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Moon River Brewing Company

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Moon River Brewing CompanyMoon River Brewing Company
BA SCORE
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121 Ratings
Ratings: 121
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 392
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of muldrot
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

This place is in the heart of the walking area of Savannah on Bay Street in a great restored building. There were lots of people on the streets at night strolling and this place is near all of the downtown hotels.

I sat down at the bar and watched as the bartendress walked by me not once or twice but four times. I finally got up and was seated in the restaurant area (as a non-smoker that was better anyway to eat). It took a while but the server came. I ordered the sampler. The selection of four beers always tells me that they don't take the beer that seriously but the they were all reasonably good if not spectacular.

I liked the menu... better than the run of the mill fare you find at other places. I ordered a turkey sandwich with brie, walnuts and cranberrys. Pretty good. Unfortunately, I never could get the kind of service that synched up with the food so I sat through dinner with empty beer...

They have some great guest taps here... I tried a Dixie Crystal... had never heard of it but it was a good ending to an otherwise pretty disappointing evening. I won't rule it out in the future but won't seek it out either.

muldrot, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of 5thOhio
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

Stopped on the 4th of July. Nice location within walking distance of the downtown which affords a scenic walking tour. (Note: only walk around Savannah in the daytime. The crime rate is kind of high; the locals don't walk around there at night.) Interior is pleasant, kind of pub-like, not the "renovated warehouse" look that seems so popular with brewpubs. We visited around 2 pm but even at that odd time we weren't the only ones there. The served showed up quickly and was attentive, but still managed to make a few errors. First, we tried a sampler. He said the selections were an "amber", Wit, Savannahfest (Octoberfest) and Swamp Fox IPA. He neglected totally to tell us there were other brands on tap, but it didn't really matter for the first visit as I probably would have tried the in-house brews anyway. But still...

The amber was certainly no amber. Only after we left did it occur to me that what he called an "amber" was their signature Clare de Lune Kölsch. (Having only tried the Kölsch style a time or two, I didn't recognize it right away; just knew it wasn't an amber.) The Savannahfest seemed a little weak for that style. I went with the IPA which, although unremarkable, was decent enough. I'm fond of more highly hopped IPAs so that may be why it didn't impress me more. I'm not a fan of Wits and have only sampled the Great Lakes variety so I can't speak to how good theirs was.The Captain's Porter wasn't on tap. Disappointing, as I'm partial to darks and really wanted to try it.

Food was decent and about standard priced: appetizers under $10, sandwiches & salads the same; entrees $10-20. All of us (me, my wife & college-aged son) liked what we got. But, another mistake, the server forgot my wife's main course and had to be reminded. At least it took a while to get it, indicating the food is neither microwaved nor sitting under a heat lamp. All our food arrived hot & as described. No complaints in that category.

Overall, I'd say if you live near or are visiting Savannah, it's certainly worth a visit---I plan to return. The house beers are solid, even if not anything to make you jump up and shout, the interior is inviting and the food is worthwhile. If you are planning your summer tour of "Great American Brewpubs", however, I wouldn't necessarily schedule Savannah as a stop.

5thOhio, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

My girlfriend and I stopped in for lunch on our drive down to Florida for vacation. It's a beautiful location, right on the river and on the edge of the tourist district in a historic old building (a hotel or something, they claim that ghosts live upstairs).

Nice dark, relaxed atmosphere with a number of tvs, seating to the right and in the back but we sat at the bar, right in front of the giant copper vats. Service was friendly and relatively knowledgeable. There were ten taps, half house and half guests. I was surprised to see Hercules IPA down here, they also had Strongbow cider and Sweetwater 420. I sampled several of the house beers and was disappointed in most but the Swamp Fox IPA was solid enough. The food was decent but not spectacular, the same pub stuff you see most places (I had a buffalo chicken sandwich with fries).

This is a nice, quiet place for lunch but I hear it gets a little rowdy at night or on the weekends. If in the area, it's definitely worth a try.

daliandragon, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of Mickelswit
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

My wife and I stopped in twice during a few days in Savannah. The old hotel building is redone with a nice four-sided bar, visible brew kettles, vintage beer cans, and art from local students. Nice atmosphere.

We had one really attentive waiter and one who we had to chase down for anything and everything, so service gets a so-so rating.

The food offerings offer nice variety. Normal bar food, like ribs, wings, and burgers, are on-offer along with crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, and other southern stuff. Prices are comparable to Applebee's.

I've been to this place on a couple of visits to Savannah, and it's always hopping in the evenings. It's definitely worth looking up when you're in town.

