Georgia breweries throw down at the beach
By Jessica Leigh Lebos
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LOOKING for some hoppin’ action on the Georgia craft brew scene? Then grab a glass, ’cause it’s about to get sudsy.
Tybee Island hosts a carbonated contest for the ages this Friday, July 24, when 16 of the state’s favorite local and regional craft breweries compete at the first annual Craft Brew Battle at the Beach.
Local challengers Moon River Brewing, Coastal Empire Beer Co., Southbound Brewing and Service Brewing Co. face off against brew-hahas Sweetwater, Terrapin and Red Hare, and worthy competitors Yes Face, Jekyll Brewing and other homegrown picks join the fray.
Each brewery is bringing its top two contenders, giving attendees 32 brews to vote for as one takes home the winning title of Best Georgia Craft Brew. Tickets are $25 in advance, and expect to fill your collectible five-ounce glass stein with tart Hefeweizens, hoppy IPAs, coppery Ambers and golden Pilsners while reveling in the ocean breeze.
Included in the price of admission are fresh-popped popcorn, bar games, prizes in the form of gift certificates to local restaurants, and the swingin’ country-folk sounds of the Lazaretto Creek Band, fronted by down-home singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver.