Monday, November 29, 2010

Changes for S.C.'s alcohol licensing for special events

From Adrienne R. Fairwell, public relations officer for the S.C. Department of Revenue: 

Change in Law - Special Event Permits to Sell Beer, Wine, Liquor Amended

Changes to issuance of alcoholic beverage special events licenses effective January 1, 2011

Individuals and organizations will soon see changes in the way they apply for special event licenses and permits due to legislation passed during the 2010 legislative session.

In order to obtain a temporary beer and wine and/or liquor license, the applicant must be a nonprofit organization and must follow the below mentioned guidelines:

• The non-profit must be exempt from federal income tax pursuant to certain subsections of section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code

• A criminal records check is required and must be conducted within 90 days prior to the date of the application

For purposes of this law change, non-profit organizations are those that are organized exclusively for social, benevolent, patriotic, recreational or fraternal purposes, and which are exempt from federal income taxes.

*Note: The new legislation applies to applications beginning on or after January 1, 2011. Therefore, New Year’s Eve events starting December 31, 2010 and ending January 1, 2011 will not be affected.

For a complete listing of ABL legislative changes please visit and click on the Alcohol Beverage Licensing link.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Miller High Life -- Alternative Fuels ad

Thanks to Beer Runner.

Winter seasonal beers to look for along the Grand Strand

This afternoon, I found Avery's Old Jubilation Ale available in six-packs of bottles at the Piggly Wiggly (The Market Common) for $11.99. I also found a single bottle in the mix-and-match section. Thank God. A bottle at $1.99 is easier to buy.

Check out this recent column to see some of the winter seasonal beers available, or soon to be available, on the Grand Strand.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A clever use of free speech fights a malicious use of free speech

From Donald Bradley, writing in the Kansas City Star:

As if a bell tolled a neighbor’s trouble, folks came running.

The first showed up before the sun Tuesday, huddling and shivering in the cold and the dark. Others soon came, and before long their numbers stretched a block on both sides of Mechanic Street in front of Harrisonville’s Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

People drove from three or four counties away. Buses arrived, bellowing exhaust into the cold, bringing loads of schoolkids and senior citizens. People took off work. Some brought dogs. Farmers parked pickups nearby.

It wasn’t a fire, but a burning sense of what was the decent thing to do for one of their own who had given his all.

By 9 a.m., an hour before the funeral of Army Cpl. Jacob R. Carver, an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people, many of them waving American flags, lined nearly a half-mile of the street in front of the church, making sure Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church/family congregation were crowded out, peacefully kept far from shouting distance of the funeral.

“This soldier died so (Phelps) could do what he does, as stupid as that is,” said Steve Nothnagel of Harrisonville as he looked at the turnout. “I’m so proud of what is happening here today. This is a community coming together. I know it’s not just Harrisonville; they’re coming from all over.”

The call had gone out by word of mouth and Facebook: Come to Harrisonville, line the streets. Let’s protect this family on this saddest of days.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How big of a deal was beer on the first Thanksgiving?

Maybe not quite as much as we'd like to think, but the story is interesting anyway.

Meanwhile, you might check out some last-minute suggestions on beer-Thanksgiving pairings.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Beer cultures around the world

Sam Calagione, founder of the Dogfish Head brewing company, has an interesting article in the Huffington Post on beer cultures around the world. Read it here.

Also, four months ago, I published a cover story on Pabst Blue Ribbon. If you missed it, read it here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Must try: Honey Wheat at Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery

Last week, Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery in Myrtle Beach tapped a Honey Wheat. This beer was brewed with 55 pounds of local honey. It might be the best Honey Wheat I've tried: I could definitely taste the honey, but the beer was not sweet, and I thought belonged in the light-to-medium weight class. I'll be writing about it in my next column in the Weekly Surge.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Whatever happened to the Pussycat Dolls?

Heard any music from the Pussycat Dolls lately? I didn't think so.

47111, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Thursday November 4 2010. Former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta enjoys an evening at the Verizon/HTC Incredible Launch at Voyeur in West Hollywood. Photograph:  Josephine Santos,

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Thursday November 4 2010. Former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta enjoys an evening at the Verizon/HTC Incredible Launch at Voyeur in West Hollywood. Photograph: Josephine Santos,
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For the affordable Americana beer party

Of course, the beer you serve at a party says a lot about you. Down-scale quality is the current token of hipness. Sometimes, you want to say you're one of the real, working, unpretentious folks. But you also want some quality.

Well, for quality, affordability, historical roots, and as much Americana as a trucker's cap, buy both of these for your next party:

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Yuengling Lager

Within these two iconic brand names, you can go slightly upscale, or keep it real: Both are available in bottles and cans.

Others? Suggestions?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Delaware . . .

it's now safe to scratch that awkward itch.

Monday, November 1, 2010