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Good Brews and Limitless Recipes: Eagle Creek rolls out third year anniversary beer


July 22, 2016

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    Tomorrow, July 23, from 2–10 p.m., Eagle Creek Brewing Company will celebrate its third year anniversary with an all-day, all-ages music festival featuring eleven artists and bands booked by Airbound Entertainment. The event is a showcase of Eagle Creek’s continual support for cultivating a strong music scene in Statesboro, as well as an opportunity for them to introduce patrons to the various craft beers they have available with their tour-and-tasting packages. 
    “The music aspect came naturally when the brewery began to offer Tours & Tastings in October of 2013,” Kim Brown, events manager at the brewery, said.  “The first people to play at the brewery were Chris and Ashley Mitchell. We then began to have other acts like Soul Gravy out of SSI and Dirty Uncle Bob, who we eventfully named a beer after.”
    For their two-year anniversary last year, Statesboro’s sole brewery whipped up a special Double IPA. Looking to outdo last year’s invention, head brewer Dustin Wilson and his crew have labored tirelessly to present festival attendees with their latest brew, a Belgian Tripel. 
    “Our Belgium Tripel was really fun to make,” Wilson said. “All of our grains were imported from Belgium. We used a monastery blend of yeast from Belgium and local honey from H.L. Franklin — we ended up using 60 pounds of raw, real Gallberry honey. The bees were right here in Statesboro. It’s just a good summer beer with a lot of character.” 
    The Belgium Tripel, like the brewery’s other craft drinks, will be available in six-ounce pour samples with Eagle Creek’s tour-and-tasting packages. Wilson’s pride in Eagle Creek Brewing Co.’s Belgium Tripel stems from the difficulty in successfully replicating Belgian-style beers. 
    “Everything came together wonderfully with it,” Wilson said. “Belgian beers are some of the oldest styles, but also among the hardest ones to make because all the little things count. Now, some of the flavors that Belgium has been using for thousands of years, we have it right here in little Statesboro, Georgia. It’s definitely one of the proudest beers we’ve put out.” 
    Eagle Creek Brewing Co. has been able to experiment with recipe formation and create a rotating selection of unique brews. These mixtures are introduced to Statesboro residents with their weekly Gas Light Series. Previous selections have included a peanut butter and jelly ale, a cucumber beer and a Christmas stout with cinnamon and chocolate. 
    “It’s where we can experiment and have fun and you guys can try different stuff we’re putting out,” Wilson said. “Our Gas Light Series is only through the tavern. It’s kind of a cool way of getting people in here and trying different beers, because while they might not like our core beers, there’s a beer out there for everybody. That’s what the craft beer industry is about — making a beer for everyone.” 
    When it comes to crafting concoctions and brewing beverages, the craft beer industry offers limitless variations and options. Eagle Creek Brewing Co. is excited to continue exploring new terrain and crafting new mixtures that’ll satisfy their community. 
    “I’ve been doing recipes for six years now,” Wilson said. “You can manipulate any kind of flavors. We have hundreds of different malts and thousands of different hops. There are beers that haven’t been invented yet. We use high-end malts to produce really good, wholesome flavors. We always want to make a better product; we tweak things here and there until we think it’s perfect.”
    Although Eagle Creek Brewing Co. has canned and distributed their drinks on a regional and statewide level, the owner, Frank Dismuke, has expressed the importance of having healthy engagement with the Statesboro community. 
    Dismuke said, “This is our home and we want to stay involved with it as much as possible.”


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