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Savannah Waterfront Association hosts fourth annual Hopped Up on Brews

  • Hopped Up on Brews (Spotted file photo)
  • Hopped Up on Brews (Spotted file photo)
  • Map of brewers and other vendors for Hopped Up on Brews on Nov. 4.
  • Michael Brown (Photo by Tamara Gibson)
  • Nick Bryant
  • Hopped Up on Brews (Spotted file photo)
  • Hopped Up on Brews (Spotted file photo)
 

Savannah Waterfront Association hosts fourth annual Hopped Up on Brews

31 Oct 2017

“A long time ago, way back in history, when all they had to drink was nothin’ but cups of tea, along came a man by the name of Charlie Mopps, and he invented a wonderful drink, and he made it out of hops” — or so says an old Irish drinking song called “Beer, Beer, Beer.”

New craft breweries and microbreweries are popping up all over the state, including in Savannah, and to help you get a taste of all the flavors, the Savannah Waterfront Association is hosting its fourth annual Hopped Up on Brews event Nov. 4 on River Street’s Rousakis Plaza.

The afternoon of tastings is the perfect point of departure as you embark in a journey of discovery for the perfect glass of brew.

The event features 18 craft breweries, with returning regional favorites Southbound, Sweetwater, Terrapin, Coastal Empire, Service Brewing and Moon River, plus newcomers Foothills, Sierra Nevada, Augusta-based Savannah River and more.

“We are expanding our footprint to include North Carolina, South Carolina and others in the southeast region, to add a new flair of great tasting brews,” says Savannah Waterfront Association executive director Victoria Smith.

She adds that United Distributing will offer six craft brews for $7 each beginning at 11 a.m. Nov. 4 to kick off the celebration. The arts and crafts booths will also be open at that time.

The festival itself is open from 2-6 p.m. Along with the beer tastings, the day will include a “brats buffet” by River Street’s The Naked Dog, as well as live rock and pop music from St. Simons Island’s Nick Bryant and Atlanta-based Michael Brown.

The $40 ticket price includes beer tastings, food, souvenir glass, T-shirt and live music. Since Nov. 4 is also the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, participants can show their race bibs for a $5 discount on admission.

This year, Hopped Up is adding a charitable aspect to the established event.

“We are proud to announce our community partnership with Second Harvest [Food Bank],” Smith says. “We are asking folks to bring canned tuna and peanut butter to help feed people in our community. Let’s help them stock their shelves with these much-needed items during the holidays.”

IF YOU GO

What: Hopped Up on Brews 2017

When: 2-6 p.m. Nov. 4

Where: Rousakis Plaza, River Street

Cost: $40; $35 for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon runners with race bib

Info: riverstreetsavannah.com

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