Mickelswit, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

Stumbled upon this place while searching for somewhere to eat in downtown Savannah that offered outside seating (we had a dog with us). We were pleased with the attentive, friendly and knowledgeable service, the quality food (the Rings Of Fire onion rings are highly recommended), and their beers. The three we tried really hit the spot. The Porter, Marzen and IPA are all tasty and enjoyable, the Porter being especially excellent.

Don't have much to say about the atmosphere, since we were outside, but on my trip to the bathroom (all that beer, y'know) it seemed fair to good, nothing amazing, pretty spacious; more pub-like than the high-ceiling warehouse atmosphere of many brewpubs. Overall, a super-enjoyable experience, very recommend to any advocate of beer strolling through lovely Savannah.

Metalmonk, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of antzman
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

Even if there is not a lot of options in Savannah for good beer, at least they have this place! Very historic hotel turned into a brewpub. You can see all of the brewing equipment behind glass from the resteraunt. I really appreciated seeing the Green Bay cheese head on top of the fermenter.

The beers are really well made. We tried the sampler, which included a very well made Kolsch, an excellent Oktoberfest style, a coffee-laden porter, and several other well done beers.

The food is pretty good. What you would expect for a pub. Tried the fish sandwich, and a crab melt. Nothing amazing, but good, nonetheless.

antzman, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

A must see if you are in Savannah and heading to the pedestrian walkway on the waterfront. Decent selection of beers brewed right here and great food.

The place has a better than your average bar feel to it, but still maintains pool tables and a relaxing atmosphere.

The food is, as mentioned earlier, great. They have the typical nachos and dips you see at a pub, but also some unusual and tasty specialty dishes.

The beers vary, get the ubiquitous brewpub sampler to see what you like. The bartenders can usually talk about the beers, but it is hit or miss on the wait staff.

beveritt, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Great pub and brewery in Savannah's historic district right across from the Hyatt. The brewery is located in an old Savannah hotel with quite a history and lots of beams and exposed brick. Several different rooms including one where there is often quite good live entertainment including excellent jazz on one of the evenings we were there. The quality of the brews served was in general excellent. A few more interesting guest brews would be welcome. The service is a little slow and alittle overwhelmed. Unless you are here during the day, you won't get much info on the brews from the staff. The selection is small, but nicely varied. They always have something interesting on tap as a seasonal- we were there in the fall, so it was Tater, a sweet potato beer. The food is definitely a cut above- excellent bar food like the bbq pork nachos, and entrees like chargrilled sushi grade ahi with a maple-soy glaze, or apple-smoked bacon wrapped filet mignon. You definitely pay for this sort of quality, but if you make it a dinner destination you can pair some nice beers with the food. Really an excellent spot to hang out in Savannah.

Georgiabeer, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of BeerPilot
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

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!

BeerPilot, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of aleyeast
2.2/5  rDev -40.2%

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.

aleyeast, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

MSchae1017, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of marinobrew
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

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!

marinobrew, May 20, 2006
Photo of Koolbreeze2
3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

Koolbreeze2, May 10, 2006
Photo of elmocoso
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

elmocoso, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

asabreed, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of barleyman
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

barleyman, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Jredner, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Being the only brewpub in Savannah it was the first place I headed to,I had sampled a few of their beers and liked them for the most part.The downstairs ithe only place open the upstairs is closed and supposedly haunted wich added to the intrigue of the place,somewhat loud with higher ceilings but there was a nice atmosphere,the food was decent the the blackened oyster appetizer was good if not uninspiring the crab cakes were good but not best in the city by any means.The beer selection was good with 8 selections ranging from espresso stout (wich kicked major arss) to both German and Belgian style wheat ales.The first time we went the server was polite but ran behind,the second time we went just for beers at the bar the bartender was very rude and I believe tried to rip us off,no tip was left for him.all in all it is worth the stop I think,the beer was solid for the most part and the food is edible,Savannah is a great town for a pub crawl.

oberon, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Higravity
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%

We spent a day wandering Savannah and after leaving the river bank and walking up some cool places we stumbled across this lovely brew-pub. It seems to have a good location but what do I know. It used to be a old hotel and the inside looks great. Everything is made of wood and it is quite a beauty of a place. The brewing area looks a little cramped but it seems like a nice show piece of brewing equipment. We were the only people in there on a Wednesday afternoon at 1:30, but that was cool. We spent a good time sipping the beer and talking with the bartenders and the non brewing owner. They also had a huge collection of old brewina around the bar area. All the beers I had are worth a try.

