Greenville gets a taste of rare beer with two upcoming festivals in 2013

Yo Greenville, check your stats:

  • One production brewery, two more on the way
  • One Brewpub
  • Five specialty craft beer stores
  • Two outstanding craft beer bars
  • Three craft beer festivals

If you’re keeping score at home, you might be scratching your head about that last bullet. “Three beer festivals in Greenville? Why haven’t I heard of this???”

With all due respect to the Upstate Beer Festival, which first appeared in Greenville as Top of the Hops in 2010, it doesn’t offer much for the beer geek. It’s well-run, but I attended the first one and I think I already had about 190 of the 200 beers offered.

Two of Greenville’s beer moguls, Barley’s Tap Room and the Community Tap, are each using their magnetic forces of attraction to bring rare and one-off beers to Greenville in 2013.

The Biggest Little Beer Fest, January 20

Barley’s/Trappe Door is putting on the second annual Biggest Little Beer Fest on Sunday, January 20, 2013. I wasn’t able to make it to last year’s inaugural fest. I heard it was jam packed with great beer and food.

All three levels of the the Barley’s/Trappe Door beerplex are dedicated to 80+ vintage and rare beers on tap, 8 casks and 6 randalized specialties. Great food and live music will round out a great atmosphere.

The Community Tap Craft Beer Festival, April 13

Just announced, the Community Tap is putting on their first-ever craft beer festival at Larkin’s Sawmill on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Their aim is to keep the festival smaller and more intimate, with only 30 breweries invited and 400 tickets to be sold.

You can be assured that each brewery is going to bring out its finest: rarities, one-offs, seasonals.

Tickets are not yet on sale for either event, so keep your eyes open when they do go up. Follow each on Twitter @barleygille and @communitytap for updates.

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