Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Smoke-free bars? Really?

Here's a bad idea: A smoking ban in Myrtle Beach bars.

As WBTW-News 13's Mason Snyder reported tonight, "Next month Smoke Free Horry plans to present Myrtle Beach City Council with research its done that shows the negative health impact second hand smoke has."

If smoking is legal, businesses ought to be able to choose whether they will allow smoking -- especially bars and restaurants.

Here we go again with the never-ending confusion between "freedom-to" and "freedom-from."

We ought to just allow as much "freedom-to" as possible, and let the people who want "freedom-from" go somewhere else.

That includes me. I'm a non-smoker.

If a business owner wants to establish a bar and allow smoking, does that mean everyone has a divine right to go into that bar on his or her own terms?

Should we worry about the sensibilities of animal-rights advocates by banning steak from steakhouses? Does an animal-rights advocate have a divine right to enter Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery and remain un-offended?

Sure, cigarettes are unhealthy. So are cheeseburgers and everything else on the McDonald's menu.

Just keep Horry County a truly Independent Republic.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Art, Car, Bike, and Stunt Show -- La Familia: A Benefit -- for a local woman diagnosed with leukemia

Jess, the woman who cuts my hair, gave me a flier about an upcoming Art, Car, Bike, and Stunt Show set up to benefit a local cancer patient.

Here's what the flier says:

"La Familia: A Benefit" hostedy the The Elite Company will be held Saturday, December 10, 2011, at SBB 4 Corners in Murrells Inlet, SC, from 10 am until midnight. We hope to not only raise awareness about leukemia but, also money to help a local family who as been affected by it.

All proceeds will go to help local artists Michael "Crackie" McDonald and his girlfriend Brittany Riddle who has been recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is currently underdoing treatment.

The American Cancer Society will also be on hand passing out information on all forms of cancer as well as taking donations for their Relay For Life.

The event also has a Facebook page. Call Elite Ink Tattoos at 843-448-4708 or email for more information.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Big big big words on winter beers

First, let us direct our attention to Paste Magazine, where Josh Jackson has blogged a review of 10 winter ales, which you can read right here. Second, allow me to talk about some of the new and winter brews we'll be able to find in the Myrtle Beach area -- and I talk about them in my latest column. Enjoy!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Crafty Rooster Beer Festival THIS WEEKEND! Brewing At The Beach tomorrow!

Don't miss the Crafty Rooster Beer Festival in Conway this weekend! The fest will be held at the Farmers Market (not Crafty Rooster) at 217 Laurel Street, Conway. Hours run 5-10:30 p.m. today (Friday) and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (tomorrow, Nov. 12). What better thing could you do on 11/11/11? CLICK HERE for more information! Also, don't forget Brewing At The Beach, taking place at New South Brewing Co., 1-6 p.m. Saturday (tomorrow, Nov. 12). My advance story on Brewing At The Beach is this week's cover story in the Weekly Surge. Read it here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Do you home brew?

Then I would love for you to participate in my upcoming cover story for the Weekly Surge. Please email me at, share your phone number, and tell me when the best time to call would be. Thanks! Colin

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Please join me on Facebook!

Click HERE and please "Like" Beerman! Thank you!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Beer Maid at Liberty

The hostess is a beer maid at Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery at Broadway at the Beach.

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Beer Maid at Liberty

Today, the hostess at Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery in Myrtle Beach was dressed like a German beer maid.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The best use for a bad beer: Fly trap

Fortunately, when I have bad beer in the future, I’ll have a use for it. My Dad emailed me a link for an online list of household uses for beer, like drinking enough of it to drown out the to-do list of my wife and the whining of my three daughters. Just kidding. One of the household uses was a fruit fly trap, which already proved useful when my juicing efforts attracted dozens of the little pests. Here’s how the trap works: Take a small glass jar, fill it about half-way with beer, and cover the lid with plastic wrap. Poke a small hole in the middle of the plastic wrap. Set it out in an area where fruit flies congregate. The flies, like some freshmen I know, aren’t as smart as they are annoying. They find their way into the jar, but they don’t find their way back out. One morning, I found a dozen of the little buggers floating in the eternal sleep of beer. I’ll call that a happy ending.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Beers at Oktoberfest

