River Watch Brewery to Start Selling Bottled Beer in Stores

August 18, 2017|

Enjoying Augusta microbrews is about to get a little bit easier.

Local brewery River Watch will soon be bottling its beer and selling it in grocery stores, according to the brewery’s owner Brey Sloane.

Sloane plans to be distributing bottled beer to stores like Kroger, Publix and Food Lion within the next 6-8 weeks. She says River Watch will start out bottling brewery favorites Cautionary Tale (a double IPA), Scenic Overlook (blonde ale) and Route 104 (pale ale).

“People have been asking us,” Sloane says. “They know us and they have been waiting.”

Savannah River Brewing Company, the larger of Augusta’s two breweries, already bottles and sells its beer at local stores, including Kroger, Publix, Circle K and Walmart. Currently, River Watch only distributes kegs to local bars.

River Watch experiments with plenty of small batch brews on site, but Sloane says as the bottling process begins, they’ll only distribute bottles of their core products that they already brew and distribute on a large scale. Small batch brews may come later.

“There are a lot of people who still don’t know there’s a brewery in Augusta,” Sloane says.

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