Moon River Brewing Company

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Moon River Brewing CompanyMoon River Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

21 West Bay St.
Savannah, Georgia, 31401
United States

(912) 447-0943 | map
moonriverbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
30
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
478
PLACE STATS
Score:
84
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
152
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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0
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 152
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Vibe is amazing. Feels like an old brick building with old time furnishings. Place is haunted and that adds to the coolness factor for me. I spent most of my time waiting and watching for supernatural happenings and that made me pay lots of attention to the overall vibe. Food was excellent. The nachos had average but were a huge portion that was extra cheesy. Comfort food at its finest..not healthy, but heavenly. The chicken and sausage creole was about the best version of a dish that I have had several versions of...really top notch. Our waitress was very knowledgable about the beers and the area. She humored us with our questions about beers and hauntings. The beer had ten varieties and while some were good, most were average to above average. Overall, this was an excellent drinking and dining experience, I just wish I could rave a bit more about the actual beer here.

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Photo of mwar
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

I preface this review by saying the roof top bar and outdoor seating were closed due to weather. We tried the porter and brown ale. Both were subpar, though not bad. Had one and moved on. The place seemed older and a little dingy. Not too crowded at 5:00 on a Friday. Sat at the bar and received excellent service. $4 and $5 for 18 oz.....nice value!

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Photo of MacMalt
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This is a brewery in the heart of Savannah that brews a number of pretty good beers. It has a lively and fun vibe. The menu is not extensive, and features mostly pub style fare, but the burgers are good. This place is reputedly haunted, which adds to the ambience and overall experience. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Savannah.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

The place was busy on this Sunday after Christmas early evening with lots of groups of people - there was a fairly long line to be seated indoors (and since the weather was beautiful) we chose to sit outside in the beer garden. There was a fairly wide ranging demographic when I visited with millennials, families, and baby boomers all present. There was music playing and football showing but it was not too noisy to carry on a conversation.

Beers were well poured and served in proper glassware at a decent temperature and with a proper amount of head. Beers were served promptly.

The service was pretty good though for some reason they were out of a number of items (probably one third of the entire menu). The waiter was attentive and brought out the food promptly as well as the drinks and was diligent in refilling the waters.

They had a pretty good range of styles for the house beers and an interesting selection of local/regional/national crafts on tap as well.

Food was decent, not great. Maybe my impressions would have been better of the food had my first two choices from the menu been available.

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Photo of amano_h
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Local breweries that churn out fresh beers by the barrel right in the neighborhood is a dream come true for any beer enthusiast. Whereas Moon River Brewing Company has its hearts set in the right place, they fall short in executing said idea to standard.

First of all, their beers are disappointing at best. Their IPAs seem to share common notes of pine and resin, but seem to retain hops very poorly despite (and this is despite drinking it fresh straight from the brewery.) I had a lot of hope for their Slowvannah, which didn't have enough body or mouthfeel to qualify as an American Pale Ale but too much punch to call a "Session Ale." I actually wanted to try the Slowvannah dry-hopped with Citra, which had been on cask, but the waiter informed me that they had sold out a few weeks back. I took two sips each of their porter and their stout and wish I never had; the stout didn't have too much going on despite coming out of the tap pitch black, and other than a slight cinnamon, I couldn't taste any kind of discernible flavors from the Porter. The most palatable out of the selection was surprisingly their lager/pilsner, which to my surprise tasted like a decent IPL.

The food here is also calculatingly unsatisfying; the pesto oysters were as disgusting as it sounded, the salmon oscar was decisively dry, and the haricots verts was basically bland boiled string peas.

Contrary to previous reviews however, Moon River Brewing Company's only saving grace for us was the excellent customer service. The waiter (I wish I could remember his name) was very friendly, demonstrated great general knowledge of beer and seemed very enthusiastic about the beers he was serving us, and gave us frequent updates on our food/beers and was courteous at every turn. I also enjoyed a brief conversation with said waiter about Moon River's brewing schedule and beers after ordering the tasting wheel (which included every beer MRBC had to offer outside of the two that I really wanted to try) which made me wonder if the other yelpers that made their way here had all come in on an off night.

