House of Blues gears up for Local Brews, Local Grooves; craft beer, food, and music fest

Southern Barrel Brewing. Courtesy photo.
Southern Barrel Brewing. Courtesy photo.

Once those clocks roll back and spring has sprung, the cool, fresh air makes you want to get outside! Who doesn't want to be sitting on the patio sipping the latest and greatest, especially if that patio is at The House of Blues?

Back again is the Local Brews, Local Grooves craft beer, food, and music fest on Saturday, March 26th, beginning at 4pm at The House Of Blues. This time around, the brewery and musical lineup is just as fresh as the season. For tunes, they will be showcasing Jeb Mac, The Lizzie Tramps, Paul Grimshaw band, and Jeremiah Reyes. Breweries include Fatty’s Beer Works (Charleston, SC), Southern Barrel Brewing Co. (Bluffton, SC), Service Brewing Co. (Savannah, GA), The Unknown Brewing Co. (Charlotte, NC), Oskar Blues Brewery (Brevard, NC), Southbound Brewing Co. (Savannah, GA), and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Fletcher, NC).

While breweries such as Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues are already big players nationally, the reason for the local tag is that both have brewing facilities in the Asheville area of North Carolina ,and offer some of the most popular craft brews available on the Grand Strand. The Unknown Brewing Co. is also an up and comer in the area with many craft bars carrying their Over The Edge IPA that’s got a great balanced malt flavor with a killer orangey, citrusy hop flavor. As for the other breweries at the event, they’ve got the mic- or tap handle in their case, to make that first impression.

With so many new breweries making their debut in the area over the past year, I’m really excited for the opportunity to sample some of their best offerings. Like previous installments of this musical beer fest, admission tickets for the event are $11 in advance and $13 day of. In addition to the admission tickets, if you want to sample any of the brews, you’ll need to purchase either a wristband for $15, which includes 5 sampling tickets for either 4oz pours or food, or you can purchase individual tickets for $3 each to redeem for 4oz samples or food.

Yes, the price is bit steep given you’re only getting 4 ounce brew pours at $3 a piece on top of an admission ticket, however there are a few things to take in to consideration. The admission ticket is most likely going to cover the wonderful live entertainment, and of course, all of the hard-working employees that are making sure you have a good time. What’s more, the opportunity to try out something before you go all-in on a 6-pack, is absolutely worth it. The point of these events is not to drink yourself drunk, but to enlighten yourself and experience something new.

As always, with beer festivals and especially drinking outside, always remember to drink plenty of water and make sure you stop to grab a snack. The food offerings are looking pretty amazing with things like chicken and waffle cones, triple-grilled cheese sandwiches, and beer-braised brats. Once you’ve found something you like, socialize! Nothing’s better than getting together with a bunch of beer nerds (or those new to beer!) to discuss your favorite thing: Craft Beer!