Who doesn’t love kicking back after a long day and popping open a cold one to sip on while watching the sun set?

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What: Charleston Beer Week

When: Sunday-April 27

Where: Various locations

more info: www.charlestonbeerweek.com

The beer business is thriving, and that fact is proven time and time again. The craft beer industry is growing at an exponential pace, with the local scene boasting five production breweries and numerous beer-focused pubs and stores.

But beer has become more than something cold on a hot day; it’s grown into a thirst-quencher that’s meant to taste good. Brewing beer has grown into a culture of its own, with an ever-expanding array of flavors and brands.

For the next week, Charleston tips its hat to the evolution of the city’s beer community with Charleston Beer Week. Sunday through April 27, numerous spots in the Lowcountry will host a variety of beer-focused events from beer dinners in downtown Charleston to tasings in Summerville.

Charleston Beer Week started out as Charleston Craft Beer Week, the first such week being held last year and organized by Lee Distributors.

“Charleston Beer Week was founded to celebrate beer and the progress that South Carolina has made through legislative changes that allow higher-alcohol beers to be sold in the state as well as laws that make it easier for breweries to get started and thrive,” said Denise Boozer, manager of special markets and customer service for Lee Distributors.

“CBW was also started to educate consumers through fun, unique events,” Boozer went on to say. “Surveys and statistics show that consumers are curious about craft beer and would be more willing to buy these products if they knew more about them.”

The end aim of Beer Week, she said, is first and foremost to celebrate all things beer, but also to hopefully grow Charleston into a beer destination, drawing beer-loving tourists from around the country.

Read on for a lineup of what to expect in the coming week.

What’s on tapSundaySunday Funday Bowling

What: Celebrate the official Charleston Beer Week kickoff, where you can watch your favorite breweries battle it out on the bowling lanes in a tournament. But if you’re more into playing than watching, you can join one of the eight confirmed teams: Anderson Valley Brewing, Red Stripe, Weihenstephan, Carolina Brewery, River Dog Brewing, Sam Adams, Stone Brewing and Westbrook Brewing.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Alley, 131 Columbus St.

MondayHome Brew Rally

What: Charlie Papazian, president of the U.S. Brewers’ Association, author of “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing” series and “godfather” of modern American home brewing, will be hanging out, signing books and meeting other home brewers, who are welcome to bring their creations. The event acts as the official kickoff for the second annual Iron Brew competition, held in conjunction with Mellow Mushroom Avondale.

When: 5 p.m. Monday

Where: Holy City Brewing, 4155 Dorchester Road

Brewmaster Boat Cruise

What: Aboard the Schooner Pride, an 84-foot tall ship, enjoy five beer samples from the Tenth and Blake portfolio, which includes Blue Moon and Leinenkugel paired with appetizers. The brewmaster from Tenth and Blake will be on board to talk about each beer and its pairing and answer questions as you sail Charleston Harbor.

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Departs from Aquarium Wharf, 360 Concord St.

Price: $25

Craft Beer Kickball

What: Join one of the brewery teams — RJ Rockers, Sweetwater, Weihenstephan, Lagunitas, Frothy Beard, Foothills, Terrapin, Sam Adams, Palmetto and Carolina Brewery — to get in on the tournament. Or just sit on the sidelines and enjoy a $4 pint from the Beer Garden and watch what happens on the field.

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St.

Price: $10 for players, $5 for spectators

Beer Dinner

What: Take part in a five-course, eight-beer dinner. The beers are from three breweries representing Maine and California. The menu includes lobster carpaccio, lightly smoked duck breast, tomato and basil sorbet, braised beef oxtail and apple pie-stuffed apple.

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Five Loaves Cafe, 43 Cannon St.

Price: $70

More info: 937-4303

TuesdayPursuit of Maltiness

What: The first in a three-part series Beer, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Maltiness! where the focus is a single brewing ingredient, a number of malt-forward beers will be on tap, and reps will be on hand to talk about how malt was used in their recipes. Abita, Brooklyn, Foothills, Founders, Frothy Beard, Holy City, Lagunitas, Palmetto, River Dog, RJ Rockers, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose, SweetWater, Terrapin and Thomas Creek will participate.

When: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Liberty Tap Room, 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Beer, Baseball, & BBQ

What: Home Team BBQ is celebrating three of its favorite things: beer, baseball and barbecue. Sample brews with John Wetzel from Terrapin Beer Co. during the University of Georgia vs. Georgia Tech game. Afterward, enjoy live music and food specials.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Road, West Ashley

S.C. Beer Night

What: With more than 10 breweries open or in the planning stages, that is reason alone to celebrate.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Closed for Business, 453 King St.

