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The Distillery

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The DistilleryThe Distillery
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72 Ratings
Ratings: 72
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
Taps: 21
Bottles: 160
Cask: Y
[ 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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Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of diamond_mind
2.95/5  rDev -30.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

It is a hoppin' place. Don't go here if you want any attention from the bartenders or wait staff. Know what you want and don't ask any questions. Patrons are extremely friendly.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

The Distillery might be my favorite place in Savannah. It's not old, so I guess it loses some points for that in such a historic town, but on the other hand it's not full of tourists (I, of course, am a tourist myself; I guess what I mean to say is that you won't have to wait to be seated like you would at the Crystal Beer Palace); and I really like the feel of the place. I like the exposed brick and the wood, and the barstools and the layout. I love the music they play and the silent movies that they've got running on the TVs. On top of that it doesn't hurt that they've got the best draft line-up in town!!! 21 taps that include a good showing of local beers (meaning everyone gets a shot, not just the best), and some quality nationals as well. I've never eaten there, I have to admit, but I can say that the food smells great!!! I'm gonna have to try one of their shrimp Po' Boys the next time I'm in (which will probably be next week)!!!

Photo of Sludgeman
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Visited on a Monday around 7:30pm. Real quiet. Sat outside on a hot day.

This may be considered the best beer bar in Savannah, but it does not compare to many other bars across the country. It still may be your best option.

A - Five tables outside. What little I saw of inside seemed nice. Sort of a dark bar with lots of wood. 3.75

Q - They seem to serve in a proper glass, but those glasses were branded randomly (if that bothers you). Only ordered on tap beer as I was a little suspect of the turnover on the bottle menu. 4

Service – Was fine. Nice maybe a little slow. He could have sold me another beer but he waited to long and moved on. 3.75

S - Supposedly the best in savannah. If that is the case, then Ouch! Good but lacking. 10-15 on tap with another 50-75 in a bottle. A wide variety but little depth and few if any must haves. Drank a local Monday Night Bed Head (very good) and a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #50 - Citra Victorious 3.75

F - You get what you pay for. It's good bar food but don't come with expectations for something more. 3.75

$ - As noted above you get what you pay for and I thought that it was good value.

Photo of freakeconomist
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of solo103
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of sreichgott
3.29/5  rDev -22%
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...

Photo of Redrover
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of trevorpost
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of jerrykaufman
2.49/5  rDev -41%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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).

Photo of goatsby
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of iamwill935
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I dragged my weary and wary wife and friend over to The Distillery after a night of drinking, sightseeing and general looting in beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

This joint is a bit out of the way, a couple of blocks away from all the action of downtown bars. There's really not much going on around it... or inside it! We got there at 11:00 pm on a Saturday night, SCAD graduation day. They were CLOSING! All of the tables were done, chairs up and ready for tomorrow and seating at the bar only. I was told that "we are more of a restaurant than a bar", hence the early closing. Seriously.

Let me tell ya, if you're a restaurant, then you should have good/exciting food. Don't call yourself a "gastropub" when you're serving the same fried bar fare I can find in every pub in America.

Besides that, their beer selection was also a letdown. Nothing really amazing or rare or must-have, besides maybe Dogfish Urkontinent and Sam Adams Norse Legend. I had a Founders Porter and the wife had a Uinta Dubhe. Lots of low-ABV brews and stuff like Bell's Oberon, Allagash White, Guinness, Magic Hat #9, Southern Tier IPA, Founders Dirty Bastard.... not exactly impressive for a beer bar, right?

Their printed draft menu says: "Please recognize that we rotate all 21 taps so that no one gets bored with the selection". Yawn. I got bored just reading this.

Service was good and ambience/atmosphere was rather lame. Pretty dead for a Saturday night, closing, average interior with beer signs and stuff... you've seen it before.

I enjoyed their house-infused drinks, rooibos tea with vanilla rum, yum!

Hopefully The Distillery is better than what I encountered. Savannah sure does deserve some craft quality!

Photo of Susanna
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I live right around the corner and this has been my go to spot since i moved here 2 years ago. I go at least once a week and have never had a bad experience. The Volen family is amazing and they have made a great place to enjoy craft beer, eat good food and enjoy great conversation. We have made great friends with the staff and have the best time.
I highly recommend if you are in town and if you live in Savannah the Beer club is soooo worth it.
AS for the beer selection there is not enough good words. There is always something new for me to try.

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We came to the Distillery on a recent trip to Savannah for a late dinner and some beer. The atmosphere is standard, semi-upscale beer bar with lots of beer signs and some interesting prohibition era memorabilia and anti-moonshine posters as well as silent movies playing on the TVs. In some ways it reminded me of the downstairs bar at the Brickstore.

The beer selection was excellent with many regional brews and some semi-rare offerings from other parts of the country. There was an extensive bottle list as well. Everything was served in proper glassware and the severs mostly seemed to know what they were talking about.

By the time we arrived they were only serving a limited menu, but there was still a nice selection of sandwiches available. I had an Elvis style peanut butter and banana with bacon sandwich and it was just as awesome as it sounds.

A nice experience overall, the Distillery lives up to its reputation pretty well and I will definitely make another stop there next time I am in Savannah.

Photo of barleyman
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The Distillery has more to offer in Savannah, Ga than any other watering hole.100 plus bottled offerings as well as over 20 tap handles that are constantly rotating. A very nice bar, full of woodwork that appears to be hand done. Brass and little bijou tables, just what you would expect from a nice bar. Across from the welcome center, stop by here on your way back to your hotel.

If you are thirsty after touring America's most beautiful city, stop in and have a pint!

