Moon River brewery brews more than beer

Continuing my attempt to spotlight haunted breweries and pubs for the month of October, we’re going to remain in the south and look at Moon River Brewery Company in Ga.

The brewery opened to the public in 1999. Over the years it has earned recognition not only for the beers made in the brewery – among them their Rosemary India Pale Ale, which won a Gold Medal in Herb and Spice or Chocolate Beer” category at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival – but also for supposedly being haunted.

Prior to becoming the Moon River Brewery Company, it was once the Oglethorpe Brewing Company. It is located inside of what used to be the former City Hotel, which was the first hotel in Savannah, Ga. It had been built in 1821 by Elazer Early. The hotel was also home to the first branch of the United States post office in the city and a branch of the Bank of the United States. As with any famous established hotel, the building has been visited by several military officers who had served in the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

Numerous ghosting hunting teams have investigated the brewery. Moon River has been featured on both of the “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Adventures” television shows.

In 2003, the American Institute of Paranormal Psychology listed Savannah as the most haunted city in the United States, with the brewery as the most haunted spot in the city.

One of the ghosts that is said to be haunting the brewery is James Jones Stark, who had been shot by Dr. Phillip Minis during an impromptu duel that has stemmed from Stark defeating Minis at a game of quotis, which later escalated into Stark insulting the doctor, Minis demanding an apology and Stark challenging Mins to a duel.

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About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.

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