Started by a professional winemaker, the Island Winery crafts fine fermented red, white, and Lowcountry specialty wines from the fruits of the South Carolina coast. The wine and cheese happy hour kicks off in the early evening and includes a glass of wine and light appetizers for all guests. Attendees taste 10 of Island Winery's wines, including the barrel-reserve chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and southern passion sangria. Those opting for the wine flight, held 12:30 p.m.–2:20 p.m., will enjoy an olfactory overload with samples of many of the available imbibing delicacies, and complimentary cheeses cleanse palates and act as rubbery tooth napkins.
Wine Times 4 obviates lackadaisical sommeliery by offering customers a chance to pair more than 70 kinds of vino with an assortment of light tapas. Escort your fermented grapes to the table for by-the-glass swishing and sipping ($8–$9 on average) while you nibble on samples from the menu, which features quiche ($5.95), cheese plates ($10.95–$14.95), flatbread pizzettas ($9), and more. Wine Times 4 provides free WiFi to streamline emergency conference calls or keep your friends distracted as you steal their wine.
Wood-trimmed walls accent the mountain-lodge-like atmosphere at this Hilton Head pub, where you can settle in for any of 36 draft beers crafted by breweries including Yuengling, Magic Hat, and New Belgium. The Lodge's cooks whip up an array of hearty eats ranging from massive double burgers to tater tots smothered in spicy ranchanero sauce, and then serve them in classic pub-style baskets. Feel free to sip a beer and eat while seated at the bar or a table, or place a candle and a vase of flowers on one of the billiards or shuffleboard tables.
Try as they might, home brewers cannot transform barley and hops into bubbly craft brews with the flick of a switch or a hearty whistle. For tools, equipment, and advice, brewers congregate at the Savannah Home Brew Shop, where they can sniff and sample specialty grains, yeast, and malts from Crosby & Baker. Students stock up on shiny new brewing equipment from Foxx while scouring available brewing books and magazines for the up-to-date trends and tips. The staff at Savannah Home Brew Shop can guide novices through their first fermented steps with home-brewing kits, as well as starter kits and supplies for wine makers. Seasoned brewers load up on brand-name liquid or dry yeasts, and hoist bulk bags of dry grain on their shoulders as they try to outrun the sprightly Saint Paulie girl that just stole their stein.
The Savannah Shoe Co. ensconces elegant lady feet in bright new clogs built to handle any social gathering or off-terrain pheasant hunt. The menagerie of sturdy, graceful leg-hats come in many styles and a rainbow of colors, all less than $110. Give your foot a break from Ziploc bags with the dramatic, arching Telfair ($89)—available in black, red, or silver fabric—or slip on the bright, sandal-like Troup in colors of rustic, pink, or lime ($59).