Monk-A-Palooza?
“The name Monk-A-Palooza came about because we want to provide a quality, fun and entertaining event for the community,” said one of the owners, Chris Evans.
And judging by the beer list, games, prizes and music, it definitely fits the bill.
The Grumpy Monk already has 48 regularly changing taps inside the bar, but for this outside event they are bringing in an additional 50 taps, making nearly 100 different beers to choose from. That number isn’t even including the super-delicious bottled Belgian beers they have at the bar, too. Guests can purchase 16-ounce pours at the bar, as well as use tickets at the outside taps for 5-ounce pours in plastic cups.
With 27 breweries from all over the country participating, such as Abita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, La.), Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, Calif.), Carolina Brewing Company (Holly Springs, N.C.), Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Mass.), Green Man Brewery (Asheville, N.C.), and New South Brewing (Myrtle Beach), just to name a few, the beer list is going to be pretty amazing.
To sweeten the already sweet deal of having all that beer to choose from, The Grumpy Monk is taking it all a step further by hosting a chicken wing eating contest sponsored by SweetWater Brewing Company from Atlanta.
The prize: A SweetWater kayak. And there are even more games including some interesting takes on some popular games like life-size Jenga, inflatable Twister” and beer pong.
All of the food and the beer outside will be available through the use of tickets. These tickets are purchased at the event for $1 each, with beers at 1-2 tickets for each 5-ounce pour and food a bit more.
These tickets also serve another exciting purpose: When a guest turns in a ticket, it goes right in to a raffle to win one of three brewery tour trips with hotel accommodations that will be drawn at the end of the event at 10 p.m. You’ve got to be present to win, so as I say with all beer events “pace yourself, drink plenty of water and eat frequently!”
The Grumpy Monk is also donating a portion of the events proceeds to the Horry County Fire Department; this event really is about celebrating beer AND the community.