Love beer? Welcome the Hilton Head Taste of Summer Craft Beer Festival

Chrys Rynearson

If there's one type of festival that's really blossomed in Lowcountry in recent years, it's the craft beer type.

Evidence: Welcome the Hilton Head Taste of Summer Craft Beer Festival.

It's happening Saturday, May 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina on Hilton Head Island.

They'll be offering up some 60 different beers from 20 craft breweries offering styles from pilsners, to hefe-weizens, to American-style wheats, pale ales, fruit beers, summer ales, ciders, and more. 

 Admission is free, but tasting tickets are $25 in advance (buy them here) or $30 at the gate, and include 15 samples and a souvenir glass. Craft beer sample size are 4 ounces and international samples are 2 ounces. Additional sample tickets can be purchased for $1 each. 

Taste of Summer will also feature summertime foods from Hilton Head Island area restaurants including: San Miguel's, Bistro 17, Ela's, New York City Pizza, Kickin Chicken, The Big Chill, and The Lodge Beer & Growler Bar. Plus live rock, surf and reggae music from "The Blue Dots" and "Patwa".

A percentage of proceeds from the event will go to benefit two local charities: Palmetto Animal League and the Hilton Head Rotary Club.

Here's the beer list:


  • ( 2 – represents a two ounce sample – high gravity beers ) 
  • Abita – Andygator(2), Restoration Pale Ale
  • Ace Cider - Apple, Joker, Perry
  • Allagash – White, Triple(2), Black(2)
  • Anchor Steam - Anchor Summer, Anchor Steam
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company - Summer Solstice, Boont Amber Ale
  • Avery Brewing Company – White Rascal, India Pale Ale
  • Bells – Oberon, Two Hearted Ale, Lager
  • Boston Beer - Samuel Adam’s Summer Ale, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Twisted Tea, Griffins Bow(2)
  • Bottle Tree Beer Company - Blonde , The Irish Red
  • Carolina Brewery - Sky Blue Golden Ale, Flagship IPA
  • Cisco – Sankaty Light Lager, Grey Lady
  • Cottrell – Old Yankee Ale
  • Fort Collins Brewery ~ Major Toms Pomegranate Wheat
  • Geary Brewing – Summer Ale
  • Harpoon Brewery - Harpoon IPA, UFO  White, Summer Beer
  • Kona - Longboard Lager – Koko Brown
  • Leffe – Blonde
  • Lightning Brewery - Thunderweizen, Fair Weather Pale Ale
  • New Belgium Brewery - Fat Tire, Shift Pale Lager, Ranger IPA
  • New South Brewery – White Ale
  • Palmetto Brewing Company - Pale Ale, Ginger Slap
  • Piggly Wiggly’s Pig Swig - Pig Tail Ale, Pig Pen Pilsner
  • Safe Harbor - Blond Ale
  • Sierra Nevada - Kellerweis, Summerfest Lager
  • Souther Tier - Hopsun, 422, Raspberry Wheat
  • Stone Brewery - Levitation, Cali-Belgique IPA(2)
  • Steve’s Point Brewery – Nude Beach Summer Wheat, Belgian Wheat, Drop Dead Blonde
  • Victory - Summer Love Ale, Headwaters Pale Ale
  • Weyerbacher - Merry Monks Ale(2), Double Simcoe IPA(2) 

INTERNATIONAL BEERS ( these beers will be featured in limited quantities - 2 ounce samples )

  • Holy Grail Ale
  • Kasteel Triple
  • Omer Belgian Blond
  • Orval
  • Oud Beersel Oude Geuze
  • Steenbrugge Tripel
  • Saxo Blonde
  • Three Monts – Golden Ale
  • Tripel Karmeliet
  • Westmalle Triple

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