Augusta Craft Beer Festival

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.

Hot Glass Craft Beer Fest, Americus, April

Hot Glass Beer Fest in Americus, Georgia
Hot Glass Beer Fest in Americus, Georgia

Experience not only demonstrations of artisan glass blowing true to local culture, but also the growing fascination with craft brewing at the Hot Glass Beer Fest in Americus. Two artisan worlds collide, and what a party it will be! Look for more than 20 regional breweries with three to four unique beers from each place to be featured, as well as various glassblowing demonstrations showcasing Americus and its tradition in this art form. Buy tickets early for this unique event! Premium ticket holders get early admission, a hand-blown tasting glass and unlimited tastings. April 3-4, 2020.

Classic City Brew Fest, Athens, April

Terrapin Beer, Facebook

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. April 5, 2020.

While in Athens, check out the brewery tours at Terrapin Beer Company, Creature Comforts and Southern Brewing Co.

Augusta Craft Beer Festival, April

Augusta Craft Beer Festival, Facebook

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. 2020 date TBA.

While in Augusta, try a local beer with tapas at The Bee's Knees, serving one of the 100 Plates Locals Love for 2017.

Atlanta Beer Festivals

Atlanta Beer Festivals organizes a number of (you guessed it) beer festivals throughout the Metro Atlanta region during the year, including Atlanta Summer Beer Fest in June at Historic Fourth Ward Park, just steps away from Ponce City Market and the Atlanta BeltLine.

Tour the SweetWater brewery in Atlanta Wednesdays through Sundays.

While in the Atlanta area, you have quite a few options for brewery tours, including Sweetwater Brewing Company, Jailhouse Brewing CompanyWild Heaven Craft Beers and Jekyll Brewing Company.

Macon Beer Fest, August

Macon Beer Fest, Facebook

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. 2020 date TBA.

While in Macon, take a brewery tour at Macon Beer Company.

Oktoberfest in Helen, September through October

Oktoberfest, Helen's biggest celebration, kicks off in September and runs through October, featuring German music, food and drinks. - GDECD Photography

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.

While in Helen, stop in to Hofer's to enjoy a beer and the Wiener Schnitzel, named to the 100 Plates Locals Love list in 2015.

Oktoberfest in Savannah, October

Savannah River Street

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. 2020 dates TBA.

While in Savannah, take Chef Hugh Acheson's recommendations from the 100 Plates Locals Love list and try the fish tacos at Kayak Kafe and the crispy fish and grits with a beer waterside at The Wyld.

Rome Beer Festival, November

Jekyll Brewing Co. beers at the 2015 Rome Beer Festival. Photo from Facebook.

Crowds gather at Rome's Heritage Park in November 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. Many of the beers offered are brewed in Georgia, and VIP tickets grant early admission, a swag bag and access to rare beers. 2020 dates TBA.

While in Rome, grab an incredible sandwich paired with the perfect beer at Jamwich, serving one of the 100 Plates Locals Love for 2017.

Uptown Beer & Wine Festival, Columbus, November

Uptown Beer & Wine Festival in Columbus, Georgia

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. 2020 dates TBA.

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.

Published: October 2019