I'm drinking New South Oktoberfest at this event:

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Beer Maid with Jello Shots at the MB Oktoberfest

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Bud on the left, N'Tranze performing on the right, Atlantic in the background

At the Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest 2011

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More N'Tranze on stage

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The nearby Bowery represented in the crowd

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N'Tranze on stage at the Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest 2011

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More Lera Lynn

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Lera Lynn at the Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest 2011

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Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest: Lera Lynn in action

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Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest 2011

Lera Lynn perform at the Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest.

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Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest: Lera Lynn on stage

Lera Lynn perform earlier today at the Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Guess what got left at the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany?

This year, the festival's lost property office reported receiving a live, eight-centimeter-long grasshopper, a Viking helmet, two crutches, an electric wheelchair, a rucksack containing two foldable camping chairs, a case full of musical notes, 1,300 items of clothing, 520 wallets, over 1,000 identity cards, 390 mobile phones, 370 pairs of eyeglasses, 90 cameras, 80 items of jewellery and watches and 425 keys. Read more here. . Speaking of Oktoberfest, are you going to Myrtle Beach's Oktoberfest tomorrow?


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sexiest beer commercial, ever

Here's the YouTube link: Go!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Do you live in the Greenville area?

Thomas Creek Brewing Company will have a big bash on October 29. Find out more here.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

How cool to see some friends from my Sun News days! Here's where to go if you want to join us --

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One of the friendly servers here.

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More from Oktoberfest

Mike Shank created the perfect day for this Oktoberfest.... Continues until 7 today and again tomorrow. Info here:

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The scene from Oktoberfest

Come join Oktoberfest at The Market Common -- details at

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One of the friendly servers here at Oktoberfest.

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Shock Top car at Oktoberfest

Come join us:

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tomorrow (Thursday) evening: Highland Brewing Co. dinner at Myrtle Beach Mellow Mushroom

Tomorrow evening at the Mellow Mushroom in Myrtle Beach (21st Avenue North near U.S.17 Bypass) Highland Brewing Co. will host a beer dinner. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 843-444-1122 for more info.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Big deal at Shamrocks Bar this weekend

According to the Shamrocks Bar Facebook page, "hey everyone, this weekend is huge for us!! check out and their official launch party this saturday @ 8pm. they are buying the first 100 yeungling drafts!!! draft girls handing out schwag, it's going to be an awesome time. The inklife tour will be hanging out all weekend after their shows!!! and it's fall bike rally!!! we are going to be jammin all weekend!!! stop by for some fun and t meet some awesome people." Kings Highway and 26th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach! For more, go here: Shamrocks Bar:

'via Blog this'

Friday, September 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tap list at The Crafty Rooster in Conway

From my recent visit:
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Tap list at The Crafty Rooster in Conway

From my recent visit:
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Friday, July 8, 2011

America's best beach bars -

Have they never been to Bum's Beach Cafe??? -- America's best beach bars -

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Japanese craft beer: There's more to the Far East than mass-produced lagers. - By Mark Garrison - Slate Magazine

I'm now officially in the hunt for Hitachino Nest: Japanese craft beer: There's more to the Far East than mass-produced lagers. - By Mark Garrison - Slate Magazine

15 Countries That Consume The Most Alcohol - CNBC

Follow the liters per capita. Interesting: 15 Countries That Consume The Most Alcohol - CNBC

Japanese craft beer: There's more to the Far East than mass-produced lagers. - By Mark Garrison - Slate Magazine

"Before 1994, microbreweries were illegal in Japan." But check out what they're doing now: Japanese craft beer: There's more to the Far East than mass-produced lagers. - By Mark Garrison - Slate Magazine

