Where I grew up, Beer and Burgers went with Labor Day like fireworks on the fourth of July, and here in Savannah, well, we take Beer on Labor Day to a whole new level! Welcome to the 4th Annual Savannah Craft Brew Festival – a three-day festival dedicated to craft brew enthusiasts! There are over 35 brewing companies, live music, food, and judging contests for both home brewers and professional brewers alike.
The festival starts on Friday with a golf tournament at 10 a.m. followed by a beer tasting reception. Friday evening brings an opportunity to join fellow aficionados for a beer and food pairing dinner accompanied by live music. Jake and I have attended and sponsored many wine and food pairing dinners, but our first beer and food pairing was a blast! Now if you don’t have time to fit in dinner, be sure to show up for the desserts and brews and fireworks, aptly named “Brews and Booms”.
Saturday and Sunday offers an outdoor event on the Esplanade at the trade center with more than 130 different craft brews, live entertainment, delicious food offerings and souvenir items for sale. Sunday night closes with a “Beer vs. Wine Dinner” at Ruth’s Chris steak house – a 5-course event hosted by Tim Rutherford (Brewfest chairman and wine columnist) and Oscar Wong (Highland Brewing Company) who will make the pairings but ultimately, you will choose the best pairing for each course.
We have to share with you that one of Jake’s all-time favorite brewers will be in attendance – Stone Brewing Company of San Diego. Jake introduced me to this beer when we first began dating over 11 years ago when he encouraged me to take a sip of his “Arrogant Bastard” ale, and I was hooked. Drop by the festival and out see for yourself!
Azalea Inn and Gardens Bed and Breakfastin Savannah, GA’s historic district has a few rooms left for Labor Day – call us now!