Top Georgia Beer Festivals
From Atlanta and Athens to Macon and Savannah, sample Georgia's craft beer scene at these festivals throughout the year.
Georgia is home to numerous beer festivals throughout the year. Which ones are the best? The festivals on this list pay particular attention to Georgia-crafted brews, feature their own special flair to make their event unique, and represent some of the best festivals in their regions.
Classic City Brew Fest, Athens, April 7, 2019
For the true beer lovers out there, Athens puts on a one-day event each spring featuring more than 400 rare, regional and world craft beers. Classic City Brew Fest has been voted one of the top 10 beer festivals in the United States and also features one-off ales, live music and local beer celebrities.
Augusta Craft Beer Festival, April 27, 2019
Smaller than many other beer festivals, the Augusta Craft Beer Festival has a more hometown feel to it than some of the others. Locally crafted beers are featured alongside games, food and live entertainment. This ticketed event usually occurs in the spring.
Macon Beer Fest, August
Macon Beer Fest, which usually sells out, is a Pints for Prostates event, meaning the money raised benefits the International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network and the Prostate Conditions Education Council. General admission tickets are $35 per person, and VIP tickets are $75 per person.
While in Macon, take a brewery tour at Macon Beer Company
Savannah Craft Brew Festival, September
This may be Georgia's most beer fanatic-friendly festival. Savannah Craft Brew Festival features unlimited sampling of craft beers from around the world, food, seminars about beer, mixology and cider gardens, a VIP experience, music and a cornhole tournament. General admission tickets are $40 per person and VIP tickets are $75 each.
Oktoberfest in Helen, September through October
Why relegate the celebration of beer to one or two days? Alpine Helen kicks it up a notch with their annual Oktoberfest celebration. You'll find beer on tap, polka on the dance floor and plenty of bratwurst. Admission is $8 Monday-Friday, $10 on Saturday, free on Sundays.
Rome Beer Festival, September
Crowds gather at Rome's Heritage Park in September to raise funds for the Rome Area Council for the Arts and enjoy tastes of nationally produced and local brew during the annual Rome Beer Festival. About half the beers offered are brewed in Georgia. This event also has a home brew competition.
Uptown Beer & Wine Festival, Columbus, November
The annual Uptown Beer & Wine Festival features local and regionally brewed beer. Columbus plays host to the event, which is situated in the historic courtyard in front of The Tap on Broadway.
While in Columbus, go to The Black Cow for a craft beer and the Bacon Pimento Cheeseburger, named one of 100 Plates Locals Love. Then, venture a little farther south for a brewery tour at Omaha Brewing Company.
Oktoberfest in Savannah, October
Savannah's River Street plays home to all things brew-tiful during the annual riverfront celebration. The event promises "wiener dog racing, bratwurst tasting, oompah dancing" and Friday night fireworks. Oktoberfest in Savannah is free to attend.
Atlanta Beer Festivals
- June - Atlanta Summer Beer Fest takes place at Historic Fourth Ward Park, just steps away from Ponce City Market and the Atlanta BeltLine.
- October - The Great Atlanta Beer Fest is booked for the new home of the Atlanta Braves, Sun Trust Park.
- October - As the weather turns colder, Boos and Brews happens at Center Stage, an iconic Atlanta music venue.