BEGINNING Sunday and running into September this year, Savannah Craft Beer Week has become an annual event that celebrates all things craft-beer related. Leading into the Savannah Craft Brew Festival, the week before sees various venues all around town host tap takeovers for local and national breweries.
The scope varies from small, intimate tastings with single breweries to large-scale events that are sure to attract hundreds of beer enthusiasts. At many of these events breweries representatives will be on hand to talk beer and hand out some brewery goodies.
Here is a run down of just a few highlights from Savannah Craft Beer Week:
Sunday, August 27: Green Truck Pub and Service Brewing will get things started with “Cue and Brew.” Green Truck will have a special, one day only, in house smoked bar-b-que menu. Plates will be “paired” with suggested beers from Service brewing. Service will have Geek Out Stout, SBC3, Teufel Hunden, Compass Rose, Rally Point, Savannah Banana on tap. No reservations just no special seating just a break from the usual Green Truck style.
Tuesday, August 29: Coastal Empire, Alltech Brewing and Jack’s Hard Cider are teaming up a for a tap takeover at BowTie Barbecue Co.
Wednesday, August 30: Crystal Beer Parlor is hosting a local Savannah brewery night. All the local breweries will be part of this pretty special tap take over. Each will bring something special but Coastal Empire and the guys at Crystal got together and brewed up a collaboration beer just for this night. This 8.8% double IPA brewed with Galaxy, Mosaic, and Azzaca hops will be a highlight of the night.
Friday September 1: The rest of the week is going to be great but Friday, oh boy Friday is going to be one for the history books. September 1 Georgia catches up with the rest of the world when beer service and sales direct from the breweries can begin. That’s right SB 85 officially starts September 1 and there will be plenty to do all day.
Southbound Brewing plans a big party to celebrate SB 85 on September 16 but also have a “soft celebration” planed for the first called GA, This Pint's For You! A portion of all sales will go to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild to thank them for all the hard work they did getting SB 85 passed.
Service Brewing and Ghost Coast Distillery will be holding the “Indian Street Block Party.” This celebration runs from 5-10 pm and is also part of the GA, This Pint's For You! celebrations. Service will feature some special beers and mixed drinks from Ghost Coast Distillery will be available down the street. Several food trucks and music will be on site as well.
At 6 p.m. at Moon River Brewing a special toast to kick off the weekend will happen. Along with the special toast will come a special beer. The guys at Moon River have brewed up Taterater a beefed up version of their annual favorite Taterlicious Harvest Ale.
Finish the night off at the Distillery with Night of the Beer Geek 7.0. The title says it all. This is a big night for beer geeks. The Distillery brings out the biggest and most outrageous beers they can get their hands on. This is a night you just might be able to check off one of those craft beer “whales” you’ve been looking for. Night of the Beer Geek 6.0 runs from 7 pm upstairs in the Speak Easy.
Saturday, September 2: The Savannah Craft Beer Festival is the culmination of Savannah Craft Beer week. With over 150 different craft beers on hand the Savannah Craft Beer Festival promises to be a good look at the variety of beers available in the Savannah market. Tickets are available at savannahbrewfest.com and at Habersham Beverage who, along with Southbound Brewing, are the Festival sponsors. General admission tickets are $45.00 or $50 at the gate. Designated Driver (and you should have one) tickets are available for $15 for General Admission.
This list just scratches the surface of the events happening at Savannah Craft Beer Week. There are plenty of other locations around town that will be part of the action. Keep an eye out for all the usual suspects all have themed events lined up. Cheers!