Just a thought,

barleyman

Photo of poopsmitherson
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I go here all the time. I keep trying to make my way through their (somewhat) overwhelming bottle list, but the fact that they have 21 constantly changing taps keeps preventing me from doing so. Friendly bartenders. Delicious chili. Sometimes they have sports playing on the TVs, but personally I'm a fan of when they are showing old Charlie Chaplain or Three Stooges movies...which is most of the time. Plus, this place was actually a distillery in the pre-prohibition era. So the old school movies playing give this place a cool feel.

Photo of Spider889
4.22/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very nice looking establishment, and quite large. Parking is tough, had to park around the block and walk a bit.

Nice selection of about 20 taps with a solid bottle list. They also have a "mystery beer" special where you get a wrapped bottle and open/pour it before finding out what it is. I saw someone down the bar order this and wind up with a Black Chocolate Stout, not a bad mystery beer at all!

I ordered Terrapin Rye, Mama's Yella Pils, and much to my glee a Port Older Viscosity while there.

Everything served in proper glassware. Tasters/flights are offered as well. The waitress was attentive, very friendly, and professional, even if her background seemed to lean heavily on the liquor side than on the beer.

Overall this place is recommended. Once more the directory did not steer me wrong while traveling.

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Did some research before traveling to Savannah and once I read about The Distillery I knew I had to go. I definitely was not disappointed. Stopped in on a Saturday around 4. Huge bar to the left that ran almost the whole length of the room. Bottle list with at least 100 options and 21 beers on tap. Settled in and ordered a Founders Breakfast Stout and got a cool Savannah history lesson from a local tour guide who frequents the place. Service was excellent. The bar tender knew a lot about the beer he was serving and helped my friend (a non craft beer drinker) pick out something he would like. Best of all, the owner Mike came by and talked for a while. We compared notes about the craft beer scenes in Savannah and Charleston and he hooked me up with some schwag before I left. Great experience all around. The Distillery will definitely by on my itinerary next time I am in Savannah.

Photo of Bung
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A place with a good local flare, slightly away from the heavy tourist area, the first plus of this place. All the buildings in this historic town are interesting, this one is no different. Brew shwag and bottles nicely displayed. 2nd plus was the excellent selection. Many styles represented and many things not distributed in NC. Staff was all very knowledgeable and seemed into the craft brews. The waitress seemed very excited about a women's craft brew club they were starting. Prices were fine, though I wish they would have documented that they had half pours, I would have gotten in more brews. I asked when I saw someone else order one. Far and away the best beer bar in the city from what I could tell.

Photo of hopking311
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Ok.. so I went to Savannah Ga with my fiance as we were to elope.. We had read about this place having great seafood and beer (crabcakes and craft beer specifically) with her being from Maryland crab capital..and me working at a craft brewpub in FL. We had to go here.. We got married at 12 noon on September 15th 2011 and headed to change into comfortable clothes and out on the town we went.. This was the first stop.. The beer selection while not the biggest ive seen.. absolutely one of the best Ive seen in the southeast.. 21 taps and several bottles. The wait staff although young were very knowledgable about the brews which is rare in this industry and I like even better that I didnt get any Bullshit answers.. If they dont know they will let you try something and form your own opinion. We met and commended the owner and managers as we totally understand and respect what they are doing..and were treated like family with great respect. We were in Savannah 2 days.. Went back for our wedding dinner and for lunch the following day as we had to visit and show appreciation before our departure. Anyone with appreciation for Craft beer or just beer in general should pay this one a visit when in the southeast.. Definately an up and coming establishment and very inexpensive for the quality of products and service. Trust me... I really cant say enough. I just cant wait to go back. Cheers Volen Family ( David, Vince and Barb as well) and keep up the great work.

Photo of Fenris244
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We drove by it not knowing what it was and decided to stop in, as soon as i saw the collection of tap handles on the wall i knew we picked a good spot.

The atmosphere was nice, seeing the list of noes was pretty funny, the bar itself was nice, wide, arm rests, comfy chairs haha. The whole place was just pleasant to be in.

They had around 20 taps on and more bottles than I could count, It was kind of a shocker to see older viscosity and double simcoe on tap, seeing as we cant get it in Texas.

Staff was nice, the bartender was awesome, was knowledgeable and talked to us. Food came out quickly and the beer glasses were never empty for long.

I really liked this place and if I'm ever in Savannah again this is a goto destination for me.

Photo of PudTinkler
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I was not terribly impressed. The tap selections are good, and when in Savannah, it is a definite beer destination. However, the service I received there was horrible. The waitress was the slowest, most clueless person I've encountered in awhile. The food was average at best...nothing really stood out. There are approximately 20 beers on tap, all USA-based and good selections. There are also tons of bottles. I would certainly go there again just to drink the beer, but not eat the food.

Also, the place is built in such a way that it generates a tremendous amount of noise.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Don't let anyone local try to talk you into trying some place different. I almost missed this gem. Fortunatly yesterday, I knew exactly what to expect after checking this place out on Beeradvocate. Thank you to the previous reviewers.

Immediately, I was impressed with it's 21 taps. They are constantly bringing in different quality brews which should you coming back when in the area. This vast selection was not a problem because they keep their website fairly up to date, in terms of the draft list, which meant me knowing exactaly what to try first, second and third.

Also, a good bottle selection was on hand, around 75-80 selections with lots of good quality choices. In all, they had several fine examples of EACH American Craft styles with some Euro brews as well.

Great pub grub at fair prices with minimal wait time after ordering.

The beer-tenders were very personable, great to talk with and enjoyed talking beer. They knew their stuff and seemed genuinely interested in their work. These guys saw my passion for brew and presented me with a 750ml. of Hellhound, a double IPA from Dogfish Head, ON THE HOUSE!!!

When in Savannah again, I'll head straight here.
Thank you guys, you made my trip.

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The Distillery in Savannah, GA
94 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.