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Where to Drink Beer in North Georgia

  • Braselton Fillin' Station

Beer has been around for a long time, and generally, brewing beer was just a hobby for those passionate about the pastime. It’s only recently that locally crafted beer has become a popular reason to travel. The same can be said for moonshine and other distilled spirits. So, if you are looking for something fun and interesting to do on your day off, head to the Northeast Georgia Mountains and sample some of Georgia’s locally crafted beer or distilled spirits.


Georgia Craft Brews
Georgia Craft Brews

In the last six months, Northeast Georgia has seen the growth of growler tasting rooms and filling stations, highlighting a number of well-known and popular craft brews made in Georgia. Located in the most interesting places, including an old filling station, a lawn care store and an old appliance store, they reflect the character of the owners. The variety of brews are fun to sample, so plan a growler tour of Northeast Georgia and include the following stops:

The region boasts two breweries, the Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative at Rick Tanner’s Grille and Bar based in Cumming’s Vickery Village, and Left Nut Brewing in downtown Gainesville, the vision of several brew buddies. Visit both for tours and tastings.

Not to be ignored are the distilleries that are now showcasing the craftsmanship and heritage of the region.

Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery in Dawsonville is a fun tour, and a visit with Dwight, the master distiller, is not to be missed. Old photos of moonshiners and stills dot the shop along with souvenirs.


Granddaddy Mimm’s Museum, Distillery and Gift Shop south of Blairsville is a fun place to stop. Owner Tommy Townsend and his band provide the opening act for a number of Nashville superstars, but he is also passionate about his granddaddy’s moonshine recipe and the moonshine history of the area.

When heading up I-985/U.S. 441, Ivy Mountain Distillery is quick side trip to old U.S. 441 to Habersham County’s little town of Mt. Airy. Further north in Clayton is Moonrise Distillery.

Stillhouse Creek Craft Distillery in Dahlonega plans to open soon and will have Brandy, Whiskey and Grappa.

Sometime in the next few months the region’s only cidery, Sautee Hard Cider featuring Bulldog Cider will open. They will have samples and are talking about selling growlers. It will be conveniently located on GA Hwy 75 between Cleveland and Helen.

Be sure to visit the craft breweries, craft distilleries and growler tasting rooms on your next visit to the Northeast Georgia Mountains.  Let them know you discovered them on www.ExploreGeorgia.org!

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith is the Northeast Georgia Mountains regional travel expert. She’s worked in the region for the past 26 years and likes to say that if she doesn’t know what you are looking for, she knows someone who does! Cheryl spends her time paddling and riding her Harley 1200 Sportser.