A couple Fridays ago, I was visiting my brother and sister-in-law in Charleston, SC. While they were working I entertained myself with a drive to Savannah, GA. My original plan was to go to Two Tides Brewing first and then to Service Brewing Co.
Two Tides ended up being closed for the day so I made my way over to Service Brewing Co. where I would spend most of my afternoon!
Service Brewing Co. is veteran owned and operated. It started on a Valentines Day when Meredith gave Kevin brewing supplies, because he had told her he was interested in craft beer.
Once Kevin perfected his brews enough to share with friends and family they opened Service Brewing Co. in 2014. Since then they have raised many a thousands of dollars for organizations locally, regionally and Nationally that help veterans and first responders!
They brew on a large scale and have four core beers, some seasonal ones and then some in “research and development,” that they brew with a half barrel system.
I had to try a little if everything so I got a flight! I started with their Merry Grizzmas, a Grisette brewed with spruce tips a d Kazbek hops.
This is one of their R&D beers that is earthy, light, smooth and very piney.
Next I went with Compass Rose, which is one of their flagship beers that gets distributed. It’s everything I want in an IPA, hoppy, malty, with some floral notes.
Then I had a seasonal beer that they brewed for their 6th year anniversary called SBC6 Berry Vanilla Creamsicle. It is a fruited sour and amazing! Berries lead the flavor profile with vanilla following right behind. It is sour but not over powering and very fruit forward.
Last beer of my flight was Lincoln’s Gift, an oyster stout! I have to get an oyster stout whenever I see one! This is light bodied with sweet coffee notes that goes down really smooth. Chocolate comes through more as the beer warms.
I wasn’t quite ready to leave, so I got a pour of Freedom Machine, a New England IPA. This was pineapple forward. It is creamy and piña colada like while not trying to be exactly like the tropical drink.
The staff here were so friendly and helpful. Patrick walked me through the beer list while I was picking out my flight. I’m so glad I spent most of my time in Savannah here, but I need to get something to eat!
So I found Moon River Brewing Company that has been open for 21 years!
I had their chicken nachos and a Swamp Fox IPA. The nachos were as good as the looked and hit the spot. The beer was hoppy, floral and just bitter enough.
The bartender told me about the Old Sheldon Church Ruins and said it would be a neat thing to check out on my way back to Charleston. I did not go, but might check it out next time. I only had the one beer here since I was driving back to Charleston, but their beer garden would have been a great spot to spend the rest of the afternoon.
Overall I had a great day in Savannah and can’t wait to go back! There is so much more to do and see than breweries, but you know I’ll be finding some along the way!