THE Savannah community is ever-grateful for the heady pours of craft beer served down at Southbound Brewing Company. As a local business, the brewery finds it important to celebrate the folks, nonprofits, and companies that make Savannah the city we love.
Enter Toast of the Town, a recurring event that invites local do-gooders to brew a special one-off beer and raise a souvenir glass to their achievements.
“The idea was to, once a month, give back to the community somehow and team up with something local at Southbound and try to bring in as many local people as we can,” explains Natalie Alexander, Southbound’s Manager of tours and events. “Usually it’s kind of like a local celebrity, like the Rock 106.1. guys. But there are lots of people in town and lots of charities.”
Since its inception, Toast of the Town has saluted local social media favorite The Stone Stairs of Death to benefit St. Jude’s Pediatric Cancer Center, Lutheran Services of Georgia’s Refugee Services Program, Chive On Savannah as a benefit for 200 Club of the Coastal Empire, and many more.
Each event is a unique opportunity for locals to learn about charities and support their causes, get to know their neighbors, and enjoy a very special brew.
This month, Southbound is throwing a bash for Central Animal Hospital in celebration of their sixth Best of Savannah win. The Starland-based business has been voted Best Veterinary Clinic for six years in a row in Connect Savannah’s reader poll, and in the eyes of Southbound, that calls for a party with a cause.
“It’s a congrats to Central since they got Best Vet, but we want to give back too, so that’s where One Love [Animal Rescue] comes into play,” says Alexander. “Central and One Love go hand-in-hand...and, we love puppies!”
Central’s Dr. Cara Ann Hammons is appreciative of the Best Of win, noting that Central strives to make customers comfortable in their hip, welcoming space.
“We have a really modern feel,” she says. “It’s not a stuffy vet clinic! We’re really down-to-earth and there’s a cool vibe to it, especially being in Starland. It fits in with everything, and I think people flock to that.”
The evening will serve as a benefit for One Love Animal Rescue. Central often teams up with the local nonprofit and opens its doors for One Love’s found critters.
“When the find fosters, they’ll bring them in to us to get them up-to-date before or after adoption,” Dr. Hammons says.
Jeremy Hammons, Small Batch Coordinator at Southbound, has brewed a Raspberry Witbier called “Rock & Roll Doctor” to be tapped on the day of the event.
“We wanted to do something light and very drinkable and refreshing,” explains Alexander. “It gets kind of warm in here! It’s something everyone can enjoy that has some flavor and is still light and crisp.”
Southbound is always dog-friendly, but Saturday’s event will have some special VIPs: Very Important Pooches.
“One Love is going to bring some dogs that are available for adoption,” Alexander says.
Get to know the pups, get a bite from Chazito’s Latin Cuisine food truck, parked outside, and savor a 36-ounce beer and a koozie or a six-pack on your way out.
‘Everyone can enjoy the evening and learn more about One Love,” says Alexander.