Statesboro’s newest brewery set to open

William Price

Next Tuesday, Statesboro gets its first chance to try newly completed Eagle Creek Brewery’s award-winning beer at Retrievers Sports Bar & Grill.

Beginning at Retrievers, Eagle Creek Brewery will embark on a short tour around different bars and restaurants in Statesboro in order to spread the word about its brew.

“We’re excited to finally be able to let the community try what we’ve been working on for over a year now,” Cole Brown, head brewer at Eagle Creek and senior communication arts major at Georgia Southern University, said.

At Retrievers on Tuesday Eagle Creek will have the Low Country Pale Ale available to customers as well as a variety of giveaways, Daniel Long, co-owner of Eagle Creek Brewery, said.

“The Low Country is an aggressively herbed and flavored pale ale. It’s heavy in citrus and herby flavors and comes in around 5.2 percent alcohol content, it’s somewhat similar to Sweetwater 420,” Brown said.

Eagle Creek will distribute beer to 20 restaurants and bars in Statesboro as well as 27 establishments in Savannah.

“We’re capable of producing six thousand gallons of beer a month at our place, but we’re not going to try and expand to quickly. We want to grow accordingly with our business and without jeopardizing the quality of our product,” Long said.

The brewery will be crafting three beers at its facility located next door to Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Café on Savannah Avenue in downtown Statesboro.

“We definitely plan to carry their beer when we can get it bottled. We’re all pretty excited to try it,” Steve Jones, owner of Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Café, said.

The brewery cautiously aims to have full-scale opening the first week of football season this fall.

“When we’re fully open we’re going to hold tours going through our brewery to teach people how beer is made as well a give visitors a taste of what we’re making,” Long said.

Jones said, “I think it’s great that an independent, artisan producer is moving in to Statesboro. Places like these are one of the hallmarks of a growing city.”