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Moon River Brewing Company

Moon River Brewing CompanyMoon River Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 311
Beer Avg: 3.71

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

99 Ratings
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.8%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

What a great find! We walked to Moon River after enjoying a stroll through Savannah's River Walk. The town was busy with SCAD graduation but Moon River was rather empty on a Friday night, which worked fine for us.

We sat by the brewing equipment and even saw the brewer playing, letting his daughter carry lab samples, so cute. Very relaxed atmosphere, great for a pint or five.

Eight house beers on tap, with a bit of everything: Belly-washer golden ale, Wild Wacky wit, Apparition ale, Dixie Kristal trippel, Slo-vannah APA, Swamp Fox IPA, Captain's Porter Stout... and the absolute star: Dixie Merveille!!! This is a blend of fresh Dixie Kristal trippel with vintage Kristal from September '08 aged in Cabernet barrels ever since. Outstanding.

We didn't have any food at Moon River so can't comment on that, but service was nice and friendly and the experience a very positive one. Pints are five dollars and the Dixie Merveille was $10, which is a lil' much but absolutely worth the splurge. I even thanked the brewer for such a masterpiece.

06-13-2012 06:26:29 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

This is the bar in Savannah for young people. I liked the size, service, looks, location, and Savannah. The beer was interesting, nothing was a knock out but there was a couple of interesting offerings like the candy-dominated Belgian, and the IPA. Easy to meet people. I did not appreciate the smokers after 11 pm, who should have been next door at the Churchill. It was very busy and bartenders were in charge but aggressive. Not a top 50 stop but certainly a must stop if you are passing through or staying in the ara.

02-07-2008 03:32:37 | More by Sammy
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

07-11-2008 17:43:01 | More by Gavage
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Redrover

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

04-04-2004 01:32:32 | More by Redrover
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shivtim

Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Center bar area with seating for 12 or so. Mix of booths and small tables with some outdoor seating. Brewery equipment prominently displayed.

6 house beers on tap. Out of their only dark. 2 Pales and an ipa keep me happy. Cask available on Wednesday. Several GA guest taps, too.

Standard bar menu. Good apps and sandwiches. Not terribly adventurous but very reasonable.

Service was prompt and attentive.

A place I will come back to. Just wish they could do something about the smoke. I'm not used to that.

09-26-2010 23:50:14 | More by beer2day
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$

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.

12-29-2006 19:58:06 | More by Georgiabeer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

07-10-2003 19:23:39 | More by Jason
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Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
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