Rollin’ & Tumblin’ Returns for SMF 2017


For the past three years. Southbound Brewing Company and the Savannah Music Festival have teamed up to produce a Savannah Music Festival exclusive beer dubbed Rollin’ & Tumblin’ IPA. On February 4th Southbound and the Savannah Music Festival will celebrate the release of Rollin’ & Tumblin’ with a party that features some great music, good food and some select beers from Southbound.

The match between Southbound and the SMF makes a lot of sense. The Music Festival always provides a fantastic lineup of musicians that covers a wide spectrum of musical styles. Southbound has, from its beginnings, used music as an inspiration for its beers, many of which have names derived from one musical source or another. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ shares a moniker with a song first recorded here in Georgia by Hambone Willie Newbern in 1929. In it’s ninety year history the song has been covered in one form or another by a wide range of musicians including Charley Patton, John Lee Hooker, Sunnyland Slim, Cindi Lauper, and R.L. Burnside just to name a few. Carly Wiggins, co-founder of Southbound Brewing, puts it this way. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Savannah Music Festival and to host the line up release event here at the brewery. Music, community, and craft beer go hand in hand and we are always inspired by the talented artists that visit our city during this event.”

A beer named after one of the classic blues songs has to have a great blues musician to send it off. This years event will feature a performance by Lurrie Bell, a Grammy-nominated blues guitarist. Steeped in the rich Chicago blues tradition Bell is quickly becoming one of the blues hottest artists. His most recent album is nominated for a 2017 Grammy award for “Best Traditional Blues Album.”

You can’t have a craft beer release party without good food so this years event will feature food for purchase from Bowtie Barbecue Co. Bowtie’s presence isn’t a surprise as they have had relationship with Southbound since they opened last year. Bowtie proprietor Corbin Parker shared his insight. “We’re always excited about anything we get to do with Southbound. We’ve got a pretty strong relationship, between our barbecue sauce that uses Hop’lin IPA and our collaborative ginger beer we have on tap. It’s always a treat joining the festivities at Southbound. It’s nice that we get to go over there and show folks what we’ve got!”

Rollin’ and Tumblin’ isn’t the only beer you’ll be able to drink at this event of course. Southbound will have all their core beer you know and love on tap. There will even be a few less common brews available including a double IPA take called Rollin’ & Stumblin’. You’ll be able to find this DIPA in bottles after the party but this will be the first time you’ll be able to taste it.

The party doesn’t end on February 4th though. The Savannah Music Festival runs from March 23rd-April 4 and Rollin’ and Tumblin’ is around for a during the Festival and at many of the shows. The Savannah Music Festival may already be a world renown event but Wiggins says they are happy to help spread the word. “We are especially excited to carry on with the tradition of brewing Rollin’ and Tumblin’ for the Savannah Music Festival and to have it released farther into our new territories to help promote this amazing event.”

The Rollin’ and Tumblin’ Release party will be held at Southbound Brewing Company (107 E. Lathrop ) February 4 from 7:30-10:30. Tickets are $30.00 in advance and $35.00 day of. The First 50 attendees also receive a 22 oz. bottle of the limited release of Rollin’ & Stumblin’ DIPA. This is a standing room only 21+ event so leave the kids at home.

Craft Beer Kickball Comes to Savannah

The Savannah Bananas baseball team will be hosting Craft Beer Kickball this spring at its Grayson Stadium headquarters.

Registration opens January 13th.

From the website:



The First Ever Craft Beer Kickball League.

No need to bring beer.  We got you covered.

Free craft beer every night.

Sign up with your friends. Or your enemies. Or ride solo as a free agent.

We are looking for Craft Beer Kickball Legends.

Only 24 teams available.

The league is managed by Savannah Adult Recreation Club.  For more information, use the contact information located on the official announcement.

Red Hare Seeks Savannah Sales Manager

Marietta, GA based Red Hare Brewing Co. is looking for a Savannah, GA sales manager.

You know Red Hare through its year round offerings like Long Day Lager, Gangway IPA and Watership Brown Ale. Seasonal releases like Wabbit Wheat and Sticky Stout are local favorites as well.

If you’re an ambitious young person looking to get a start in the world of craft beer by working in a growing market, this is a great opportunity.

More details and application information are available at the Red Hare website.

