Augusta Craft Beer Festival

Top Georgia Beer Festivals

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 15, 2018

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.

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

Augusta Craft Beer Festival, April 21, 2018

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.

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

Macon Beer Fest, Aug. 25, 2018

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.

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

Savannah Craft Brew Festival, Sept. 1, 2018

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.

While in Savannah, stop in for brewery tours at Southbound Brewing Company and Service Brewing Co.

Oktoberfest in Helen, Sept. 6-Oct. 28, 2018

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.

Rome Beer Festival, Sept. 22, 2018

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

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.

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, Nov. 17, 2018

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.

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, Oct. 5-7, 2018

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.

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.

Atlanta Beer Festivals

Atlanta Beer Festivals organizes a number of (you guessed it) beer festivals throughout the Metro Atlanta region during the year. A few include:

  • Spring 2018 (Date TBA) - One of the group's most unique events, Tap into Georgia, held in Dunwoody, celebrates the local craft of cider, beer, wine and mead. All 100+ varieties available for tasting are made in Georgia.
  • June 16, 2018 - This year's Atlanta Summer Beer Fest takes place at Historic Fourth Ward Park, just steps away from Ponce City Market and the Atlanta BeltLine.
  • Oct. 13, 2018The Great Atlanta Beer Fest is booked for the new home of the Atlanta Braves, Sun Trust Park.
  • Oct. 27, 2018 - As the weather turns colder, Boos and Brews happens at Center Stage, an iconic Atlanta music venue.

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.

Published: June 2018