Summer in Augusta means one thing for a lot of people: Pilgrimages to Tybee Island. And while the drive can’t be described as anywhere close to fun, there is now a reason to make a pit stop in Statesboro: Eagle Creek Brewery.
Open just about a year, Eagle Creek is named after Georgia Southern’s Beautiful Eagle Creek, a ditch (if we’re being totally honest) next to the football team’s practice field. It is well loved by Eagles fans, ever since then-Head Coach Erk Russell brought a jug of its water with the team to the 1985 playoffs and sprinkled it on the field. They won that game, and many, many championships, so the name is synonymous with winners.
And Eagle Creek Brewery has continued that tradition, winning over Augusta beer drinkers ever since it was introduced to the market by AB Beverage just a few months ago.
“The beer is outstanding,” said AB Beverage’s Mike Marty. “Their Blonde has been really well received here in Augusta, no doubt about that. It’s just very, very easy to drink and his has a nice malty flavor and is just a little bit sweet.”
Eagle Creek currently brews four beers: Spot Tail Light Blonde Ale, Low Country Pale Ale, Grass Roots Lemon Lime Hefeweizen and Puff’s Magic Dragon Stout. Marty said AB Beverage carries the first three, and many local residents were introduced to the brews during the recent Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que and yesterday’s Mudbugabeaux-N-Brew. They are also available on tap at restaurants around town including both Pizza Joint locations, O’Donovan’s Irish Pub and Mellow Mushroom. Want to take some home? Gravity Growlers on Furys Ferry Road has it available as well.
If you’re headed to Tybee, however, it’s worth a trip to the brewery at 106 Savannah Avenue in Statesboro. Home of what many believe is the youngest head brewer in America (Cole “Diesel” Brown was a Georgia Southern student not that long ago), Eagle Creek offers tours most Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tours cost $10 and net you not only a behind-the-scenes look at how they make these well-loved new brews, but also a souvenir pint glass and tickets for six 5-ounce tastings. Most of the time, they also feature live music.
Just make sure not to drive after taking the tour. If you have to get to Tybee the same night, we suggested finding a good restaurant after taking the tour. And before you laugh, they do exist in Statesboro. 40 East Grill, an upscale casual restaurant, is right down the street from Eagle Creek. But, for our money, the best restaurant in town was, is and always will be El Sombrero. Just don’t order a jumbo margarita after drinking 30 ounces of beer.
For more information on Eagle Creek Brewery, call 912-489-2337 or visit eaglecreekbrewingco.com.