10 Local Beer Tastings to Try in August

Chris Laskowski7/26/2016  |  Categories: Columbia
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Before you know it, the kids will be back in school and summer festivities will come to an end. With just one precious month of summer left, there’s plenty to do to make those gorgeous August evenings fun and relaxing. Grab a few friends and check out the many beer tasting opportunities in Columbia! 

Arts & Draughts
“Art, drink and be happy!” The Columbia Museum of Art is hosting this summer’s most artful beer tasting. On August 19th, gather your crew for an evening of live music, arts and crafts, games and samplings of beer from The Whig. 
Admission: $9

Brew at the Zoo
Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens holds a plethora of fun family events throughout the year. This August, however, adults get priority with the acclaimed ‘Brew at the Zoo’ event. Take your pick of domestics, imports or specialty micros, and support the zoo’s conservation and education efforts along the way!
Admission: $35 with membership, $45 general public, $55 same day

Cheers to 13 Years at Flying Saucer
Celebrate the 13th birthday of Flying Saucer Draught Emporium! What better way to ring in another year of this popular establishment than with lots and lots of beer? Mark August 6th on your calendar and enjoy live music and tasty featured drafts.
Admission: N/A

First Thursday on Main 
Each month, downtown Columbia transforms into a hub of entertainment, dining and socializing. Spend your summer in some fresh air, enjoying the city’s most exciting local festival. First Thursday on Main is the perfect place to grab a drink while spending quality time with the whole family.
Admission: Free!

Five After Five 
Columbia’s free concert series happens every third Thursday until October. Make your summer rock with lots of vendors, live performances and plenty of beer to go around. Check out Five After Five’s next concert on August 25th.
Admission: Free! 

Long's Bar Stool Classic
What do you get when you combine mini-golf with a bar crawl? The Long’s Bar Stool Classic, of course! Participants have the chance to putt-putt through eight restaurants while grabbing a few beers along the way. You’ve never experienced anything like this!
Admission: $20

Tour and Tasting: Lowcountry Style
On August 7th, indulge in Southern comfort at the Columbia Museum of Art. This tour and tasting brings you the best Southern dishes along with beer tastings. Plus, enjoy a guided tour through the Daufuskie Memories exhibit before it leaves.
Admission: $32 with membership, $40 general public

Columbia Brew Tour
Have something to celebrate? Just want to end your summer with a bang? Rent out the Columbia Brew Bus for an exclusive tour through some of the city's best breweries. This takes beer tasting to the next level! Click here for more information.
Admission: Varies

Connoisseur's Corner at Lake Carolina
Located in Lake Carolina's bustling town center, Connoisseur's Corner is one of the development's many onsite businesses. Choose from an extensive menu of local brews while unwinding in a quaint and cozy atmosphere.
Admission: N/A

Post Call at Lake Carolina 
Post Call brings a slew of delicious beers to the heart of Lake Carolina. Explore the town center to find this popular joint and enjoy unbeatable specials, mouth-watering pub food, and an upbeat sports bar ambiance. 
Admission: N/A

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5 Midlands Farmer's Markets To Visit This Summer

Chris Laskowski7/6/2016  |  Categories: Columbia
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Last month, the Columbia SC Moms Blog created a comprehensive guide to farmer's markets in the Midlands. With summer in full swing, Lake Carolina residents are out and about, enjoying sunny days, community activities and tons to do around town--including the slew of local markets (an undeniable staple of the season). To make browsing unique foods and fresh produce even easier, we’ve sifted through this guide to find the best farmer’s markets near our community:

1) Blythewood Farmer’s Market 
Just 10 minutes away from our development lies an exciting market of home goods, delicious eats and live entertainment. Whether you’re looking for fresh SC-certified fruits and veggies, handmade soaps or kid-friendly activities, the Blythewood Farmer’s Market is the place to be. This market runs from 4-7PM every Wednesday until July 23.

171 Langford Road, Blythewood

2) Sandhill Farmer’s Market 
Spend your Tuesday afternoons (2-7PM) visiting the freshest farmer’s market around. Located at Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, this market brings organic food from various regions, all homegrown! Gardening enthusiasts can also gain some insight at the featured “Ask a Master Gardener” booth.

900 Clemson Road, Columbia

3) Soda City Market 
The Soda City Market is serious business. Instead of being seasonal, this fun community activity is open to the public every Saturday (9AM-1PM) in downtown Columbia’s bustling Main Street center. Nestled between shops, cafes and more, Soda City Market rotates vendors--ranging from healthy greens to BBQ--and offers guests an exciting experience at any time of the year. Plus, it’s a quick 30 minutes away from Lake Carolina!

1500 Main Street, Columbia

4) Kershaw County Farmer’s Market 
Also located just 30 minutes away is Kershaw County’s market. Explore the market’s delectable menu of freshly grown foods while listening to live music. It’s the perfect morning stop if you’re in the mood for a stroll, a snack and some tunes. Stop by on Saturdays from 8AM-12PM until late fall.

631 W. DeKalb Street, Camden

5) Lake Carolina Farmer's Market
If a fun, fresh farmer's market is something you fancy, stay close to home with Lake Carolina's own event! The market's calendar brings folks of all ages plenty to do, with activities for kids, fresh peach bellinis, free health screenings, live entertainment, delicious food and more. Visit the Lake Carolina Farmer's Market Facebook page for more information. We'll see you there! 

Lake Carolina Towne Center (Thursdays from 3-7PM)

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