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Moon River Brewing Company

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Moon River Brewing CompanyMoon River Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 371
Beer Avg: 3.71

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Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
84
good

113 Ratings
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.89%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

21 West Bay St.
Savannah, Georgia, 31401
United States
phone: (912) 447-0943

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BeerPilot

Alaska

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Since Moon River is the sponsor of my homebrew club, the Savannah Brewers Leauge, I will admit that I am biased. Moon River created an oasis in an otherwise BMC loyal area. Pink and Chris are passionate about their beer and are always willing to chat. There are (usually) six year-rounds on tap and occaisonally one or two seasonals. Their "QA club" is one of the best promotional programs I've seen. For $15 a year you get one of the big mugs from over the bar and happy hour prices all day. My one criticism is the beer knowledge of the staff. If you get the sampler, don't expect them to know more than the names of each beer. The place is also haunted, so if you're in the basement or upstairs...beware!

12-18-2006 02:45:38 | More by BeerPilot
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Just a short walk from my hotel, I chose this place from the list of Savannah BA worthy stops. I am glad I did.

The bar is smack dab in front of the main entrance. Lots of wood above and below. A huge glass rack that holds 22oz mugs, I assume belonging to those folks in the beer club, hangs from the ceiling above the bartenders. I thought that was a nice touch.

The fresh, homemade beers for my choosing were a nice hoppy IPA, a smooth, chocolatey porter, kolsch, festive beer, amber ale, and a spicy wit. Also available on draft were Guiness, Sweetwater Festive beer, and one or two others.

Service was pretty good with consideration to the volume of people here on a Thursday night. I ordered the side dish sampler. I chose onion rings, baked potato, and veggie of the day. Although my order was wrong (I was given fries instead of O rings; that is too much potato even for me), the bartender quickly brought my onion rings to me.

The bar area became quite smoky as the night progressed, but otherwise, a very enjoyable experience. I will definitely revisit in the future.

12-08-2006 14:19:22 | More by SaCkErZ9
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aleyeast

South Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1 | $$$

In general, a horrible experience.

Sat down around 6:30 for dinner, nobody noticed us and no waiter for 10 minutes, finally flagged one and he apologized that he was told to cover a different table, manage walked by several times with not a nod.

Finally get drink orders and wait another 10+ minutes for the sampler which at $7 seemed a bit expensive. Order some food and wait again. Food finally comes out (just snacks) and the nachos were thrown together with varying degrees of warmth throughout and the hot dip was cold (the dish was warm though), send the dip back and don't ask for another, muddle through the nachos. Bill comes as we are happy to leave, of course it is wrong, waiter throws hands up and we thought he had left as he was gone again for a while, but finally returned. Spoke to manager who said she wished we would have flagged her earlier, but she was more combative than helpful. I really can't stress enough to people who own these places that the manager should be a competent person, not somebody's friend or relative.

I would suggest just getting beers here and not counting on it for food

Beers Wit, Kolsch, Fest, IPA, Porter, and Cider

The IPA was quite aromatic and drank nicely. The Porter had good backbone and was enjoyable. The Wit was fairly tasteless and had none of the spice profile promised in the menu. The Kolsch was generally lacking the hop profile I am used to in a true Kolsch. The Fest was average and drinkable.

11-27-2006 15:45:51 | More by aleyeast
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MSchae1017

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped by this place this past Friday night. It is located right on West Bay Street in some of those old brick buildings. The inside is lined with wooden floors and brick walls with pictures of Old Savannah hanging. A small rectangular bar is right in the middle of the floor. We sat near to the bar in a small square table. Some booths were located on the walls. Overall, quality was good. Our waitress took our orders quickly and the food and beers came swiftly. I did not get a good feel for the staff's knowledge of their beers though. Maybe I will have to come back around St. Patty's day. The selection was good. My girlfriend had the X-Extra Pale Ale, which suprisingly is not listed. I had some of it and it was quite good. I however opted for the tasty Swamp Fox IPA and then Finished off the night with their Captain's Porter which are now both enjoying a higher ABV than is listed here now that Georgia has lifted the limit. They also have a Savannah Fest which was available at some of the local restaurants and a Witbier which I lament not trying and then a light beer. The food was quite good as well. I had a bratwurst with some fantastic mustard. This is a must stop if you are in Savannah. Pints were a bit pricy at around 4.00 or 4.50 but the food was quite cheap.

