If your Savannah St. Patrick's Day celebration revolves around beer, why not take in some flavors of the region by indulging in locally brewed varieties? Not only will they taste more unique and memorable than your average mass-produced national or imported beer, your consumption will be lighter on the environment due to shorter shipping distances and the more careful production practices of microbreweries.
Just a block away from the river on Bay Street in Savannah, Moon River Brewing Company is a bar and restaurant that brews several award-winning varieties of beer right in the same building. On St. Patrick's Day, Moon River is offering a special Irish menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to all the goodness flowing on tap.
And of course, since Moon River is the only brewery located in Savannah, its brews can be found in bars and restaurants all around town. A couple of the best places to find a huge variety of craft beers in Savannah are The Distillery, a gastropub on Liberty Street, and Jen's & Friends, a bar on Bull Street downtown. But if you can't get Moon River, or want to try something different, there are plenty of craft beers coming out of Georgia and South Carolina that you can keep an eye out for:
- Atlanta-area breweries include SweetWater Brewing Company, Jailhouse Brewing Company, BattleGreen Beer Company, and 5 Seasons Brewing Company.
- Based in Athens, Georgia, Terrapin Beer Company is one of the state's most well-known craft breweries.
- In Charleston, South Carolina, Southend Brewery and Palmetto Brewing Company both make craft beers only 100 miles from Savannah.
- Farther up the coast, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is home to New South Brewery.
- Inland, Aiken Brewing Company puts out microbrews aplenty in Aiken, South Carolina.
- In Upstate South Carolina, there's Blue Ridge Brewing Company and Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, and RJ Rockers in Startanburg.
If you can't find these brands in the bars you're going into, ask your bartenders what local beers they offer. And if they don't have any, then by all means, request them! By tracking down, tasting, and asking for these microbrews, you'll be supporting the local economy and promoting innovation and variety: craft beer makers are always coming up with bold, new flavors to keep your taste buds entertained.
Here's to a greener (and tastier) St. Patrick's Day!
Joanna Eng is a New York-based writer and editor who covers travel, green living, food, careers, entrepreneurship, and more. Her travel experiences have ranged from hostel hopping in Mexico to staying with distant relatives in China to renting a beach apartment in New Jersey.