I didn’t step inside the zoo, but I downed a brew or two at the inaugural Brew at the Zoo on Sunday at Brookgreen Gardens.
It was supposed to take place on Saturday, but good ol’ Frankenstorm, aka Hurricane Sandy, prompted organizers to move the event to Sunday instead, when it was projected to be much drier and less windy.
I was pumped for this event for weeks and was disappointed that it wasn’t happening Saturday night because, well, it was Saturday night.
But I decided to show up anyway because Surge was a sponsor and I had a free ticket, so…
This was taken before my crew rolled up at Brew at the Zoo. Photo courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens.
After agreeing to put the little one to bed for the evening, my buddy Matt and I skeedaddled down to Brookgreen Gardens and got there about an hour-and-a-half into the event.
It was held in a big grassy field next to the butterfly pavilion and across the street from the zoo – which we were invited by our greeter to visit, but we didn’t.
Instead, we milled about sampling the various brews that were arranged in a square in the middle of the action, I slinked about trying to find some smiling faces for this week’s Party Pix, and I listened to the mostly acoustic grooves of local act Bullfrog – who sounded mighty fine in the cool, crisp air.
Beer for hobbits?
I’m starting to amass quite a collection of four-ounce sampling glasses having attended a rash of beer-sampling events, so if anybody busts into our cabinets they might think there’s some grog-swilling Hobbits about.
Anyhow, as I said, I’ve been to many beer-sampling events, but have never really kept track of what I imbibed. That changed last night, I felt no shame that anyone would think I’m a nerd, and I carried a notebook and pen with me and kept track of my samples with the handy-dandy program that was given out. This also kept me in check so I wouldn’t over-do it, it being a Sunday night and all, and I also matched by beer intake with about the same amount of water.
Needless to say, I feel great this morning – no ill-effects.
I sampled a cross section of beer styles, most of which I’d never had, except for locally-brewed New South, which I partook in because I wanted to go over and say hello to the brewery’s founder, David Epstein…and because the Myrtle Beach-based brew simply rocks.
In addition to New South’s Oktoberfest and IPA (India Pale Ale), here’s what I had:
Boulder Hazed and Infused (dry-hopped ale); Duck Rabbit Milk Stout (thinner than Guinness); Eel River IPA (English-style IPA); New Belgium Red Hoptober (bursting with hops, like a beer version of Pop Rocks); R.J. Rockers First Snow (the most distinctive of the bunch, an immediate nut meg flavor that reminded me of winter); Sam Adams Verloren (Coriander taste, very strong); Stoudt’s Pilsner (golden hue, golden taste).
It was a nice gathering for a first-time event, I thought…probably would have been a bigger crowd if it was not a Sunday evening, but definitely not sparse.
“We had about 230 guests at the event last night and we were very pleased with the success,” Helen Benso, Brookgreen’s vice president of marketing said via e-mail. “Don't know yet if we are going to do it again. We're still working on the calendar for 2013, but I think everyone had a good time.”
I said before, I’m not so sure about the zoo part, but everything else was cool – including port-a-johns underneath live oaks with Spanish moss draping down – I mean where else, but Brookgreen?
And that was my weekend entertainment, so it’s time to refocus on the week ahead.
We’re brewing (pun intended) some good stuff for this week’s print edition of Surge, and online, too, of course as the home stretch for this year’s election cycle comes barreling at us. We know you may be sick of politics, but we’ve got a major election going on right here outside of the Obama-Romney knockdown, drag-out. We’ll have more representation in Washington, D.C. as the newly-created 7th Congressional District will either be taken by Democrat Gloria Tinubu or current Horry Council Chairman Tom Rice, who represents the GOP. For this week’s cover story, we’ve asked both candidates to take a 10-question political, historical civics pop quiz, without the aid of Google, lifelines, or any other form of cheating. Tune into Thursday’s edition to find out the results.
But if you’re sick of politics, we’ve also got new installments of our other popular diversions, including Gut Reaction, which takes on the new location of a local Italian icon, Ridin’ with Big E (online now) has a round-up of some regional rides and other biker-related bits, Beerman ponders the growing craft beer selections at local convenience stores, and Music Notes and Working 4 a Living features return, too.
Meanwhile, the main thing that’s going on early in your work-week is Halloween-related stuff.
And, before I go any further, here is a public service announcement: TRICK-OR-TREATING IS ON HALLOWEEN – HALLOWEEN IS ON WEDNESDAY.
Here are a few notables if you’re looking to get your ghoul on:
NOW THROUGH WEDNESDAY
Get the bejesus scared out of you at a local haunt that’s become an institution – albeit at different spots up and down the Strand. This year, Dr. Scream’s: The 4D Ride of Your Death and Trail of Terror, has taken over the Myrtle Beach Speedway. In last week’s cover story – which is still our main feature online - our scribe Derrick Bracey described this attraction as, “Part 1970s highway horror, part 1980s maniac in the woods. The visitors/victims crash into a wasteland inhabited with the undead of Dr. Screams’ asylum on an interactive bus where nothing is ever as it seems and you’re never safe.”
It’s open from 8 p.m. – midnight through Wednesday.
Myrtle Beach Speedway is at 455 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach, near Tanger Outlets on U.S. 501
It’s $15 per person and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
For more information, check out www.facebook.com/DrScreams2012MyrtleBeachSpeedway or call 385-0835
A word of warning: This is not for rug rats younger than 7, women with a baby-bump or anyone with heart conditions.
It's basically a rave where you get doused paint, coupled with a sensory overload of lights and sound – including several deejays and aerial artists akin to what you’d see at Cirque de Soleil - as the Life in Color’s END (Electronic.Never.Dies) Tour returns to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, only this time it’s with a Halloween twist (because, you know, Wednesday is actually Halloween). And accordingly, there will be a costume contest. Doors open at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets range from $32-$65, available via www.ticketfly.com or at the door. Myrtle Beach Convention Center is at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach.
Here’s a link to our In Da Club feature about this party: www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/10/24/3132421/in-da-club-for-oct-25-2012.html.