Local breweries raising a glass, raising cash for Georgia Beer Day

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Service Brewing Co., Two Tides Brewing Co. and The Underdog Brewing Co. will be participating in Georgia Beer Day on Saturday, March 5.

The three breweries will be selling limited-edition Georgia Beer Day pint glasses designed by artist Ali Lamoureux. 

$1 from every glass sold will be donated to the Georgia Brewers Guild (GCBG) to continue promoting and supporting breweries across the state.

The collectible glasses feature the theme “From the Blue Ridge Mountains, to Driftwood Beach”. This year’s design, according to the GCBG,  displays the beauty of Georgia with two of its most recognizable naturescapes.

Georgia Beer Day is an annual celebration organized by the GCBG, and shines a spotlight on Georgia’s Craft Beer Industry. 

The GCBG has been around since 2010 and works to support and give a voice to Georgia breweries.

Kevin Ryan the owner and head brewer of Service Brewing Co. served as the guild’s president for a number of years.

“The Brewers Guild is kind of what keeps us together. Georgia brewers have been growing fast and furious since September of 2017 when the laws changed that allowed us to operate a Taproom where we could sell pints of beer to people. I think at that point we had maybe 60 breweries, and now we’ve got over 140 active brewers in the state,” said Ryan. “So there’s a lot of community, especially here in Savannah. We all try to help each other out to make sure that everybody’s successful.”

This sentiment is echoed by Liv Massey co-owner and marketing director of Two Tides Brewing Co. who points out the camaraderie and growth among Georgia breweries since Senate Bill 85 was passed in 2017.

“Everyone is very closely knit and supportive. We’ve definitely seen a ton of growth since SB 85 passed because it made it easier for more breweries to open,” said Massey.

Senate Bill 85 allows for the limited sale of malt beverages and distilled spirits to customers directly from the manufacturer, legislation that the GBCG assisted in getting passed.

The Underdog Brewing Co. doesn’t plan to open its doors until later this year, so they are hosting the Georgia Beer Day event at Ardsley Station, across the street from where the brewery will soon be located.

According to a post on The Underdog Brewing Co. Facebook page, “Ardsley Station is taking $2 off any Georgia craft beers during the event for you to pour into that fine glass.

This is also your first chance to purchase Underdog shirts, hats, and stickers.”

In addition to selling the glassware, each participating brewery has the freedom to creatively choose how they celebrate, so please check each brewery’s website (servicebrewing.com, twotidesbrewing.com, theunderdogsav.com) and social media pages to learn about specific programming, specials and promotions.

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Alex Arango

Alex Arango is a multimedia journalist and Savannah local. He has a passion for quality community journalism, and is looking forward to serving the city that he has always called home.
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