It’s hard to get excited about any holiday that falls on a Wednesday, but we take our celebrations seriously in the South and Savannah’s July 4, 2012 Fireworks Extravaganza will be no exception. Everyone knows that Savannah is the only place to be for St. Patrick’s Day – after all, we did hold the largest parade with the largest attendence in the WORLD just a few weeks ago – but we take all opportunities that come our way to have some fun. Did you know there are over 200 festivals throughout the year in Savannah – no kidding! We love our food, our beer, our wine, our art, our culture, our city – heck, we love it all – but most of all we love sharing! So join us on July 4, even if it is a Wednesday, and plan on spending the night – getting up for work the next day is much easier if you didn’t spend it in jail cause you had a wee bit too much fun – or better, take the next day off, meander our streets and enjoy this world-class destination.
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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!