Local North Georgia Breweries and Beer

Sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than a good, cold beer on your day off. The Georgia Mountains have a handful of options to try local flavors from their craft beer breweries.

Start off with some research about one of the world’s oldest drinks to make sure you’ll get the most out of opportunities to tour local breweries and talk to brewmasters. A couple of quick reads will help you understand what goes into the unique brews and appreciate more than the ABV (Alcohol By Volume) and the IBU (International Bitterness Units) of each brew.

Regardless of how much beer knowledge you have, it’s easy to know what beer you like and enjoy. Keep track of your local beer adventures with an online app or old-school journal or logbook.

Local Breweries and Beer in the GA Mountains

There are local microbreweries to be found in a few places across the North Georgia mountains. Be sure to check them out for the chance to sample local flavors and support local businesses while enjoying a tasty beer in relaxing environments.

This interactive map can help you find the closest locations of craft breweries near you.

Craft Breweries in Blue Ridge, GA

Fannin Brewing Company 

Enjoy a flight, a pint, or a growler to-go at the Fannin Brewing Company in Blue Ridge, GA. Featuring live music on select dates (see Facebook page for calendar).

Fannin Brewing Company in the Georgia Mountains

Fannin Brewing Company in the Georgia Mountains

COST
  • Flights $10 (4 x 5 oz pours)
  • Glasses $5 – $6
  • Growlers $8 (32 oz) or $15 (64 oz)
  • Tasting room admission (exclusive beers): $15 Thur/Fri, $17 Sat ($1 Glass Refund)
Fannin Brewing Company in Blue Ridge, GA

Fannin Brewing Company in Blue Ridge, GA

HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Thursday: CLOSED
  • Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
EVENTS
CONTACT and VISIT
REVIEWS and SOCIAL MEDIA
  • FACEBOOK: @FanninBrewingCompany Rated 4.7 (132 Facebook reviews), 4700+ Likes
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 4.5 (50+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • TWITTER: @fanninbrewing 1190 Followers
  • YELP: Rated 4.5 (38 YELP reviews)
  • UNTAPPD: Rated 3.53 (6900+ reviews). 430+ Likes.

 

Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Delicious beer in a dog-friendly setting in Blue Ridge, GA. Rotating beers and fun monthly events (check Facebook page for calendar).

BEERS
Grumpy Old Men Brewing in Georgia Mountains

Grumpy Old Men Brewing in Georgia Mountains

  • Aska Pale Ale – 5.8%
  • Choco Blanco Wheat Ale – 5.8%
  • Devils’ Den IPA – 7.0%
  • Hell’s Holler Porter – 7.2%
  • ​Moon Over Blue Ridge – 5.5%
  • Grasshoppa IMP IPA – 8.0%
  • Scentsation Double IPA – 8%
  • Cyclone Larry IPA – 6%
  • ​Tootla Creek Blonde Ale – 4.0%
EVENTS
HOURS

Hours may be subject to change/seasonality. Call in advance to confirm hours.

  • Monday – Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CONTACT and VISIT
REVIEWS and SOCIAL MEDIA
  • FACEBOOK: @GrumpyOldMenBrewing Rated 4.9 (450+ Facebook reviews), 7650+ Likes
  • INSTAGRAM: @grumpyoldmenbrewing 1830+ Followers
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 5 (150+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • TWITTER: @GOMBienation 300+ Followers
  • YELP: Rated 5 (73 YELP reviews)
  • UNTAPPD: Rated 3.69 (11000+ reviews). 630+ Likes.

Craft Breweries in Cleveland, GA

Tantrum Brewing Company

Tantrum Brewing Company is Georgia’s first production “agritourism” brewery and located in Cleveland, GA. Hops grown on site are used to make the specialty and limited release brews. Free tours may be available, depending on the production schedule. Dog and family-friendly. Events include concerts and axe throwing (check Facebook page for calendar).

Tantrum Brewing Company in Georgia Mountains

Tantrum Brewing Company in Georgia Mountains

Food trucks are available on weekends and select nights, but when they are not parked outside, you are welcome to bring in your own food or have local food delivered to the brewery. Picnic tables and a large lawn provide space for frisbee, a game of catch, corn hole, or other games that are available for your enjoyment.

EVENTS
Tantrum Brewing Company in Cleveland GA

Tantrum Brewing Company in Cleveland GA

HOURS
  • Monday – Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
CONTACT and VISIT
REVIEWS and SOCIAL MEDIA
  • FACEBOOK: @tantrumbeer 3600+ Likes
  • INSTAGRAM: @tantrumbeer 3700+ Followers
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 4.5 (10+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • YELP: Rated 4 (20+ YELP reviews)
  • UNTAPPD: Rated 3.74 (2950+ reviews). 30+ Likes.

