August 14, 2019
A Beer Lover's Guide to Northern Georgia
By: Ginevra Boyes
Beer has been a staple of a good time since the ancient times. Chilly day? A dark stout will warm you right up. Unbearably hot outside? Sip on a refreshing pilsner. Is there anything that a good beer won’t fix?
Breweries are popping up all over the US, but some of the best have nestled into the Northern Georgia mountains. I mean with the Bavarian-style village of Helen right there, it only makes sense to have great beer all within a stones throw. So here are our favorite places to grab a cold one with some friends in Northern Georgia.
King Ludwig Biergarten in Helen will transport you to an Alpen ale house filled with friendly faces, German-style lagers, gigantic pretzels, and lots of dancing. Stop in anytime to grab a pint and munch on their famous (and unbelievably large) pretzels. The restaurant often hosts musical acts playing upbeat music to get people up and dancing. This place isn’t just a place to grab a beer, but an all out dining experience!
Whistle Top Brew Company in downtown Cornelia was one of the first craft breweries in the area. Scott and Gary Hulsey started the brewery in 2014 and have been producing a wide variety of beers and ales ever since. This laid-back establishment is only open Thursday - Saturday so if you want to hit this great spot, make sure to plan ahead.
Left Nut Brewing Company in Gainesville is located inside an old textile mill and is actually located on the National Register of Historic Places. Their unique taproom is an absolute must-see! Hang out in the old mill and sip on their signature and seasonal brews. Curious about the name? It comes from the idea that the founders were willing to give up anything to make their brewing dream come true. Even… a left nut.
Tantrum Brewing in Cleveland, GA is a homegrown story of heart, home, and hops. Founder Ross Crumpton wanted to make great brews to support the community in his hometown and bring people together around a glass of beer. Head on in to taste their wide selection of brews. They are currently experimenting with fresh Georgia produce to create fruity and citrusy beers that are perfect for summer afternoons.
Now you can’t talk about beer in Northern Georgia without mentioning Oktoberfest. Helen, GA puts on one of the best Oktoberfests outside of Berlin. This german-style town throws the longest Oktoberfest in the U.S. spanning from the beginning of September to the end of October. Grab your Lederhosen and get ready for weeks filled with brats, bands, and of course… BEER!
You can stop at any of these breweries to relax and refresh after a long day of touring the stunning Northern Georgia mountains, or you can hit all of them in one day on an epic ale trail. Start at the top of the list and make your way down to see the beautiful Georgia countryside, visit quaint towns, and taste some of the best beers out there!
Planning a trip to North Georgia? Book a stay at The Sylvan Valley Lodge & Cellars, located in the charming alpine town of Helen near the best breweries in the state!