Whereas the beer and the food isn't spectacular, MRBC did provide a pleasant environment for our party of 6 to kick back a few drinks and catch up on each others' lives. If you do swing by here, be sure to order the tasting wheel--for ten dollars it's an absolute steal.

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Photo of CalebM
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Came by already full of local beer on a trip to Savannah. Had a flight, which featured a good handful of seasonal/guest beers. Nothing on that hand that was out of this world, but some interesting flavors worth checking out. Worth stopping by just for the Swamp Fox IPA. Also, the beer wasn't served cold, which was OK I guess--we'll call it "almost cold." Service was good, and I want more Swamp Fox!

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Photo of aleckpa
3.78/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Came here on a recent visit to Savannah. We sat out on the beer garden. It was a beautiful evening, albeit hot and humid! I ordered a flight. A flight consists of all 9 of their beers. The only downfall of this was by the time i got to the 6th one, they were getting quite warm due to the heat and humidity outside. The beer was alright. Nothing bad, nothing outstanding. I did like how they had "guest beers" on tap though. I think it gives a good option for people to explore other GA beers. The service was a little slow, but that's because it was the bartender service the entire beer garden. Eventually, they got him some help and it improved. I didn't have the food, so can't comment on that. I'd go back next time I'm in Savannah.

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Photo of Hayden34
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of ottobon100
1.61/5  rDev -56.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2

First microbrewery I have visited that served their beers warm (at least 55-60F). I was told "that is the way they serve beer in Europe". Having lived in Europe for six years I can tell you that isn't true. It isn't served ice cold but it definitely isn't served warm. Maybe the owner needs to go there. Too bad.

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Photo of Dreizhen
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here for dinner on a recent tour of the South with a friend. Not a bad place to visit if you're in Savannah, though I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out. Nice local spot with growler fills and a decent selection of beer styles for a small brewery. Food's better than average bar food with a slight coastal touch from various shrimp options. Had a flight of their beers to sample them all and was pretty happy with the experience. It did seem rather odd that they leave out their highest gravity beer from the flight, though, since they have a spot for it on the flight try. Anyways, if you're looking for something local and don't want to drop $35 on seafood at the tourist-targeted restaurants, this is a fun alternative.

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Photo of PowhatanBrewer
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Generally uses the supposed novelty of being a brewpub to draw in tourists because the beer and food are average. Had the pale ale, which was fairly flavorless and lacked body. The porter is better. If you are looking for good beer, I'd recommend going elsewhere.

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Photo of pjbear05
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

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Photo of BrettMRogers
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Good brew pub. Been there several times. Service isn't as genuinely friendly as most pubs. Decent selection of craft brews. Food was good.
I had a burger, my wife had shrimp creole which was good but way too spicey. All in all it is worth the price.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Great locations right across from the river. Awesome people took loved the feel of the joint. But that's where it ends. Had the 10 beer sampler flight. 4oz each for $18. Pretty decent deal . But the beer was simply meh. Had a gem or two in the bunch. Boo hag, the wee heavy. Rest. Awful. Food. Honestly wish I would have grabbed something somewhere else. Had the tacodilla. Barely any meat. But the sauce was good. Wife had fried chicken wrap. Checked was alright. With a craft scene exploding in savanna ga. There's plenty of other places to go. Sorry. I really wanted to like it too.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
2.11/5  rDev -42.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.75 | selection: 1.25

Not a fan. This place is definitely a bit too touristy. I don't like to comment negatively, however, the staff was hugely uneducated, I was blatantly ignored a few times. I noticed it was not terribly busy, as the 4 bartenders (blonde male, brunette male, and two brunette females), were focused on pouring the hard liquors for the... what seemed as regulars... rather than answering a simple question I had asked. The flight I got was obviously out of order/not what I was told. Not to mention the beers were decently priced for what was mediocre at best beer. Not recommended.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

I was travelling to FL for a sort of vacation and we stayed in Pooler, GA for the night on our way there. So, this was the only place still open and nearby that I could go to. It was night and an hour before closing on a Sunday, so YMMV.

