Expect the unexpected at Brewvival this weekend

Brittany Timm with Dogfish Head draws a brew at Brewvival in 2015 at Coast Brewing Co.

The 7th annual Brewvival is returning to Coast Brewing Co. this weekend with a few more surprises up its sleeve than in years past. The beer-tasting festival typically draws a huge crowd of beer enthusiasts eager to sample the robust lineup of little-known and rare craft beers from top breweries around the country.

But to avoid more bum-rushes on some of the hyped-up taps, the festival organizers decided not to announce its beer offerings in advance this year. Instead, according to a statement on the festival website, they hope attendees “will trust in Brewvival’s proven track record of not disappointing” them. O

ne thing we do know is, there won’t be as many South Carolina beers on tap. With the inaugural South Carolina Brewer’s Festival scheduled in May, the Brewvival organizers decided to focus mostly on its niche of nationwide breweries.

While sipping on to-be-determined beer samples, guests will hear live music throughout the day by Asheville jazz trio Roaring Lions Band and local bluegrass group Steady Hand String Band. Admission includes samples, but food from Artisan Meat Share, Short Grain and other local vendors will be sold separately.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Coast Brewing Co., 1250 2nd St. N., North Charleston

Price: Tickets are available for $75 in cash at The Charleston Beer Exchange or Coast, or online for $80 at Brewvival.com