Moon River Brewing Company

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Moon River Brewing CompanyMoon River Brewing Company
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3.64/5
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29 Beers
164 Reviews
Place Score: 84
Reviews: 90
Visits: 140
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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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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Reviews: 90 | Visits: 140
Photo of pjbear05
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Great location within walking distance of the riverfront. Tried the Captain's Porter and the Slovannah Pale Ale, along with a burger and onion rings, all very good. Noted with amusement some of the "tourists" who came in, bought pints, and left after barely tasting them-BMC drinkers apparently. The seasonal Tater Ale (sweet potato as opposed to the ubiquitous pumpkin ales prevalent this time of year) was a perfect finish to lunch. (437 characters)

Photo of zymurgy4all
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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. (718 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Went here while in Savannah for 6 pm toasts. The experience was awesome. The brewer was willing to talk to all and gave his toast (funniest part being the news that the hole where the beer garden is going now has posts!). Beer quality is very good and service is wonderful. They have a full line of beers ready for your enjoyment. The food is your typical fair but is still good. Overall, this has to be your go to spot in Savannah to get your first beer and your to-go beer. (475 characters)

Photo of Hayden34
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped at Moon River on St. Patrick's Day and while the place was obviously packed from wall-to-wall, the service was still excellent. The bartender even made time to chat with me about one of the beers I asked about (Swamp Fox IPA). The food was great for bar food and the selection was decent as well. I'll definitely be visiting Moon River again on my next trip to Savannah. (381 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of tigerdoc
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

A very cool brew pub in downtown Savannah. You walk in and the bar is right there with clear glass windows showing the brewing equipment to the left and tables to the right. The beer selection is great, they had 9 styles on tap when I went. You could get a sample which had 3 oz pours of each of there beers for $9 which was a great deal. I personally thought the Pale, IPA, Porter, and Wit were all excellent. The food is so so about what you would expect for american bar food. There is certainly better food to be had in Savannah but the food isn't too expensive. Definately go for the beer. What else is cool is you can get a beer to go and walk around downtown with a great craft brew in your hand. (703 characters)

Photo of bv74550p
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I love Moon River. First of all, the beer is delicious and what I have tried of the food it is quite exceptional also. Recently I had the Triple hopped (simcoe hops) version of the Swampfox IPA which was available in cask. They always have a unique and delicious beer available in there firkin. Bartenders and waitstaff are very friendly and most importantly knowledgable about the brews. Friday night at 6 I believe is the weekly toast!!!

Try the spicy onion rings if you get the chance and there sandwiches are always good. If you are on Bay Street, actually if you make it to Savannaah, you need to get into this fine establishment. (636 characters)

Photo of BeerPilot
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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! (707 characters)

Photo of EricP
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The wife and I had lunch here a few days ago. I always order a sampler just to get an overview for the beers. The lighter regular beers (fest, pale ale and the lager) were decent for their styles. The porter was ok, but I really liked the stout. It was a dry Irish stout and a good example of the style. I also sampled the cider and while usually not a cider fan, I thought this one was pretty good. It was not as sweet as cider usually is.The IPA was also pretty good, not the hoppiest IPA I've ever had but was a good drinking beer that I enjoyed. The seasonal beers included a St. Patrick Ale (not bad, but not my favorite) and an apricot sour mash. The apricot was quite good. The sour mash actually offset the sweetness of the apricot. It's not a beer I could drink a ton of but I really enjoyed it.
You can find the IPA and Fest on tap at a couple of the River St. bars.
What I really thought was nice was the fact that the bar will give you 3 samples for free! More places should adopt that policy!! Very good service and a nice place to hoist a pint! (1,061 characters)

Photo of barleyman
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of morgan23
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We came across this place wandering through downtown Savannah while looking for a good beer and some dinner and Moon River Brewing Company filled both of those requirements quite well. As far as I could tell, the only beer that they had to offer was their own variety, but I was looking for a good IPA and they have one.

The atmosphere was good. It is in an old building in downtown one street up from the river walk, but sections of the building had been modernized and plastered, making for a clean yet rustic environment.

We both ordered burgers which were very good and cheap (although they had a wide variety of food on the menu). The server was fast, even though it was a busy Friday night. For beer service only, you are better off finding a spot at the bar in the middle of the room.

