North Georgia Mountains Brewery Trail

North Georgia Mountains Brewery Trail

Get ready to hop on the brew-tiful beer train and embark on an epic journey through the stunning North Georgia Mountains! From the charming streets of Blue Ridge, GA, to the hidden brewery gems scattered throughout the area, this adventure promises to be a taste sensation like no other. We’ve got your back with our carefully crafted brewery guide, ensuring you hit all the hotspots without missing a beat.

And hey, while you’re at it, why not snag some local Mountain City Apparel merchandise to take home a piece of the mountain spirit? Trust us, it’s the kind of gear that’ll keep the memories flowing long after the last sip of beer.

Blue Ridge, GA Breweries

Tipping Point Brewing Co.

Tipping Point Brewing Co. emerges as a standout gem in the heart of Blue Ridge, boasting a fervent fanbase and an irresistible allure for beer aficionados and casual patrons alike. Nestled on the second floor of Trackside Station, overlooking the charming downtown scene and the iconic Blue Ridge train, this brewery commands attention from the moment you step through its doors.

With a diverse array of craft brews and refreshing seltzers on offer, Tipping Point caters to every palate, ensuring there’s something to delight even the most discerning of tastes. But it’s not just about the libations here – it’s an experience unto itself. The vibrant atmosphere pulsates with excitement, amplified by the buzz of friendly conversation and the occasional burst of laughter.

One of Tipping Point’s standout features is its commitment to entertainment. Whether it’s trivia nights challenging your wits or live music serenading your senses, there’s always something happening to keep patrons entertained and engaged.

But perhaps the brewery’s best feature is its unparalleled location. Situated amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Blue Ridge, guests are treated to panoramic views of the bustling streets below, all while savoring their favorite brews in a cozy, inviting setting. Plus, it’s just steps away for a variety of dining options making it easy to grab a brew or two while you wait for your dinner reservation.

From its prime location to its lively ambiance and exceptional libations, Tipping Point Brewing Co. has firmly established itself as a must-visit destination in Blue Ridge. Whether you’re seeking a casual hangout spot, an evening of entertainment, or simply a place to unwind with a cold drink in hand, Tipping Point delivers an unforgettable experience every time.

  • The Vibe: The ambiance at Tipping Point is consistently unparalleled. With live music or trivia happening almost every night, there’s never a dull moment. However, it’s the outdoor patio, offering stunning views of Downtown Blue Ridge, that truly distinguishes this brewery from the rest.
  • Favorite Brew: Mountain Mama (Blonde Ale)
  • Pro Tips: If you’re looking to sit and stay for a while, be sure to snag a table early. This is a popular spot and gets busy.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Beer List

Angry Hops Brewing

Nestled discreetly on a side street in downtown Blue Ridge, Angry Mountain Hops emerges as a hidden gem for beer aficionados seeking exceptional brews. With a steadfast focus on crafting top-notch IPAs, Irish Red Ales, and stouts, this brewery beckons patrons to indulge in a world of flavor and quality.

Upon entering the inviting taproom, visitors are greeted by a diverse beer list that promises to tantalize the taste buds. From bold and hoppy IPAs to rich, velvety stouts, each brew is a testament to Angry Mountain Hops’ dedication to brewing excellence.

Beyond the beer, Angry Mountain Hops offers an ambiance of relaxation and entertainment. Tuesday nights come alive with lively rounds of bingo, while live music performances frequently grace the stage, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and soak in the local culture.

Whether you’re a seasoned beer enthusiast or simply looking for a place to unwind with friends, Angry Mountain Hops delivers an unforgettable experience. So, make your way to downtown Blue Ridge and discover the magic of Angry Mountain Hops. Cheers to relaxation, good company, and exceptional beer!

  • The Vibe: Angry Hops usually has a very chill atmosphere. There’s not a huge patio for games, but they do have live music more often than not. If you’re looking for a party, this isn’t the spot. But, a great place to bring a bunch of friends to spread out.
  • Favorite Brew: 1887 Vienna Lager
  • Pro Tips: Call ahead if you’re looking for a food truck. Also note, parking is limited.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Beer List

Grumpy Old Men Brewing

In the heart of Blue Ridge, GA, there’s a brewery with a story as legendary as the beers it crafts. As the tale goes, two retired beer aficionados found themselves embroiled in a spirited debate while learning the art of brewing in an outdoor shower. Their passion for perfecting the brew clashed, and amidst the banter, they were christened ‘Grumpy Old Men’ by one of their discerning wives. And thus, an iconic brewery was born.

