It’s official, beer fans!
Riverwatch Brewery in Augusta has finally received all the state and federal licensing it needed to officially begin its locally brewed beer right here in the Garden City.
It will be the city’s first locally owned and operated packaging brewery since the demise of the Augusta Brewing Company.
“We are so thrilled,” said Anne Sloan, director of sales and marketing for Riverwatch Brewery. “It feels great. We will start brewing next week and hopefully we’ll have our first beers ready for the public to taste in three to four weeks.”
Riverwatch Brewery is currently running a 20-barrel system and plan to offer a taproom to provide tastings.
Anne Sloan’s mother, Brey Sloan, is the head brewer and owner of Riverwatch Brewery and has been a homebrewer for more than 20 years.
Now a retired Army Colonel, Brey studied brewing technology at the World Brewing Academy, as well at the Siebel Institute in Chicago and Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany.
She has earned an International Diploma in Brewing Technology and has apprenticed at the Bayern Meister Bier Brewery in Fujinomiya, Japan.
“We can’t wait to open our doors to the public,” Anne Sloan said. “We’ve been ready to begin brewing and I know the public is ready, too.”
The Riverwatch Brewery plans to have four core brews, in addition to limited releases and experimental brews, according to its website.
Here is what’s on tap:
• Cautionary Tale IPA – A Classic IPA with a phenomenal hop aroma and a balanced bitterness. Centennial, Cascade, and Zythos Hops give our IPA that great American hop flavor profile. ABV 7.8%, IBU 75.
• Scenic Overlook Blond – Our Blond is light in color and mouthfeel, but not in taste! It is designed to be a lower-alcohol, refreshing beer with a touch of smooth bitterness. ABV 4.5%, IBU 23.
• 104 Pale Ale – Inspired by the Parkway running alongside the Savannah River, Route 104 leads you to a refreshing and well-balanced American version of an English ESB. It is crisp with a touch of sweetness, and goes down easily. ABV 6.25%, IBU 35.
• Nearest Point of Relief, Lime Kristallweizen – This is a filtered wheat beer, flavored with fresh lime zest and juice, brewed with a variety of wheat and barley malts and a touch of exotic hops. Very light on the palate, it has a clean and refreshing finish that is balanced by a mild bitterness. ABV 5%, IBU 22.
For more information, visit www.riverwatchbrewery.com.
Also, next month on Saturday, March 5, Riverwatch Brewery will have a booth set up at Metro Spirit’s 5th Annual ETCP Springfest at the Lady A Amphitheater in Evans. Make sure you stop by to check out what Riverwatch Brewery is all about!
To get more info on Metro Spirit’s 5th Annual ETCP Springfest, please visit www.facebook.com/events/1567938166860039!