Updated May 2019. Each year, Chattanooga celebrates Craft Beer Week. It was a beer aficionado’s dream and a perfect chance for newbies to explore and find their tastes. With 12 existing breweries, and another one coming later in 2019, Chattanooga is becoming a hot spot for great craft beer in the Southeast.
You may not guess, but Chattanooga is a hot spot for great craft beer.
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When I originally wrote this post in 2016, I was somewhere between a beer newbie and confident beer drinker. I had a few beers I liked, and was willing to explore different styles. Since then, I’ve become a huge IPA fan, but I still don’t really like stouts or sours. Fortunately, with all the options in Chattanooga, I’ve found my happy medium between comfort and exploration.
Here are some of the best spots for a craft beer in Chattanooga!
Chattanooga has several breweries in town, and we also have our fair share of restaurants with plenty of taps. Another awesome thing about the Chattanooga craft beer scene is that many restaurants serve local brews on their taps, so you can get a lot of your favorite local brews outside of their home breweries.
Chattanooga Brewing Company // I spend a lot of time here, especially from April through August. It’s the official bar for Chattanooga FC and has great trivia on Thursday nights. In addition to several regular brews (the Chestnut Street Brown Ale is my personal favorite), CBC has lots of rotating seasonal beers and other special brews. Nothing beats the Chattahooligan Lager*, available during CFC season, especially after a win. Their Tri Star Pale Ale is also pretty good, and in the colder months, their Winter Warmer is my go-to.
*UPDATE: they’re now brewing a Kolsch-style beer instead of the Chattahooligan Lager. It has a bit more of a “bite” to it, but it’s still light, tasty, and refreshing after a CFC match!
FEED Co. Table & Tavern // While FEED doesn’t brew their own, they have 18 taps and a huge selection of canned and bottled beer that will meet anyone’s beer needs. They display their unused tap handles up on the ceiling on the tavern side, so you can see what may come later in the year.
Community Pie // Again, not a brewery, but 40 taps covers just about any beer you could want at any given time. Community Pie has any of your beer desires covered, from domestic drafts to local craft brews. Stop by during Happy Hour from 3-6pm Monday through Friday and get a mug of beer for the price of a pint. Ask about a local flight, too!
Hutton & Smith // I checked out H&S for the first time a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised with my beer. Actually, I’d tried their Rope Gun Rye at Southern Brewers Festival, which I didn’t think I’d enjoy, but it was quite nice, especially on a late summer day. This place is within walking distance from work, so it would make for a nice break after a long day or week.
Update: they’ve recently started canning their beers and it made me so happy. I’m a huge fan of the Promenade IPA, Basecamp Blonde ale and the Belay On session ale. The Promenade is probably my favorite local beer.
Terminal Brewhouse // Located right next to the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo, Terminal Brewhouse used to be a hotel next to the train depot (that is now the Choo Choo hotel). I tried their “Terminally Ale” American copper ale; it was malty, hoppy and had nice touches of citrus and pine to round it out. Next time I’ll try the White Shadow witbier.
*UPDATE 2022: Terminal Brewhouse has permanently closed, and is now Tailgate Brewing.
Heaven & Ale // They call it “beer elevated” for a reason. H&A only recently started selling their own brews, first at local events, then at their brewery in North Chattanooga. I affectionately call it the local hop-fest, because they specialize in IPAs (I’m not complaining). What I love about the brewery is its large, open space, where patrons can see the stills in all their glory. In addition to tasty beers, Heaven & Ale offers some bites to pair with beer. I personally really love their cheese board.
*UPDATE 2022: Heaven & Ale has now permanently closed.
OddStory Brewing Company // OddStory opened in late 2016 and became a local favorite quickly. OddStory boasts 12 taps, three of which are its flagship brews: Vienna Lager, American Pale Ale and Belgian Blonde. Those are my kinds of beers, and I can totally vouch for the Vienna Lager. It’s fantastic and has very nice bubbles when poured. Grab a beer and a snack plate and enjoy the fresh air from the open bar.
Brewhaus // It’s Chattanooga’s only German-American gastropub! You can’t have a good German restaurant without a solid beer selection. Pick from their local offerings, regional brews or other domestic favorites for a cold one to go with a plate of schnitzel or currywurst. Sometimes they even have the Chattahooligan Kolsch, which tastes great with schnitzel, for the record.
Flying Squirrel // Really, what’s not to love about this place? A huge selection of craft beer on tap, plus beer specials on Thursday and Friday nights, makes Flying Squirrel a super hot spot for food and a drink in Chattanooga. Their food and cocktails are also amazing.
Barley // Barley (opened 2017) is a tap room and bottle shop that boasts more than 60 taps, a massive bottle and can selection, live music, local art, a comedy open-mic, kitten yoga on occasion, and more. It’s situated on MLK Blvd., right near JJ’s Bohemia and several restaurants. It’s a great spot for beer newbies, as you’re bound to find something to enjoy in their vast selection.
Naked River Brewing Co. // This one opened up in November 2018, and it’s quickly becoming a popular spot! Naked River boasts a variety of brews, ranging from hoppy IPAs to a Moon Pie stout. I’m excited to see what seasonal beers they crank out in the warmer weather. And you can bet I’ll be making some beer brownies with that Moon Pie stout!
WanderLinger Brewing Co. // This is the latest brewery to hit Chattanooga (opened late November 2018). After nearly two years of work, I’m so glad WanderLinger is open for business and making some fantastic beers. I’m already a fan of their West Coast style IPA and lager.
No matter what your beer taste is, there is somewhere in Chattanooga that will cater to it. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll have plenty of options to taste something new, too.
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Where’s your favorite spot to grab a craft beer in Chattanooga?