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The Distillery

The DistilleryThe Distillery

Taps: 21 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 13.15%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

416 W Liberty St
Savannah, Georgia, 31401-3918
United States
phone: (912) 236-1772

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @distillerysav

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(Place added by: bv74550p on 12-08-2008)
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freakeconomist

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$

I worked here for almost a year. I loved every thing about the bar, and now I distribute beer to them. It's a gem, and the Volens have done an amazing job with the entire place. I go at least once a week and get a flight ($18), enjoy some fried pickles and pretzels. They also have a great craft liquor selection, but they flavor their own liquors in house too. The Pickle Bloody Mary is (seriously) the best in Savannah, and naturally, the top it with a stout beer.

10-10-2013 13:19:05 | More by freakeconomist
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solo103

Florida

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Every time I a take a trip to Savannah I always make sure to stop in The Distillery. The people there are great. They always have some good beers on tap and in the bottle cellar and usually have some goodies tucked away that aren't on the menu if you know what I mean. The first time I went me and a buddy brought some beers from FL to share with the staff (the staff here is overall really knowledgeable and very friendly) and to show their appreciation for bringing some good treats that they haven't had before one of the bartenders went home after his shift and brought us some stuff we just cant get in Florida. This is my favorite spot to get a beer in Savannah and a must stop every time I go. No Bud, Miller or Coors products wich is nice in a craft beer establishment.

09-02-2013 19:13:37 | More by solo103
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mynie

Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$

This is *the* craft beer destination in Savannah. The beer menus are ubiquitous and extensive, the staff is knowledgable, and the ethos is based primarily around good beer. They serve food and liquor, too, but beer is the the main focus.

The decor is newly renovated glit--woody, warm lighting. All the taps are wooden and have little chalksboards on them where the names of each beer are written. Stock is rotated frequently and there's an excellent bottle selection to buffet the two dozen or so taps.

All that having been said, the place is still in Savannah, which ain't exactly a beer mecca. Nothing especially impressive was available. The only beers that you couldn't find fairly easily in the midwest were south Georgia locals, which were almost uniformly terrible. Thankfully, though, the joint don't let civic pride get in the way of quality, and so mediocre locals only took up a handful of taps.

The food was really tasty, the service was friendly, and crowd was mostly unpretentious. A nice little joint.

07-30-2013 17:12:41 | More by mynie
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sreichgott

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 1 | $$

Stopped in for a beer and some food on a recent visit to Savannah. Service was great. The space is fun and easy to be in. A nice beer list, although fewer locals than I would have wished, especially on draft. The food was absolutely awful. There were four of us, so we ordered a pretty wide variety of dishes and all of them were disappointing.

Go for the beer and a snack. But don't go for dinner...

04-21-2013 20:56:41 | More by sreichgott
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Redrover

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

The Distillery is Located on kind of the edge of the tourist area. There is some parking in front and about 4 outside tables.

The bar is on the left as you enter the rectangular room. There are tables center and to the right. There is also a small elevated area in the rear. High tin ceilings, a nice back bar, some exposed brick, sealed concrete floors and a row of pillars down the middle complete the look. They also have some beer/brewery stuff on display.

There are 4 or so TVs, so you can watch the games.

20 well thought out and diverse tap choices. Lots of bottles add to your choices. There are selections from Anderson Valley, Bells, Harpoon, Southern Tier, Victory and Terrapin among others.

Food is gastro pub style with clear Savannah influences. Try the cucumber wasabi dressing!

Service is beer savvy and friendly.

This is a must stop when visiting the area. I wish I would have had more time for a follow-up visit.

04-15-2013 14:33:47 | More by Redrover
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$

Fun overall experience. The tap list didn't immediately impress but the bartender, Jared, was very direct in giving his opinion of the beer in question, with samples offered before even asking. We ended up having a surprisingly candid conversation about how their draft list was decided and how this can lead to some variability in the quality of offerings though high turnover helps a lot. The bottle list is quite long and he was knowledgeable enough to recommend beers that I would enjoy based on an idea of my palate and what I may not be able to find in New England. I would definitely go back should I visit Savannah again.

03-26-2013 19:25:56 | More by trevorpost
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jerrykaufman

Texas

2.49/5  rDev -41.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5 | $$

Has a large list of bottled beers but many are not kept in inventory. Also it has a small kitchen that can easily get overwhelmed with orders resulting in long delays for food. On the weekend at lunchtime we had to wait nearly an hour for our sandwiches. Completely unacceptable.

03-11-2013 02:47:07 | More by jerrykaufman
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$

Vibe: Conveniently located across the street from the Savannah Visitors Center, this is a good place to stop after a trolley tour around the city. They have lots of tables and seating at the bar. The TVs play silent movies, which I found to be rather unique.

Quality: Beers were served at the correct temperature in the proper glassware. I was happy to be able to sip and savor an imperial stout from a snifter glass. Beer flights are also available.

Service: Although the restaurant was crowded and we ended up sitting at the bar, the bartender was friendly and conversed with us when he had some spare time. The beers and food arrived rather quickly.

Selection: The Distillery only carries craft beers (no Bud, Coors or Miller) so with 21 beers on-tap you are bound to find something that interests your palate. They also have a rather extensive bottle list, which is organized by style. I was happy to find local Georgia beers from Red Brick.

Food: I was very impressed with the quality of the food. I tried the Bootlegger burger and found it to be very tasting and unique (I never had a burger with goat cheese before).

03-07-2013 03:42:47 | More by metter98
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goatsby

Florida

4.73/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Found this place through BA on my last night in Savannah, heard they had FBS on tap and had to go. This is the place I was looking for! After dining / drinking at the Crystal Beer Parlor (pass), and the Mellow Mushroom (great pizza, so-so beer selection) I wish I had found this sooner; great selection, draft and bottle, prices were reasonable and the staff was knowledgeable and courteous. Did not try the food but the menu looked good. Will certainly make this a place to stop on future adventures in Savannah.

11-14-2012 01:24:52 | More by goatsby
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iamwill935

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $

I live in Savannah and try to come to the distillery at least once a week. They rotate their draft beers very regularly so don't get used to drinking the same old beers over and over. This was the first bar/restaurant i've ever been to that actually had Sam Adams Norse Legend, so that was a plus. The prices are very reasonable, plus they also have a ton of different bottled beers to choose from. If you get hungry try the alligator basket and for dessert a deep fried moon pie. Anyone beer lover passing through this town needs to stop in and have a drink. Cheers.

07-01-2012 23:24:25 | More by iamwill935
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The Distillery in Savannah, GA
94 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.