By: Shawndra Russell

 

 

Service Brewing Co. is downtown Savannah’s only production brewery, and the wide-open, historic warehouse space is both beautiful and functional. Service aims to give back to veterans, and this mission envelopes their entire identity, with a huge American flag on display and browns, greens and blacks dominating their color scheme. I skip their flagship beers and focus on the small batch samples, which have included an IPA brewed with Savannah Bee Company honey and a maple porter.

Stay at Andaz next to bustling Ellis Square, the heartbeat of downtown. Andaz boutique hotels are dedicated to integrating into the local culture in each location, so in Savannah, this means salon events featuring local artists and musicians as well as farm-to-table cuisine. Be sure to admire the wood furniture in the lobby—it’s made by local furniture maker Harley Ashbaugh of AWD Savannah.

For beer-friendly eats, hit Distillery Ale House, Savannah’s first true craft beer bar and restaurant. Their motto is ‘No Crap, Just Craft’ and their beertenders know their brews. Tell them what you like and they’ll customize a flight for you, or try one of their other featured flights. Whatever you do, order the Fried Moon Pie for dessert paired with a stout. You’re welcome. The Bier Haus is also worth a visit, with nearly 100 bottles available—heavy on Belgian and German offerings—and they don’t own a freezer, so all the sausages and sides are super fresh. The daily special pairs several creative sausages with a schnitzel of your choice (LOVE the Jager sauce).

Savannah laws allow for to-go cups—one of only a handful of places in America—so go on a beer and square crawl, popping in places like World of Beer, Crystal Beer Parlor, and Jen’s & Friends for solid craft beer menus. Or, take an Eastside and Famous food tour, where your guide will share Savannah tidbits between foodie samples from locally-owned places off the beaten path. A perfect excuse for daydrinking—not that you needed one.