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Service Brewing marks third anniversary with biggest celebration yet

 

Service Brewing marks third anniversary with biggest celebration yet

19 Jul 2017

When asked if it’s hard to believe that three years have passed since Service Brewing first opened its doors in downtown Savannah, owners Kevin Ryan and Meredith Sutton both say yes, but for totally different reasons.

“It doesn’t seem like a long time ago,” Sutton says. “It seems like yesterday.”

Ryan smiles. “For me, it seems like forever ago. There is so much going on every day and we are always looking so far out, that looking back to July 24, 2014, it seems like a lifetime to me. We’ve done a lot in a short period of time and I think that’s why it seems like a long time ago.”

Any challenges along the way?

“Learning to schedule from production of a beer to release,” Sutton says.

Ryan mentions learning to fix things when they break down. “All my research I looked into before we opened told me that things break and you need to build that into your budget. I’ve gotten pretty good at fixing things.”

They also rely on their fellow brewers in the area to help them out along the way, and they are happy to return the favor.

“One of the biggest challenges is just getting our beer in front of people,” Ryan says. “There are still plenty of people who don’t know we exist.”

Sutton laughs, “I had a lady last night at an event ask if we sell our beer anywhere. I said, yes, we’re in Whole Foods and Publix and most of the other grocery stores and liquor stores in town. And she just looked at me and said, ‘Really?’”

So, what about the highlights from the past year?

The couple is probably most proud of their work to raise funds for the Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans, a project supported by Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless. They collaborated with other sponsors in town and together they raised more than $39,000 for the project.

“Oh, and Sgt. Heather Johnson’s husband came in!” Sutton says. She explains that Johnson’s picture is featured on their Old Guard Biere de Garde. She was the first woman to serve with the prestigious 3rd Infantry Division, known as the Old Guard, which guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Other highlights include making the successful investment to put their seasonals in cans and putting together the popular Purple Party they recently hosted to celebrate musician Prince’s birthday.

“With every event we have or charity we are supporting, there is more and more community engagement and support,” Ryan adds. “It’s been exciting to become even more ingrained in the community.”

And it’s that excitement to give back to the community and celebrate alongside their friends that is fueling their third anniversary party.

Service Brewing will host their third anniversary from 4 to 11 p.m. July 22 at their headquarters at 574 Indian Street. Tickets are $30 and you better not waste your time, because they are expected to once again sell out before the event. This event is for 21 and older only.

While Service is known for their creative brews, they are also known for their mission to give back to the community, so a portion of the event proceeds from the party will benefit their summer charity, SD Gunner Fund, a local organization that provides service animals to wounded veterans and children with special needs.

The Savannah Bicycle Campaign will offer free bicycle valet. Ryan and Sutton laugh and say they are planning on having some strong brews on tap, so they highly recommend that anyone who plans to drink beer, please don’t plan to drive. “I even thought about putting up a note that says if you can’t ride your bike home, we’ll happily store it until Monday,” Sutton says.

As far as craft brews go, the highlight for the party will be the release of their third anniversary brew, SBC3. Sutton explains the brew is inspired by a tres leches dessert. It’s a wheatwine brewed with milk sugar, vanilla bean and more than 500 pounds of Savannah Bee Co. wildflower honey, and it’s 9.25% ABV.

Guests will also receive a complimentary A-Squad Bake Shop tres leches cupcake that Sutton says will pair nicely with SBC3 Wheatwine Ale.

With your 36 oz. of beer tastings, guests will be able to choose from other selections on tap like a small batch of SBC1 American Strong Ale (7.2% ABV); SBC2 Pale American Belgo-style ale (9.5% ABV); and a Biere de Brut brewed with cherries, cinnamon, sweet orange peel, honey and sarsaparilla room (9.4% ABV). Ryan says they’ll also have some other favorites on tap like Battle Wagon and probably a cask or two.

The duo decided to keep ticket prices a bit lower this year by allowing guests to purchase food separately from party tickets, so Big Bon Pizza’s mobile wood-fired pizza oven will be out front selling made-to-order pizza all night. They will also sell non-alcoholic drinks like waters and sodas.

The Aint-Bad Photo Booth also returns so guests can get their photos made to commemorate the celebration. The booth is linked to social media sites and they automatically post your photos so you can leave your selfie-stick at home.

Live entertainment will kick off with DJ Jose Ray.

“And we have two great bands coming to town,” Sutton says. “We have Becca Mancari. She’s a singer/songwriter from Nashville who we saw about a month ago, and I fell in love with her. She’s American Rock, with an alt-country mix.”

Athens-based rock band Roadkill Ghost Choir will finish off the show. (You may have seen these rockers perform at Savannah Stopover or Revival Fest.)

Sutton adds that guests will get a token when they arrive that they can redeem for a cool goody box at the end of the night that features a souvenir 750 ml bottle of SBC3 and a limited edition third anniversary glass.

IF YOU GO

What: Service Brewing Third Anniversary Party

When: 4-11 p.m. July 22

Where Service Brewing, 574 Indian St.

Cost: $30 at eventbrite.com; 21 and over

Info: servicebrewing.com or on Facebook

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