Moon River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 304
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.08/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Moon River Brewing has changed dramatically over the last five years since my last review. The beer selection has grown and they also now have a permanent German hefeweizen (and periodic Belgian) guest tap. The styles of beer have expanded and I am especially fond of the Slow-vannah Pale Ale and the Apparition British Best Bitter.
The food has also gotten much better. My favorite isn't even on the menu. Ask for a Bubba-dilla. It's juicy barbeque served up like a quesodilla.
The serving staff changes fairly regularly (not uncommon in a college town) but there are several Certified Cicerone Servers on staff and they keep beer knowledge following.
Moon River is still the only brewpub in Savannah but it well worth the visit to see what they have on tap!
09-07-2010 17:58:16 | More by Silenus
4/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by Moon River twice during a vacation to Savannah a few weeks ago. This brewpub is in a prime location on Bay St., right across from the river in the heart of the Historic District. It was also 2 blocks from our hotel. When you walk in, you're immediately greeted by the horseshoe-shaped bar in front of you. There's space here for about 20 people. The brewery itself is housed to the left of the bar, behind a long wall of windows. I thought it was cool to see the brewers working away during the day.
Both times we visited Moon River we were seated immediately, even though it was always rather busy. When we sat in the restaurant the waiter was very friendly and offered suggestions on our meal selections. He also was very good at explaining several of the beer styles to my wife ("Our Wit is what Blue Moon should taste like," haha). When we sat at the bar, the bartender was extremely busy, but she stopped long enough to describe all of their guest tap beers to me in detail.
The food is pretty decent, and priced equally to every other restaurant in the area. The sandwiches, pub grub, and apps are pretty cheap, but the entrees were a bit pricier than I expected.
Moon River had six house beers on tap (porter, tripel, pils, IPA, wit, brown ale) and four "guest taps" from other microbreweries that rotate regularly. During our trip, these were offerings from New Belgium, Terrapin, Schneider/Brooklyn, and Original Sin. I think all the beers are the same price, at least the house beers are, although they were a dollar more the time we sat at the bar than when we ate in the restaurant. Happy Hour maybe?
Moon River was a very enjoyable place to beat the heat and drink some quality brews in Savannah. It's on par or better than most of the surrounding establishments, and it feels good to support local brewers.
07-28-2010 16:31:16 | More by charlesbyrd
3.08/5 rDev -17%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped here on a weekday afternoon pubcrawl while visiting Savannah.
Great location in an historic building right smack dab in the middle of the touristy district. Got a guided tour upstairs and downstairs by staff explaining the history of the building and the "ghosts" who inhabit the building... :0)
I had 3 different pints during my visit (Pils, Swamp IPA & Porter) and while the beers weren't bad, I was underwhelmed. I came away with the impression the beers were somewhat watery. There weren't any off-putting flavors, but nothing made me say "wow". The brewhouse visible from the bar seemed kinda messy too....
We had 6 of us at the bar and the female bartender seemed overwhelmed. She even got snippy at one of my female relatives who was indecisive. Where's all the southern/Savannah charm that is prevalent in the rest of the city????
Food was forgettable...it was just 4 days ago since my visit and I literally can't remember what I sampled, except the crab cakes were blah.
If you're from out of town, worth a stop for a pint or two during a bar crawl, but not a destination itself IMO.
07-25-2010 20:58:50 | More by SunDevilBeer
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I attach a certain sentimental value to this place, because my fiancee and I dined here the very week she became my fiancee. Also working in its favor is the fact that I had just returned from the Middle East, a place not known for its outstanding beer.
This place was packed the first time we went in, as it was nighttime on a weekend. Nevertheless, service was quick and friendly, with the waiter taking time to make recommendations. I think I tried their IPA, which was pretty good; my fiancee had a darker beer, maybe a stout, which was strong and good. The food was really good and the prices reasonable. A most enjoyable evening.
The second time we went here was around lunchtime, and this time I took the opportunity to sample everything they had, all of which was at least all right. I don't remember what all they had, unfortunately, but I enjoyed it all to varying degrees.
05-17-2010 23:40:26 | More by Thiestru
3.56/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We popped in here for a quick drink while waiting for a table at Paula Deen's restaurant. It's got a primo spot right on Bay Street near the riverfront, in the heart of the historic district. The inside is dark and woody, with the brewing ops visible just to the left behind big windows. The bar is a bit small, but we easily snagged a spot.
They surprisingly only had four of their own brews on tap. However, they also had a couple of guest taps, such as Bell's Oberon. Our service at the bar was prompt and efficient, but not very warm. I tried two of their beers; both were fine.
