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Labor Day Weekend Means Great Beer in Savannah

Submitted by on August 30, 2012 – 4:15 pmNo Comment

Road Trips for Beer photo by Gerard WalenIf you’re in road tripping distance of Savannah, Georgia, this Labor Day Weekend, set the GPS for the Savannah Craft Brew Festival taking place over three days on the banks of the Savannah River, directly across from the historic riverfront area. Road Trips for Beer covered the festival last year, and we can guarantee that no matter what your craft beer preference is, you’ll find something to quench your thirst. It should be noted that the events and schedule are not exactly the same as the previous year. That’s a good thing because in talking to the organizers last year, we learned that they tweak the festival each year, eliminating things that don’t work and improving the things that do. Here’s what’s in store for the 2012 Savannah Craft Brew Festival:

Friday, August 31

International Food & Brew Tasting: Enjoy a beautiful view of the Savannah River while tasting craft beers paired with savory cuisines from around the world. This popular event recognizes the impact that Old World and other international brewers have on American beers. Stay until the end to enjoy the Wet Willie’s First Friday Fireworks. This event is hosted by The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.

Road Trips for Beer Photo by Gerard Walen

Saturday, September 1

Grand Tasting: More than 130+ different craft brews available for sampling, overlooking the Savannah River and the Historic Savannah skyline. Last year, 4,200 came out for the brews, music and great company. VIP passes will be available for the first time! Pass holders can enjoy lectures, enter the Grand Tasting before the crowd, sample beers with your personal Brew Fest guide, entry to the festival 30-minutes before doors open and sip the back-room specialty brews.

Sunday, September 2

Savannah Rhythm & Brews (new this year): Savannah Craft Brew Fest is sending the summer off right wit an outdoor concert at the Westin’s Grand Prize of America Road Race Track with the Heavy Pets, Stokeswood and Jason D. Williams, as well as Sister Hazel and the North Mississippi Allstars. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy craft brews and great live music! Doors open at 2 p.m. with music planned from 3 – 10 p.m.

3 – 3:45 p.m.      The Heavy Pets
4 – 4:45 p.m.      Stokeswood
5 – 6:15 p.m.      Jason D. Williams
6:45 – 8 p.m.      Sister Hazel
8:30 – 10 p.m.    North Mississippi AllStars

Road Trips for Beer Photo by Gerard Walen

Each of the events is separately ticketed, but there are various ticket packages available.

The festival takes place at Savannah International Trade Center and The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, which are adjoining. The Westin is offering some incredible deals on weekend packages that include lodging and admission to the festival.

It wasn’t easy, but Road Trips for Beer editor Gerard Walen distilled three days of great beer, food and fun into a 4:36 video. Unfortunately, there seems to be some technical problems on the site right now and we can’t embed it in this post, so you’ll need to click on this link to view it. Road Trip to the 2011 Savannah Craft Brew Fest, Labor Day Weekend

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Disclaimer: Visit Savannah and the 2011 Savannah Craft Brew Festival provided lodging, admission and some meals to Road Trips for Beer, but we honestly did have a great time.

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