Service Brewery

Service Brewery

THE FIRST THING I loved when I moved to Savannah a few years ago is that most locals like to enjoy a cold one, especially after a stereotypically hot day.

So, it was no surprise that Serving Brewing Company was a quick and long term success, especially after sipping down any of their thoughtfully crafted beers.

The story of Service Brewing began in 2012 when a local SCAD graduate, Meredith Sutton, gifted former Army commander and Iraq veteran Kevin Ryan a home brewing kit. A short two years later, they expanded their love affair to a partnership and a love affair with beer, opening Savannah’s Service Brewing Company.

Meredith focuses on events, branding, and marketing, while Kevin handles logistics, operations, and recipes, but each also focuses on giving back to our community and veterans.

Year round the brewery sells their Ground Pounder India Pale Ale, or IPA, Compass Rose IPA, Rally Point Bohemian Style Pilsner, Scouts Out Honey Saison, and Battlewagon Double IPA.

The Compass Rose IPA is their “best selling year around beer on the market,” says Kevin.
To create the signature India Pale Ale Service brews each batch with grapefruit, pear, passion fruit, and orange. Although the addition of fruit adds a touch of sweetness, the beer is extremely aromatic and balanced by both the hops and tangy kick of citrus. Out of all of Service’s IPAs, the Compass Rose is Kevin’s go-to IPA.

Rally Point, a session beer, is a great beer for drinking “year round…chefs love Rally Point after being in a hot kitchen all night. At the end of the day, that is what they want,” Meredith explains when I ask for a summer beer recommendation.

The lower alcohol level and light refreshing flavor make it a perfect beer for sipping while enduring the sweltering Savannah summer heat. Rally Point Pilsner has become

Kevin’s favorite beer “is always the most recent beer [they’ve] brewed” because the brewery has a rotation of seasonal and limited release beers.

On tap for the limited releases list when I visited was the Gun Bunny Witbier, the Savannah Bananas Cerveza, the Old Guard Biere de Garde, and an Imperial Raspberry Blonde.

“Gun Bunny is a witbier that has Indian coriander seed, cardamom, tangelo peel, and mandarin orange, which is the reason it is summer seasonal,” Kevin tells me while explaining how light and refreshing the beer is.
While I sat at the bar of the tasting room chatting with Mike, I tasted (or gulped down) one of their research and developing beers — the Cafe Macchiato Porter. The porter was rich in chocolate flavor with ideal amount of roasted espresso, and although created with deep decadent flavors, the beer was not heavy at all.

Service Brewery creates small batches — dubbed their research-and-development beers — taking inspiration from anywhere to create new and unique beers. This process allows the brewery to fine tune their process while offering exciting new things to the locals, but the beers are only available in the Taphouse.
One of their research and development beers brewed every year for the Ossabaw Island Pig Roast is the Ossabaw IPA. To create the beer, Yaupon holly from the Asia tea company is used in the brew, and the proceeds of the beer sales are donated to Ossabaw Island Foundation.

To celebrate their fourth year as a thriving local business, Service brewed a special batch of IPA that will be available at their Anniversary party this coming Saturday, July 21st.

I was lucky enough to try the Imperial Milkshake India Pale Ale after it was poured straight from the tank, and let me tell you that I have never felt cooler or more honored in my life. The hospitality of Kevin and Meredith was a perfect reflection of the way they run their business and treat their guests.

The special brew is a beautiful, milky, glowing shade of light amber, and the milky part is important. A growing movement in the brewing community is the milkshake style IPA which lends a cloudier, but not in a bad way, type of brew unlike the traditional clearer IPA. The result is a full bodied mouthfeel and a reduction in the hoppy bite that many IPAs have.

Milkshake IPAs are not only characterized by their hazy appearance but also the addition of fruit or vanilla. For their version, Service went with fruit and honey — not just any honey, but Savannah’s loved and local honey from Savannah Bee Company. The choice in fruit, perfect for summertime, was passionfruit.

The fragrance is sweet, and when drinking it your mouth fills with the creamy flavor of passion fruit, next comes the honey, and the finish is a slight kick of hops. The beer is one that goes down as easily as juice, but be careful because it boats an alcohol content of ten percent.

If you do not catch the delicious hazy IPA at Service’s anniversary celebration, you can find it around town, like many of their limited releases, canned and available to purchase.

The beer can containing the beer is as unique as the beer itself and will feature original art created by local artist, and friend to Kevin and Meredith, Will Penny.

This year, the anniversary party will be free of an entry cost and will kick off July 21st at noon. Not only can you drink as many Imperial Milkshake IPA’s as you can stand, literally, but the party will include music, food, and more.
The first part of the day will feature food from Chazito’s Latin Cuisine and music from DJ Jose Ray. As the day goes on musical guests the Hypnotics and CUSSES will play, and Big Bon will be there to fill your bellies. I hope to see everyone there.

