Dahlonega Craft Beer

Dahlonega craft beer growler from Gold City Growlers

Guests who stay with us and get to know us learn that we love good craft beer. Craft beer offers so many different styles and flavors and have become more popular than wine in many circles. When we take vacations part of our itinerary is visiting the craft breweries in the area for tastings. Unfortunately, at this time we do not have a Dahlonega craft beer brewery, but we hope that may be changing soon.

Fortunately, we do have places in town to purchase a wide selection of craft beers; retail stores, a growler store and restaurants. Breweries are also located in neighboring Hall and White counties.

Nearby Craft Breweries

Left Nut Brewery is located in Gainesville, GA about 45 minutes from the inn. They purchased an old warehouse east of town to set up a brewery and offer tastings. We like their IPA’s. If you head over to that area we can also recommend a great Greek restaurant – Alpha Gyro Grill – on the way for lunch or dinner. For more information visit their web site https://www.leftnutbrewing.com/.

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Tantrum Brewery is the newest craft beer brewery in the area and is located north of Cleveland and south of Helen, Georgia in neighboring White County about 26 minutes northeast of the inn. They are the first farm to table brewery since they grow their own hops on their nearby farm. With a view of Yonah Mountain out of the window you can enjoy a flight of their many great brews. For more information visit their web site at https://tantrumbeer.com/.

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Dahlonega Breweries Coming?

The Etowah Meadery south of the inn on Highway 19 has announced on its Facebook page that its planning to open a craft beer brewery called Etowah Brewery. They currently make mead or honey wine and are only 4 minutes south of the inn. We have no idea when they will open their beer operation but have heard that they have purchased the brewing equipment for small batch brewing. When they open they will be the first Dahlonega craft beer brewery. When they open it will not be nearly as large as Left Nut or Tantrum Breweries based on the size of their current facility. Facebook page for more information which has been very limited at the date of this blog post. https://www.facebook.com/EtowahBrewery/?__tn__=HHH-R. Directions from inn https://goo.gl/maps/dSTCmKS7gXMguuvS9

From time to time we hear about other craft beer breweries coming to Dahlonega to set up shop. We hope they do since the market would be strong based on tourism volume and having a university in town. When they decide to come we will update this page with more information.

Dahlonega Craft Beer Retail Shops

Gold City Growlers is the only Dahlonega craft beer store that specializes in craft beers. They offer flights of Georgia and other craft beers and you can purchase cans, bottles or growlers. We have a loaner growler at the inn you can use to pick up your favorite beer. To see what is currently on tap visit their web site at https://www.goldcitygrowlers.com/.

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Fresh and Low is a local grocery store on the way into Dahlonega’s historic square and has a great craft beer selection for a grocery store. Their model is cost plus 10% so prices are affordable. Directions from inn https://goo.gl/maps/e1rMh9UDdNDG9td29

Restaurants Serving Craft Beer

Many of the restaurants serve craft beer but our favorite is Gustavo’s on the square. They seem to have the largest selection of Georgia craft beer of any restaurant in the area. Besides great pizza check out their blackboard where they list their rotating taps of beers including a high gravity option that we like. They also serve flights and on Thursday nights feature a brewery – order a beer from that brewery and you get to keep the logo glass your brew comes in. Facebook page with the latest information https://www.facebook.com/gustavospizza/.

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Shenanigan’s also has a nice selection of craft beers in an Irish pub atmosphere. We like to visit them for a glass of high gravity Old Rasputin Russian Stout when they have it. Web site http://www.theshenaniganspub.com/drink.aspx.

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We will update this post from time to time if new craft beer developments occur. We also share many craft beer posts on our Instagram page at https://instagram.com/cedarhouseinn

5 Most Popular Things to Do in Dahlonega

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We have been hosting guests at our bed and breakfast for over sixteen years. Many come to the area to have a quick escape from city life in Atlanta and the metropolitan area. Dahlonega offers peace and quiet as well as fun things to do. We will list the our guests 5 most popular things to do in Dahlonega in order of popularity.

