Euphoria is a four-day food, drink and music event stretching from Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 23. I hesitate to call it a “festival” because it’s more a series of tastings, meals and sessions, rather than a traditional festival where you just wander around and try stuff.
It’s more a celebration of the finer things in life, gourmet food from the best chefs in Greenville, fantastic wine tastings and live music to enhance the atmosphere.
And of course, there’s good craft beer. On Saturday, September 22, a bier garden will be open from 11 am to 4 pm. It will feature a small, select group of local and regional breweries and will be much more intimate than your typical drunkfest.
I’ve been asked to represent the homebrew community at a panel discussion at the beer garden. The panel will be moderated by Ale Sharpton, beer writer extraordinaire out of Atlanta. The other participants in the panel will include Josh Beebe, owner of Barley’s Tap Room and Trappe Door, Mike Okupinski, co-owner of The Community Tap and Don Richardson, head brewer at the soon-to-be Quest Brewing (formerly of All Good Brands).
There will also be a second panel featuring Bill Davis from Thomas Creek, Sweetwater Head Brewer Nick Nock and Terrapin Founder John Cochran.
It’s a hell of an honor for me to be included with some of the top beer entrepreneurs in the Southeast. I’ll have to strap on my big-boy pants for this one. I just hope my panel goes first so I haven’t had too much beer before going on.
Tickets to gain access the beer garden come with the Tasting Showcase ticket ($75) and the Tasting Showcase + Wine Seminar ticket ($100).
I hope to see you there. And please lob me some softball questions, it’s going to be hard enough to look smart on this stage.
So cool! I’ll be at Euphoria… Drinking craft beer, but not sure about the beer garden. Good luck!