The main display for Savannah River Brewing Company’s 5 brews. SRBC is a new 30 barrel craft brewery located in historic downtown Augusta, Georgia.

Y ou could almost call it a tap takeover… if Roger had taps. He featured all 5 of their brews this weekend along with some nice wines. Savannah River Brewing Company (SRBC for short) is a new 30 barrel craft brewery located in Augusta. Not only do they make craft beers but sodas as well in new state-of-the-art Brewhouse that contains an expansive taproom, patio and beer garden. They just released their bottles this week with displays popping up around town.
According to Roger “SRBC is a family business, founded by Brothers Steve and Dave Ellison. About two years ago, when they first began discussing the idea of opening a craft brewery, they could have chosen any state or city, and to be sure, Steve & Dave looked at many. They wanted it to be more than just a “business decision” reached by analyzing a bunch of information. Steve & Dave wanted it to have more meaning to their family. So they chose the great State of Georgia, for this very reason, which is where the story of Savannah River Brewing Company begins.
So Roger was the first to conduct a tasting of all their beers. I enjoyed sampling all of them. The freshness and mouthfeel was consistent throughout all of the brews. But that wasn’t exactly what I was looking for across 5 brews. They all have the same mouthfeel, a bit dry on the palate, crisp… and refreshing… and a bit over-carbonated. They remind me some of very good German brews built on their purity laws. They all look nice and clear with appropriate colors for their styles.
But for my palate I would love to have seen something that pushed the flavors or was a bit bolder… or maybe one that was smoother than the next. They all tasted different but then they all tasted the same. Hope that make sense.
But I’m not worried about SRBC. This is their first production batch to go out in bottles. At several beer festivals I’ve tried brews from breweries that have only been bottling for a month or two and this lack of variety and spontaneity is always at startup. Brewing is simple in theory. Making a beer that pleases everyone is not. And all of their current styles are not super dissimilar. No real dark beers, even the Dynamite Brown Ale is not a dense color.
And they might be making the brews the way they want to because it’s the brews they want to drink themselves. Gotta love someone who is loving what they do. I also had samples one after another. Not a fair test. I think a bottle of each and a palate cleanser is appropriate for a full review. (I do think the Dynamite Brown Ale and the Westobou Amber Ale have great potential. Their IPA is definitely an East Coast IPA that I can sip on).
I welcome them to the market and hope to get the beer brothers together and do a full review.
As for the wines, I was impressed with the Stratton Lumis “The Riddler” Lot 4 . Nice blend with dark fruits but not jammy at all. The Trig Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is pretty good but you got to let this one open up a bit. Goes nicely with the cheese…especially the hot one that John served up. He didn’t say what kind it was but it was definitely a hot, hot, hot cheese.
Is says it’s hot

And it is!!!!

Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, March 10, 2017, 5-7PM. Saturday, March 11, 2017, 5 to 7 pm.
Cost: $10
Here are the beers to be presented (click to see more):

