T he weather for the Yuchikiokee Music, Art & Craft Beer Festival at the Evans Town Center Park was beautiful Saturday. Not so much Sunday. But rain or shine there were some nice craft brews to enjoy.
Four of the featured craft brews were from Savannah. Top of the list was Service Brewing‘s Compass Rose and Ground Pounder. Now if you ever spent any time in basic training you might understand the references.
Service Brewing is a veteran owned and operated brewery in Savannah. On their website you can see the giant Eugene Talmadge Bridge in the background of their brewery. They say they are dedicated to honoring those that have put their lives at risk and their country and community first. They also plan to donate a portion of their revenues to assist charities that support veterans’ service to our country. Their site also has a mission statement of “Our dedication to this cause is unique and our approach to craft beer is equally unique. While brewing our year round beers on a large scale we maintain a small batch Research and Development division to enable experimentation and innovation using locally available ingredients to connect our farmers and consumers with our beer and our mission.”
CEO Kevin Ryan was on hand Saturday to hand out some of their goodies and talk about their beer. “The Yuchikiokee festival was a wonderful opportunity to introduce Service Brewing to the Augusta community! The fantastic venue and weather provided the perfect setting for spending the day with friends and having conversations about Service Brewing’s beer and our mission to make great craft beer and give back to charities that support service,” said Kevin.
And Roger, of Vineyard Wine Market, was there providing the beer being served at the festival (missed the festival? You can purchase any of the brews featured at his shop at 4414 Evans to Lock Road–just around the corner from the festival site).
Service isn’t the only Savannah brewery making a name for itself… and being featured at the festival. Coastal Empire Brewing also had 2 brews featured.
Here are the brews that were being served Saturday and Sunday (click to see more):
- Service Compass Rose
- Service Ground Pounder
- 21st Amendment Back in Black IPA
- 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die! IPA
- Founders All Day IPA
- Coastal Empire Savannah Brown Ale
- Coastal Empire Tybee Island Blonde
- Oskar Blues Momma’s Little Yella Pils
Here are the detailed brew notes:
Service Compass Rose | Savannah, Georgia
The Nautical Compass Rose has helped Mariners find their way for centuries. Our Compass Rose IPA honors those who have dedicated themselves to building the proud tradition of our navy. Like a ship charging across friendly waters, this American-style IPA balances a medium-bodied malt presence with a bitterness that does not overpower. With its hop forward taste and refreshing citrus and floral notes, this is a brew for the high seas.–From their Website
Service Ground Pounder | Savannah, Georgia
Like a good soldier, the Ground Pounder Pale Ale is first and foremost loyal to its country: An American Pale Ale through and through.
Our Pale Ale presents a good balance of malt and hops for a clean and pleasing drinking experience. Here you’ll find a mix of fruity, hoppy and malty aromas but with the bitterness tempered to accentuate the malt sweetness and character.–From their Website
21st Amendment Back in Black IPA | San Francisco, California
nspired by Paul Revere’s midnight ride, we rebelled against the British style IPA, embraced the more aggressive American version and then recast it in bold, brave, defiant black. Our Black IPA is a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected. Back in Black is our newest year-round beer available now in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.–From their Website
21st Amendment Brew Free or Die! IPA | San Francisco, California
BREW FREE! OR DIE IPA is brewed with some serious west coast attitude. This aromatic golden IPA starts with three different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone supporting the firm bitterness. Our top selling beer at the pub, this IPA starts big and finishes clean leaving you wanting more.–From their Website
Founders All Day IPA | Grand Rapids, Michigan
The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures. ABV: 4.7%;IBUs: 42; Availability: Year-round. –From their Website
Coastal Empire Savannah Brown Ale | Savannah, Georgia
Savannah Brown Ale is an American brown ale crafted with a rich malt flavor, balanced by a crisp hop finish. It has aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, and citrus. The flavors start with a blend of chocolate, caramel, and roasted nuts and follow with a balance of resinous and citrusy hops.
The beer pairs well with hearty dishes. Steaks, hamburgers, and sausage are all good choices, and the hoppiness of the beer makes it particularly well suited to be served alongside game dishes. The beer also stands up to strong cheeses such as sharp cheddar, gorgonzola, blue, and (our favorite) asiago. 6.2% ABV, 18.9 SRM, 55 IBU. –From their Website
Coastal Empire Tybee Island Blonde | Savannah, Georgia
Tybee Island Blonde is a Kölsch style ale. It is a clean, crisp, session beer brewed with noble hops. The Blonde has a light floral aroma and a mild hop bitterness. The agreeable nature of this German style ale means that it will get along well with many foods, but you haveto pick a dish that won’t overwhelm it. Being that we are on the coast, we suggest you start by pairing it with some seafood! 4.7% ABV, 3.7 SRM, 17 IBU. –From their Website
Oskar Blues Momma’s Little Yella Pils | Colorado
Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic, famous. Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn & rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While its rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher. The mildness of MLYP goes with shellfish SHELLFISH, MUSCLES, SALAD, chili, creole mussels, oysters, sausage, seafood. (They have a recipe for Creole Steamed Mussels on their website that sounds real good).–From their Website