Craft Breweries in Ellijay, GA

Cartecay River Brewing Co

Menu of 16 craft beers that is constantly changing. Pet-friendly and kid-friendly environment. Waterfront outdoor covered deck located on the Coosawattee River in Ellijay.

Stop in for a flight, a pint, or to take home a fresh growler. Be sure to take a couple of growlers with you to have filled with your favorites during your visit!

BEERS (check website for an updated list)
  • 3 Rivers Brown Brown Ale – Other (5.2% ABV 19 IBU)
  • Afterglow – Belgian Tripel (8.5% ABV 31 IBU)
  • Black Bear Porter – Porter – American (6.2% ABV 39 IBU)
  • Blood Orange IPA – IPA – New England (6.9% ABV)
  • GM’s Danger Zone – Blood Orange Guava IPA – IPA – New England (6.9% ABV 47 IBU)
  • Mango Caliente DIPA – IPA – Imperial / Double (8.4% ABV 84 IBU)
  • Raptor DIPA – IPA – Imperial / Double (8.4% ABV 84 IBU)
  • Sly Fox NEIPA – IPA – New England (6.9% ABV 47 IBU)
  • Snapping Turtle Amber Red Ale – American Amber / Red (4.5% ABV 41 IBU)
  • Sour Fox IPA – Sour (6.5% ABV 30 IBU)
  • Wake Me Up When September Ends – Märzen (4.9% ABV 21 IBU)
  • Whitetail Kolsch – Kölsch (5% ABV 23 IBU)
Cartecay-River-Brewing-Co-Ellijay-GA

Cartecay River Brewing Co in Ellijay GA

HOURS
  • Monday and Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CONTACT and VISIT
REVIEWS and SOCIAL MEDIA
  • FACEBOOK: @cartrcaybrewing Rated 5 (48 Facebook reviews), 1087 Likes
  • INSTAGRAM: @cartecayriverbrewingco 4901 Followers
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 5 (4 reviews)
  • UNTAPPD: Rated 4.09 (897 reviews). 35 Likes.

 

Craft Breweries in Hiawassee, GA

Hiawassee Brew

Local brewery and a taco truck, Hiawassee Brew is a full-service brewhouse and restaurant in Hiawassee, GA. All craft beers are made in-house. In addition to the house brews, there are rotating guest taps from other local breweries, plus a variety of wines from Crane Creek and Hightower Creek Vineyards!

Hiawassee Brew in the Georgia Mountains

Hiawassee Brew in the Georgia Mountains

Games are available on site and kids are welcome.

EVENTS
HOURS

Hours may be subject to change / depend on the season (call in advance for updates).

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • Monday: CLOSED
CONTACT and VISIT
  • Call: +1 (706) 896-2739
  • Address: 616 S Main St, Hiawassee, GA
  • Website: Hiawassee-Brew.com
REVIEWS and SOCIAL MEDIA
  • FACEBOOK: Rated 5 (60+ Facebook reviews), 1840+ Likes
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 4 (15 TripAdvisor reviews)
  • YELP: Rated 4 (20+ YELP reviews)
  • UNTAPPD: Rated 3.57 (320+ reviews).

Craft Breweries in McCaysville, GA / Copperhill, TN

Buck Bald Brewing

Although this brewery is technically in Tennessee, it’s only a short walk from the Georgia state line and its sister city of McCaysville, GA.

Buck Bald Brewing in Copperhill TN

Buck Bald Brewing in Copperhill TN

HOURS
  • Monday: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Wednesday: CLOSED
  • Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
CONTACT and VISIT
REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA
  • FACEBOOK: @buckbaldbrewing Rated 5 (45+ Facebook reviews), 1450+ Likes
  • INSTAGRAM: @buckbaldbrewing 690+ Followers
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 5 (25+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • TWITTER: @buckbaldbrewing 40+ Followers
  • UNTAPPD: Rated 3.85 (850+ reviews). 35+ Likes.

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Former Brewery Locations

Note that these locations have been PERMANENTLY CLOSED, but are included here to help anyone that may be looking for their old favorites.

Blue Ridge Brewery in Blue Ridge

While the brewery website says that it is only “closed for remodeling”, the management posted more details to Facebook that looks like any reopening is unlikely. From a July 12, 2019 Facebook post:

It is with mixed emotions that we announce effective July 31st, our team will no longer be managing the Blue Ridge Brewery, or pursuing the purchase of the restaurant and building.

