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
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
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.
Augusta Craft Beer Festival, April
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.
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.
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. 2020 date TBA.
While in Macon, take a brewery tour at Macon Beer Company.
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.
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. 2020 dates TBA.
Rome Beer Festival, November
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.
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. 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.