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Moon River Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(912) 447-0943 | map
moonriverbrewing.com

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36
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
526
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.69/5
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
159
pDev:
17.07%
 
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

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

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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 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 Redrover
4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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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 Jason
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bung
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of shivtim
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

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.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 wapcap
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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 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 SunDevilBeer
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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 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.

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1/5  rDev -72.9%

Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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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Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA
Brewery rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 526 ratings
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