SAVANNAH — Former soldiers Kevin Ryan, Dan Sartin and Jeff Hyatt, have been putting the entrepreneurial skills they learned in the Army to good use, launching their own craft brewery, Service Brewing Company.
Consumers have been sampling the brewery’s products in local bars and restaurants for a few months now, and in about two weeks, fans can enjoy fresh beer straight from the source.
Service Brewing Company will open its 28,000-square-foot brewing facility and tasting room at 574 Indian St. in Savannah from noon- 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.
The grand opening event will feature tours and tastings. The refurbished warehouse, formerly Coastal Paper Company is about 100 year old, according to Ryan, and now features brewing equipment and a stage, from which Sartin, the brewmaster, will explain to guests the process for creating SBC’s craft brews.
Attendees can sip and sample SBC’s year-round beers, the Ground Pounder Pale Ale and Compass Rose IPA, before they hit the market next month in 12-ounce cans. In addition, SBC limited-release seasonal brews Rally Point, a Bohemian-style Pilsner; and the Pecan Apricot Pale Ale SBC 0, created especially for next Saturday’s launch, will be available.
Creative marketing director Meredith Sutton said craft brew lovers won’t want to miss the two single-batch “research and development” beers offered exclusively in the SBC tasting room — Belgian Dubel, made with Temple Farm figs, and the Biére de Garde, fermented with yeast propagated from Service Brewing’s own bee hives.
All research and development beers will flow through patriotic-themed taps created by 22 local artists, including Sutton, Katherine Sandoz and Marcus Kenney.
The brewery team invites anyone age 21 and older to raise a glass as Service Brewing Company brings its beer and philanthropy to Savannah and the surrounding communities. One dollar from the sale of each souvenir glass will be donated to Healing 4 Heroes.
Sutton said Service Brewing Company strives to honor those who have risked their lives for the nation and continue to put their community first. The company donates a portion of its revenue to charities that support service members and their families. Service Brewing Company also aims to connect with our regional farming and artistic communities through the use of locally grown ingredients and commissions from local artists.
For more information, email Meredith@servicebrewing.com.