Didin't try the food.
Worth a quick stop if you're in Savannah!
05-10-2010 22:15:03 | More by shivtim
3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We stopped in here for a beer on a weekend afternoon. There is a large circular bar right in front. They have 5 of their own beers on tap as well as 5 or 6 guest taps. Unfortunately, they were out of a couple of their own beers that day. I tried the pale ale which seemed to be a tourist version of an APA, nowhere near enough hop character. I had a taste of the IPA which seemed more like an APA, and decided to try the porter. This was a well made beer, nice roasted character with a little bit of chocolate. I could have had another one of these, but my wife was ready to go.
In the end, this is a standard tourist type restaurant/bar that happens to brew some okay beer. We were in town for a couple more days and did not see a reason to go back. If we had, I suspect I would have stuck with the guest taps.
04-09-2010 12:49:55 | More by wspscott
2.46/5 rDev -33.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We had a less than desirable experiance at Moon River. My wife and another couple went the evening of Saint Patricks day. We got right in and there were even tables open. We sat down and were told we couldn't sit no reason just that we could not sit. We then stood near the bar and had a less than friendly bar tender fill our order. Although I must admit the beers were fresh and on style. I belive that as a pub in the tourisum district one must employ friendly staff and although this was on a city wide "holiday" the bad moods of the workers over shadow the quality of the beer. I will not return to M.R. because of the poor service.
03-23-2010 20:00:40 | More by Joe719
4.08/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Moon River brew pub is located ajacent to the main tourist district in Downtown Savannah, GA. This old historic building was once the oldest hotel in Savannah, and still retains some of the old charm. The large U-shaped bar is one step inside the front door, where the front desk once was. Tables for dining are clustered where ever there is space among the many nooks. Stairs to the basement and upstairs are used by tourists wanting to see the ghosts. The front area has been modernized, less so toward the back. The brewing operation is separated by windows from the bar. They have 5 of their own beers on tap, tasty and true to style. The menu is extensive and seemed quite reasonably priced.
02-08-2010 19:52:53 | More by foamee
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This strikes me as a cross between a kitschy, touristy, and rustic. It stands to reason that the name is from the song by Johnny Mercer; one of Savannah's more famous residents. There are beer CANS on shelves throughout the establishment. Otherwise, the walls are unadorned white throughout. The location suggests touristy as it is near the fabled River Street (one block away and about 40 feet lower vertically). The
I went here with my family while on vacation of the coastal south during the Christmas holiday. I thought the service might be lacking but I was pleasantly surprised that the waiter was prompt, efficient and friendly (ALL servers are friendly down here compared to Boston.) He was also knowledgeable about the beer styles--knowing which ones were hoppy, full-bodied, etc. I ordered the sampler, which had six four-ounce glasses of every one of their beer offerings (for only $9, which the server "warned" me about).
Universally, everyone felt Moon River's food choices were good to excellent. I had a pulled pork sandwich that was closer to Memphis than Carolina in seasoning. The beers were also quite good as a general rule, with the SLO-Vannah (American) Pale Ale and Nick's Balls of Gold standing out as the best.
01-03-2010 19:06:07 | More by smcolw
4.14/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The entry was near the corner at West Bay & Whitaker Streets. There was a window front with some outdoor seating to the right, the entry in the center, and the copper-clad brewhouse in a window to the left. Entering, the horseshoe-shaped bar was dead ahead past a black and white honeycomb patterned tile floor. The m.d.s. was to the immediate right, a couple of cabinets of logo items to the immediate left, with the brewhouse and a few FVs running along the left wall back to the kitchen. The extensive right side of the space was filled with standard restaurant tables and chairs, plus there were framed photographs on the right wall. A decent collection of vintage cans was in the overhead to the right of the bar. Continuing aft was the extensive restaurant area and lavs off to the right, all of the way back. Lots of exposed brick, archways, it was an old building made new again.
Beers: Wild Wacky Wit-4.5; Swampfox IPA-7.0; CAPT's Porter-6.5; Peacy Sour Brown-7.0; Black River RIS-9.0.
Zappalicious highly recommend the CAPT's Porter, but when I reminded him that I am a hophead, he further suggested the Swampfox IPA. I had both. Dustin was our server.
Several guest taps including Brasserie de Rocs and Brooklyn Hefeweizen.
A cask ale is offered weekly on Thursdays.
12-16-2009 22:11:46 | More by woodychandler
Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
84 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.