Abita Beer Dinner

What: Take part in a beer dinner featuring craft beers from Abita Brewing.

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Sesame Burgers and Beer, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley

Price: $45

Beer vs. Wine Dinner

What: Wine snobs will take on beer geeks at this “which is better” dinner. Enjoy five courses, each of which will be paired with a beer from Founders Brewing and wine from a winery. At the end of the meal, vote for which went better with the food — wine or beer. The menu will include seared diver scallops, seared duck breast, smoked bourbon-braised pork belly and chocolate flourless torte.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Laura Alberts Tasteful Options, 891 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island

Price: $55

For more: 881-4711

WednesdayTap Into Hops Night

What: This event is the second in a three-part series that focuses on a single brewing ingredient. The ingredient for the night is hops. Reps will be on hand to talk about how hops are used in their recipes. Abita, Brooklyn, Carolina, Foothills, Founders, Frothy Beard, Highland, Holy City, Lagunitas, Magic Hat, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Palmetto, River Dog, RJ Rockers, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose, Stone, SweetWater and Weihenstephan will be served.

When: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Craftsman Kitchen & Tap House, 12 Cumberland St.

Founders KBS Release

What: One of only two Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout will be tapped for this event, so showing up on time is key. A few other stouts will be on tap, as well

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Closed for Business, 453 King St.

Cornhole Tournament

What: Compete in a cornhole competition while sippin’ on SweetWater brews. The winner of the tourney will walk away with a custom set of SweetWater cornhole boards.

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Triangle Char & Bar, 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: Free

Beer Debut

What: Be there as the first intra-South Carolina collaborative beer is unveiled. North Charleston’s Holy City Brewing hooked up with Spartanburg’s RJ Rockers Brewing to create a hopped-up imperial red ale brewed with a dose of rye. There also will be two other beers from each on tap.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Oak Barrel Tavern, 825 Savannah Highway, West Ashley

Brooklyn Beer Pairing

What: Brooklyn Brewery will be serving up BLAST!, Brown Ale, Lager, Summer Ale and an exclusive beer to go along with offerings from chef Shay MacDonald.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: HoM Burger, 563 King St.

Beer Can Chicken

What: Chicken with an Oskar Blues beer can still inside will be served right off the grill. It will be served with two sides; pair it with Dale’s Pale Ale or Mama’s Little Yella Pils.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Smoky Oak Taproom, 1234 Camp Road

Price: Meal is $12, beers are $4

Craft Beer Trivia

What: River Dog Brewing will be taking over the taps with Chocolate Rye Porter, Coastal Wit, El Dorado Single Hop Pale Ale (a special release), Red Ale (a special release) and IPA. If you think you know all there is about beer, make sure to take part in Craft Beer Trivia Night.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; trivia begins at 8 p.m.

Where: Boone’s Bar, 345 King St.

Price: $4.50 pints

April 25Tasting/Growler Launch

What: Sample the offerings from Charleston’s newest brewery, Frothy Beard. And while you’re at it, meet the men behind the beers (and beards).

When: 3 p.m. April 25

Where: Total Wine, 1820 Ashley River Road, West Ashley

Price: Free

I’ll Have Another!

What: Yeast, Sir, I’ll Have Another! is the third in a three-part series that focus on a single brewing ingredient. The night’s focus will be yeast. A number of beers will be on tap that have distinctive flavor profiles thanks to yeast. Reps will be rotating among five venues to talk up the beer and how yeast works its magic. Abita, Brooklyn, Holy City, Magic Hat, New Belgium, River Dog, RJ Rockers, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose, Stone and Weihenstephan will be on tap.

When: 4:30 p.m. April 25

Where: Avondale area spots Gene’s Haufbrau, Mellow Mushroom, Pearlz, Oak Barrel Tavern and Triangle Char & Bar in West Ashley

RJ Rockers Tap Takeover

What: RJ Rockers will take over the taps, offering Bald Eagle Brown, Bellringer, Patriot Pale Ale, Son of a Peach and Stuck on Rye 26 (a Holy City collaboration).

When: 5 p.m. April 25

Where: Smoky Oak Taproom, 1234 Camp Road

Price: $4

Charleston Beer Night

What: Celebrate the beers of the Lowcountry. Enjoy six half-pint pours from Coast Brewing, Frothy Beard Brewing, Holy City Brewing, River Dog Brewing, Palmetto Brewing and Westbrook Brewing. You’ll also get to nosh on heavy hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live music from “one half of The Royal Tinfoil.”

