Charleston Beer Garden by Michael Cyra

Charleston Beer Garden returns to The Grove at Patriots Point on May 19. Provided/Michael Cyra

First, the accolades. 

Beer Advocate named Munkle Brewery one of the 50 best new breweries in the country. Palmer Quimby's brewery, named in honor of his uncle who's a monk, focuses on Belgian styles and is part of the Charleston Brewery District. 

Another Brewery District member, Revelry Brewing just took home the gold at the World Beer Cup for Smooth Like Jazz in the German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock category. The brewery also announced a quasi-beer fest called the Funk Collective, which will bring more than 50 sour and wild beers from around the world to town for tastings during a big block party on June 30.

Now for the big beer events happening this month. 

Home brewers will share their suds at Famulari's Chucktown Brewdown on Sat. May 12. Thirty-two home-brewing teams will compete to become a featured anniversary beer at Famulari's. $15 tickets let you taste all the offerings, vote for your favorite and eat pizza too. Famulari's is located on James Island at 1291 Folly Road.

On Saturday, May 19, the Grove at Patriots Point becomes the biggest beer garden around with 30 Carolina breweries serving more than 60 craft beers. The Charleston Beer Garden, from noon-7 p.m., isn't just about beer. There will be arm wrestling, pony hops, hands-free pizza eating contests, and keg tossing. A sampling of home brews will be featured in the Homebrewers' Village. The Dubplates return to headline with Sol Driven Train opening. $25 adv./$35 day of. 

James Island's McLeod Plantation hosts two Hops and Vines parties on May 10 and May 24. This is less about the beer and more about the property, which is historically significant and quite beautiful. Food trucks, beer and tour guides will be on hand. $15. 

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