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Review: Two Tides Brewery

Review: Two Tides Brewery

It is rare that a change in legislation results in an immediate visible effect, but Georgia Senate Bill 85 has done just that.

For those not brushed up on the law, Senate Bill 85 passed in 2017 and expanded breweries’ ability to sell their products directly to customers.

With the passage of such a monumental law, James and Liz Massey decided to follow his dream and open Savannah’s newest brewery, Two Tides Brewery.

As James puts it, the passage of the Bill made opening his own business “a much more feasible idea, as opposed to a million dollar operation” like some of the bigger breweries around town, he says.

Before embarking on his brave quest, James worked as a Certified Public Account, and Liz as a copywriter. Their roles quickly evolved when Two Tides opened its doors; James focuses on brewing his creations while Liz runs the taproom.

But James’ knowledge and skill as a brewmaster did not begin when he opened the doors. James brewed at home for about a decade prior to setting roots down in the Starland District.

To say this renaissance couple loves beer would be an understatement. Even their first date was in Savannah at World of Beer.

James’ infatuation with beer isn’t the only personality trait incorporated into the brew house. The name Two Tides originated with his love of the water growing up here.

He tells me, like many locals, his romance with the water began when he was growing up on Whitemarsh Island and having “his own boat… and…being a river rat.”

The brewery itself is giving back. Not only are they featuring local artists by hanging their work on the walls to sell, but the building itself was once part of the old Starland Dairy.

What was once a production space for milk movers is now where James creates his unique and flavorful drinks. James’ laboratory used to be the bottom floor of an old house located behind the original dairy.

As for the taproom upstairs, James told me that it “was the managers [of Starland Dairy] residence..and one of the owners back in the day lived upstairs.”

Featured year around at Two Tides include the Sixfoot IPA, the Currents IPA, the Chromatose sour, and Tan-Lines, a Pilsner. As for the breweries current seasonal offerings, they offer the Hydrus IPA and the up and coming Two Stroke IPA.

The coolest thing about being the new kid on the block is that they are running a pilot system, meaning they “are able to brew more beers than just our large batches, to kind of experiment with higher quality ingredients” Liz explains.

This gives the brewery the ability to let customers sample new creations without brewing an entire batch, and potentially wasting high quality ingredients.

James’ favorite beer the brewery currently offers is “the Hydrus, our double dry hop, double IPA,” because he is a huge fan of India Pale Ales.

But as you would expect any beer aficionado would, he specifies that he “particularly likes the new school juicy New England style IPA.”

To create this beer, James dry hops the beer once during the fermentation stage of brewing and once after the fermentation is complete. The flavor profile of this brew is a vibrant citrus flavor, with the kick of hops traditional to an India Pale Ale.

The New England style IPA offered at Two Tides is their flagship beer: the Sixfoot IPA. The New England-style IPA beer has become extremely popular and is different than most other IPAs due to its cloudy appearance.

The cloudiness of the beer gives it a smoother mouthfeel, making it taste “juicy” as James explained. For those who are on the fence about drinking an IPA, Two Tides’ Sixfoot is the perfect beer to turn that uncertainty into a love of IPAs.

Setting the Sixfoot IPA apart from the rest of the IPAs offered by Two Tides are its pine and citrus notes.

For an IPA you can drink all day, the Currents IPA is a great option. As a session IPA, it features the full flavor of a traditional India Pale Ale without all of the alcohol that comes with a high-gravity beer, hence the ability to drink as many as you like without leaving the party too soon.

Tan Lines, or ‘the khaki of beers” as James calls it, is a Two Tides’ beer you can pair with almost anything. If the name itself has not clued you in, this beer is perfect for day drinking while sitting on the beach or out in the boat.

James created “a classic German style Pilsner” but made it unique by hopping it  “exclusively one hundred percent with American cascade hops, so it has a rich Pilsner malt background, which is balanced by this floral citrusy, earthy hop presence.”

Departing from the style of both an IPA and a Pilsner, the Chromatose blackberry sour is sweet yet tart beer that should appeal to every beer drinker alike. Although Sours are traditionally tart, Two Tides is extremely balanced making the Chromatase beer you catch yourself drinking very quickly (and drinking five more).

The brewery has not forgotten about dark beer drinkers or lovers of Stouts. Just a few short weeks ago, they featured an American Stout that was loaded with smooth chocolate flavors.

Soon to come, the brewery will release a small batch of Imperial Stout that will be “aged in a Four Roses Bourbon barrel, and part of it will be un-barrel aged,” James explains.

To celebrate their quick success, Two Tides will have a Grand Opening block party on May 12, which should feature a new brew, live music, and they have even invited Big Bon Pizza to join.

Beyond that, the brewery plans on featuring live music, working with local food creators, and hosting more block parties.

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