Kona and Red Hook Among Craft Brews At This Two-Night Event on Tybee Island
I’ve had lots of beers in Savannah, Ga.
But never have I been to an official beer festival there, and now apparently there are a couple, led by the Savannah Craft Brew Fest on Labor Day Weekend.
Heck, there’s even a wine festival in my old stomping grounds.
And now, there’s the Tybee Beach Brew Fest on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. It’s on the Tybee Island, about 20 minutes from downtown Savannah. Here’s something current locals likely don’t know about Tybee, by the way. There used to be a real dive bar called the Port Royal. “I used to be the blocking back for Lydell Mitchell at Penn State,” he would always tell us.
If he ever got more girls into his bar, we would have been frequent customers. Instead, we did our dive bar drinking in town at a place called Pinky Master’s. Or in Tybee, on Sundays at a place called DeSoto Beach Club (I still have the tank top from it, by the way).
But we had no beer festivals. For that, our sports editor from the Savannah News-Press is no doubt grateful. He hated it when crazed rocker Joe Savage came to town, which pretty much shut down the sports room after 10 p.m.
The Tybee Beach Brew Fest features seven breweries serving up 20+ beers. Among those pouring are Kona (which makes my favorite lager, Longboard) and Red Hook, another favorite craft beer, this one from Seattle. At the Red Hook tasting room, by the way, they show movies on an outdoor wall in the summertime.
And here’s something unusual for a beer festival: It takes place at night. And at two different locations. Friday it’s at Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill, (404 Butler Ave.), from 6:30-9, and Saturday it’s at the Tybee Island Lighthouse (30 Meddin Ave.), from 7-10 p.m. The cost is $40 on Friday and $50 on Saturday.