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.
Uptown Beer & Wine Festival in Columbus, June
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. June 12, 2021.
While in Columbus, go to The Black Cow for a craft beer and the Bacon Pimento Cheeseburger. Then, venture a little farther south for a brewery tour at Omaha Brewing Company.
Suwanee Beer Fest, June
Take your pick from more than 350 craft beers at this annual event in Suwanee Town Center Park. Vote for your favorite Georgia-brewed beer to help determine the winner of the Georgia Brew Battle. In between sips, enjoy fun and games, such as Giant Jenga, Peach State Cornhole, Giant Beer Pong, axe throwing and more; live entertainment and vendor booths; as well as the VIP Experience, featuring exclusive beer pours, catering by Marlow's Tavern, and a private tent and restrooms for VIP ticket holders. June 26, 2021.
While in Suwanee, stop into Still Fire Brewing and Monkey Wrench Brewing to taste their locally brewed beers.
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.
While in the Atlanta area, you have quite a few options for breweries to visit, including Sweetwater Brewing Company, Wild Heaven Craft Beers and Jekyll Brewing Company.
Classic City Brew Fest in Athens, August
For the true beer lovers out there, Athens puts on a one-day event featuring 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. August 21, 2021.
While in Athens, check out the brewery tours at Terrapin Beer Company, Creature Comforts and Southern Brewing Co.
Macon Beer Fest, October
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. October 23, 2021.
While in Macon, take a brewery tour at Macon Beer Company.
Oktoberfest in Helen, September through early November
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.
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. 2021 date TBA.
While in Savannah, visit veteran-owned Service Brewing Co. and Southbound Brewing Company.