Downtown Savannah, close to the river, sits Moon River Brewing company and they only have a 3.47 rating on Untappd, which I found to be a little harsh. This has more of a restaurant with a bar feel than the other breweries in Savannah.
My favorite moment was when I asked if they did flights and I was told: “We have one flight, 11 4oz beers.” Yes!!! Take my money and give me all the beers. Mind you I was at Coastal Empire Brewing with my mom right before coming here so drinking 44 more ounces was no problem!
I’m a sucker for anything moon related so I instantly fell in love with the crescent moon flight holder. I appreciated the spectrum and variety of all the beers they had. I’m not going to even try and pretend to remember what all eleven tasted like, so I’ll just touch on the highlights. The Yoga Pants IPA was pretty good, not overly hoppy. They did give me that one on cask too though and wow, that was horrible. Made it so dry and the tropical flavors were absent, made it crazy hoppy. I guess I need to do my research on how cask affects beer because I didn’t realize that would be the case.
Taterlicious Ale was so fitting for the season! Sitting at a 5.3% ABV, I can see how this could be dangerous. I loved the touch of pumpkin pie spice on the rim of the glass because that added a little bit of spice and sugar to the beer with each taste. The malts are pretty forward on this beer, so the first taste is a tad sweet, but the sweet potatoes swoop in and add that earthy full flavor. Sweet potato vs pumpkin beer, I feel like most breweries should follow Moon River’s example and switch it up. The sweet, earthy, slight bitterness with that spice added on the rim got a solid 5/5 from me. My mom found it a little weird tasting, which I can totally understand from someone who doesn’t drink beer.
Not apart of the flight was the Barrel-aged Sour Wit, which won gold at GABF in 2017. I found a beer my mom liked in this one! I should have known my mom would be into sours, we have very similar pallets. This beer totally deserved gold in my opinion. 12 months of barrel aging left this the perfect blend of fruity, earthy, funky and sour! The coriander and chamomile gave it that earthy flavor right up front, then all that funky yeast takes over the tongue and you just get fruity sour left in the back of the throat! I really wish by this point I wasn’t so far into so much beer that I could have had more than a 5oz.
After Moon River, my mom and I went to Tandem Coffee & Spirits (out of all the places this is where my family kept ending up over the few days we were in town)! Loved this place and was able to find a drink my mom actually likes after she had been trying for months. One night with me and I found her a mixed drink, mojitos, and a beer she liked! Turning people to the dark side! If you’re in Savannah go check this spot out, the staff is amazing!
Being able to have some quality time with my mom was really cool. I generally have not had the chance to really show my parents my world because I live so far from them. No matter how many times you say, “communication is key”, it’s hard to realize truly how important it is. This trip was very eye opening for both myself and my parents and I’m so glad that I was brave enough to finally open the door!