SAVANNAH'S craft beer calendar is filling up fast in 2015, with several exciting events to close out January. From beer release festivals to charity tap takeovers and exciting beer dinners, there is something happening this month for every type of beer lover.
To stay on top of all the local craft beer happenings, SAVCraftBeer.com has released a new iPhone app that provides upcoming event information, as well as a directory of local breweries, craft beer savvy restaurants, bars, bottle shops and more.
To download, just search for Savannah Craft Beer on the iTunes store, or visit SAVCraftBeer.com for a direct link. To tide you over until you fire up your phones, here’s a quick look at this month’s biggest local beer celebrations.
TAMP & Tap returns on January 17 to unveil the second annual collaboration between Southbound Brewing Company and PERC Coffee. This year’s iteration of “Moonlight Drive,” a coffee stout infused with a signature PERC blend, will debut with a festival in the courtyard PERC shares with Southern Pine Co. on East Broad St. Like the party last year, attendees will be able to tour the facility, purchase food and sample a wide range of Southbound brews like “Hop’lin IPA,” “Scattered Sun Belgian Wit,” and new Belgian Quad “The Reaper” in addition to star attraction “Moonlight Drive.”
Johnny Harris is providing the food at Tamp & Tap and is certain to highlight its new line of organic barbecue sauces made with Southbound’s beer, PERC’s coffee and honey from Savannah Bee Company. Live music will be performed by Waits & Co.
Tamp & Tap is the first big event in a year that promises to be huge for Southbound as it moves into bigger markets and expand its line of beers. April will see Southbound grow into the Athens and Atlanta regions. Carly Wiggins, Southbound’s Marketing and Sales Director, said that being cautious has provided a key to early success. “Atlanta is a monster beer drinking area. Our biggest concern is being able to maintain the high quality of our brews and to make sure there are no shortages. We feel confident now we that are ready for the challenge!”
As for new beer on the horizon, Southbound recently acquired fifty new wine barrels to further expand barrel aging and sour programs. This spring, you’ll also be able to taste a new Southbound beer developed in collaboration with the Savannah Music Festival. “We’ve brewed up a super citrusy IPA called, “Rollin’ & Tumblin’ IPA” in honor of some of the great blues music featured at the festival,” Wiggins explained.Tamp & Tap 2015
IF THE hustle and bustle of a beer festival isn’t your speed, perhaps a relaxing five course meal paired with delicious European beer is a better fit.
The Bier Haus is hosting a Belgian Bier Dinner on January 21st. D&V International beer brands including St. Bernardus, Abbaye Des Rocs, Girardin, Duchesse de Bourgogne, and Abbaye Val Dieu will be highlighted. For fans of American craft beer who haven’t ventured into native Belgian styles, Bier Haus owner Marshall Urstadt thinks they will have an easy adjustment. “The Belgians give American craft brewers a foundation on how they can brew a distinct style but with their own twist. Belgians tend to follow traditions, which is nice so you always know what to expect.”
As for the food, traditional Belgian cuisine is a combination of Dutch and French. Urstadt noted that “Belgian cuisine is know for their chocolates, waffles, moules, endives, and pomme frittes. But we are introducing heartier dishes like lamb and duck for this dinner.”Belgian Bier Dinner
THERE’S no better excuse to raise a glass than to do so for charity. The Savannah Bicycle Campaign and Green Truck Pub are teaming up once again for a New Belgium Brewing Co. Tap Takeover on Tuesday, January 20. New Belgium is the perfect fit for a Bicycle Campaign event thanks to its signature “Fat Tire” amber ale and long history of bicycle-related branding.
At this event, New Belgium and Green Truck will donate one dollar from every pint sold to the Savannah Bicycle Campaign as well as match personal donations. A free bike valet will be available and New Belgium paraphernalia will be given away.New Belgium Tap Takeover Benefitting Savannah Bicycle Campaign
Location: PERC Coffee, 1802 East Broad St
Date: Saturday, January 17 from 1-4 PM.
Cost: $25 advance/$30 gate
Location: The Bier Haus
Date: January 21, 6 PM
Cost: $60 / Reservations required
Location: Green Truck Pub
Date: January 20, 6PM
More information about all the events listed here can be found at SAVCraftBeer.com