Enjoy Craft Beer on Savannah’s Southside

When it comes to craft beer, downtown Savannah receives the lion’s share of the attention. This level of attention isn’t unwarranted; most of Savannah’s craft beer restaurants, bars and bottle shops are, in fact, north of DeRenne. Downtown doesn’t hold a lock on everything related to craft beer though. At first glance, south of DeRenne looks like a craft beer desert but the Southside has several options for a beer during lunch or even a beer centric evening out. Check out these Southside eateries, some new, some old favorites, and two bottle shops with craft heavy options.

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Ben’s Neighborhood Grill and Tap: Ben’s history is rooted in Savannah’s downtown but as the restaurant moved south it morphed into a gourmet burger grill and craft centric tap room. Ben’s features twelve taps all dedicated to craft beer, with several local options always available. Ben’s also has an extensive bottle and can list. Tuesday is a great day to visit Ben’s as they have a $2.50 craft can special. The regularly updated tap and bottle list can be found on beermenus.com. Ben’s isn’t all about the beer though. They have several excellent burgers and sandwiches on their menu. Make sure to ask for the beer battered onion rings. Directions, hours and menus can be found at bensgrill.com.

Fiddlers Seafood: Just down Hodgson Memorial Drive from Ben’s and around the corner from Oglethorpe Mall is Fiddlers Seafood. Fiddlers is part of the same restaurant group as Tubby’s, Dub’s and Spanky’s and just like those restaurants carry numerous craft beer options. In fact Fiddlers has 21 taps dedicated to craft beer, many of them dedicated to local options. The food options at Fiddler’s are, as you might expect, are grounded in fresh, local seafood options. The décor follows along similar lines and is grounded to Savannah’s fishing history. Fiddler’s information can be found at fiddlerssavannah.com.

Your Pie: What goes together better than beer and pizza? Not much and Your Pie offers both. The downtown location of Your Pie is no secret but there is also a south side location in Sandfly. Like its counterpart it has a strong craft beer selection. What is even better are Your Pie Sandfly’s regular craft beer nights. Usually on Thursdays, the guys at Your Pie will put together a tap takeover and often are able to pull in a difficult to find beer or two. The best way to find out about Your Pie, Sandfly is through their Facebook page where they regularly update their events page and tap list.

Bowtie Barbecue Company: The newest location for hunting down great craft beer in midtown is Bowtie Barbecue Company. Bowtie is growing out of the Johnny Harris legacy and will serve up old favorites like Johnny Harris’ batterless fried chicken but will bring new food and drink options to the table. Bowtie will serve up craft beer with a regional focus, think East Coast, on twenty taps. Of special note are taps dedicated to a Southbound Brewing Company Ginger Beer soda and to Perc Coffee. Bowtie will also serve up craft cocktails and feature a large selection of small batch whiskeys. Is Bowtie’s huge bar selection not enough to get you in the door? Well lucky for you because there is excellent barbecue too.

Habersham Beverage Warehouse: Habersham Beverage Warehouse is maintains one of the largest selections of craft beer options in Savannah. Vince, who manages the beer selection at Habersham south, is one of Savannah’s more knowledgeable craft beer and home brewing experts, keeps an excellent and large rotating selection of craft beer options. All the details can be found at habershambeverage.com.

Largo Beverage: Largo doesn’t keep as large a selection of craft beer as many of Savannah’s bottle shops and as a result may not be on your regular craft beer shopping circuit. Because they are often overlooked there are some gems that can be found on Largo’s shelves. Give them a try you might find something you missed out on the first round of distribution. Largo’s information can be found at largobeverage.com.

THANK YOU!

Thank you, Savannah, for an amazing week.

Savannah Craft Beer Week 2016 may be over, but you can still enjoy great craft beer all year long by checking out our events calendar and patronizing the awesome businesses that provide awesome beer every day. If you need a place to start, check out our sponsors list.

Speaking of sponsors, a great big thanks to Service Brewing Co. for being the title sponsor for the second year in a row. Visit the Service tasting room for a tour and pick up Service beers whenever you see them to show your support.

Savannah Craft Beer Week 2016 Night 5 Recap

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The threat of hurricane Hermine didn’t keep people away from Fiddlers Crab House’s Craft Brew Happy Hour (beer and food pairings), a triple brewery feature with Blackberry Farm, Great Divide and Service at Crystal Beer Parlor, Founders tap takeover at Green Truck, a spotlight on sour and funky beers at The Distillery, a local launch party for Scofflaw Brewing at Wild Wing, Foothills and Ballast Point pint night at The 5 Spot and Cigar City Beer School at World of Beer Savannah.

Tonight is a big night but with the promise of more rain, some establishments may make the decision to close. We recommend checking Facebook pages or calling ahead before making the trek just to be sure.

Tonight’s schedule includes: Southbound Pint Night at Savannah TaphouseEvil Twin + Against the Grain Night at Crystal Beer ParlorWhite Whale Craft Ales Grand OpeningNight of the Beer Geek 7.0 at Savannah Distillery Ale House,  Brewery Boxing at Wild Wing Cafe and Coastal Empire Night at World of Beer Savannah.

Here are some scenes from last night:

Savannah Craft Beer Week 2016 Night 4 Recap

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Night four of Savannah Craft Beer Week 2016 was IPA Day at The Distillery, Tiki Night with Coastal Empire at Crystal Beer Parlor, Foothills tap takeover at Green TruckSouthbound Can Night at Tailgate and Southbound Trivia at World of Beer.

Tonight, expect another very full day with Fiddlers Crab House’s Craft Brew Happy Hour (beer and food pairings), a triple brewery feature with Blackberry Farm, Great Divide and Service at Crystal Beer Parlor, Founders tap takeover at Green Truck, a spotlight on sour and funky beers at The Distillery, a local launch party for Scofflaw Brewing at Wild Wing, Foothills and Ballast Point pint night at The 5 Spot and Cigar City Beer School at World of Beer Savannah. Get all of the details for Thursday here.

Photos from Crystal Beer Parlor by Elizabeth Williams:

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Savannah Craft Beer Week 2016 Night 3 Recap

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Night three of the 2016 Savannah Craft Beer Week took happy beer fans to The Distillery for “Not for the Faint of Heart” night, Hops & Barley Craft Beer for an exclusive tapping of “Juicy J” by Coastal Empire Beer Co., Stone Brewing + Ace Premium Craft Cider night at Crystal Beer Parlor, Service Brewing tap takeover at B&D Burgers, Southern Barrel Brewing Company tap takeover at Green Truck Pub, Taco Tuesday with Southbound Brewing Company at Hitch, Stone Brewing Trivia at Wild Wing Cafe and Jack’s Hard Cider + Coastal Empire Beer Co. at Ben’s Neighborhood Grill & TAP.

Tonight, beer lovers have more unique, fun options with IPA Day at The Distillery, Tiki Night with Coastal Empire at Crystal Beer Parlor, Foothills tap takeover at Green Truck, Southbound Can Night at Tailgate and Southbound Trivia at World of Beer.

Here are some scenes from last night in Savannah:

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