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Savannah Craft Brew Fest Promises Great Beer Served with Southern Charm

Submitted by on August 29, 2011 – 6:00 am3 Comments

We preview a lot of beer festivals for this site, but we don’t write about most of them. The main reason?

There’s just too damn many these days, and our team of writers (mostly me) just doesn’t have the time. The secondary reason is that not a lot of festivals stand out as being more than beer-sampling and good times, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

But then we see some that appear  to have “EPIC!” stamped all over them. The Savannah Craft Brew Fest is one of those.

Here’s a quick rundown of what beer road trippers can expect in the sweet Southern town over Labor Day Weekend at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

FRIDAY

  • A six-course beer and food pairing dinner.
  • An awards ceremony honoring Carol Stoudt of Stoudt’s Brewing as a craft beer pioneer.
  • A golf tournament.
  • A dessert and fireworks reception.
  • An oyster roast and fireworks party.

SATURDAY

  • The Grand Tasting of more than 130 craft brews.
  • Seminars from national and local craft beer experts.
  • Club Macanudo tobacco tasting and seminar.

SUNDAY

  • International Craft Brew Tasting featuring craft beers from around the world paired with food indigenous to each region.
  • A Beer vs. Wine Dinner Challenge at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

As if that isn’t enough, Savannah Craft Beer Week kicks off tonight (Monday, August 29) with a ribbon-cutting and specials at The Distillery, followed event’s every day at various venues throughout the city.

The organizers have arranged for lodging, dining, attractions and shopping discounts  for festival-goers. You can find a list of those here.

If you’ve never been to Savannah, it’s a worthy destination for a road trip of any kind. Towering oak trees laced with Spanish moss shade the narrow streets of this historic seaport town that was established in 1733.

Civil War, architecture and history buffs could spend days just wandering the streets to observe and drink in the atmosphere of the city captured in 1864 by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and his troops to end their infamous March to the Sea that helped bring about the end of the War Between the States.

The downtown historic areas encompass 22 park-like squares, many watched over by statues of the historical figures they are named after. (See if you can find the location of the famous bench where Tom Hanks sat in the film “Forrest Gump.” ) Thousands of centuries-old structures have been restored over the years, and the Savannah Riverfront offers plenty of spots to stop and have a drink, dine on some Southern cuisine or shop in funky storefronts.

As far as whether it’s a worthy Road Trip for Beer destination – Travel + Leisure magazine gave it sixth place in its recent list of “Americas Best Beer Cities.”

We’ll be there, so we’ll let you know for sure.

 

 

 

 

3 Comments »

  • Scott says:

    I attended the Savannah Craft Beerfest last year and I can tell you it was AWESOME. This year they added an even bigger selection of beers and more importantly added an International Craft Brew tasting on Sunday. My wife and I are going to both days. Venue is right on the Savannah river and the weather is supposed to be nice both days (High ’80s). I can’t wait!

  • Gerard Walen says:

    Glad to hear it, Scott. If you see me there, make sure to say hi!

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