Here at Savannah Brews Cruise, we visit some of Savannah’s most popular, well-respected breweries and distilleries. Not only does each facility have a unique process (and flavor), their staff are great people who enjoy sharing their love of what they do.
Here are our ‘regular’ Stops:
Coastal Empire Beer Co.
Coastal Empire Beer Co is a craft brewery started by two brothers, out of their love of making beer. Chris the older brother, bought Kevin (head brewer) a home brewing kit for Christmas many years ago. They realized they enjoyed making beer & were good at it. They started Coastal Empire Beer Co, as a contract brewery, having it made in Alabama & Virginia before opening their own facility in an old Pepsi Cola bottling plant. Beers that you may be trying include: Inshore Slam IPA (a well balanced IPA), Coco Pina Gose (Coconut Pineapple Sour), Tybee Island Blond (Kolsch style, refreshing easy to drink & their best seller), Savannah Brown (their first beer), Southern Delight Pecan Amber (amber with Vanilla & Pecan flavors), & various seasonal selections. Here you will receive a 4 beer flight of your choice included in the tour, plus you may purchase anything in addition on your own.
Southbound Brewing Company
SouthBound Brewing Co is the oldest production brewery in Savannah, founded by two life long friends, Smith Matthews (Master Brewer) & Carly Wiggins, who grew up in Statesboro Ga, approximately 60 miles from Savannah. After graduating from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where they both worked at Sweet Water Brewing Co, Smith went to Brewing School, in Chicago & Germany. He & Carly helped set up a brewery in Charleston SC, before deciding to start their own in Savannah, in 2013. Beers for sampling here include: flagship beers Hopl’in IPA (a solid IPA & my personal favorite), Scattered Sun Belgium Wit (light wheat beer with orange peel), Shakedown Street Saison (dry hopped Saison), Seasonally: Moon Light Drive (Imperial Coffee stout), Pictures of Nectar (Double IPA with nectarines & elderflower), Desert Dawn (Saison with Elderberries). Here you will receive a 4 beer flight of your choice included in the tour, plus you may purchase anything in addition on your own.
Ghost Coast Distillery
Ghost Coast Distillery is Savannah’s First Distillery since Prohibition. They make fine Craft Spirits, while embracing and celebrating Savannah’s unique past & vibrant future. In their 17000sf facility, using a 500 gallon American made Copper Pot Still, they create a wide variety of super-premium Spirits. In their cocktail tasting room, Savannah Brews Cruise guests will have the opportunity to try either a called drink, a flight of 4 spirits or a signature cocktail, which is included in the price of the tour. We will start here by watching their informative & entertaining 10 minute movie before being guided by their staff on a tour of the process and their aging room.