Despite significant investments of time, money and sweat equity, we have been unable to successfully clear unforeseen and inherited land title disputes and various other misrepresented operational issues.

Our entire team is proud of how much progress has been made at the BRB. I am extremely disappointed that this did not work but am forced to make a swift decision and do what’s best for my family, myself, The Black Sheep, and my investment partners.

Sincerely, Brandon Lofton

Formerly located in the heart of downtown Blue Ridge, the Blue Ridge Brewery was housed in a renovated historic brick building on Depot Street and was the first brewery to open in downtown Blue Ridge. Full menu and live music complemented the craft beer selection.

Formerly located at:

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Once you have your favorite local craft beers at home in a growler, be sure to have an ice-cold frosty mug ready for you and your guests to enjoy them!

Consider hosting your own tasting event with your favorite local Georgia mountain craft beers. These supplies can help organize a great way to sample a variety of local flavors.

Keep the fun going with beer-themed games that add the element of fun competition to your beer tasting.

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Map of North Georgia Breweries / Local Craft Beer

Map of North Georgia Breweries / Local Craft Beer

24 Responses

  1. joshua collins says:

    I’ve planned a trip to Florida but am open to exploring other areas of the US, being a big fan of breweries it was cool to learn of some that are located nearby in Georgia. I haven’t been before so I will look into visiting them soon, especially the Grumpy Old Men Brewing as we will be bringing our cocker spaniel with us so its nice to know they support dogs as not all the ones I have been to in the past have.

    Thanks for sharing these breweries if I ever make it there I will go to as many as I can to try out some new BEVs.

    Josh

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Joshua, It is always helpful to know where your dog is welcome. When you are traveling with pets, I find it’s even better when you can include them and take them with you as much as possible.

  2. CinaMatics says:

    I have never stayed in Georgia long enough to get to some of the untapped wonders. Drinking an ice-cold brew after a hard day’s work is very relaxing. I have never had the pleasure of experiencing a brewery, but I would definitely be interested in checking them out. Some of the breweries you have listed look really good. Great recommendations!

    • Alyce says:

      I do hope you are able to visit one or two of these locations, as the local brewmasters really enjoy the chance to share their work and passion with visitors. 

  3. Jerry says:

    Hello Alyce,

    Thank you  for allowing me the opportunity to comment on your article. I found this article to be very informative, especially knowing that there is even a class on international beer styles and another on pairing beer with food and starting your own beer cellar. 

    I also found it to fascinating, that there are suggested, targeted tastings to help you learn when to drink down-and when to dump those beers down a drain.

    Are those percentages by the Grumpy Old Man Brewing section the Alcohol By Volume?

    Thank you again for allowing me to comment on such an informative article.

    Blessings To You My Friend,

    Jerry

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Jerry, Yes, the ABV number is the Alcohol by Volume measure. As craft beer from independent breweries can vary in strength by a huge amount, it is helpful to know what to expect when enjoying these local craft beers.

  4. Michael says:

    This content is so beer-rich, that I can taste that beer bitterness, I enjoyed reading your article although you were focusing on breweries in Georgia, I’ll take Tennessee (Craft Breweries)  since it’s closer to me and I have heard that it’s good.

    I love how much details you gave into this blog, so organized. Keep up the good work.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Michael, the brewery in Copperhill is just across the border in Tennessee! Thanks for visiting the site and I hope you have a great trip to the Georgia mountains

  5. Nuttanee says:

    I recently did a road trip from NY to Florida and I drove passed Georgia. I have always wanted to visit! This will be a perfect excuse to finally meet my relative and enjoy my time with my husband at the breweries. Cannot wait to visit some of them. There is nothing better than a live music and a craft beer. 
    Cheers!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Nattanee, I agree that one of the best ways to relax is with a nice cold drink on a warm day and a chance to enjoy some live music. It’s great that there are some fun options for this in the Georgia mountains. 

      I hope you have a fantastic trip to North Georgia!!

  6. Amelita says:

    Living in Michigan we have one of the best places to try fun local breweries and beer which reminds me of the ones you have mentioned here about the Georgia Mountains Breweries. The outdoor areas and dog friendly taverns make for fun adventures before or after a cold brew. 

    Trying all the different types of IPA’s are interesting to try for sure! At the Grumpy Old Men Brewery, the Sentsation Double IPA is 8% which makes for a stout dring and that is right up my alley.

