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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah GA

Savannah, GA is known as one of the most haunted cities in the US.  Well, I did not see any ghosts even on the “haunted” walking tour, but I did get a chance to visit the only brewpub in the city.  The place was called “Moon River Brewing Company.” 

Moon River is located just one street up from the Savannah River right in the middle of the historic district.  My group had already had dinner at Vic’s on the River (an excellent choice!) so we did not sample the food at the brewpub.  We first stopped by the restaurant portion of the place and were told that they had a more extensive beer selection at the outdoor patio next door. 
Moon River Brewing Company Outdoor Patio
 The outdoor patio was large and inviting.  Even though the day had been hot and muggy, the evening was very pleasant and conducive to sitting outdoors.  The service was spotty, so we eventually just went up to the bar and ordered.  The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable about the beer.  We decided to get a four ounce sample everything they had on tap. They did not allow tasters of their “Wild Georgia Belgique” so we got a full glass of that.

Several of the beers were standard fare and would likely appeal to the masses.  On the heavier end of their beer line was Swamp Fox IPA with a wonderful hoppy citrus flavor.  I also liked the Captain’s Porter, with its it toasty aftertaste.  The signature beer for the night, however, was the Wild Georgia Belgique.  The beer was described as a Belgian-American IPA, but it was really a Brett or Brux beer. The yeast used, brettanomyces bruxellensis, gave this beer the trademark sourness that is making this yeast a superstar among craft beer enthusiasts. It was a wonderful Georgia treat.

If you are lucky enough to spend some time among the friendly people of Savannah, GA, stop by Moon River Brewing some evening and enjoy some of the best beer Georgia has to offer.