BevCon Charleston is excited to offer a few excursions on Sunday, August 21 for those who are looking to extend their experience in Charleston. These are open to the public but registered BevCon attendees will have the first opportunity to register to attend. Space is extremely limited for each of these one-of-a-kind trips!

Foraging with The Lee Bros. & Bethany Kocak

$40pp, 10 a.m.-noon

In this two-part learning session, urban foraging experts and cookbook authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee will combine forces and talents with McCrady’s head mixologist Bethany Kocak.

Attendees will meet at a downtown park for samples of Matt and Ted’s infusions made with flora and fruit foraged from centuries-old residential neighborhoods. We’ll then head out to locate some of the edible plants growing wild in the city; our tour concludes at McCrady’s, where we’ll meet Bethany.

Bethany will demonstrate how to turn foraged infusions into incredible cocktails and join the Lees for a discussion of keying your cocktail program to your hometown’s terroir.

The Rum Cruise

$50 pp, 11a.m.-1p.m.

Long before anyone ever heard of bourbon, the people of Charleston were drinking rum. Join beverage historians Wayne Curtis and Robert Moss for a unique event highlighting Charleston’s original spirit. Gather dockside and board The Schooner Pride for a 2-hour excursion. (We were going to do a three-hour tour, but we all know how those end.)

Once at sea, we’ll discuss the history of Charleston’s harbor and its tight interconnectedness with Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean—a story in which rum played a starring role. We’ll sample various rums side-by-side; sip cocktails that represent rum’s rich, varied history, and snack on small bites designed by Paul Yellin of Cane Rhum Bar to enhance your rum enjoyment. What better way to gain a new appreciation of this essential and historic American spirit?

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