Since its founding, Grumpy Old Men Brewing has been more than just a place to enjoy great beer; it’s a hub of camaraderie and connection. With a welcoming taproom and a diverse selection of 24 taps, patrons can savor flagship brews like the indulgent Choco Blanco White Chocolate Wheat Ale, the bold Scentsation Double IPA, or the robust Hell’s Holler Porter. Seasonal rotations offer a tantalizing array of new experiences, ensuring there’s always something to tantalize the taste buds.

But beyond the brews, Grumpy Old Men Brewing is a testament to community spirit. Their mission is simple: if they don’t like it, they don’t drink it, and if they don’t drink it, they don’t sell it. It’s a commitment to excellence that resonates in every sip and every shared moment within their welcoming taproom.

Whether you’re a craft beer novice or a seasoned enthusiast, a visit to Grumpy Old Men Brewing promises an unforgettable experience filled with good beer and even better company.

  • The Vibe: This brewery captures the essence of an Appalachian mountain town. Its expansive patio is perfect for gatherings, complemented by games and live music. Inside, you’ll find an intimate vibe, with karaoke nights and a large bar area serving up top-notch brews.
  • Favorite Brew: Aska (Pale Ale)
  • Pro Tips: They usually have a food truck available, but call beforehand to be sure because it’s not guaranteed.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Beer List

Fannin Brewing Company (Closed)

Sadly, this brewery is no longer open, but it was such a great spot (and Blue Ridge’s first (I’m pretty sure) brewery), it still deserves a write-up.

Fannin Brewing stands as a testament to the marriage of passion, tradition, and local pride. As Georgia’s mountain brewery, they infuse their craft with a deep-rooted love for German beer, honed expertise in brewing and winemaking, and an unyielding admiration for the majestic mountains that surround them.

At Fannin Brewing, ‘local’ isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a way of life. They source their ingredients from nearby farms, draw inspiration from the natural wonders that envelop them, and champion their community every step of the way.

While their home base may be in the charming town of Blue Ridge, a short scenic drive unveils a world of flavor and camaraderie. Perched in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, their brewery offers a diverse array of craft beers, ranging from refreshing IPAs to crisp lagers and seasonal delights. Each brew bears the name of the breathtaking landscapes and landmarks that define their region, serving as a tribute to the beauty that surrounds them.

  • The Vibe: This breweries outside vibe is like no other. Tons of patio space, games, and just a great place to enjoy great beer; it’s a hub of activity and celebration. From vibrant events to live music that echoes through the hills, their brewery pulsates with energy and excitement, inviting locals and travelers alike to revel in the joy of community and craftsmanship.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Beer List

McCaysville, GA/Copperhill, TN Breweries

Buck Bald Brewing

If you haven’t discovered the hidden gem that is Buck Bald Brewing, you’ve been overlooking a local treasure. Since its inception in Copperhill, TN, in 2018, Buck Bald Brewing has rapidly ascended to the status of a must-visit brewery for both locals and visitors to the North Georgia twin cities of McCaysville, GA, and Copperhill, TN. Offering an impressive array of 14 taps, beer aficionados are guaranteed to encounter a brew that speaks to their taste buds. What sets Buck Bald Brewing apart is its remarkable diversity in beer styles, catering to a wide spectrum of preferences. From bold and hoppy IPAs to puckeringly tangy sours, from beloved classic English and German styles to daring and adventurous brews that push the boundaries of flavor, Buck Bald Brewing promises a sensory journey that will leave your palate clamoring for more. This brewery also features game nights throughout the week, including Music Bingo! Don’t miss this hidden gem.

  • The Vibe: Buck Bald Brewing is super casual. The majority of the brewery is outside with a small seating area inside. There’s usually games to play and music playing, but rarely live music.
  • Favorite Brew: Big Frog Foggy IPA (New England Style / Hazy IPA)
  • Pro Tips: Eat before your go because there’s typically not a food truck or food options other than a few snacks.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Beer List

Copperhill Brewery

Nestled in the heart of Copperhill, TN, Copperhill Brewery isn’t just a place to grab a beer; it’s a haven where you’ll discover the heart of craft beer culture and an unwavering dedication to brewing excellence in Copperhill, TN.