Making Love, Not War During the Vancouver Riots

Wow! Making Love, Not War During the Vancouver Riots

A growler prowler - Weekly Surge - Beerman - | Myrtle Beach's free alternative for entertainment, news, and lifestyle information

Good news in my latest column: A growler prowler - Weekly Surge - Beerman - | Myrtle Beach's free alternative for entertainment, news, and lifestyle information

Saturday, May 14, 2011

From Myrtle Beach's Gordon Biersch


What to do? Drum Circle and Coastal Uncorked

From the Myrtle Beach Full Moon Drum Circle:

Sat. May 14th, Myrtle Beach Full Moon Drum Circle, Hours 6-9:30 pm. We will be at the State Park in Shelter 6-B. Go toward the ocean, turn right, and listen for the drumbeat. We will be there, rain or shine. Drum Circle is growing! Come out and help create the vibe. Hope to see you there.

And, of course, Coastal Uncorked is in full swing.

Are you going?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The difference between corporations and governments

Corporations bilk people; governments execute people.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I accidentally became a judge for Battle of the Bands at Abuelo's on Cinco de Mayo

I was walking about of Coastal Grand Mall around 5 p.m. after a quick visit to GNC when I got a call from Hunter Jordan, who was at Abuelo's for a fundraiser for the youth at Trinity.

Hunter said Chris Mowder of Listen Up Myrtle Beach needed another judge for Battle of the Bands at Abuelo's -- could I do it?

As a matter of fact, my wife and kids are still out of town.

So of course I went over.

Tonight I heard from these bands, all of which made for a great party:


Coman Sproles & Celtic Bluze


Eddie Ate Dynamite


Below the Bassline

And the winners were:

3rd place: Coman Sproles & Celtic Bluze

2nd place: Prowler

1st place: Eddie Ate Dynamite

Hey -- each of these bands deserves a listen! Check out their music by clicking their names above. Cheers!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New book on Bob Dylan

For a post with links to the new book, The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait, and the AP's review, click here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Music: 'Plan, Steal, Drive' by Kinski

Find more Kinski songs at Myspace Music

Upcoming in the Weekly Surge

My next column in the Weekly Surge describes another beer dinner -- this one with Highland Brewing of Asheville, N.C.

Plus, I offer a sneak preview of the Myrtle Beach Gordon Biersch's gluten-free beer.

Look for the next edition of the Weekly Surge on Thursday!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Three short primers on pairing beer and food as the grilling season begins

Would you like some suggestions on pairing beer and food?

Would you like to see how others have paired beer and food?

And how to pair the right beers with grilling cuisine?

I've been writing about these topics for the Weekly Surge and Blogcritics.

Allow me to point you to three articles available online and free of charge.

1. A Perfect Pair: Matching Brew and Barbecue, Other Grilling Too

2. Brewmaster Dinners Offer Pairing Advice

3. Call That A Bargain

Enjoy your summer -- and your beer!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Saturday: Beer dinner with Highland Brewing at For What It's Worth

Shae Dannemiller, recently of Landmark Resort in Myrtle Beach, has moved to For What It's Worth, where he will be hosting a dinner paired Highland Brewing Co.'s beers. For What It's Worth is located at 7710 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, SC. The cost is $40 per person. Call 843-497-5000 for more information.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel this morning

I took below photo this morning, from about the 31st Avenue North beach access, looking south. Read more about the SkyWheel here.

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Target Daily Deals - Save Over 30% on Men's C9 Watch Assortment

Monday, April 25, 2011

Serious deal at Green's in Myrtle Beach

Who cares if spring has sprung? Awesome beer is awesome beer, and Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale, six-pack bottles, is on sale for only $4.49 (cash price) at Green's Discount Beverage in Myrtle Beach. I have photographic proof: yfrog Photo : Shared by cfburch4

A car that runs on bourbon

I'm not making this up: A car that runs on bourbon, and "really purrs" on Maker's Mark! See the GQ article here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Stump Jump Shiraz

An outstanding Australian red with a 90 rating (from one of those big wine mags) at the Myrtle Beach Costco for $7.99. Yummy. Buy it.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hey! You!