A: It looks quite nice and seems to be a quite large place with multiple sections. It actually has a weird layout and is a bit confusing, but it is very nice-looking since it is made out of an old hotel from 1821. Apparently, the place is haunted and they offer tours. I would say it has nice mood lighting and an interesting layout.

Q: The menus were very nice and there was a separate one for their beer. Greeted quickly and sat down right at the bar. Everything is brewed on premise, so it has to be fresh (right?).

S: Quick and accommodating. I just got a glass of water and a flight of their beers on a late Sunday night though.

S: I can't recall if they had guest beers but they had six of their own beers on tap, so not a huge selection. They had four pale ale variations, an IPA and a Sweet Stout, so not much variety in style either.

F: Didn't have any food but they had some that looked quite good.

V: I got a six beer flight sampler for $8, which I believe is quite cheap.

O: The place was nice and it was cool to at least see the outskirts of Savannah, but I found their beers to be quite mediocre. The IPA was not very flavorful and quite watery, and the stout was similar and didn't have any strong malt flavor to it. The pale ales were worse, but I'm not big into that style.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of goatsby
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I go to Moon River mostly because I love their Rosemary IPA. The other beers I have tried are good, nothing memorable, and their service and food is fair (for the price). The staff does not seem too knowledgeable or engaging when it comes to the beers, and even on slow days the service is lacking. A cool place to have a drink, especially at night. Have not done the haunted pub crawl, but this would certainly be a good place to do it in. For food, there are certainly better places in Savannah, but Moon River Brewing should be on your radar for some interesting beers and the haunted atmosphere. That is what you are in Savannah for, is it not?

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Photo of Larrydoherty
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Moon River Brewing Company brews their own beer on site, and while the beer selection is rather large, the food left a little something to be desired.

Located in Savannah, with plenty of competition, Moon River does not do enough to differentiate itself. The atmosphere is rather bland, not offering anything to exciting. It certainly felt like a tourist trap to me.

I enjoyed their beers, but in a city like Savannah, where you can get your beer to go, I recommend grabbing a plastic cup, and checking out the rest of the city.

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Photo of theshoe316
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

My wife and I visited this place while we staying on Hilton Head island and took a day trip into Savannah. This was definitely a good find when compared to the Hilton Head's Brewery.

I tried their beer flight which was made up of 7 4oz glasses and did not cover their whole selection, american ales, wheat, IPA's, stouts, you name it they probably have it. The food was excellent and so was the service. The brewery is in a convenient location off a main street in downtown Savannah. The brewery also offers to-go glasses for those on the run!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of wapcap
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The DW and I visited moon river last Tuesday night just prior to the a hanuted pub crawl. The decor in Moon River is average. Trendy little dining area with hardwood floors and tables and neo-trend lights. The square bar area is small with a limited number of taps. They have a few guest beers but they are short on selection if you're not into their house craft beers. The most unique beer of the night was their Rosemary IPA (which I could detect nary a hint of Rosemary in it).

The coolest part of the bar is the basement which is only used for overflow and private parties and the unfinished upstairs. It's brick and has a small bar of it's own, and we visited it as part of the ghost tour. The upstairs levels are unfinished and we were allowed to explore the second level a little bit. They do store their brewing supplies (pallets of malted barley, etc) and corny kegs on this level, but for the most part, it's unfurnished.

Our table in the dining room abutted the brew area and I was actually a little grossed out by the lack of cleanliness around the mash tuns and the conicals. Spotless inside (as it should be) but there was no lack of wort spillage and mulm buildup on the outside of the vessils. As a brewer myself, I know the most important aspect of any brewing is cleanliness, and if I were their head brewer, i'd scrub the place floor to ceiling and then spray everything down in idophor.

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
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