Higravity, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Savannah is a very cool city, and this is its only brewpub. Thankfully, it lives up to that presidence.
Located on the busy Bay Street, a stone's throw from and parallel to the River. Parking is a little tricky, but theres a ramp a couple blocks away. Brewing equipment is on display in the window and on the lefthand side of the pub.
Went there for a late lunch, and traffic was modest, but fairly full for that time of day.
9 beers on tap, their standards of Wit, Lite, Festbier, Porter, IPA, and Pale, along with seasonal Espresso Stout, Brown Ale, and MaiRyeBock....I am forgetting at least one. A quick scan at their bottled offerings shows a better selection that most area bars, but mostly the bigger albeit decent micros and imports, along with the requisite macros.
Tried two beers, served in imperial pints, and a couple more in 4oz sample form. I immediately wished I wasn't driving. All fell soundly in the "good" catagory.
Food was of the typical pub grub, burgers and fried things, but done very well. The burger I had was plump and tasty topped with equally plump and firm mushrooms. My girlfriend got the Cheesesteak sandwich, which was even better. The menu offered no real suprises, but could not have been prepared any better. I'm not sure how the dinner entrees match up.
Prices were astonishingly cheap, beers were 3 buck a pop (for 20 oz), and most all the lunch far was between $5-7 for healthy portions.
The building itself has a wide open air, featuring a ovoid bar with the dining area of tables to the right. It has a regal, historic feel in touch with the rest of the city's buildings. Local art adorns the walls, and a collection of beer cans and bottles, and other beer paraphenalia hovering over the bar.
I really liked this place. It might be the only game in town, but it is an absolute must stop.
Beer to go is very cool too....as open intoxicant laws don't apply here. I only wish that included growlers as well.

cokes, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Stopped by for dinner and a pint then showed up later that evening to have a couple more.

Overall its a pretty decent brewhouse with excellent beer. I had the Captain's Porter all night and finished up with a Highland Stagger, both good beers and highly recommended. I would have had more variety but they were out of the IPA and the other beers didn't seem to follow my style habits too much.

The place was pretty nice inside. Service left a little to be desired both by the bartender and the waitress. They were out of MUCH of their menu, evidentally due to unexpected crowd size brought out by unseasonably warm weather, so I guess that is somewhat acceptable. The place was pretty slow when I was there, and was pleasant to just sit around. The food was good though.

Beer price was unexpectedly nice. I was there on Sunday, so pretty much happy hour all day. The beer came in imperials for 3 bucks and a 12oz for 2 bucks, not bad at all. And non-happy hour prices are just a dollar more. Food price was a touch high for what you get, but nothing unreasonable.

Overall its a good place to stop by. And I highly recommend trying to go during non peak times of the year to allow for a more relaxing time

blitz134, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of zymurgy4all
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%

I truly miss this wonderful brewpub restaraunt! This neat little brewpub is a must for any beer lover visiting Savannah, GA. The food is very good too! My favorite combination was the sampler and the crab melt sandwich. Their beers are exceptional. The Claire de Lune is the best light beer I have ever had from a microbrewery. They also carry seasonal beers that vary over time. I enjoyed the Captain's Porter, and their IPA as well.


The atmosphere is very nice. The lighting is subdued to provide a relaxing environment while the shiny mash and lauther tuns remind you that the beer is brewed right there on the premise. If you ever plan to have a party, they have a great room downstairs for reservation only.

zymurgy4all, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of QXSTER1
3.79/5  rDev +3%

This is another brewpub where I have to add in the surrounding city ambiance to do the establishment justice. If you find yourself wandering around the lovely squares and streets of this great southern town you could do worse than stopping in at the Moon River for a beer. Maybe I'm spoiled by the over the top, rich, full IPA's of my local brewpubs and Moon River's was only a standard English style, but hey when in Savannah everything tastes better. The Wit was spicy with coriander and orange and refreshing, probably more so as the temp heats up. I was there on a early spring evening.
One thing I noticed was the people who were there were pounding down Moon River beers, not ice tea and soft drinks. The bartender was hustling to keep up with the demand. Overall a nice experience and would recommend a visit.

QXSTER1, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +8.7%

I took my whole family here during the kids spring break. I really was glad to get to a more adult type place.

We sat in back of the large bar area. This place has quite a bit of space and it was nice to see that they didn’t try and cram to many tables in. The bar is nicely decorated and I noticed some of the art is for sale.

The beers were fine and it was a relief to finally get some well made beers after putting up with way to much macro type choices in most of the other places we visited in Savannah. I really liked the Claire De Lune which was on nitro cask. Very tasty beer!

The service was fine, if a bit slow. The staff was very friendly so I didn’t hold that against them. The food was decent. I liked their take on the classic Fish and Chips dish. They make it Low Country style and it was good.

I would really suggest you put this one on your itinerary while in Savannah. It is nice place in a beautiful town.

Redrover, Apr 04, 2004
Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
84 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.