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 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 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 aleyeast
2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1

In general, a horrible experience.

Sat down around 6:30 for dinner, nobody noticed us and no waiter for 10 minutes, finally flagged one and he apologized that he was told to cover a different table, manage walked by several times with not a nod.

Finally get drink orders and wait another 10+ minutes for the sampler which at $7 seemed a bit expensive. Order some food and wait again. Food finally comes out (just snacks) and the nachos were thrown together with varying degrees of warmth throughout and the hot dip was cold (the dish was warm though), send the dip back and don't ask for another, muddle through the nachos. Bill comes as we are happy to leave, of course it is wrong, waiter throws hands up and we thought he had left as he was gone again for a while, but finally returned. Spoke to manager who said she wished we would have flagged her earlier, but she was more combative than helpful. I really can't stress enough to people who own these places that the manager should be a competent person, not somebody's friend or relative.

I would suggest just getting beers here and not counting on it for food

Beers Wit, Kolsch, Fest, IPA, Porter, and Cider

The IPA was quite aromatic and drank nicely. The Porter had good backbone and was enjoyable. The Wit was fairly tasteless and had none of the spice profile promised in the menu. The Kolsch was generally lacking the hop profile I am used to in a true Kolsch. The Fest was average and drinkable.

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Photo of Joe719
2.46/5  rDev -33%
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 RTJakarta
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
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 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 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 BertSugar
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5

Had a conference across the street at the Hyatt, so I was pleased to see a sanctuary to retreat to. Sat at the bar for two short sessions. This is a really nice place, reminiscent of an English style pub (like Churchill's next door). Very comfortable. If you look up, thereare the remnants of a once mighty beer can collection lingering. The bartenders were very attentive and well versed on their product, so kudos to them. Had mainly the amber because they really had nothing with any sort of hops. They also had a REALLY strong bock on tap that was too hot with alcohol. Also tried a taste of a sweet potato something or other. Their "big seller", show stopper IPA was not on tap (however I later tracked it down at another bar...not impressed). Did not try the food. Maybe this is good for Savannah, but I'm used to much better beer at a much more palatable price.

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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 jillmart
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
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 mnfinnkidd
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Down in Savannah for my sisters wedding and had to make a stop at the local brew pub. Park can be a challenge on a friday night but we managed to find a spot on the cobble stone street in next to bay street where the workers of city hall park. Seating was quite prompted. Beer and food menu at the table. Did have have a spot were their seasonal were listed. I ordered a taster and the two with me order flavored sodas. And thats when the wait started. The waitress apologized about 10 minutes in the wait for our drinks. She asked if we wanted something to eat. So we order some onion rings. Another 10 or minutes we by and she apologizes again. The bar was getting hammered apparently but I couldn't' see it. So 10 minutes later our Onion rings show up and about 32 minutes after we order our drinks they come. The owner came over to personally apologize to us. And asked about our meal afterwards. I personally liked that the sampler came in 4oz sizing. So for $8 bucks I got 28oz of beer. Some of the rings were ok but some weren't fried thoroughly. After the wait we thought we would get some kind of discount on our meal but received none so we had to under tip the waitress. Oh well. I would still stop into Moon River on the next trip. It was just an off night or maybe their ghost bartender was taking the evening off.

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Photo of azorie
3/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This was our 3rd visit to Savannah, and 3rd visit to the brew pub.

We go in the door and its empty except for 4 folks at the bar. We get seated right away. I have held off reviewing this place before mainly because I never judge a beer or a place by 1 try.

Since there was 3 wait staff or more lurking around, we got service at first right away. Since I hit there web site before we left, I knew what they had on tap. Of course they do have a few guest beers usually, and so there not your typical brewpub in that regard. I want to say this place has very good food, and its a good value. The beer is good to great, but sadly you think a brew pub this small, would not rip you off price wise on the beer, but they do. a pint during the daytime is now 5.50, and I hope this is not a happy hour price! Sadly neither the waiter (which is understandable) had a clue about the beer that the web site claimed they had, which in my book is sad when even after he got the asst brew master down, they had no clue about the web site being out of date by 6 months. Too be honest it was the only reason we drove 2.5 hours up there , so was a tad upset the web site with so much detail did not reflect what was really on tap. WHY Have such a big web site, if your NOT going to update it? anyway they get more that 6 tables full get ready to wait for refills of beer. They also need a list of there current beers, sad when they cannot even do that, I know they had time, the manager had time to pass out coasters you think they have time to keep a simple list of beers up to date. Oh well.

That said there were very friendly and we chated (with the assit brew master) about there beers. I did complain about the prices, and he said they use imperial pints, which they do for the beer under 6% abv, but after that you get 8oz for the same 5.50 which is a rip off IMHO. The porter and wit where outstanding, the porter was the best I ever had outside England! the wit was damn tasty. I also had a cask ale that had fermented peaches added to it, it was a burbon aged wit, I believe. Sadly they only had a list of 4 main beers, the rest you need a tape recorder to take in what is they had, I think they had a RIS and DIPA also, but since they would also come in a 8 oz glass I passed. I hate samplers so I did not do that. I rated service as nearly poor because they are damn slow with nearly empty place. If you want to drink sit at the bar, they service is much better. Even in a true tourist town, I don't understand why there prices for beer are so expensive, but I can only compare their prices to Florida, so maybe its a tax thing, but with no middle man, you think they be at 4 bucks or less a pint. Its in a old building, but so is everything in downtown Savannah. !

