Craft Brews in Blue Ridge

If wine isn’t your cup of tea, Blue Ridge and the Copper Basin have plenty of spots to drink craft beer. The area is home to breweries where you can get the freshest pints as well as restaurants and bars with a selection from Georgia and beyond. And if that’s not enough, bring home your favorite growlers as souvenirs.

Fannin Brewing Company Tasting Room

Breweries in Blue Ridge and the Basin

When you want Georgia grown craft beer, start at the source! It’s easy to visit more than one Blue Ridge brewery in a day. Just remember to drink responsibly! 

Fannin Brewing Company, inspired by the beautiful surroundings and fresh water is a Blue Ridge favorite. The tasting room and beer garden serves a variety of taps including German-inspired brews like the dunkel and hefeweizen. 

Buck Bald Brewing opened just across the state line in Copperhill, Tennessee. The brewery has 14 diverse taps, including the flagship pale ale, a New England-style IPA, and a great selection of porters and stouts. Stop by and take a seat in their reformed retro gas station location or at a table on their spacious patio. Also on the other side of the state line is Copperhill Breweryin Copperhill, TN.

Grumpy Old Men Brewery

Grumpy Old Men Brewing was founded as a microbrewery in 2012 by retirees who shared a love of craft beer. Their pet-friendly taproom opened a few years later and is the perfect spot for a post-hike pint of IPAs, pale ales, and some great porters. Don’t miss the Cyclone Larry IPA and the hot dogs served on weekends.

Cartecay Wine & Craft Blue Ridge is a wine and craft beer tasting room in downtown Blue Ridge. The tasting room carries their Georgia made wine as well as Georgia craft beer. Enjoy the best brews from Monday Night, Reformation and Sweetwater in the shop or at home. 

Hard Cider at Mercier Orchards is available year-round. They are currently the only apple orchard in Georgia that can say they grow, press, ferment, and bottle their own cider. Proudly labeled as Georgia Grown.  You can pick it up at the orchard or order a glass in many of our local restaurants. 

Outside Seating at Black Sheep

Good Food paired with Georgia Grown Beer

Visitors can also enjoy a pint of craft beer at Blue Ridge’s restaurants and bars to pair perfectly with a delicious meal. 

Set under a 200-year-old tree, Black Sheep Bar & Grill is located in a converted home and has many cozy corners. Try out the bar for beer from local breweries or enjoy your beverage tableside or al fresco, along dishes like fresh pasta and seafood. 

The Boro Inn is an authentic Irish pub owned by a former priest. Expect to find the standbys like Irish whiskey and Guinness along with craft beer and the house tap, Father’s Brew. The pub also carries mead from Georgia’s own Viking Alchemist Meadery. 

Burra Burra On the River in McCaysville has some of the best views around, set on the Toccoa River. The restaurant is known for its menu of American dishes but also serves craft beer including that of neighboring Copperhill Brewery. 

Located in the heart of downtown Blue Ridge, Chester Brunnenmeyer's Bar and Grill is a local favorite for its regionally focused dishes. It also has a great selection of Georgia craft beer from Creature Comforts and Three Taverns. 

Head to Fightingtown Tavern for the best burgers around, which pair nicely with the music and craft beer lineup. The bar carries local brews from Fannin Brewing and Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing. 

If you’re looking for delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes, Masseria Kitchen + Bar is the place to go. Enjoy your pizza and pasta with pints of local beer and cider from Mercier Orchards.

Misty Mountain Hops is a vinyl pub for lovers of beer and music. Concert posters line the walls and vinyl records play in the background. Settle in with a pint from Grumpy Old Men, Reformation and Stillfire breweries. 

Take home a Growler or Two 

Bring home your favorite brews direct from the source or from downtown Blue Ridge at shops like Out of the Blue, one of the longest running shops in town selling the best artisan goods and locally made products. In addition to an extensive wine selection, the store also fills growlers with rotating taps of craft beer. 

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