All in all, the food was good, the service was good, their house brews were good, and the atmosphere was good. I would recommend this place to anyone with a little extra time in Savannah. (983 characters)

Photo of wapcap
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A very cool place right on the river walk in Savannah. You can even do reservations online which helps in prepping.
Food was interesting and not bad. Some was local but not sure about organic or sustainable foods.

Beers are very well done here and is one of the main reasons to not only visit Moon River Brewing, but Savannah. Later in the evenings Ghost Tours begin at this location. Their seasonals are always interesting and well done and provide a glimpse of the culture of Savannah and the history. The regular ipa, pa, stouts, etc, are always well done. Definitely worth checking out. (591 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (1,282 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Nice location in the downtown, nightlife are of historic Savannah. The service was very good, friendly and attentive. I did not try the food. The selection was broad with many beers on two coverIng many genres including rare releases and flights. The beer quality was as good as expected for a microbrewery with a few surprisingly good finds. The ambience of the facility was balanced wIth many age groups noted with a small but quaint bar. Definitely one if the two or so must try places in the savannah area for beer lovers. Everything on the beer menu was appropriately priced. (580 characters)

Photo of Thiestru
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of ectomorph
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon on Labor Day weekend and was seated immediately. Food wise, my date and I only had the Fire Onion Rings (or whatever they're called, SPICY) but they were very good.

The beer selection was good as they were serving the Honey Bock in addition to the current staples. It was excellent as was the Captains Porter I took in a to go cup around Savannah afterward (legal there). Also sampled on this visit were the Swampfox IPA (also very good) and the Claire De Lune (meh)...

Prices were reasonable and our server was awesome although somewhat overworked...

I will be back again soon. Loved this place. (632 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

In a great location just up from the riverwalk area. When entering each of the three times during my visit to Savannah the bar was packed, and there was a wait for a table to eat lunch or dinner.

The place is rather large, with a nice big square bar right past the entrance. Problem is the crowd waiting for a table are almost standing on top of the bar patrons. The brewing area is just off to the left and visible at the bar. There are loads of tables to accomodate the large crowds.

When I visited there were 8 beers on tap - Black River RIS, Slo-vannah APA, Gene's American Brown Ale, Swamp Fox IPA, Fest, Peachy Sour Brown Ale, a porter, and a Wild Wacky Wit. I got to try all the beers during my several visits, and they were all of good quality and flavorful except for the Wit which I felt was a bit thin and unbalanced. But all in all for a brewpub to have 8 varieties that cover a bunch of styles was great.

We had a few appetizers during the trips and they fall into the decent pub grub category.

The beers and food were a bit pricey. You can get beers to go in Savannah so we always left with one to walk around town with. Service was slow and I was surprised there was only one bartender to serve the large crowd.

A must stop if in Savannah. Plenty of swag too. (1,281 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (804 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

They only brewpub in Savannah, GA ... hell it is the only brewpub around! The best of luck to them.

The beers were very fresh and they seemed to be brewed very close to style ... you could tell the brewery was paying attention to every detail. They had seven beers on at the time with a good range from Stout to Wheat, IPA to Czech Pils.

The food was decent ... the usual grub I would expect at any brewpub. It is a must stop and really the only stop in the area, I'd like to go back a try more than the sampler and a pint. (529 characters)

Photo of Silenus
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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! (763 characters)

Photo of foamee
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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. (696 characters)

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Weekend trip to Savannah for their inaugural RockNRoll Marathon. The whole town was crazy busy from all the people in town for the race. Place was slammed but we walked in and immediately got a table for 4. Ordered their Swamp Fox IPA to start. With dinner I got their sample flight with 7 or 8 samples for only $9. All of them were pretty tasty with the highlight being their sweet potato beer. Best of all their nachos are extraordinary. I would def. recommend stopping by if you are in the downtown area and want some better beer than the macro stuff at other bars. (568 characters)

Photo of Joe79
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Set close to the Historic Distric in Savannah, this Brewery is both close enough to stumble into for a beer, or to sit down and take your time to enjoy the beer and barfood.
I didn't try the food, only have heard about it.
The beer though is a different story. They have 9 on tap, all high gravity. I was feeling it even after the first sampler which only cost me $9. The Pale was my favorite.
In a touristy town, the prices were very reasonable, and the people were friendly. Most important though, is that they has 9 strong beers on tap, and though I liked some more than others, they were all good quality and tasty beers. (625 characters)

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Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
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