Oktoberfest Columbia at Incarnation Lutheran Church on Oct. 12, 2018. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times
John A. Carlos II
Mark your calendars for these premier beer events in 2019 — and keep an eye on Free Times for the many tastings, special releases, food truck roundups, Oktoberfests and other events hosted by the area’s breweries and beer fans through the year.
World Beer Festival
Feb. 16. South Carolina State Fairgrounds, worldbeerfestival.com/columbia. The World Beer Festival is one of the premier beer events in the country, presenting hundreds of local, national and international beers.
Columbia Craft Beer Week
Through Feb. 17. colacraftbeerweek.com. A week-long celebration of craft beer sponsored by KW Beverage and focusing on the beers the company distributes. Special events at breweries, bars, restaurants and retail spots.
Soda City Suds Week
March 21-24. sodacitysudsweek.com. Independently run slate of events aimed at promoting the range of breweries and beer-focused businesses in Columbia.
Brew at the Zoo
Aug. 2. Riverbanks Zoo, riverbanks.org. Meander through the zoo or hang out in the plaza while sampling domestics and microbrews.