Moon River Brewing Company
“The Definitive Savannah Brewpub”
Moon River Brewing Company bills itself as “a great start to your next great time,” and it does not disappoint. Owner Gene Beeco says Moon River is distinctive for three reasons, an interesting variety of delicious beers made on-site, great food that is locally sourced and created specially to complement their beers, and a fun outdoor beer garden to enjoy what you order. Sitting outside in a cool Savannah breeze under the twinkling lights is a perfect way to relax.
You might start your Moon River experience with a flight of their beers. An 11-glass sampler includes every one of their permanent and seasonal handcrafted beers. Standouts include the Boucane, an English-style brown ale. The menu describes it as follows: “French for ‘to cure/smoke,’ the root word ‘boucane’ eventually became the modern day ‘Buccaneer,’ owing its meaning to early settlers who used wood frames to smoke meat from feral cattle and pigs on Hispaniola. This sessionable brown ale packs a wallop of flavor thanks to its complex blend of rich malts, and the addition of oats give it a silky finish.” This level of detail (combined with input from your knowledgeable server) lets you learn and discern, as you taste. Don’t miss the Swamp Fox IPA or the Captain’s Porter, deeply chocolatey.
In January, Moon River’s seasonal beers include one you must try, the Dixie Kristal: Belgian-style Tripel Ale. Despite its light, golden color and deceptively smooth flavor, the Dixie Kristal weighs in at a whopping 11.0% ABV. With your first sip, you'll taste hints of bananas, pears and a touch of spice, finishing with the slight warming presence of alcohol.
Through February, sample the Depravity or Divinity: Abbey-style Dubbel. There is a long-standing monastic tradition that has survived from Medieval times to the present: Monks are still brewing (and in some cases drinking) beer today in both Belgium and Germany. Moon River's take on the Abbey style is malt forward, with hints of raisin and plum intertwined with the classic fruity flavors of our Belgian yeast strain. Depravity or Divinity is brewed with German Pilsner malt, with Czech Saaz hops and Belgian beet sugar added to the kettle.
February and March, try the award-winning The Bomb: Irish-style Dry Stout. For many years the world-wide market for stout has been dominated by just one brand. But at the 2014 World Beer Cup 2014 World Beer Cup, The Bomb was awarded the highest possible honor for the Irish-style Dry Stout category. Moon River hasn't exactly taken over the world market since we won the Gold at that prestigious, international beer competition, but we'll take best in the world over most popular any day of the week!
If you are hungry, Moon River offers a surprising selection of small and large plates, like a scrumptious appetizer of spicy wild Georgia shrimp and sausage ravioli in a Wit beer-whole grain mustard sauce. Unique takes on pub food include a Hunter Farm’s bratwurst and apple cider-cured bacon sandwich, topped with Monterey Jack cheese and cole slaw, and tasty dinners include Salmon “Oscar,” grilled wild North Atlantic salmon, topped with a Low Country blue crab cake & drizzled with cusabi.
If you’re local or plan to be in town for a while, you might want to join the Moon River Brewing Company’s Quality Assurance Team. A one-time membership fee of $35 nets you a lifetime membership, with free mug or Drink Your Beer tee and 22 oz. beers for just $4 ($3 during Happy Hour).
Moon River is at 21 W. Bay St., Savannah. Hours are Sunday through Thursday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – Midnight. Call 912-447-0943 or go to moonriverbrewing.com to make reservations.