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January 26, 2018

HMSHost Celebrates Local Brewing with Southbound Taphouse at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

Pre-security travelers can now enjoy brews from Savannah’s first production microbrewery

From left to right: Tom Flynn, Senior Director of Operations, HMSHost; Krista Ready Weeks, Director of Operations, HMSHost; Smith Mathews, Brewmaster and Managing Partner, Southbound Brewing Company; Carly Wiggins, Co-Founder and Marketing & Sales Director, Southbound Brewing Company; Stephen S. Green, Chairman, Savannah Airport Commission; Jeff Yablun; Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, HMSHost; Greg Kelly, Executive Director, Savannah Airport Commission.

SAVANNAH, GA —Global restaurateur HMSHost’s addition of Southbound Taphouse to Savannah Hilton/Head International Airport is giving travelers of Georgia’s oldest city a taste of its first production microbrewery. HMSHost and partner S&C Robinson Enterprise, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, and Southbound Brewing Company celebrated this new pre-security restaurant with a ribbon cutting, ceremonial cask tapping of Hop'lin IPA with fresh pineapple, and a live musical performance.

“HMSHost and the Savannah Airport Commission had a goal to open a new, exciting, local option in Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and Southbound Taphouse does exactly that. Along with S&C Robinson Enterprise, HMSHost is very proud to welcome guests into this special restaurant,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Kent Vanden Oever. “The Southbound Brewing Company brand represents Savannah’s thriving social culture and we thank the Commission for the opportunity to give travelers this unique experience.”

Southbound Brewing Company launched in May 2013 to bring the American craft beer revolution to Savannah. With the opening of Southbound Taphouse, HMSHost is giving travelers and Airport visitors access to the first restaurant to bear the Southbound name. The restaurant also builds on an existing relationship between HMSHost and the popular local brewery that started in 2015 when HMSHost began selling Southbound’s flavorful brews at restaurants in the Airport. Diners visiting will find on-trend American cuisine with items such as waffle fries, chili con carne, a black & bleu stack burger, and an ancho grilled chicken breast entrée. Signature Southbound brews on tap include Scattered Sun Belgian Wit, Shakedown Street Saison, Hop’Lin IPA, and a rotating seasonal selection. Color-coded hops on the menu make it a snap to pair the proper brew with a meal.

“We are very pleased to see the opening of the Southbound Taphouse here at our airport,” said Airport Executive Director Greg Kelly. He continued, “We have been working with our food and beverage concession partner HMSHost for the past couple of years to include local businesses as part of its reinvestment program. We appreciate the efforts of HMSHost and the team from Southbound to accomplish this goal.”

Southbound Brewing Company is well-known for its many popular brews and trendy label artwork, but the company is also regarded for constant community involvement with frequent events at the brewery ranging from trivia, to yoga, to concerts, and special tastings. Taking cues from the brewery’s décor and reputation for hosting fun, casual gatherings, Southbound Taphouse features pool tables, an event board so that travelers can see the brewery’s schedule, a hand-painted mural, and artwork to tell the company’s story. 

A list of HMSHost-operated locations at the Airport is available on the HMSHost location finder map

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2017 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the tenth consecutive year) and Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the eighth year) by Airport Revenue News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recognized HMSHost’s Dale Jr.’s Whisky River at Charlotte Douglas International Airport as Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Sitdown Dining. HMSHost infuses innovation and culinary expertise into everything we do; with events such as the first-of-its-kind Airport Restaurant Month at more than 50 airports across North America, the award-winning Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and the Adrian Awards Gold winning campaigns, #HMSHostLove and Eat Well. Travel Further.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and 99 travel plazas in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $3.1 billion and employs more than 39,500 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of over €4.5 billion in 2016, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   

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