Cheers: Enjoy Local Craft Brews at Moon River’s Midday in the Beer Garden Festival

Moon River Brewing Co.

Beer buffs won’t want to miss the upcoming festival celebrating local craft brews. 

Now in its second year, Midday in the Beer Garden is hosted by local brewpub Moon River Brewing Co. The fest will take place on Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The idea for the festival came up once the Savannah Craft Brew Fest came to an end.

“We had the idea that it would be cool to pick up where they left off albeit at a much smaller scale,” said Mike Livings, Moon River brewmaster and festival organizer. “It’s really a way for us to showcase what Savannah area breweries are producing. With that in mind, we’re trying to keep it as local as possible,” he added.

In addition to Moon River Brewing, this year’s Midday in the Beer Garden festival will feature 12 breweries, including local favorites like Southbound Brewing, Coastal Empire Beer Co., Service Brewing, Two Tides Brewing, Hop Atomica and others. They also have newcomers like The Underdog Brewing Co., which will soon open its doors.

Great local beer isn’t the only thing that festival attendees can look forward to. There will be cocktails featuring mixers from the Root Man, meads and ciders from Bee-Town Mead, and wine available as well. 

“It’s a really great opportunity to sample from all of the breweries that we have locally without having to drive up to an hour away. We’ve got everything from Brunswick to Bluffton, so it’s really the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry’s craft beer scene all in one place. There’s no other event right now that I know of that does that,” he explained.

“This really is our festival as Savannahians. This is our festival to showcase what we are doing here. We’re not regarded as highly as Atlanta and Athens and those areas up there. They get a lot of hype, but the brewers down here are making beer that is just as good or better. And I think we ought to be proud of it,” Livings expressed.

For tickets to the festival, visit eventbrite.com and search ‘Midday in the Beer Garden.’