Moon River Brewing Company

Moon River Brewing CompanyMoon River Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(912) 447-0943 | map

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Photo of jillmart
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Went to Moon River on a Saturday night. It was loud and crowded, but my boyfriend and I snagged a table with no problem. However, no one came to serve us, so we moved to the bar where we promptly got our beers. I had something called Six Degrees, which I think is a mild ale. It was OK. Overall, that's what I thought of Moon River: just OK. There was nothing particularly wrong or bad with the place, but nothing about the experience was amazing. The prices for beer were reasonable. Didn't try the food.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.35/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Wandering about the city, we determined we'd better find this place. Asked some people and they directed us to the establishment. Five or six of their own beers on tap, 3 other Georgia brewery beers. I like when breweries rep other local breweries. A cool respect thing. They had an english pale, a blond thing, ipa (pretty good), rosemary ipa (pretty interesting), and some other thing. They were out of the porter. Sad. Anyway, some were pretty good, some were mediocre. Bartender was cool. We came back later to eat and our waittress was totally checked out. Some of the worst, most careless service I've ever seen. Food was aight but they were out of a bunch of stuff.
All in all, not bad. Our second visit definitely brought down the score a bit.

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Photo of RTJakarta
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Went here once with some friends after a movie looking to try some local brews. Can be relatively crowded since it's a pretty common tourist destination, but seats are usually available. They have a typical brewpub ale list of about 10. From what I had....nothing is very good.

Pretty standard pub food. I believed I had some chicken tenders or something else basic. Forgettable food, really.

To the people who mentioned the smoke, they passed a law so you can't smoke indoors anymore, but that doesn't change the fact that this place just....isn't....good.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Went there on a Monday night. It was pretty full and very loud. I sat at the bar since there were a couple of TV's. Bar is good sized, u-shaped. Place is pretty large with lots of wood/brick and a glass enclosed view of the beer tanks on the left side when you walk in. Tables are off to the right. Good location.

Service was OK. Took a while to get an order, but the lone bartender was doing a lot of multi-tasking. Friendly guy.

Crowd seemed sort of young, but plenty of tourists and enough age variety that everyone can feel comfortable.

Not a large selection of beer, but brewpubs have their own stuff so that shouldn't be expected. On the night I went, their lineup was: Nicks balls of gold, resmary ipa, apparition ale, the captain's porter, houblin wit, Ape-stout, slo-vanah pale ale, wild wack wit, swamp fox ipa and a pumpkin beer I never got the name of. Certainly a good enough seletion for my tastes.

One note: people can smoke in the bar, so if you are not used to this you are hereby forwarned.

Overall, a decent experience. My main issue was the very loud noise level, which made talking with others very challenging.

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Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Silenus
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by Moon River twice during a vacation to Savannah a few weeks ago. This brewpub is in a prime location on Bay St., right across from the river in the heart of the Historic District. It was also 2 blocks from our hotel. When you walk in, you're immediately greeted by the horseshoe-shaped bar in front of you. There's space here for about 20 people. The brewery itself is housed to the left of the bar, behind a long wall of windows. I thought it was cool to see the brewers working away during the day.

Both times we visited Moon River we were seated immediately, even though it was always rather busy. When we sat in the restaurant the waiter was very friendly and offered suggestions on our meal selections. He also was very good at explaining several of the beer styles to my wife ("Our Wit is what Blue Moon should taste like," haha). When we sat at the bar, the bartender was extremely busy, but she stopped long enough to describe all of their guest tap beers to me in detail.

The food is pretty decent, and priced equally to every other restaurant in the area. The sandwiches, pub grub, and apps are pretty cheap, but the entrees were a bit pricier than I expected.

Moon River had six house beers on tap (porter, tripel, pils, IPA, wit, brown ale) and four "guest taps" from other microbreweries that rotate regularly. During our trip, these were offerings from New Belgium, Terrapin, Schneider/Brooklyn, and Original Sin. I think all the beers are the same price, at least the house beers are, although they were a dollar more the time we sat at the bar than when we ate in the restaurant. Happy Hour maybe?

Moon River was a very enjoyable place to beat the heat and drink some quality brews in Savannah. It's on par or better than most of the surrounding establishments, and it feels good to support local brewers.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 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 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.

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Photo of Thiestru
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of wspscott
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

We stopped in here for a beer on a weekend afternoon. There is a large circular bar right in front. They have 5 of their own beers on tap as well as 5 or 6 guest taps. Unfortunately, they were out of a couple of their own beers that day. I tried the pale ale which seemed to be a tourist version of an APA, nowhere near enough hop character. I had a taste of the IPA which seemed more like an APA, and decided to try the porter. This was a well made beer, nice roasted character with a little bit of chocolate. I could have had another one of these, but my wife was ready to go.

In the end, this is a standard tourist type restaurant/bar that happens to brew some okay beer. We were in town for a couple more days and did not see a reason to go back. If we had, I suspect I would have stuck with the guest taps.

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Photo of Joe719
2.46/5  rDev -33.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

We had a less than desirable experiance at Moon River. My wife and another couple went the evening of Saint Patricks day. We got right in and there were even tables open. We sat down and were told we couldn't sit no reason just that we could not sit. We then stood near the bar and had a less than friendly bar tender fill our order. Although I must admit the beers were fresh and on style. I belive that as a pub in the tourisum district one must employ friendly staff and although this was on a city wide "holiday" the bad moods of the workers over shadow the quality of the beer. I will not return to M.R. because of the poor service.

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Photo of foamee
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

cool interior: vibrant. at first i was dismayed that the table candles were battery powered, but then my brother discovered they were rechargeable

my waitress had a tough time--seemed to be having a bad day. i hope it was because the place was busy. where's my beer? "i'll be back in a minute" translates to "catch me if you can"

i wasn't under the impression that the selection rotates much or that the repertoire was at all expansive, though there are a few more options on BA than i observed

food appeared to be good: my party was generally satisfied but my salad was "meh" at best

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Photo of thesyko56
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This was a very nice place. Nice wooden bar and several tables in an adjoining room. The fermentation tanks were visible through a window. The beers available were very good especially the IPA but they were in the middle of renovating so a few beers had run out. They made up for that with some guest taps of great quality including Victory Prima Pils and Terrapin Rye. The service was okay not much to brag about and the food was average as well but this is a brewpub not a high end restaurant. Overall a good bar with really good beer. Worth the stop.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Joe79
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of tigerdoc
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

On a recent trip to Savannah I was overly pleased to find a micro-brewery on the river, this place was Moon River Brewing Company.
This being said the setting was excellent day and night. Even passing by I had noticed and was pushed to go to get a micro-to-go.

Beautiful settings make this a wonderful stop for all beer lovers. Starting with the chill atmosphere and central placed bar with fresh brewed beer to serve...all and all great. Quality is no exception.
I have to say on a more personal note that the service is the hard point in this one. On the occation of me, my girlfriend, and our friends visit the service was not to par. But earlier in the non-busy, hours it was fine.

Selection of greatly crafted brew and even some just made make this my first stop for a freshly made beer in Savannah.

Note: I recommend the Swamp Water IPA.

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Photo of morgan23
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of nick76
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I was really excited to go into this place and get some food and drink. I heard about this place from a friend of mine that lived in Savannah and he raved about it all the time. It is located right across the street from the downtown waterfront district in a historic building. It was really crowded on the weekend night that I was there so that did hurt the service a bit but they seems rather helpful. The beer was pretty good as was the food. The selection did have a couple of seasonals and had some variety but it was not extensive. A good place for both locals and tourists.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of bv74550p
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
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