Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione making his way to Charleston (update x2: Reviews are in)

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Update April 25: Beer. Beer. Beer. The Charleston City Paper was there too and has posted their own photo gallery along with a lengthy write-up.

Update April 23: We posted photos from the event up top.

Update April 16:  Details are in from the Charleston Beer Exchange blog.  Sam will be in the store from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, to sign bottles, growlers (the station will have multiple Dogfish Head brews), and his book, Brewing up a Business, which they'll be selling at a discount.  I'm sure they'll have some fun swag too.

First reporting: In the world of craft beer, we have our share of "rock stars." 

You've got Jim Koch looking like a fun old man-turtle in all the new Sam Adams commercials.  You've got Greg Koch — no relation to Sam — from Stone Brewing creating his own Twitter memes (he's @Stonegreg, search for #gregface), and of course gracing us with his presence at Brewvival.

And then there's Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, who is arguably the Ozzy Osborne of craft beer rock stars. Nay, the Mick Jagger of craft beer rock stars. He's been profiled by Inc. Magazine. He's given a speech at Google. He's got a book. He's in a movie. And folks, let's face it, the man is dreamy.

Charleston Twit-space (just made that up) was rocked yesterday with the news that Mr. Calagione will be in town next Thursday, April 22nd, for at least two events. 

He'll be doing a book and bottle signing at Charleston Beer Exchange at a yet undisclosed hour.  I'll update this when I know more, but they are at 14 Exchange Street downtown.

He'll also be doing a beer dinner at Laura Albert's that evening.  Space is extremely limited, reservations are required, and it's $55 a head (plus tax & tip) for 5 courses and 6 beers.  No menu yet, again I'll update this once it's released.  891 Island Park Drive, (843)-881-4711 for reservations.

Do your best not to act like a 13-year-old girl meeting R-Pats.

Update April 15:  This just in, Laura Albert's beer dinner menu, featuring five courses and SEVEN beers:

Reception:  Aprihop

I:  Saffron infused Stone-Ground Grit Cake With Frisee & Bacon Lardon Salad tossed w/ Red Grape Vinaigrette vs. Midas Touch

II:  Seared Sea Scallops with Pineapple Relish and Pickled Ginger Mignonette vs. Pangaea

III:  Pecan Crusted Atlantic Cod with Shittake Spinach Rice Salad With Wild Cherry Gastrique vs. Black & Blue

IV:  IPA Battered Tiger Shrimp Dog with Cajun Caper Remoulade vs. 90 Minute IPA

V:  Mesquite Smoked Chicken topped with Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Caramelized Onions and Ciabatta Crostini drizzled with Balsamic Reduction vs. Palo Santo Marron

After DinnerImmort Ale