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Cheers! Savannah’s Moon River takes the gold at Great American Beer Festival

  • The crew from Savannah’s Moon River Brewing Company celebrate after winning best Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year and a gold medal for best in Belgian-style White Ale for their Wild Wacky Wit at the Great American Beer Festival earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Moon River Brewing Company)

Moon River Brewing Company is raising a glass after receiving two prestigious awards at the Great American Beer Festival held in Denver earlier this month.

The brewery’s Wild Wacky Wit beer received a gold medal for the best in Belgian-style White Ale, beating out nearly 80 other brews. Moon River was also named best Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year.

“Winning a medal for the beers we enter into the GABF competitions is not something that happens very often for us and I honestly never imagined I’d win one of the overall championship awards. Usually those go to breweries who win multiple medals in a given year,” said brewmaster and owner, John Pinkerton.

Moon River is no stranger to the festival, having participated for about 15 years, but it was only the pub’s third medal and Pinkerton said they were thrilled to come out on top this year.

“We’ve had Silver in Kolsch-style for our now-archived Claire de Lune, Gold in Herb/ Spice Beer for Rosemary Swamp Fox and now the Gold in Belgian-style White Ale for our well known Wild Wacky Wit,” he said.

“…While not intended to be full-blown sour beer, the slight tangy quality of the old-school wit beers just amplifies what I often refer to as the exotic fruitiness of this style. If there is one thing that allows our Wild Wacky Wit to stand apart, it’s the light, refreshing acidity that makes it perfectly quenching.”

Savannah beer drinkers can expect to see more Moon River brews this year with a holiday release of Dixie Crystal slated for early November followed by New Year’s release of The Bomb, an Irish-style Dry Stout that will kick off 2018.

“In the meantime, we’re going to keep an eye on that daily Moon River forecast: 100 percent chance of beer drinking weather,” Pinkerton said.

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