When: 6 p.m. April 25

Where: EVO Craft Bakery, 1075 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston

Price: $30

Up the Creek

What: The latest brewhouse in the area is tempting folks to come visit with Thomas Creek and enjoy five sample flights. Participants will receive a free pint glass while supplies last.

When: 6 p.m. April 25

Where: Homegrown Brewhouse, 117 S. Main St., Summerville

Price: $8

Guinness & ...

What: Enjoy unique blends of Guinness and a variety of ales from RJ Rockers. A prize will go to the best name for the Guinness/Son of a Peach blend.

When: 7 p.m. April 25

Where: Smoky Oak Taproom, 1234 Camp Road

Price: $5 for 20-ounce blends

East vs. West

What: The East and West Coast will square off in a battle of the beers. Representing the East Cost will be Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Foothills Brewing. Owner/brewmaster Jamie Bartholomaus will be on hand presenting Hoppyum IPA, People’s Porter and possibly another. Lagunitas Brewing of Petaluma, Calif., will represent the West. Brand ambassador Ethan Boylan will be presenting IPA , Maximus and a special release of Soco Brandy Barrel Stout.

When: 7 p.m. April 25

Where: The Griffon, 18 Vendue Range St.

Highland Beer Dinner

What: Highland Brewing and The Green Door are teaming up to present a beer dinner. The menu includes local clams, braised pigs head and Highland-braised local beef tongue sliders.

When: 8 p.m. April 25

Where: The Green Door, 251 East Bay St.

More info: 754-9914

There’s Art in That Can

What: Some of Charleston’s aspiring young artists have been invited to create designs out of empty beer cans that will be on display. During the event, there will be a live art demonstration by Oskar Blues as Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Old Chub, Gubna and G’Knight Imperial Red will be served.

When: 9 p.m. April 25

Where: Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St.

Price: Free

April 26Missing in Action

What: Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Dogfish Head, New Holland and North Coast couldn’t make it for Charleston Beer Week, but they don’t have to be left out.

When: Noon April 26

Where: d.d. peckers’ wing shack, 1660 Savannah Highway, West Ashley

Price: $4 pints

Abita Tasting

What: Enjoy a tasting and growler fill with the South’s oldest active brewery, Louisiana’s Abita Brewing. On hand will be Mardi Gras Bock, Purple Haze, Spring IPA, Strawberry Harvest and Turbodog. There also will be prize giveaways.

When: 5 p.m. April 26

Where: Total Wine, 1820 Ashley River Road

Price: Free

Brewhouse Turns 40

What: Help the newest brewhouse in the area turn 40 — 40 taps, that is. The Summerville spot will be adding its 40th tap and will celebrate with drink specials and other surprises.

When: 6 p.m. April 26

Where: Homegrown Brewhouse, 117 S. Main St., Summerville

Guinness & ...

What: Enjoy some blends of Guinness with craft ciders, ales and lagers.

When: 6 p.m. April 26

Where: The Roost Bar N’ Grille, 825 Savannah Highway, West Ashley

Price: $5

TGIFirkin Friday

What: Indulge in tastings from six and eight casks (aka firkins) on the patio. Casks are used to naturally carbonate beer, resulting in a softer mouth feel and, arguably, more depth of flavor. River Dog, RJ Rockers, Sierra Nevada, SweetWater and Thomas Creek will be on tap.

When: 6 p.m. April 26

Where: Smoky Oak Taproom, 1234 Camp Road

Price: $4 for a 10-ounce pour

Magic Hat Boat Cruise

What: Enjoy a two-hour boat cruise aboard the Carolina Queen. As you’re cruising Charleston harbor, enjoy music from the Holy City Hooligans, food from Roti Rolls and $2 Magic Hat brews.

When: 6:30 p.m. April 26; 7 p.m. embarkation

Where: City Marina’s Megadock, 17 Lockwood Drive

Price: $15

April 27Seasonal Beer Bar Crawl

What: Enjoy a bar crawl where you can try seasonal and flagship craft brews. Crawl at your own speed and talk with brewery reps along the way. Mellow Mushroom will serve Foothills and SweetWater, Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House will serve Lagunitas, Mac’s Place will serve Highland, Big John’s Tavern will serve Frothy Beard and Thomas Creek, The Griffon will serve Holy City, Boone’s Bar will serve Oskar Blues, Moe’s Downtown will serve RJ Rockers and Magic Hat; Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada and Weihenstephan also will be served at locations to be announced later.

When: Noon April 27

Where: Downtown Charleston, with start at Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St.

Price: $35