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Moon River Brewing Company

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Moon River Brewing CompanyMoon River Brewing Company
BA SCORE
84
good

122 Ratings
Ratings: 122
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%
Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 415
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
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 woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

woodychandler, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

Gavage, Jul 11, 2008
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 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
Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

Jason, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of Bung
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%

Along the Bay street, not as touristy as River street at least. Still this is the macro social area of the city.
Woody interior, haunted historic building, which they pretty much all are in Savannah. Bar right up front with the brewing area to the right. More resaurant seating to the left and behind the bar. Sat at the bar did not eat. Kind of interesting the "to go" drafts in plastic cups. No open container laws in the historic district from what I could tell. Helped keep the semi-chaos around the bar and helped keep the service down a bit. Still bartenders were knowledgeable enough about the brews. 8 house brews, 2 rotating 6 regular and 2 guest. Two I tried were plenty good enough.
The Distillery was more impressive, but this is the only brewpub in town.

Bung, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of shivtim
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

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!

shivtim, May 10, 2010
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 kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

kylehay2004, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

beer2day, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

wrightst, Jul 28, 2014
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 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 Sludgeman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Sludgeman, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of bcgeiman
1/5  rDev -72.8%

bcgeiman, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

SunDevilBeer, Jul 25, 2010
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 smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

smcolw, Jan 03, 2010
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 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 Nutleybeer
3.46/5  rDev -6%

It's all about location...this place is right on Bay Street, across from the Riverwalk area in Savannah. Even better yet, Savannah's open container laws let you pop in and get a beer to go (in a plastic cup, of course, though).

The bar is medium sized and it gets filled up during tourist times and days. I found the bartenders to not be necessarily unfriendly, but not too outgoing either.

On my visit, they had an IPA, Kolsch, porter, cider, fest (this was nice and easy drinking and also served in most of the local bars in the area), wit and their seasonal was a trippel. The trippel, named "Dixie" something was velvety smooth. Golden in color, with a hint of honey in the flavor. 10% ACV and will kick you in the butt if you drink too much of it.

Their sampler was a whopping $9. 4 beers, a sampler and an order of chips/salsa was $36. Not cheap at all.

The beers were good, maybe not great. If you don't get a seat at the bar, there is not a heck of a lot of space to stand around it. They do have not bistro like seats outside, though, as well.

A decent brewpub and the only one in the Savannah area. I did enjoy it enough to return a few times, popping in as we strolled by. It was good, clean and as mentioned, in a great location.

They sell pint glasses, t-shirts and other assosrted collector items as well.

Nutleybeer, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

Right on river street in Savannah.

Wooden bar, barstools, tables in an ajoining room. A window where the brass fermentation tanks can be seem. Stairs leading upstairs and downstairs, but I can't say to where. Many beer cans lining the walls. Tuesday night, small group of patrons.

I sat down and saw a ton of taps that represented both moon river beers and other American crafts, but most of them seemed to be just decoration. There were 4/5 of staple beers available and two seasonals. My guess is that on a weekend I would have better luck, but who knows.

The beers that I did have, the fest and the wit, were both good but not overly-impressive beers. I enjoyed them, but did not love them.

Service was ok, the bartender got me a drink when I asked, although he did not warn me of when last call was, which would have been nice so that I could test out the beer-to-go laws of Savannah.

A good stop while in Savannah for sure, but not a place one should seek out.

Hojaminbag, Aug 12, 2009
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
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Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
84 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.