As you step into the inviting taproom, you’re immediately enveloped in a welcoming atmosphere that encourages relaxation and camaraderie. The spacious layout provides ample room to spread out and unwind, making it the perfect destination for locals and tourists alike.

What truly sets Copperhill Brewery apart, however, is its unwavering passion for brewing exceptional craft beer. Brewing craft beer is seen as an art form and their goal is nothing short of brewing a selection of craft beers that will elevate Copperhill Brewery above all others. This dedication to quality and diversity shines through in every sip, setting Copperhill Brewery apart as a beacon of excellence in the craft beer world.

And if you find yourself on the way back into town from the Occoee Whitewater Center… fear not, Copperhill Brewery has a second location in Ducktown, TN, ensuring that the small town brewery charm and exceptional craft beer experience are never too far away.

In a world where breweries are a dime a dozen, Copperhill Brewery stands out as a shining example of what a craft beer destination should be: welcoming, laid-back, and brimming with character. So, gather your friends, raise a glass, and toast to good times at Copperhill Brewery. You won’t be disappointed.

  • The Vibe: Unquestionably laid-back, perfect for unwinding. Spacious enough to spread out and kick back. Whether you’re honing your aim at the dartboard, tapping your toes to live tunes, or flexing your mental muscles with a round of trivia, there’s never a dull moment at this vibrant brewery.
  • Favorite Brew: Valhalla IPA
  • Pro Tips: Parking is tight, so be prepared to walk a little to this brewery unless you can find parking close by.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Beer List

Ellijay, GA Breweries

Information coming soon!

Blairsville, GA Breweries

Information coming soon!

Murphy, NC Breweries

Buck Bald Brewing

Located in the heart of Murphy, NC, Buck Bald Brewing is the go-to brewery for locals in the area. Offering an impressive array of 12 taps at their Murphy location, beer aficionados are guaranteed to encounter a brew that speaks to their taste buds. What sets Buck Bald Brewing apart is its remarkable diversity in beer styles, catering to a wide spectrum of preferences. From bold and hoppy IPAs to puckeringly tangy sours, from beloved classic English and German styles to daring and adventurous brews that push the boundaries of flavor, Buck Bald Brewing promises a sensory journey that will leave your palate clamoring for more. This brewery also features game nights throughout the week, including Music Bingo! Don’t miss this hidden gem.

  • The Vibe: Buck Bald Brewing is super casual. They have a great setup inside, but also feature a cute patio area as well… with plenty of games always available.
  • Favorite Brew: Spring Frog Hazy IPA (New England Style / Hazy IPA)
  • Pro Tips: Eat before your go because there’s typically not a food truck or food options other than a few snacks.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Beer List

The Perfect North Georgia Mountain Beer Trail

We’ve visited them all and if you’re looking to hit all of the local to Blue Ridge breweries (red spots), here is the perfect order to visit them (in our opinion). Click here for a map and directions

  1. Buck Bald Brewing (Park here.) | Directions
  2. Copperhill Brewery (Leave car at Buck Bald Brewing and walk to Copperhill Brewery.) | Directions
  3. BONUS STOP: Mercier’s Orchard Hard Cider & Winery (Don’t forget to grab an Apple Pie!) | Directions
  4. Grumpy Old Men (Enjoy a Food Truck for Lunch). | Directions
  5. Angry Hops Brewing | Directions
  6. Tipping Point (Put your name on a list for dinner and enjoy a brew while you wait.) | Directions

As you reluctantly bid adieu to your North Georgia beer adventure, take a moment to savor the memories – the laughter, the brews, and the breathtaking mountain views. Whether you’ve stumbled upon a new favorite brewery or simply reveled in the joy of good company, one thing’s for sure – this journey has been an absolute blast.

And as you reminisce about the good times, don’t forget to deck yourself out in some Mountain City Apparel gear – because who says the fun has to end when the trip does? Until next time, cheers to unforgettable experiences, mountain magic, and the joy of exploration!

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