    I may have to take a trip to the Georgia mountains now!

    • Alyce says:

      It’s amazing how different that beers can be — and great to know the ABV so that you don’t accidentally overdo it when the tasty drinks!! That double IPA is definitely a strong one!!

  7. Tom says:

    Hi Alyce,

    Thanks for this post, it looks like Georgia has a lot to offer, and now there is BEER! The Grumpy Old Me Brewing has a great selection of beers, I love a porter! I also love live music. Looking at their Facebook page, I think you could have a great night in this place.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Tom, The Grumpy Old Men Brewery is a great place to enjoy a craft beer in the Georgia mountains! I hope you have a great visit!!

  8. Kara says:

    These places look beautiful. I am not a beer drinker myself, but my significant other is and I really enjoy going to breweries specifically for the unique atmosphere they provide. 

    I am especially intrigued by Fannin Brewing Companies’ “to-go beer”. 

    I am with Kat! I am loving the Grumpy Old Men Brewery being dog-friendly! 🙂

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Kara, I can definitely understand not being sure if you’d want to visit a brewery if you aren’t really a beer drinker. The nice thing about some of these locations is that they can be great places for more than just beer. Grab some friends, your dog, and spend an afternoon playing games or listening to live music. It’s a memorable time even if you are the one designated as the driver while your friends enjoy the beer! 🙂

  9. Kat says:

    I love the name Grumpy Old Men Brewery. It is well chosen, plus it is dog friendly! That’s such a bonus and very accommodating for those who want to go out with their 4 legged buddy. It’s good putting so many breweries on the one page, especially those who might not be familiar with this location or on a road trip and need somewhere to have a refreshing stop. I also love the details of each brewery that you’ve shared – like Tantrum Brewery and their clever choice to grow their own hops and make this a touristy feature of the place. Thanks for sharing informative info.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Kat, Thanks for the feedback. I have a few friends who like to try all of the local breweries in an area, so this would defintely help people like them plan their visits!

      Cheers! 

      Alyce

  10. Matthew says:

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about the breweries in the Georgia mountains but unfortunately it is a tad too far for me to travel to be able to enjoy a beer on my day off — I’ll have to make a special trip

    There’s nothing better than drinking a beer outside in the fresh air with nothing to do but enjoy yourself 

    I often take my wife to our local beer craft brewery which has all local sourced beers on draft tap but we have to stop ourselves from trying every one of them lol

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Matthew, It would certainly be too much to try them all at once. My sweetie and I like to split a tasting when we visit breweries. The pours are generous enough that we both have the opportunity to try everything, and when the tasting is over we both have our favorites… just in case we want to buy a glass or get more to take home!

      Cheers!

      Alyce

  11. MissusB says:

    Most people would love to be in these type of places where you can relax and enjoy a specially made beer where there’s wide varieties to choose from. Blue Ridge Brewery as well as Tantrum Brewing Company seemed to have a lot of options when it comes to allowing kids and pets to enjoy with the bunch making it a family friendly resto bar and brewering site. I would love to experience a laid back, feel good music, fun fare holding a glass of specialty beer in one of these places!  

    • Alyce says:

      Some of these breweries have done a great job of making themselves a destination for the whole family. It’s great for adults to be able to relax on a lawn with a gorgeous view while the kids entertain themselves with games. It a great way to get out and explore the area!

      Cheers!

      Alyce

  12. DorcasW says:

    Hello; the attraction as defined seems to be beer brewery only, although kids are invited and the attraction is a dog friendly. I love to know that music is involved but my only fears are;

     I am not sure I can control my drinking when it comes to beer. Being unaware of the strength of the home-made beer. should the taste allows me to have excess how safe would I be surrounded by music.DorcasW

    • Alyce says:

      HI Dorcas, 

      The breweries state the strength of their beers (% alcohol), so you won’t be surprised with one that is stronger than you expected. A handful of them go even farther with the information provided and tell you the IBU, or International Bitterness Units, which is a measure of the beer’s bitterness. IBUs are actually a technical measure of the parts per million of isohumulone found in a beer. So these are definitely not the “home-made” beers you may have tried at a friend’s house! 

      Also, these places aren’t rowdy bars that stay open all night… they are mostly daytime destinations with a good mix of people that are hanging out with their families to enjoy the scenery and atmosphere.

      Of course, it’s always a good idea to have someone with you who is designated to drive — and even better if they know you well enough to make sure that you stay within your limits. 

      Cheers!

      Alyce

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