It has been really interesting to watch the growth of the craft beer industry here in Statesboro. As in Savannah, Athens, and Atlanta, the interest has been immediate, and the industry well-received by locals.
Just last week, Eagle Creek Brewery opened its facility for tour and tastings, permitted on a very strict schedule by state law. Henceforth, the brewery will be open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays. The facility can only be open to the public for two hours.
"Those who want to come tour and taste can buy a glass for $10, and receive up to 6-, 8-ounce pours," said co-owner Franklin Dismuke. "In other words, they will receive six tickets which they can use to get the 8-ounce samples of our beer."
Dismuke said in addition to the samples, educational tours of the brewery will be given.
"We will take folks on a tour showing them how the beer is made, and answer any questions that they may have," he said. "Also, on Saturdays, we will have a football game on television if people are interested, or they can just hang out, and enjoy one of the board games if they would like."
Dismuke said at least two flavors of Eagle Creek's beer - and maybe three - will be offered for sampling. Barry Turner, co-owner of neighboring Sugar Magnolia Bakery, is excited about this new development for Eagle Creek.
"It has already increased foot traffic in our area, and we are very pleased about that," he said. "It is great that the adjacent building is now occupied, and we are very happy to see just how much it is beginning to help the neighborhood and our section of downtown."
In this same vein, Southern Growlers recently opened its doors at 514 S. Main St. It has 20 rotating taps offering an extensive selection of regional craft beers, ciders and sodas. As with Eagle Creek, it has also been very well received.
The public seems ready to embrace the craft beer movement, and without a doubt, it has come to Statesboro.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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