Festival Spotlight: Hops at the Park

Main Street Bottle Shop

The Come-See-Me Festival is excited to present a brand new event for 2017! Hops at the Park is a celebration of craft beer that will feature many of the best breweries from the Carolinas and beyond. Sponsored by B & B Distributors, Inc., Comer Distributing Company, Inc., and Old Town Association, the fun starts at 2pm on Saturday, April 22 at Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill, SC.

There are two ways for you to enjoy Hops at the Park:

  • Purchase a ticket ($30 in advance/$40 day of event) and partake in unlimited sampling in our beer garden adjacent to Fountain Park from 2-6pm. 20 breweries (to be announced) are expected to attend. Your admission to the tasting area includes a souvenir sampling glass sponsored by Main Street Bottle Shop. Patrons must be 21+ to purchase tickets and IDs will be checked at the event.
  • Tickets are not required to enjoy the festivities inside the park from 2-8pm. Two beer trucks will serve full-size beverages for $5 each. The trucks will have a selection of craft beers similar to what’s served in the beer garden. Live music will be provided by Amigo (3-4:30pm) and Kodiak Brotherhood (5-7:30pm) Food trucks will be also be onsite with concessions available for purchase.

The Come-See-Me Festival encourages responsible drinking. Plan ahead to take a cab, use a ride-sharing service, or have a friend drive you to and from Hops at the Park. There will be a designated area for pickup and dropoff at the corner of Main Street and Elizabeth Lane.

Participating breweries include:

  • Aviator – Fuquay Varina, NC
  • Benford – Lancaster, SC
  • Birdsong – Charlotte, NC
  • Blue Blaze – Charlotte, NC
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider – Mills River, NC
  • Catawba – Asheville, NC
  • D9 – Lake Norman, NC
  • DreamChasers – Waxhaw, NC
  • Full Spectrum – Fort Mill, SC
  • Green Man – Asheville, NC
  • Hi-Wire – Asheville, NC
  • Legal Remedy – Rock Hill, SC
  • Natty Greene’s – Greensboro, NC
  • NoDa – Charlotte, NC
  • Olde Mecklenburg – Charlotte, NC
  • Palmetto – Charleston, SC
  • Quest – Greenville, SC
  • Southbound – Savannah, GA
  • Sugar Creek – Charlotte, NC
  • SweetWater – Atlanta, GA

New to the craft beer scene? Don’t know the difference between an IPA and a pilsner? The terminology and wide variety of choices can be intimidating. Here’s some advice from Jeff Miller and Aaron Klingenschmidt, owners of Main Street Bottle Shop:

  • Craft beer is a broad term used to describe small batch brews made by small brewers. Each batch may taste different from the next due to experimentation. It’s a unique alternative to the big brewers who produce massive quantities of beer that’s consistent but may be lacking in personality.
  • There’s been an explosion of craft breweries have exploded in the Charlotte market since the area’s first brewery opened in 2009. Today there are 25 in the region. Why has it become so popular? Simply put, the beer is good and the brewery atmosphere is focused on bringing people together. It’s social, it’s fun, and it’s friendly.
  • If Hops in the Park is your first craft beer festival, take advantage of the opportunity to try everything. Sampling is a great way to figure out what you like and what you don’t. You’ll also have direct access to the brewers themselves. Ask questions about the beers they’re serving and take what you learn to your next tasting.
  • Approach tastings as an educational experience. That’s the main focus of places like Main Street Bottle Shop. You can talk about the many different beers they have in stock and try things out without having to commit to an entire six-pack.

Don’t miss out on this chance to enjoy this new Come-See-Me event in beautiful Old Town Rock Hill!