Costume-clad bikers raised a glass to the new Pint Bill
By Alexandria Antonacci
Bikers arrived in capes, wigs, and wings to celebrate South Carolina’s new pint law at the inaugural “Pint Pedal.” This law permits the purchase of full pints at local breweries. Charlestonians, capped off at 125 participants, embarked on a 10-mile round-trip bike trek from Palmetto Brewery to COAST Brewing Company last Saturday.
The police departments of Charleston and North Charleston kept the streets clear for the zany group while associates from Trek assisted with tune-ups and flat tires. The cloud cover protected the riders from the afternoon sun, and the miles melted away with the companionship of fellow bikers.
After the first five-mile leg of the parade, participants replenished themselves with ice-cold water and frothy pints of beer at COAST Brewing Company. While some enjoyed their brewskies outside, brewery owner Jamie Tenny led a tour inside, discussing the pint law and her expanding business (with a pint in hand).
Guests eventually had to put down the pints and pick up their bikes to finish the five miles left of the journey back to Palmetto Brewery. Stopped traffic was probably puzzled to see a horde of bikers pass by with capes flapping in the wind. Riders were greeted with a refreshing shower of rain as they peddled through their last mile.
Chris Winn, marketing director at Palmetto, made sure everything was in place for incoming guests. Beers were poured frosty fresh for the overheated cyclists. Some had battle scars from the day, others tales of tandem bike treachery, but in the end, the event was a success.