Today is National Beer Day, and we’re already at a post-work happy hour in our minds. We love alocal brewery, but you can just as often catch us grabbing a craft pint at Lowes Foods’ Beer Denwhile knocking out our weekly grocery run. Beer cup holders in our buggies? Yes, please. 🍻
DYK? Through a recent collaboration with longstanding partner Thomas Creek Brewery out of Greenville, SC, Lowes Foods has its own line of original Beer Den Brews, all named after fairy tales: 🧚
• Belle India Pale ale: crafted with chinook, citra and amarillo hops, boasting tropical fruit notes — a “hoppy beast of a beer” that’s easy to love 🥀 • Robin Hood Amber Lager: easy-drinking, medium-bodied lagerwith a malty backbone, caramel-like flavors + a crisp hop finish — gather your merry men (and women) 🏹 • Rumpelstiltskin South German-style Hefeweizen Ale: bready, South German-style Hefeweizen withnotes of banana + clove for afruity and phenolic flavor— worth its weight in gold thread 🧵 • The Hoppit Pale Ale: balanced brew made withcascade, centennial, and styrian golding hops, plus notes of citrus + orange marmalade — one beer to rule them all 💍
Lowes Foods now offers its own line of original craft beers | Image provided by Lowes Foods
The original brews are a product of The Beer Den Cavern — the brewpub inside the Lowes Foods store at Five Forks in Simpsonville (the Carolinas’ first brewpub in a grocery store).
Cavern Head Brewer Joe Quattlebaum (pictured here at Lowes Foods’ Beer Den Cavern in the Five Forks store in Simpsonville, SC) developed the recipes for the four new Lowes Foods-original Beer Den Brews produced by Thomas Creek and distributed throughout the Carolinas | Photo provided
Cavern Head Brewer Joe Quattlebaum developed the recipes for the four beers andbegan producing them in-house at the Five Forks store for consumption in the Beer Den. He then connected with the team at Thomas Creek (Greenville’s oldest brewery), which now produces six-packs of the beers for distribution to Lowes Foods stores across the Carolinas. Ⓟ
Announced ○ The Firefliesannouncedticketing plans for the 2021 season, which include a 50% capacity(approx. 5,000 fans per game) at the start of the season, sections of socially distanced seating pods and sections with regular capacity, and ticket availability on a month-to-month basis. ⚾ ○ Dominion Energyannounced it will open a public boat launch on the Irmo side of the Lake Murray Dam for the 2021 recreational season today. Parking fees will be collected through Labor Day and are $5 per vehicle(or $50 for a season pass). 🚤
Community ○ Irmo Mayor Barry Walker Sr. has implemented a program, referred to as “Youth Zone,” that engages children who live in affordable housing complexes in academic and athletic opportunities. The town has received assistance from many community partners to start the program, which currently serves 18 children + has space available for up to 80. (Post and Courier)
Closing ○ Yesterday, The Casual Pint in Lexington announced it is closing its doors on April 30. The craft beer spot has been open for 4 years. 🍺
Coronavirus ○ South Carolina has been awarded $47,187,039 from the CDC to assist with local vaccination efforts. The award will help the state reach more individuals and make the vaccine more accessible to those disproportionately affected by COVID-19. (WIS)
Edu ○ Beginning April 19, Lexington One will start removing plexiglass dividers on classroom desks. According to the district, it currently has a low number of positive cases + will continue to require face masks and social distancing. (The State)
Number ○ 5,000+. The number of 16 and 17-year-olds that have received a COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina, according to DHEC. This age group has been eligible to receive the vaccine since March 31. 💉 (WACH Fox)
State ○ Last month, South Carolina Portsrecorded the largest cargo volumes in its history. SC Ports saw a 34% increase in the pier containers it handled compared to a year prior + set an all-time record for twenty-foot equivalent units moved across the Port of Charleston’s Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals. 🚢 (MidlandsBiz)
Cause ○ One way to get involved during United Way of the Midlands’ Volunteer Week (April 19-24): Help deliver hot meals to elderly and disabled adults throughout Richland County with Meals on Wheels. Learn more + register. 🚙 Ⓟ
DYK ○ 32Dental (121 Wildewood Park Dr.) offers multiple options for teeth whitening (think: in-office treatment, take-home treatments, and “touch up” pens) as well as veneers + crowns. Learn more about Dr. Shivani Patel and the team here + call 803-736-5300 to get scheduled. 🦷 Ⓟ
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PlanAhead ○ Bourbon Dinner| Thurs., April 8 | 6-9 p.m. | The Grand | $75 | A delicious 4-course meal + tailored smoked bourbon selections. 🥃 ○ Monster Jam| Fri., April 9-Sun., April 11 | Various times | Colonial Life Area | $20+ | Fire up your engines and get ready for an exciting Monster Truck show. 🚘
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