What is it?
Charleston Beer Week (CBW) is comprised of 64 different events, over nine days (Sept 7-15, 2018), taking place all over the Charleston tri-county area. As a participant, you can attend events that tickle your fancy, all of which will be posted to this website as we confirm them with event organizers. Some events may require tickets, while the majority are "pay as you go", meaning you're free to enjoy as little or as much as you'd like of the week!
What's the purpose? Is it only about local beer?
The purpose of CBW is to promote our craft beer community as a whole, which will no doubt feature all 24 of our amazing local breweries. With that said, we also encourage diversity and definitely look forward to other regional & national craft breweries participating!
What kind of events can I look forward to?
Events are all independently organized, so we often won't know until they have been registered, but based on past experience you can expect a little bit of everything: beer dinners, special releases, brewery events, educational events, food pairings, meet the brewers, outdoor events, style showcase, tap takeovers, festivals, and charity fund raisers.
Sponsorships & Events
Is there a limit on the number of sponsors?
YES. There's a maximum of three KEG sponsors, and a maximum of eight PITCHER sponsors. There are no limits on PINT sponsors.
Is there a limit on the number of events for the week?
YES. There is a limit on events per day (8 for Fri/Sat, 6 for Sun-Thu) which can be seen on this diagram. As you will see, some "event slots" are reserved for sponsors. Additionally, local breweries are limited to one on-premise event for the week, while other venues are limited to two events. The main reason for this is to focus on quality over quantity!
When is sponsorship or event registration payment due?
Immediately upon registration. Sponsorship and event slots are limited, and payment secures your spot.
How do I sign up as a sponsor or to host an official event?
We have dedicated pages for registering for sponsorship, and registering an event. We then review your request and contact you with payment options.
Do I have to be a sponsor to hold an event?
NO. Any venue in town can host an event for the $60 registration fee. All of our sponsorships come with an included event slot (or two), but it's not mandatory to host an event.
What if I’m an out-of-town brewery, or a distributor, and I want to hold an event?
Great! If you find a friendly venue (bar, store, etc.) that you want to work with and plan an event, have at it! We only require that someone involved in the event submits the event info for us to vet, and someone submits payment.
What kind of events are allowed?
Use your imagination! That said, we will vet your event submissions to ensure they make sense for Charleston Beer Week before any payment changes hands, and we may deny events at our discretion. The only hard-and-fast rules: they must showcase craft beer and take place in the Charleston tri-county area.
Craft beer only?
Yep! We go by the Brewers Association definition of craft beer and encourage our small, independent breweries to get involved with CBW.
What if I have to cancel my event before CBW?
We'll work with you to get the word out, and/or cancel & refund any tickets to your customers. Please note though that sponsor & event fees are non-refundable.
What about severe weather, like last year?
Please read this page!
What if the day I wanted is already booked?
We will inform you and suggest an alternate day before any payment changes hands.
Will you accept payment-in-kind for sponsorship or event registration?
Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
I'm running pint specials all week - does this make me part of CBW? Can I use the logo to promote?
You're free to do so "in celebration of CBW" obviously, but only events on our calendar are considered "official" CBW events, which we market & promote. Do not use the logo to promote any unofficial events, please and thank you!
So the Swag Packs are purchased on top of the sponsor or event package?
Yes, although sponsors will get some for free as part of their sponsorship, see this page for more info. Any sponsor or event venue may opt to purchase additional Swag Packs though. People love da Swag!
Can we select the shirt sizes, male/female type, etc?
Yes, please provide us with this info and we'll do our best to get you exactly what you want. We can't make a 100% guarantee though since it depends on order quantities/specifics.
What if I want to sell the shirts and/or glasses?
Swag is meant to be given away at your events, your customers will love ya for it, trust us! We would not suggest that you sell them. If you sell them, we can’t legally taser you, but we’ll think about it.
Planning Meetings & Volunteers
How do I get involved?
We encourage any local, craft beer friendly business to get in touch with us so that we can add you to our Google Group. Through this group, we keep all of our planners up-to-date with announcements, upcoming meeting schedules/agenda/notes, and other related info. If you're interested, contact us here.
Can I volunteer?
Yes! We mostly need volunteers to help us distribute posters/postcards around the area, but may also need additional help along the way. We'll be happy to pay in free beer, high fives, and extra swag! Reach out to us and we'll put you on our volunteer list.