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Bierkeller: Qu’est-ce que c’est?

I remember a spring evening years ago when I was first introduced to a style of beer I quickly fell in love with.

Its name is Kölsch, and this was before it was cool (Yes…I sound like a hipster, but it’s true). I wasn’t in a bar or restaurant. I was at the home of local brewmaster, Scott Burgess. As the sun set, we sat at a picnic table in his backyard that featured a welcoming and impressive home brewery/mini beer garden. Usually I find man caves tacky. Huge TVs and the latest Xbox do nothing for me. But this was one I could get behind.

“I’m really more of a wine drinker, “ I explained, trying to politely refuse his offer of some sort of stout. It’s not that I dislike stouts, it’s just that my palate is sated after one small sip, and then I’m left with the rest of a pint that feels as heavy and daunting as eating loaf of rye bread in one sitting. Afterwards, I usually just want to take a nap.

“Try this,” he said, handing me a curiously dainty glass filled with a light heady beer that would soon become my favorite. He described it as a beer for wine lovers. Its delicate balance of malt, water, yeast, and hops was interesting, yet accessible. It had just the right level of light effervescence that reminded me of a Prosecco, but was still something I could drink with the fellas at a sporting event (in case I ever develop the desire to attend one).

For instance, this is about how many it would take to get me to a football game.
For instance, this is about how many it would take to get me to a football game.


Now River Rat and Coast Brewing Company have their own versions of this delicately flavored, refreshing lager—and both are worthy. But they fail to stand up to my first Kölsch experience.

Sadly, there wasn’t much I could do about this, short of sneaking into an acquaintance’s yard Mission Impossible-style, jimmying the lock of his brew shed, absconding with a keg of the stuff in the middle of the night (probably with some help), and then getting carted away in handcuffs after botching the whole endeavor.

Until now.

In 2015, Scott founded Bierkeller Columbia, Columbia’s first authentic German beer garden experience. You can read all about it here. He’ll be setting up pop up beer gardens all over the city, so you probably want to go ahead and like them on Facebook to keep up with them.

It’ll be just like this!
It’ll be just like this!

That same magic Kölsch I adore is ready for the masses, and will be available for your drinking pleasure this Saturday, May 14. Come to Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company for the release of Batch #1 Bierkeller Kölumbianer Kölsch-style beer.

Braving the heat for a sneak peek…er…sip
Braving the heat for a sneak peek…er…sip


There will be plenty of tables for you and your friends, and the Wurst Wagen will be there too (to complete your German experience). I was recently invited for a preview glass, and I promise it’s just as amazing as it was three years ago.

This is one Columbia beer event you won’t want to run, run, away from.



We’re Movin’ on Uuu-uuu-up!

Whoever said “Hard work pays off.” was mistaken.  Despite my flagrant lack of dedication and devotion to this lil bloggy blog, The Free Times wants to move it under its banner.

Pretty swell, right?

This means that my cohorts and I are actually….uh…you know…gonna write stuff again.  And you’ll get to read it.  And leave angry comments.  Or whatever.

So stay tuned!

Rejoice, my fellow peasants!

Who’s paying for this? I can’t afford this sh*t.

Halleluja to a Good-Eatin’ Healthy-Drinkin’ Weekend!

By Trinessa Dubas

Lawd, I have fallen in love and begun to stalk good eats! Columbia has been doing its best to please my ever-growing palette, and I am one thankful gal. In my new search for healthier, more wholesome foods, I have stumbled across the one I will stake a claim at the most. Have you guys heard of Good Life Café? Have mercy. Not only does this casual vegan spot have the most delicious alternative foods THEY SERVE WINE, organic wine at that… What? Did you think this was a get your good bite column? No ma’am(or sir). This was an opening about where to wind your Wednesday down. Ha!


