February 18, 2021 - Russo’s Fresh Seafood Bluffton and lot 9 brewing co. are teaming up to host Winterfest on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. The all-you-can-eat oyster roast will also debut a new Oyster Stout from lot 9 made using oysters provided by Russo's and appropriately named "Won't You Be My Neighbor?". 

"The past year has presented its challenges for everyone, so we're more eager than ever to organize an opportunity to bring everyone together outdoors in a safe manner to enjoy food, fun and each other's company," said Charles Russo III, proprietor of Russo’s Fresh Seafood Bluffton. “For over 75 years, my family has been held to a standard of ‘fish excellence,’ and my father and grandfather taught me the importance of being a good neighbor. I’m excited to continue that tradition here in Bluffton.”  

Russo’s Fresh Seafood Bluffton, a local fish market near Old Town Bluffton, offers the highest quality seafood in the Southeast for wholesale and retail customers. Russo, who represents the third generation of his family to be involved in the seafood business, continues to cut fish by hand and enjoys helping people find exactly what they need, from the kind of seafood itself to the best pairings of spices and sauces, as well as his grandpa's tips on preparing it.

Lot 9 brewing co. is Bluffton’s hometown craft brewery. United under trying circumstances after Hurricane Matthew hit the Lowcountry in 2016, co-owners Dana Briggs and Walter Trifari built their business on the belief that beer brings people together no matter the weather. The local Bluffton brewery serves more than a dozen varieties, offers outdoor seating and welcomes families and dogs. 

"Lot 9 is dedicated to promoting and engaging with the community and we're excited to be able to do just that with our next-door neighbor," said Briggs. "When we first met Charles, we knew we had to partner together to make the best Oyster Stout in the Lowcountry. We're excited to debut this new release and celebrate this homegrown goodness." 

Tickets for Winterfest are $40 per person and include all-you-can-eat oysters and two pints of lot 9 "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Oyster Stout. Live music by DJ One Love will also be performed from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are available for pre-order until Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. at https://lot9brew.com/product/winterfest-oyster-roast/

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