First I must say I really don’t care for the majority of Belgian styles ales especially with their heavy flavors usually created from the Belgian style yeasts but recently I was lucky enough to take a chance on White Hops by Three Taverns Craft Brewery highly recommended by Hops & Barley in Savannah, Georgia and I must say it was one of the best recommendations I’ve been given in a long while. White Hops by Three Taverns Craft Brewery is an amazing hop forward white Belgian ale that pours a very pale gold with a large white frothy head with excellent head retention. This light golden brew can be deceptive with the light color but don’t let that fool you as this is one beautiful Belgian White Hops by Three Taverns Craft Brewery is very complex and still very smooth. The citra hops, spices, and grapefruit peel gives it nice citrus notes and smooth flavor with the complexity coming from the Belgian yeast makes this a very aromatically intense beer but very smooth to drink. White Hops by Three Taverns Craft Brewery comes in at 6.5% ABV with a surprising 55 IBUs in a 750 ml (giant bomber) and worth every sip. Warning, you may want to swirl the bottle lightly before pouring to spread the yeast throughout the pour as it easily settles towards the bottom. Another suggestion is to allow some of the yeast to settle so when you get to the last glass you can simply start your own Belgian yeast starter to trying in your next Belgian IPA home brew.
Recently we went on a road trip to meet up with family in Savannah Georgia so I decided to maximize the trip by making it a craft beer trip in hopes of scoring beers currently not distributed anywhere in Florida. After doing some research on Google to see what craft beer shops were in Savannah Georgia only one appeared to really stand out, Hops & Barley, Craft Beer Shop of Savannah Georgia run by David Barker at 412 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. After a long drive I exited the highway to discover Hops & Barley was right off the highway only a few blocks from the busy downtown hot spots. Parking is a little limited but not bad, just bring a few quarters for the meter right in front of Hops & Barley only feet away from the store front.
After getting inside my first impression was just how clean and nicely laid out the entire store looked while David welcomed me into his store. The store looks very open and spacious but don’t let that fool you as the store was well stocked with tons of great Georgia Breweries being represented throughout the entire front half of the store and in other areas of the store. The store is well stocked with several coolers of nicely chilled beers of every style you could think of. One of the key features of Hops & Barley is a large wine rack in the back of the store filled with some amazing bombers from around the country including a nice showing of Georgia Breweries of course.
As you can see from the photos I made out well with lots of help from the owner, David who was very customer service friendly and extremely knowledgable on all the beers available in his shop with information going well beyond the beers them self with great insight into what made each Georgia Brewer special. (I did grab two Ballast Point brews that I hadn’t been able to grab in Florida). After seeing how beautiful downtown Savannah was we’ll be coming back in the near future to spend an entire day or two and I can guarantee Hops & Barley will be a must for one of the places we’ll be visiting. If your going to Savannah or live there and haven’t been to Hops & Barley here is a link to the best assortment of craft beers in Savannah Georgia with friendly, knowledgeable customer service.