Savannah River Brewing Company opens to public

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Savannah River Brewing Company is now open to the public and the people of Augusta, Georgia can now celebrate.

The craft brewery at 813 5th St., is now the second Augusta-based brewery to open in the past year and amazingly enough, it’s located on the same street as the first one, Riverwatch Brewery which started selling last spring.

Savannah River Brewing Company is owned by brothers Steve and Dave Ellison and run by master brewer Mark Walters. The idea was conceived by Steve Ellison, a home brewer for many years in Monroe, Ga. He wanted to share his amazing creations with the masses and decided that he wanted to start a local brewery.

He called on his brother, who has been affiliated with several businesses in the Augusta area, and the idea to commercially brew beer in Augusta for the first time since prohibition was set into motion.

“(Dave) began running numbers and doing flow sheets and doing whatever business people do, and he said, ‘Yeah, I think this could work,” Steve said.

They then went on to find a building and renovated it to become a fully functional brewery that can handle both brewing and bottling.

Under current Georgia law, brewers can only sell beer to customers who pay for a facility tour. But a bill working its way through the General Assembly would eliminate the tour-and-taste requirement and give breweries the ability to sell limited amounts direct to the public.

Local ordinances, however, restrict brewers and distilleries to industrial areas.

But the brothers aren’t letting these regulations stop their enthusiasm. They strongly believe that there company will see massive regional success.

Some of the beers that they will be brewing are Dynamite Brown Ale, Westobou Amber Ale and No Jacket Required Pilsner.Steve said Savannah River Brewery will also do small production batches on occasion that, if successful, will be bottled for sale.

Steve said Savannah River Brewery will also do small production batches on occasion that, if successful, will be bottled for sale.

Savannah River Brewing’s craft beers will also be distributed in various grocery stores throughout the area, including Kroger and Publix.

The Ellisons said the Garden City seemed like the perfect place to turn their passion for brewing into a business, given the city’s national name recognition and its growth potential from new industries such as Fort Gordon’s growing cyber defense missions.

“It is a large city and craft breweries are popping up everywhere,” said Steve Ellison, noting the numerous craft breweries that have popped up in Atlanta, Athens and Savannah. “We felt like there was a need here.”

Source: The Augusta Chronicle

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