Why can't you be more like the people in the advertisements?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I'm intended for a mature audience . . .

. . . but have yet to attact one.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

For Lent, man can live by beer alone

Yes, at least one man is fasting and drinking only beer and water during Lent. Read the CNN article.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beer sales versus craft-beer sales -- the backdrop of Anheuser-Busch's purchase of Goose Island

Beer sales are down 1 percent, but the craft-beer portion is up 11 percent, according to American Public Media's Marketplace.

Marketplace reported that statistic during this report on Anheuser-Busch's purchase of Goose Island, a craft brewery in Chicago.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Skull Coast!

Yesterday concluded the 3rd annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest. When I saw the Skull Coast Ale Company pirate on Saturday, I had to get a photo with him. My daughters love pirates, but they were out of town this weekend. So I sent them a photo. Skull Coast's Maelstrom IPA and Gallows Point Dead Man's Porter were outstanding. Find them and drink them. I'll certainly write about them in my next Surge column.

And here's me at my best on Friday evening:

Myrtle Beach Beer Fest continues today; here's what you should try

The 3rd annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest continues today.

If you go, you must try these beers:

Highland Little Hump Spring Ale -- Light with citrus tones, almost minty

Dogfish Head Bitches Brew -- Dark, medium-bodied, chocolaty and smooth

Thomas Creek Conduplico -- Brown twist on a Belgian ale

Follow my tweets from the Beer Fest here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Myrtle Beach Beer Fest starts today!

The 3rd annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest runs 5-9 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday in Valor Park at The Market Common on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

I will be live on Twitter, tweeting from @cfburch4. Follow me here.

Read my latest column, including information about the Beer Fest, right here.

And for more information, visit the fest site.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A new column on craft beer

Joshua Mason posted this good column on craft beer in the U.S.

Monday, March 21, 2011


It used to be like, "Walk a mile in the other person's shoes." Now it's like, "Just try to walk a mile."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tonight (Feb. 8) at Crafty Rooster: tapping New Belgium's Lips of Faith

Mike Wildt of Better Brands emailed to say The Crafty Rooster in Conway tonight will tap New Belgium's Lips of Faith Dunkelweisse, a potent 9-percent brew.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A study in Plant growth

I started with Led Zep's "Houses of the Holy" and then went to Alison Krauss & Robert Plant's
"Raising Sand."

Friday, January 14, 2011

ACC Tournament Championship Game Prediction

It'll be N.C. State v. Duke.

No offense to The Snooty Baby-Blue Palace in that Raleigh-Durham suburb.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

10 Great Winter Beers

Check out Paste's 10 Great Winter Beers.

Meanwhile, in all seriousness (not just an advertising plug), my in-laws gave the below to my daughter for Christmas, and she likes it:
Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

12-year-old rum, or rhum: El Dorado

Yes, below in the photo is 12-year-old rum -- and the only size bottle of El Dorado I dare purchase. Thank God for Royal Mile Whiskies -- what a great shop, with tons of minibottles of upscale liquors, even 18-year-old scotches. El Dorado's 12-year-old rum was sweet, and the taste, as promised by the guy working behind the counter, had a touch of fruitiness to it. I have no idea if it's available in Myrtle Beach, but I'm going to find out!

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

The West Gate Inn, Canterbury, UK

Wantsum Hengist, brewed in Canterbury, is one of the best beers I've tried over here.

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I found it at the West Gate Inn. See the little Wantsum shield on the far right, attached to the hand pump for cask ale? I told one of the folks behind the counter that I write about beer in the States. He gave me a spare Wantsum Hengist shield. I'm proud of this treasure.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The George, a pub and inn known to Dickens, in the Southwark borough of London

Updated Jan. 5.

Galleried inns like this one led to galleries in the theater ... or, theatre.

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