We’ve talked about craft beer before, but there are so many exciting things brewing in Chattanooga. See below for breakdown of festivals, brewpubs, pub crawls and some of our popular watering holes – all reasons Livablity.com named Chattanooga one of the top 10 beer cities.
Southern Brewer’s Festival
August 26, 2017
Crowds swarm the Chattanooga Riverfront each year for the Southern Brewer’s Festival. The festival features more than 100 brews, including many of the nation’s rarest and most popular craft breweries. Live music keeps the party hopping.
Big River Grille and Brewing Works
222 Broad Street, 423-267-2739
It all started here folks. While Big River Grille is now all grown up and part of a national restaurant chain 200 locations strong, it began as Chattanooga’s first brewpub in the early ‘90s. Today tourists and locals alike pay homage to its legacy by sampling some of their award-winning beers, which have earned a combined 20 medals from the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup.
6 East 14th Street, 423-752-8090
Housed in the historic Stong Building, Terminal Brewhouse is a multi-leveled restaurant that’s helped take local beer to new heights. All of their signature brews, including Magnum P.A., Terminally Ale and Southsidenstein Stout, are made in basement level tanks, visible from the railings of each story. Their outdoor green roof, which features real grass and picnic tables, lends a bier garten flair.
Chattanooga Brewing Company
Located in the Southside, the Chattanooga Brewing Company pays homage to the original Chattanooga brewery, operated between 1890-1915. The largest brewery in the city, they serve a handful of year-round taps like their flagship brew, the Imperial Pilsner and the Chestnut Street Brown Ale. In addition to those, they are constantly creating new, seasonal brews like the Chattahooligan Lager, a shoutout to the Chattanooga Football Club soccer team who plays across the street.
Hutton & Smith
Named after the two founders of modern geology, Hutton & Smith offers an intimate evironment filled with geological and rock climbing gear. Located on MLK Boulevard, they serve up beers with rock-related names like the Igneous IPA, Coffee Porterledge and the Rope Gun Rye. Featured in 25 Chattanooga establishments, ask for their beer in popular restaurants like the Flying Squirrel, Beast + Barrel or Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant.
In Chattanooga, the best way to experience the beer scene is to pub crawl. Create your own with the list of watering holes below. If skipping the planning is more your style, try a Pints and Pedals or Chattanooga Brew Choo pedal bike tour.
The tours allow you to bring your own beverages and travel to cool spots in town. But the best part is getting there. Your vehicle is a specially-built aluminum frame bike, steered by the driver, powered by you and your friends. Adjustable seats with cushioned backs make for a comfy ride while customized sound systems pump your favorite tunes.
224 Frazier Avenue, 423-531-8490?
Chattanooga’s only German-American gastro pub, offering an impressive bier list and great views of the Tennessee River.
Hair of the Dog
334 Main Street, 423-265-4615
Dark wood, wrought iron railing and more than 50 beers give this downtown bar an authentic English pub feel, while the multi-level outdoor deck is more “bier garten.” Insider tip: try the hand-cut French fries.
The Honest Pint
35 Patten Parkway, 423-468-4192
Authentic Irish kitchen, live music, laid back atmosphere and beer poured into a TRUE pint glass are the cornerstones of this bona fide bar.
1203 Hixson Pike, 423-266-1996
Tremont Tavern takes two things very seriously; their beer and burgers. They boast the best burgers in town and feature over 100 bottled beers with 21 on tap.
The Feed Co. Table & Tavern
201 W. Main Street, 423-708-8500
Located on the Southside, FEED is complete with a full bar featuring 32 rotating craft beer selections along with an arcade and the largest covered outdoor patio in Chattanooga.