Sept 2008: Was up here for the Savannah beer fest, with the bros doing a pub crawl, service was much better this time. Beer was better also. prices still too high for me.

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Photo of bruachan
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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 Scottsan
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

My wife and I were in Savannah for our anniversary, and we stopped in because I don't get by many "brew pubs" where I live. Seemed pretty tight in the "bar" area, where we sat because we were just there to sample their brews (which were interesting). Everything more or less met expectations, except the service left a little to be desired (more apathetic than inattentive). Overall, I wasn't turned off, but I'm not sure I'll be seeking them out next time I'm in Savannah.

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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 SunDevilBeer
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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 muldrot
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

This place is in the heart of the walking area of Savannah on Bay Street in a great restored building. There were lots of people on the streets at night strolling and this place is near all of the downtown hotels.

I sat down at the bar and watched as the bartendress walked by me not once or twice but four times. I finally got up and was seated in the restaurant area (as a non-smoker that was better anyway to eat). It took a while but the server came. I ordered the sampler. The selection of four beers always tells me that they don't take the beer that seriously but the they were all reasonably good if not spectacular.

I liked the menu... better than the run of the mill fare you find at other places. I ordered a turkey sandwich with brie, walnuts and cranberrys. Pretty good. Unfortunately, I never could get the kind of service that synched up with the food so I sat through dinner with empty beer...

They have some great guest taps here... I tried a Dixie Crystal... had never heard of it but it was a good ending to an otherwise pretty disappointing evening. I won't rule it out in the future but won't seek it out either.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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 wspscott
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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 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 dragonWhale
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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 ExtraStout
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Sat at the bar for a quick brew. They had several of their own brews but were out of a couple as well. Luckily, they also had a few guest beers because that was the better choice.

Didn't have any pub grub but from what I could see, it seemed typical for bar eats.

The bartender was very friendly and attentive. She allowed me several tastes before I settled on my choice. The visit was okay but was way over-shadowed the next day by the Distillery bar experience I enjoyed.

There are lots of place to try in Sav. Give it a try but move on quickly.

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped on the 4th of July. Nice location within walking distance of the downtown which affords a scenic walking tour. (Note: only walk around Savannah in the daytime. The crime rate is kind of high; the locals don't walk around there at night.) Interior is pleasant, kind of pub-like, not the "renovated warehouse" look that seems so popular with brewpubs. We visited around 2 pm but even at that odd time we weren't the only ones there. The served showed up quickly and was attentive, but still managed to make a few errors. First, we tried a sampler. He said the selections were an "amber", Wit, Savannahfest (Octoberfest) and Swamp Fox IPA. He neglected totally to tell us there were other brands on tap, but it didn't really matter for the first visit as I probably would have tried the in-house brews anyway. But still...

The amber was certainly no amber. Only after we left did it occur to me that what he called an "amber" was their signature Clare de Lune Kölsch. (Having only tried the Kölsch style a time or two, I didn't recognize it right away; just knew it wasn't an amber.) The Savannahfest seemed a little weak for that style. I went with the IPA which, although unremarkable, was decent enough. I'm fond of more highly hopped IPAs so that may be why it didn't impress me more. I'm not a fan of Wits and have only sampled the Great Lakes variety so I can't speak to how good theirs was.The Captain's Porter wasn't on tap. Disappointing, as I'm partial to darks and really wanted to try it.

Food was decent and about standard priced: appetizers under $10, sandwiches & salads the same; entrees $10-20. All of us (me, my wife & college-aged son) liked what we got. But, another mistake, the server forgot my wife's main course and had to be reminded. At least it took a while to get it, indicating the food is neither microwaved nor sitting under a heat lamp. All our food arrived hot & as described. No complaints in that category.

Overall, I'd say if you live near or are visiting Savannah, it's certainly worth a visit---I plan to return. The house beers are solid, even if not anything to make you jump up and shout, the interior is inviting and the food is worthwhile. If you are planning your summer tour of "Great American Brewpubs", however, I wouldn't necessarily schedule Savannah as a stop.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Last time I was in Savannah I spent a good deal of time here. I was competing in a Culinary Arts competition, and after my event I had to wait for the rest of my team while I was left without a car. Thankfully, this place is right across from the hotel and I was able to pop in and out at will. Not a large place, and the food isn't all it's advertised to be, but it was a nice little spot. Good location, right in the middle of walking traffic. If you can make it in the afternoon it is a lot less crowded, and you run a good chance of finding the brewmaster sampling a new batch or running the line for something; I wound up discussing his beers with him and getting free samples. If I ever head back through there this will be one of my priority stops. For a drinking town full of dives, especially right on the riverfront, it provides a touch of class.

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Photo of marinobrew
3.45/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

This is one of the better brew-pubs I have been in lately. It has taken rest in an old Hotel on Bay Street in Downtown Savannah. You can see the copper and steel from the street. Inside is teaked wood floors and trimmed walls. They feature local artists on the walls. It is not a smoky establishment which is good for the palate.
I tasted everything they had to offer. There were 8 brews to wade through. The stared fav's were the Wacky-Wit, Swamp Fox and Clare de Lune.
My server was very outgoing and accomodating. However, should have a better grasp about the beers. But these guys are THE hopping place so they need the help.
I ordered the River Dog Brat-pretty good. I would have eaten first but was afraid the grease would offset my judgement of the brew.
I highly recomend stopping in for several pints! If you don't want to sit and enjoy-fine, talk your beer to go and enjoy a walk on the river front!

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Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
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