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A WEEK OF CRAFT

Southbound Brewing Co. at Savannah Craft Brew Festival in Savannah Ga.

Craft beer has become so popular that entire cities have designated an entire week to it. Savannah’s craft beer week recently took place from Sunday, August 25th to Saturday, August 31st.  During this week, all of the craft beer centric restaurants, pubs, and retail stores hosted different events that featured various breweries and beers.  The week was kicked off with a hit on that Sunday at The Distillery with a Georgia Beer Day.  The Distillery hosted a tap takeover with all Georgia based breweries.  They also had a ribbon cutting to signify the start of craft beer week.  At this event, several brewery reps, brewers, and Brewmasters were present. It was the perfect start to a great week full of craft beer events.

Savannah’s craft beer week continued along the following Monday with events at The Distillery and World of Beer.  World of Beer hosted SweetWater Brewing Co.’s Water Keeper Benefit Night.  SweetWater releases a Waterkeeper Hefeweizen every year to benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance.  This was the featured beer and benefit at World of Beer’s event.  On a side note, in a recent study of Georgia Breweries, it was discovered that 100% of all Georgia breweries are involved in some type of philanthropic activity or non-profit organization support.  The Green Truck Pub also hosted a benefit craft beer event that Wednesday.  They were featuring Southbound Brewing Co.’s beers and donating $1 from every pint sold to Wholesome Wave-GA.  This non-profit organization strives to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food for all Georgians.  They have a huge presence at the local farmers market where Green Truck’s owners, Joshua and Whitney source many of their restaurants ingredients. Events such as these continuously help promote not only craft beer, but local business and primarily non-profit education and support.

As craft beer week continued, several other restaurants hosted beer savvy events.  Crystal Beer Parlor, one of the area’s oldest pubs, put together their second ever beer dinner.  It was a 4 course meal paired with 4 different beers from Southbound Brewing Co.  Tickets sold out days before this event so keep this in mind next year!  Savannah’s Westin Hotel hosted a Southeast beer and food pairing as well.  It included many of the breweries within our region and had some of the best food and live music imaginable.  The week finally wrapped up on Saturday with Savannah Craft Brew Fest.  This beer festival hosted thousands of people to sample 50+ brewery’s beers.  It sold out in record time and they were having to turn people down at the door.  Beer festivals like this are a great opportunity for breweries to promote their beers as well as get feedback from a huge variety of potential consumers. Needless to say, it was a wildly successful perfect ending to a great week of craft beer in Savannah.

As previously mentioned, Savannah isn’t the only city to host a craft beer week.  Most major cities with a large craft beer presence host a week designated to craft beer.  There is even a national craft beer week along with national beer days.  May 13-19 2013 was the official American Craft Beer Week this past year.  A list of the U.S. Beer Weeks are available at CraftBeer.com if you’re looking to explore other city’s beer weeks.  There is also a list of upcoming and past events related to beer. For More information, be sure to follow brewery’s social media outlets as they always have ongoing events, activities, and information updates.

Cheers to a successful 2013 Savannah craft beer week! We’re looking forward to more!