  1. No Jacket Required Pilsner
  2. Westobou Amber Ale
  3. Witty Belgian
  4. Dynamite Brown Ale
  5. Savannah River IPA

Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Principe de Viana Chardonnay 2012
  2. Savannah River Red
  3. Vina Robles 4 Red 2012
  4. Stratton Lumis “The Riddler” Lot 4
  5. Trig Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Here are the detailed brew notes:
No Jacket Required Pilsner | Augusta, GA
A traditional Czech Republic-style pilsner. It is light and crisp with just the right amount of Saaz hops — a delicate balance to achieve and the mark of a true champion. 5.0%–From their Website
Westobou Amber Ale | Augusta, GA
A prideful amber ale named in the tradition of the Westobou River, now known as the Savannah River. It has complex malt flavors balanced by an extra helping of Chinook hops. 5.5%–From their Website
Witty Belgian | Augusta, GA
A traditional Belgian-style wheat beer. It is brewed with European malts and hops and spiced with orange peel and coriander. Unfiltered for more body and flavor. 5.5%–From their Website
Dynamite Brown Ale | Augusta, GA
A hoppy American brown ale. It has a mild, malty taste accentuated with a mixture of American hops that is like “sugar and spice.” So good, so good. 5.9%–From their Website
Savannah River IPA | Augusta, GA
A spunky India Pale Ale and a tribute to our hometown’s pride. It has a sweet, malty taste balanced with a strong hop flavor. 6.9%–From their Website
Here are the detailed brew notes:
Principe de Viana Chardonnay 2012 | Navarra, Spain
100% chardonnay. Fermentation in oak barrels. Kept on its fine lees for two or three months with regular bâttonages until decantation from the barrels. The nose displays a clear intense tropical fruit character of pineapples and bananas, accompanied with citric notes of lemon and lime and a vanilla and fresh-baked bread finish from the ageing in oak. Sweet and fresh palate with a full mouth-feel, balanced acidity and a characterful long finish. Enjoy with shellfish, marinated, grilled and cooked fish, pasta, salads, vegetables, rice. –From their Website
Savannah River Red | Arlington, GA
Smooth Red Muscadine Wine, sweetened with pure Tupelo Honey. These guys also have Farmhouse Shines, “fortified” wines blending fruit flavored Farmhouse wines with muscadine Moonshine for a strong 18% 36 proof. Barely legal. They also are brewing mead with their new product line, Still Pond Meads. A mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water. –From their Website
Vina Robles 4 Red 2012 | Paso Robles, California
The Power of 4 – this Paso blend is more delicious than the sum of its parts. It combines grape varieties mainly from our prestigious Huerhuero Vineyard, located in the rolling hills of Paso Robles. Here, warm afternoons and cool evening breezes influence the grapes to perfect ripeness. The grapes were picked at cooler morning temperatures and cold soaked for two days prior to fermentation. Variable pump-over techniques were implemented during progressive stages of fermentation to enhance fruit extraction and balance out the tannin structure. The wine was then aged in both small and large format French, Eastern European and American oak barrels for 16 months in order to add complexity while enhancing a soft, velvety finish. Vina Robles’ RED4 blend showcases the structure of Petite Sirah, the spice and cherry qualities of Syrah, the forward fruit of Grenache, and the rustic character of Mourvèdre. This intriguing, youthful wine is your perfect dinner companion.–From their Website
Stratton Lumis “The Riddler” Lot 4 | California
Lot 4 continues the tradition of seven different varieties of grapes grown in Napa. Some of the grapes have changed. It has never been our intention to make the same wine year after year. We search for new and interesting combinations between our vineyard sources. Our hope is you compare the different lots with each other. Lot 4 moves away from a key Bordeaux varietal as one of the dominant grapes. Dark fruit flavors play with brighter aromas. Hints of plums, dark cherries, and cassis should bring you lots of pleasure and mystery as you try to solve the riddle in each glass. The Riddler,. always pairs wonderfully with chefs’ finest meat dishes. It is so smooth that it can be enjoyed on its own, or shared with a special someone. “The Riddler,. takes me back to my boyhood. I am six years old. Playing alone, I have discovered an old stone winery on a friend’s property. The door opens easily. I step inside, amazed at the rows of giant oak tanks, I brush their sides with my fingers, delightfully finding drops of sticky liquid. Each is a mystery of new smells and tastes. They are riddles that I have spent my life trying to solve. The Riddler,. is bottled by Stratton Lummis. It has given us endless friends. We at Stratton Lummis wish that Lot 4 of The Riddler brings you the same.
– Richard de los Reyes
–From their Website
Trig Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | Alexander Valley, California
2014 was an exceptional vintage in Alexander Valley. The wines show outstanding color and flavor development. A warm, relatively dry spring through April and May produced very even flowering and fruit set. We were a little worried in midsummer that sugars were ahead of flavor, but cool weather in September stalled ripening. The nights stayed cool and we picked at optimal flavor concentration. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, spice, and licorice. Black currant and cherry flavors are accented with sage and dark chocolate. Full-bodied on the palate, this vintage shows subtle espresso bean and mocha notes in a soft, supple finish. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes; grown on soils of deep gravely loam. Fermented in Barrel. Aged in Barrel: Taransaud, Boutes tight-grain, 25% new, 60% French, 20% American, 20% Hungarian. Aged for 18 months. Bottled unfined. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. –From their Website


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