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Moon River Brewing Company

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3.69/5
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525 Ratings
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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:
36
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
525
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.69/5
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
159
pDev:
17.07%
 
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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Vibe - Brewery and restaurant located on Bay Street, 1 block back from the river front, so great location. During lunch on a Wednesday afternoon, the place was pretty busy. Plenty of seating in both the dining area and at and around the bar.
Quality - Tried a flight of the 7 beers they had on tap; nothing outstanding, but nothing dismal either.
Service - Hostest and waitress were very friendly, however, as the place became busier, our waitress basically disappeared.
Selection - Typically 8 options of their stuff, though one was not available at the time, and several guest beers. Enough variety to please everyone.
Food - we didn't eat, but looking at the menu there was the typical bar fare with some southern options thrown in.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in today for lunch with Da Boss while enjoying the Savannah Hop On Hop Off tour.

Vibe was good, dark on the inside with a classic English bar feel. Cask engine was available. Damp basement smell in the back. I believe 8 or so house beers available along with a number of regionals as well.

Quality of the beer was better than average. The IPAs were not executed quite to style but were serviceable. Da Boss had the pale which was good from her perspective.

Service was very prompt and good although she did not seem to have much beyond a general understanding of the beer.

Selection was decent as described above.

Food was very good. I had the Creole dish which was outstanding and Da Boss had the slider special and said the roast beef was very good.

Overall a good food stop where one can quench their thirst.

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

Photo of Hopbooze
4.78/5  rDev +29.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

You know I can get Growlers to go

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of Rdc67
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Graham19840
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of mwar
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
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 costanzo_mike
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of garyloveman
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of bcm75
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of MacMalt
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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 -1.1%
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 MasterRigger
5/5  rDev +35.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of amano_h
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +1.6%
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 +2.4%
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 jloomis
4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hayden34
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of ottobon100
1.61/5  rDev -56.4%
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 +5.1%
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 Openwyd
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
Brewery rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 525 ratings
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