March kicks off almost two months’ worth of weekends where music, food, and beer will reign in and around the Columbia area. The inaugural event starting us along this path of spring festivities is the LoCo Craft Beer Jam.
The LoCo Craft Beer Jam happens on Saturday, March 10, at City Roots in Rosewood. Bands, brews, and food come together in the LoCo Craft Beer Jam – an abbreviation for Lowcountry Boil and Craft Beer Jamboree – with more than 20 beers and 10 local and regional acts taking to the stage along with a number of food trucks and vendors. Also on-site will be local arts and crafts vendors as well as amusement rides for kids. The shindig is a great way to say goodbye to the colder weather, says organizer Dave Britt.
“It hits at a time when people are really ready to get out of a winter mindset and hopefully have some good time in the sun,” Britt says.
For this year’s event, LoCo changed up its layout, giving people more access to City Roots farm, opening up the space, and allowing attendees to bask in the improvement to the property that the urban farm has made since 2017. “The vibe is so great,” Britt says.
The beers on tap also saw some changes. So this year, more beers from South Carolina and North Carolina will be there for pouring. This is one of the prominent differences from last year, in Britt’s assessment.
“I think it’s a great way for people to come out a see just how much great beer is coming out of the Carolinas,” he says.
Some of those choice Carolina selections include the Charleston-based Palmetto Brewing, which will bring its springtime-fitting blueberry kush, and the hops-forward IPA from Charlotte beer maker Sugar Creek Brewing.
Other South Carolina breweries include Brewery 85 and Quest Brewing, both of Greenville, as well as Columbia’s own Swamp Cabbage and Columbia Craft.
If Britt were to recommend a beverage, it’d be from Wicked Weed. Ever since he visited their Funkatorium brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, and was introduced to their sour beers, he’s been impressed with their concoctions.
“I think they are doing some unique things and developing some unique flavors that really stand out from the crowd,” he says.
To get you a good base for all these beers, Pawleys Front Porch food truck, food from San Jose Mexican Restaurant, a selection of Lowcountry-style Southern fare and other food options will be available.
Music is regional, too, with the 10-band bill topped by Charlotte’s Simplified, a danceable funk-jam-reggae group. Also on deck are South Carolina’s Americana road-dogs the Kenny George Band and the Herbie Jeffcoat Projekt, which Britt describes as “force of raw instrumental energy that always blows people away.”
The Rosewood neighborhood is tuned in to some party magic – with this event following Mardi Gras Columbia by a month and the Rosewood Crawfish and Rosewood Arts and Music festivals still to come in May and September, respectively.
“I think Rosewood is a great place to have events that are focused on bringing people together to celebrate art and culture,” Britt says. “There is a great camaraderie among its residents, artists, and local businesses and it is a truly unique area in terms of Columbia.”
If you go
LoCo Craft Beer Jam
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10.
WHERE: City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd.
TICKETS: $5 at www.eventbrite.com.
St. Pat’s in Five Points: It might not be craft beer that fills up the streets at this well-known annual festival, but the drink of the day has the one ingredient everyone looks for in a St. Patrick’s Day party – green food coloring. Saturday, March 17, in Five Points.
Pig Pickin’ & Music Festival: Check this out if you want to avoid the massive crowd in Five Points but still want to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with beer and music – 10 hours of music in fact. Beers will be on tap including a locally brewed green beer by Swamp Cabbage Brewing. Saturday, March 17, at Random Tap, 10509 Two Notch Road.
Cream of the Crop Beer Festival: Rosewood and City Roots brings you another good time with the Cream of the Crop Beer Festival, which acts as the finale for the week long Columbia-wide craft beer celebration Soda City Suds Week. Saturday, March 24 at City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd.
The Carolina Cup: It might be the grandest party in all the Carolinas. Bring a cooler, bring some bottles, maybe see a horse. Saturday, March 31, at Springdale Race Course, 200 Knights Hill Road, Camden.
Groove ’N Brewfest: Craft beer combines with rock music from the 1970s and ’80s, along with vintage memorabilia and cool, old cars. Heart Breaker, a Heart and Led Zeppelin tribute band, as well as the Fleetwood Mac tribute Rumours will give the day’s soundtrack. Saturday, April 7, at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry.
Krafty Draft Brew Fest: Another way to get some choice cold ones in you, this time in Lexington. Saturday, April 14 at Krafty Draft, 269 Charter Oak Road, Lexington.
11:15 a.m. to noon: Big Thunder and Rumblefish
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Herbie Jeffcoat Projekt
2-3 p.m.: Little Bird
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Kenny George Band
5-6:30 p.m.: Simplified
Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Becca Smith Duo
1:15-2 p.m.: Emma Kate Duo
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Cameron King
4-5 p.m.: Jeff Lucero
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mark Taylor Jr. Band
Blue Point Brewing Company (Patchogue, New York) | Bold Rock Hard Cider (Mills River, North Carolina) | Brewery 85 (Greenville) | Catawba Brewing Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) | Columbia Craft Brewing Company (Columbia) | Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland, Virginia) | Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles) | Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago) | Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville) | Narragansett Brewing Company (Pawtucket, Rhode Island) | Palmetto Brewing Company (Charleston) | Quest Brewing Company (Greenville) | Radeberger Pilsner (Radeberg, Germany) | Red Hare Brewing Company (Marietta, Georgia) | Redhook Brewery (Seattle) | Southern Barrel Brewing Co. (Bluffton) | Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, California) | Sugar Creek Brewing Company (Charlotte, North Carolina) | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company (Columbia) | Virtue Cider (Fennville, Michigan) | Wicked Weed Brewing Pub (Asheville) | Woodchuck Cider (Middlebury, Vermont)