State of Craft Beer: 2016

What is there to say about 2016 other than it was a wild ride, in general and in the craft beer world? A lot has happened over the past twelve months so let’s look back

Nationally there were two big stories in the beer world. The first was the merger between two of the macro breweries ,when on July 20th the Justice Department approved the 108 billion dollar merger of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) and SABMiller. This merger of the two largest breweries created an umbrella company that controls over 350 beer brands including Bud, Bud Light, Miller, Corona, Beck’s, Stella, and Pilsner Urquell among others. All told, that’s around 75% of all beer sold in the U.S.

The interesting result of these mergers and the general trend of craft breweries being purchased by macro breweries was the creation of True Craft, a craft beer investment fund founded by Stone Brewing owner Greg Koch. True Crafts goal is to take minority stakes in small breweries so they can grow but there isn’t the incentive to take money from the big guys.

Statewide, Georgia craft brewing news was mixed.

The same day the AB InBev and SABMiller merger was announced it was also announced that Athens-based brewery Terrapin Brewing was purchased by MillerCoors. This takeover wasn’t wholly a surprise as MillerCoors has held a large stake in the company since 2012. The outright purchase of craft breweries by larger breweries and investment funds was a recurring theme in 2016.

On January 24th, news broke that a compromise on Senate Bill 63 (SB63) also known as the Beer Jobs Bill had been reached. This was after the entire bill had essentially ben scrapped in 2015. The Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association, Georgia Craft Brewers Guild and Department of Revenue issued a statement that new regulations would be released that would:

  • Allow brewers again to sell brewery tours at variable prices based on the kind of beer offered.
  • Allow special events at breweries and distilleries.
  • Let brewers, distilleries and wholesalers use social media to alert the public about where to buy their products or advertise special events.
  • Allow third parties to sell tour tickets.
  • Let breweries and distilleries sell food on site.

This was seen by many as a lousy compromise to what was already a compromise to what would be the best way for breweries to work in Georgia. Georgia is far behind our neighboring states particularly when it comes to brewery direct sales

Locally, Savannah breweries had a lot going on.

Coastal Empire added a new can labeling system to their canning line. The new system allows them flexibility in what they can brew and release. A label system means they can keep blank cans in stock and only have to order labels that are far less expensive then preprinted cans.

Southbound Brewing released their third core beer, Shakedown Street a dry-hopped tart saison. At the end of 2015 they doubled their capacity allowing them to brew several new seasonals beyond Moonlight Drive. The first of these new summer seasonal beers is Transilience an imperial berliner weisse with mango and pomegranate.

Service Brewing has started construction on a new barrel room. It’s a huge and beautiful new space that will allow them to create a whole new range of beer.

With new restaurants opening all the time we’re seeing growth in the interest in craft beer all over Savannah. It’s far easier to find a craft brew when dinning out than it was even a year ago.

There was one sad and unexpected loss to Savannah’s scene. Hops and Barley closed its doors in late November.

The flipside of the loss of Hops and Barley was that Jason and Jocelyn Piccolo opened White Whale Craft Ales on Bull Street a block South of Forsyth. The new store sells bottles and cans of course but also twelve taps for growler fills.

It was an eventful year in craft brewing as as the industry continues to grow we can expect more exciting news in 2017.

Savannah Beer Updates: Nov 2016

Meet Salt Marsh Brewing

Raymond has a nice write up on Bluffton’s Salt Marsh Brewing at Brew / Drink / Run. I made the trip with him and concur, it’s a great spot right across the river from Savannah. You can grab a great burger and an innovative house-made beer. Former River Dog head brewer James Brown is thriving at Salt Marsh. Every beer I tasted was spot-on.

Click here to read his review

Moon River in Bottles

Moon River Brewing Co. has released Dixie Kristal Tripel in bottles. This is the first bottle release from Savannah’s original brewpub and is a direct result of recent changes in state beer laws. You can find bottles of this limited first run at Habersham Beverage.

Bier Dinner at Bier Haus

The Bier Haus is hosting a dinner on December 8 with beers from Savannah Distributing and Liberator Distributing paired with the restaurant’s creative takes on European standards. It’s $60 for a seat which gets you four courses and ten perfectly paired beers. RSVP and more info.

Hops & Barley Closing

The last day to shop at Hops & Barley is Wednesday, Nov. 30. David Barker’s shop has been an institution in the downtown Savannah craft beer scene the last two years and will be greatly missed. Half off all remaining stock through the close date. Stop in, grab some beers and say goodbye.