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Moon River Brewing Company
21 West Bay Street
Savannah , Georgia 31401

Moon River is unequivocally the best brewpub in Savannah , Georgia . OK, it's also the only brewpub in Savannah . But even if it weren't it would be hard to beat.
Open the front door to the 1820's building and you'll see the bar immediately in front of you. A restaurant sits to the right and beyond. And on the left, behind large the-better-to-see-you interior windows, you'll usually find brewers John Pinkerton and Chris Lady (see picture, right and center, respectively). Have a seat at the bar and watch them clean stuff, fix stuff, mess with recipes on their laptop, and occasionally mix malt, hops, yeast and maybe other magic into water and pump it around. Ya know, brew beer. That's what John and Chris truly enjoy doing: making great tasting beers.

On a visit today you can sample nine Moon River beers for $9.50. Notable year-round selections include the Swamp Fox IPA that holds its own against Dogfish and the Californians, a darned decent Claire de Lune Kolsch originally on tap before the hop crisis made it fashionable, and a chewy Captain's Porter. Almost every Thursday there's a creative small batch brew that has included the award-winning Little Chocolate Doughnuts Porter “ actually ‘dry-doughnut-ed' in the firkin for a little touch of ‘HOT NOW' goodness!” If this were not enough Moon River stocks guest taps that recently poured Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen Weisse and Kasteel Rouge from
Brouwerij van Honsebrouck
. If you're beer clueless they'll find you a Miller or Miller Light in a bottle if you quietly ask real, real nicely for it; wine and spirits are also available. When its busy service can be slow and food can be variable, but the quality and selection of beers more than make up for it.

Moon River is in the Savannah Historic District so it has a large tourist trade. But it keeps local roots with a Quality Assurance Club ($3.50 house draft beers all day, and more), by hosting the Savannah Brewers' League (homebrew club) the first Wednesday of every month, and in sporting local art for sale on the walls. And there's no need to slam down that last beer – you can take a to-go cup and walk around the Historic District. And so it goes at Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah , Georgia , USA . Bless its heart.