It you like root beer, cherry popsicles or are craving the spicy bite of a hearty bloody mary, then look no further. The Savannah Distillery and Ale House promises more than just the A-list of beer. Check out these amazing drinks!
The Savannah Distillery offers more than just the A-list of beer and distilled liquors — they’ve got some of the coolest specialty drinks that will keep the summer heat at bay!
When you hear the word distillery what comes to mind? Whiskey? Bourbon? Vodka? Beer? — the answer is Yes, please!
It’s one thing to be Savannah’s first craft only beer selection rotating 23 craft beer lines daily, but it’s another thing to be able to provide some of the most unique, refreshing and sometimes hearty mixed drinks and cocktails in this beautiful city of Savannah.
We heard the hype and decided to see for ourselves and I’ll be honest right now… we were NOT disappointed!
Root Beer Float – Root Beer flavored whiskey, vanilla ice-cream and coke. Honestly, you just can’t go wrong!
Pickle Infused Bloody Mary – Vodka (distilled in-house with pickles), an array of bitey spices and the vegetables! Perfect for the day after!
Cheery Lime-Aid – It’s a refreshing drink topped with a Cherry Popsicle! A summer favorite here in Savannah!
Try one of these or ask them for their specials. There is always something new on the list and from what I hear, they don’t know how to make a bad drink.
The History of the Savannah Distillery & Ale House
Savannah Distillery Ale House is unique in that it was created because of the building’s history, as a homage to a previous era …This beautiful historic building has an amazing story, some known and some yet to be discovered. What we do know is that this property is located in one of Savannah’s original Wards – Elbert Square. What is left of the square itself is the small patch of grass with a bench located on Montgomery St.
According to the date on the front facade, the building was renovated in 1902 and then from 1904 till 1907 the building was operated as Louisville and Kentucky Distilling Companies. These were times when the Temperance Movement was sweeping the nation. Alcohol was dispersed for medicinal purposes only. Still there were dirty little rumors of bathtub gin being distilled and homemade beer being brewed on our 2nd floor.
By 1911, the building became Freich’s Liberty Street Pharmacy. Locals loved to gather and meet with their friends at the lunch counter and soda fountain. Following the pharmacy’s closing, the building was home to various businesses, including the well known Taylor Furniture Company.
After being captivated by the building’s history, the Volen Family decided to breathe new life into this brick beauty…Using a photo of an 1895 saloon as inspiration, the back bar was crafted and features an antique copper still. The front bar top was milled in Maryland from one single mahogany tree. During renovation various artifacts were unearthed: horseshoes (mounted on top of back bar), musket balls, bones, clay pipes and liquor bottles. One such bottle, we refer to as the “tis bottle”, was dated by the Coastal Heritage Society as being from 1785-1795. Later, during more renovations on the 2nd floor, we discovered a wall and staircase of Old Savannah Brick as well as uncovering three fireplaces. This area is now a private events venue, suitably known as The Speakeasy.