Wednesday (7/9) Good Life Café 1614A Main St. will be open for a Healthy Happy Hour 4-7. Get your friends or grab a coworker and stop in for a quick bite of something new, fresh and delicious. The Bar and serving staff are beyond friendly and rather knowledgeable about these good eats. Go on, break those old habits and start a new. When you get there ask for Dustin or Tyrelle, tell ‘em Trinessa sent you. BOOM!

You may also be inclined this same evening to join Trustus Theatre’s Managing Director, Larry Hembree for his Bring Your Own Dinner; Dinner Theatre. We all know and love Larry and this fundraiser I know will be above the limits in fun. The show is at Trustus Theatre 520 Lady St. You will get the best and worst (on purpose) in dinner theatre with this two act show. Guest are encouraged to wear their worst tourist outfits and bring food to enjoy. This sounds too fun to not be a part of. I’m thinking about taking my “at publix famous” chicken in the box. Doors open at 6p. Show starts at 7p and tickets are $20. If you know what I know, they may be sold out (but give it a try anyway!)

Thursday (7/10) I have found something that looks interesting for all of my peeps that enjoy a good corny movie every now and again. Columbiana Grande 1250 Bower Parkway will be hosting RIFFTRAX LIVE. The screening will have the stars of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” commentate on the “ridiculousness” of “Sharkanado”. I have a few folks in my life that got a kick out of the television production and am sure they’d love this. If your with ‘em in this foolishnes. Feel free to join them and a host of others. It’s sure to be a good time. Tickets are $12.50

Oh, Friday (7/11) how I love thee. Get your pre- teen this evening and head out to Prime Time in the Parks. 8-11p. This event will be held in two places Hyatt Park 950 Jackson Ave and Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center 2611 Grant St. This “late night” event provides a safe environment for teens 13-18. There will be games, music, sports and refreshments. FREE FREE FREE.
Back over on the grown folk side of things, join me in supporting another of our beloved local acts as The Grand Opening feat. FatRat the Czar, Matt Monday and BLVCK will be performing at Conundrum Music Hall 626 Meeting St. Man, I really enjoy conscious rapping and an environment in which I don‘t feel threatened in attending due to the crowd (not so much the artist). This brother and his team are sure to bring it!! And if you are a lyrical lover this is the beat for you…doors open at 9. Admission is $10
I will be also spending a part of this night saying goodbye to a dear friend of mine, who has found better opportunities in Atlanta. Love you Tywila Walker, I will miss you something terrible…. (quick shout out to my roadie!!!)

Saturday (7/12) I will be off ushering for the show I mentioned a few weeks back. The Hallelujah Girls. Midlands Technical College Harbison Theatre 7300 College St. Chapin Theatre Company is a group I find to be fun and full of talented local artist, such as George Dinsmore. Show starts at 8p and tickets are $18. I am excited and expect to have a romping good time. Side note: for those of you who love theatre, but can’t always afford to see a show…VOLUNTEER. It’s a secret myself and fellow ushers kind of keep to ourselves, but I am letting the cat out of the bag! (so to speak). Ushering is one of the easiest jobs no matter where you do it. Take patrons to their seats and keep it moving. Watch a show for free and go home (unless it’s Trustus, you gotta straighten up, then go) J . I do this as often as I can and will be doing it again in the next week for The Evil Dead closing at Trustus.
Before I conclude this weeks budget-friendly venues and activities, I have to toss in an event occurring NEXT Tuesday (7/15). I usually start off the column with hump day and by the time I am working on next weeks events, The New Word Order will have been here and gone. So, prepare yourself now for then. All of my spoken word loves will get a kick out of this. Whether or not you have attended a Session’s Live event. This new face and phase from the same folks that brought you the award winning forum are back with a new place and brand. Savalis Restaurant and Lounge1710 Main St. presents The New Word Order with Spyrit the tattoo poet as host and Kyla Lacey as feature. This is one of the best most relaxed atmospheres I have been to in quite some time now. I have been following these local cats and like what I hear. If you love spoken word and the power of it in our lives, then put on your most casual of attire and beat me there!! Show starts at 8. Admission is $7

Honey, I’ll see ya!