WITH THE Savannah Music Festival just around the corner, it’s a very exciting time of year for the music lover. I’m a huge fan of the SMF’s ongoing music education programs, but for a few weeks in March and April the SMF’s main reason for existence comes into play.
This year the SMF is bringing in over a hundred acts from around the world to perform all over the downtown area.
Also, this is the fourth year that Southbound and the Savannah Music Festival have collaborated to produce a festival beer.
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’ Vol. 2 is the second go-round for the beer’s name and shares a moniker with a song first recorded here in Georgia by Hambone Willie Newbern in 1929.
In its 90-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.
Like the 2017 version, Vol. 2 is an IPA. But this year’s version of Rollin’ and Tumbin’ is a new recipe that builds off of the goodness that was last year’s version.
Vol. 2 incorporates a similar malt base as the original but incorporates some new hop varieties including Motueka, Rakau, Wakatu and Amarillo.
The new mix intends to impart both flavor and aroma with notes of tropical fruit, stone fruit and big citrus. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ Vol. 2 was intended as an easy drinking springtime IPA and was brewed with a relatively low 6% ABV to serve as a perfect festival beer.
If you’re expecting a release party for Rollin’ & Tumblin’ Vol. 2 you won’t be disappointed. Southbound and the Savannah Music Festival have quite a party lined up. The party will be on February 17 at Southbound Brewing but will feature more than just beer.
This year’s band is the Chapel Hill, N.C. rock ‘n’ roll stringband Mipso. Founded as a straightforward stringband quartet, Mipso has grown to incorporate drums and electric instruments and to discover and adopt classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds which mingle easily with Appalachian traditions.
Mipso will also be part of the all day Festival finale day on April 14, so if you like them you’ll have a second chance.
Southbound’s roots and their connection with the SMF guarantees a great music performance but of Rollin’ & Tumblin’ vol. 2 will be the focus of the party. The collaboration beer will be available of course, as will Southbound’s other offerings as pints and in flights. The first 50 attendees through the door go home with a 22 oz. bottle of the limited release of Rollin’ & Stumblin’ Double IPA so be there early. You should always eat when drinking so food will be available for purchase from the food truck Chazito’s.
Celebrate the richness of Savannah music and craft beer culture in one big event. Tickets to the release party on February 17 are now on sale at savannahmusicfestival.org, 912.525.5050 and the Savannah Box Office at 216 East Broughton Street. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 day of show. Door prizes will be given out and will include SMF tickets and merchandise.
The party is at Southbound Brewing, 107 East Lathrop. The doors open at 7:30pm and music begins at 8:30pm. Parking is available in the lot on the northeast corner of E. Lathrop and W. Bay St. This event is 21+ of course.