08-08-2006 14:41:48 | More by MSchae1017
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marinobrew

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$

This is one of the better brew-pubs I have been in lately. It has taken rest in an old Hotel on Bay Street in Downtown Savannah. You can see the copper and steel from the street. Inside is teaked wood floors and trimmed walls. They feature local artists on the walls. It is not a smoky establishment which is good for the palate.
I tasted everything they had to offer. There were 8 brews to wade through. The stared fav's were the Wacky-Wit, Swamp Fox and Clare de Lune.
My server was very outgoing and accomodating. However, should have a better grasp about the beers. But these guys are THE hopping place so they need the help.
I ordered the River Dog Brat-pretty good. I would have eaten first but was afraid the grease would offset my judgement of the brew.
I highly recomend stopping in for several pints! If you don't want to sit and enjoy-fine, talk your beer to go and enjoy a walk on the river front!

05-20-2006 22:53:08 | More by marinobrew
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Koolbreeze2

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Atmosphere: I definately liked the place. Had a good feel to it . They had a black and white photo show of nudes on the walls at the time. Made it difficult to concentrate on the beer. Nice interior. Wood and brick if I remember correctly. I was there about 6 weeks ago on my way to Florida.

Quality

Excellent food and good beer.

Service: Great service but the server lacked beer knowledge. Go figure. If you work in a beer joint you should be able to discuss beer. Am I wrong?

Selection: Very good food and beer selection.

Food: Very good food.

Velue: On the money. I hope to return sometime.

05-10-2006 20:53:02 | More by Koolbreeze2
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elmocoso

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

We hit this place on Easter Sunday and it pretty busy. We pulled up to the bar and were pleased to find a jazz trio playing in the front room. Good stuff. We ordered a sampler from the bartender and he eventually brought it; Nine beers, with good variety, including a cask conditioned version on one of the house brews. I think they offered around 5 house styles and 4 seasonals. All the beers were pretty good. We stuck around for some more music and a couple of pints.

The bartender wasn't real friendly, but he did an alright job. The jazz really boosted the atmosphere of this place. There seemed like plenty of room around with more seating in the back and i believe another bar upstairs.

A cool side point is that you can order beer in a plastic cup to go with you, outside drinking being legal in at least the immediate neighborhood.

Good beer, good atmosphere. Check it out.

04-27-2006 18:15:48 | More by elmocoso
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asabreed

New York

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I'm glad I finally got to check this place out; last time I was in Savannah I wasn't able to.

Overall this is a really nice place. I don't even know if you can smoke, but it wasn't smoky at all for sure. Nice decor and a decent amount of room, as in the space was used nicely. Not overly huge but not tiny either. The moon river taps are in full swing behind the bar that sits in the middle of the restaurant.

I had the Whacky Wit, Oatboy, and Swamp Fox IPA, and all were very good. And they have many other brews to sample too, which I will certainly do in the future.

My burger was also awesome, much better than your average burger. The service was nice, the people were friendly, and we had a good time there. Definitely stop by if you're in Savannah; I'll be going back.

03-20-2006 22:47:55 | More by asabreed
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barleyman

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I've been following the progress of this establishment over 5-7 years or so. The ambiance of Savannah is sensous and alluring. Being the only brewpub in town, I've always gravitated towards it.
Over the years I've generally seen a downturn in the quality of the food. The beer however remains top notch. They won a silver medal at the GABF in 2005 for their Claire de Lune, a kolsch. I typically enjoy their Swamp Fox IPA, while my wife usually gets their The Bomb Dry Stout. The Captain's Porter is exquisite as well. The other day, we stopped in and enjoyed a glass of the fabulous Road Trip hard cider, which was made using Georgia apples. Their Savannah Fest Beer, an Octoberfest style beer is available at several outlets around Savannah. The brewmaster, John Pinkerton is usually on the premisis, just ask for Pink. While in Savannah, you should stop by.

02-07-2006 18:35:21 | More by barleyman
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Jredner

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$

I didn’t eat, but I rather liked the beer and the layout and feel of the place. It’s definitely worth a look see in Savannah.

The beer is decent to good, but nothing was great. I liked the stout more than the porter and enjoyed the Kolsch a lot.

The decor is pretty modern with lots of not even mildly subtle vagina flower paintings I can only imagine were done by some local artist who tingles daily with her own cleverness. I have to admit though they certainly lighten the room up and give it much needed color.

I didn't eat here because several reviews I read said to eat next door because the food here sucked. It didn't look bad to me, but it's hard to judge food by it's appearance.

Worth a visit. They have some really good beer specials/happy hours also...just noticed them as I was scanning the menu, but I remember a few were crazy cheap.

01-18-2006 12:48:32 | More by Jredner
Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.