Owner Tom Fennell brought his skills to Blue Ridge in 2002 and began selling his beer in 2012 after a trip to Munich inspired him to create something new for Germans visiting America. They’ve since expanded distribution throughout Georgia and Tennessee, even winning a People's Choice award for their Rory's Pumpkin Ale.
Visit the tasting room in Fennell’s home city, designed with a nod to the place from where his idea began - including the originals: Hiawassee Golden Ale, Toccoa Brown, and Blue Ridge Lager. The biergarten includes picnic tables for sharing a brew (and maybe something from one of their food trucks) with friends, and coverings to keep the heat away.
Their drafts offer more than the typical IPA mega-options trending in the country now. Yes, you will still find selections for hop-lovers, but they also offer ales, wheat beers, Belgians and more. Even ciders and non-alcoholic teas grace the list.
LOCATION: North of Downtown
FOOD: Bring your own, Here is a link to local restaurants in the area for take-out. Most weekends food trucks are on site as well.
BREW INFO: 6(ish) beers on tap; growlers and 6-packs available
LOCALS’ FAVORITE BREW: Blue Ridge Lager and Hiawassee Golden Ale, which have both been around since the beginning