Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 30

Winter , BY T H E GLASS Ice Cold BEER Savannah, Georgia Have you ever had a beer in a haunted house? The Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia, is known as being one of the oldest buildings in the town, and also has a rap for being “genuinely haunted.” Located in the historic district, the brewery was originally the City Hotel. Built in 1821, it was the first hotel in Savannah and doubled as the first branch of the town’s Post Office. In its prime, the hotel accommodated many people of importance, including war heroes, Naval Commodores, and naturalist James Audubon. The hotel closed in 1864, during the War of Northern Aggression, and later became a lumber and coal warehouse. The building sat unused from the 1960s until 1995, when it was finally reconfigured into the Moon River Brewing Company. In 2003, the American Institute of Paranormal Psychology named Savannah the most haunted city in America. The Moon River Brewing Company is regarded as the most haunted building in Savannah. So, if you’re planning to take a tour of the brewery, come prepared to meet a few “old souls.” There are numerous tales, and a handful of testimonies from customers and staff alike, who’ve all encountered some eerie sights and sounds. 28 FoodTraveler l Winter 2016 The brewery has a full pub menu, complete with fried green tomatoes, a popular small plate that even mentions a “ghostly resident’s” approval in its description. The beer list is lengthy and intriguing, with fun brews like Swamp Fox, Taterlicious, and Yoga Pants. Relax in the beer garden or take a stroll along the city streets with your selected sample. There are always fun things going on at Moon River, from haunted yoga classes to holiday bashes, so be sure to visit the brewery’s website for upcoming fall and winter events. Stowe, Vermont If you’re putting all of the ghosts and ghouls of Halloween behind you, and entertaining the thoughts of Thanksgiving and the upcoming winter holidays, take a trip to the Trapp Family Lodge & Brewery in Stowe, Vermont. The von Trapp story is a very famous one, most notably by the American film, The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews, that was released in 1965. The lodge is very family oriented and the history behind the site is something we can all be thankful for. Don’t fall in love with the accuracy of the movie, as Hollywood is known for twisting a few details around. Instead, visit the lodge and experience the real story firsthand. The von Trapp family indeed traveled the U.S. as a group of singers and performers, but they eventually settled down in Stowe, where they opened the original lodge to the public. After a tragic fire in 1980, the lodge had to be rebuilt, and came back bigger and better than ever before, boasting 96 rooms in the new alpine lodge that sits on 2,500 acres. A brewery was added as one of the many attractions, and continues to be a bright star among the resort. Since 2010, the Bierhall has been brewing an American version of an Austrian Lager that Maria von Trapp’s son, Johannes, has enjoyed for many years. With his vision in place, the brewery opened and now serves a variety of those very lagers. The Trapp Lager is widely talked about amongst beer enthusiasts, and some travel to the lodge