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Solid gold

Birds Fly South Ale Project at Hampton Station made some pretty big news last weekend at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Their C’mon Sunshine Gold took home the gold in the Brett Beer category out of 61 entries. As if that weren’t enough, they also landed a bronze out of 116 entries in the Specialty Saison category for their Rustic Sunday beer. For some perspective on these wins, the beer festival featured 800 breweries and more than 3,800 beers. It’s pretty great to see our little ol’ town listed amongst other much-more-established brewery locations, and we owe it to these guys.

Under new management

Aloft Greenville recently gained two new food-and-beverage managers for the hotel that seems to draw as many locals as it does travelers to its W XYZ bar. Thomas Strait is the new director of food and beverage for the entire hotel, and Helen Campbell is the new bar manager for W XYZ, the bar and lounge located on the fourth floor. Strait comes from the Marriott Spartanburg, and most notably, was a member of the food-and-beverage team for the 2012 PGA Championship and the 2013 Masters Tournament. Campbell previously served as an event coordinator at The Cliffs Clubs. She began her career at The Cliffs as a server and worked her way to become food-and-beverage supervisor before taking on her final role as event coordinator.

Speaking of new jobs

There are a bunch of positions open for the new El Thrifty authentic Mexican cuisine concept and social club coming to the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Along with the usual kitchen and front-of-house jobs, there’s also an opening for an experienced event coordinator. Email andrea@elthrifty.com with the position you’re applying for in the subject line.

Prost, y’all

Fall is officially here, so it’s OctoberFest time at NOMA Square. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 4-6, the plaza in front of the Hyatt Regency on North Main Street will transform into a biergarten. Festivities run from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, and from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. German food, including grilled bratwurst, pretzels with beer cheese and mustard, Sauerbraten, and more will be available, along with a selection of brews from Paulaner such as Paulaner’s Munich Lager, Hefe-Weizen, or Paulaner’s Oktoberfest. Activities include live entertainment every night, games and contests including corn hole, Jenga, the chicken dance, and a stein-holding competition on Friday night. There’s even a Bratwurst-eating contest if you’re feeling especially hungry.

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