1. Wine Tastings

Each of the Dahlonega area wineries offers wine tastings that guests enjoy and several offer tours. Many offer live music on weekends as well. The wineries also offer a variety of wine styles to satisfy the tastes of all wine lovers. Some also offer lunch and dinner. Visiting the five Dahlonega wineries is the most popular thing to do in the Dahlonega area. For a complete listing of all the Dahlonega area wineries visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-wineries/

2. Visit the Waterfalls

The Dahlonega area has many waterfalls to visit from Dicks Creek Falls which is a popular swimming hole to Amicalola Falls which is the highest waterfall in Georgia. Some waterfalls require an easy to moderate hike to see the falls while others may be seen from your car. For a detailed description with maps visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/06/18/dahlonega-waterfalls/

3. Go Hiking

The mountains around Dahlonega offer many hiking opportunities. Several hiking trails lead to breathtaking waterfalls (see above). Other hikes provide magnificent mountain vistas where you can see for miles. Two favorites are the Blood Mountain hike which takes you to one of the highest parts on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and the other is Preacher’s Rock. A third hike is the Lake Zwerner trail which circles the reservoir near downtown. All three are described with maps at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/06/26/dahlonega-hiking-trails/

4. Listen to Live Music

The Dahlonega music scene is alive on most weekends with free music provided at many restaurants including Shenanigans, Spirit’s Tavern and Bourbon Street Grill. Live performances by better known bands and artists can be heard at the Crimson Moon with a cover charge. You might be able to hear Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls, Kurt Thomas or the Zack Brown Band since they are from this area. First Friday Free Concerts in Hancock Park are especially popular with locals and visitors alike, so bring a blanket to lay on the grass and enjoy. Also, enjoy the ever popular Appalachian Jams that pop up around the downtown square on Saturday’s April through October – better yet, bring your own instrument and join in the fun. For more information on Dahlonega music opportunities including the free concert schedule visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/07/15/dahlonega-theater-music/

5. Learn About the First Gold Rush and Tour a Gold Mine

Dahlonega was the site of the first gold rush in the United States and has a rich history. The Gold Museum in the historic downtown square offers a great deal of information and interesting exhibits about the gold rush era including the discovery of gold and the methods of extraction and processing. The Consolidated Gold Mine is still here and was the largest mine during the time. It provides guided tours into the mining shaft and you get to see how gold was extracted and processed. Crisson Gold Mine offers tours of its stamp mill and has an extensive selection of modern mining equipment. You can also pan for gold at the mines. For more information on gold related attractions in Dahlonega visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/07/08/dahlonega-gold-attractions/

11 Places To Visit in Helen, GA Area

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Helen is located northeast of the inn and known as a Bavarian Alpine Village. It’s a popular destination for many visitors to our area. We find that our guests tend to have strong feelings about Helen – they either love it and want to plan future trips to the town or tell us that once was enough, but they’re glad they made the drive. You just might want to check out Alpine Helen yourself.

Years ago the town was a successful saw mill town complete with a railroad that hauled lumber and passengers from Gainesville to Helen. The saw mill business fell on hard times and in the late 1960s a group of businessmen and a local artist decided to reinvent the town into a Bavarian village complete with gingerbread adornments on the shops, restaurants and lodging. A river runs through town and has become popular for tubing. Helen is very popular for family vacations since there are a lot of things to do to keep the kids entertained. Starting every September Octoberfest happens for several months with German music, food, dance and people in costume.

If considering a visit from our inn to Helen we suggest you take the northern route through town during the busy periods (Fall and some weekends) to avoid the traffic coming from the south. The map below shows a good route. Web site links to the places mentioned are also listed at the bottom of the page.

We enjoy meandering through Helen two or three times a year and prefer the areas not located in the immediate downtown area. Here are some of our favorite stops. If coming from the north you will be close to Unicoi State Park which features scenic Anna Ruby Falls. The trail to the falls is an easy hike on an asphalt surface. Also coming from the north into town, Betty’s Grocery is a must see on the right side north Main Street before you reach the town shop area. Betty’s is a gourmet grocery with the largest craft beer selection we have seen in these parts. Last time we visited they had a neat little bar out front with a fire pit – a perfect spot to sip your wine or beer on a cool day or evening.

Leaving Betty’s and heading south you will enter the downtown shop section. You can stop and browse if you wish. There are many shops selling souveniers, t-shirts, and candy as well as places to eat. It is a good people watching area so pick a bench and enjoy. At the edge of the shop area you will see the river where there several restaurants – a few right on the river. Just a little further south on your left is a Wendy’s and behind the restaurant is a good German restaurant we enjoy called Bodensee .

Still heading south you will see the first and currently only alpine slide in Georgia on your right. We haven’t tried it, but it looks like fun! Normally you only see the alpine slides in snow ski areas. There’s a putt putt golf course not far down on the left and two other putt putt courses in town as well.

A mile south of Helen proper is Nachoochee Village. On the right you’ll find two popular restaurants Nacoochee Village Tavern and Pizzaria and Mulley’s Nacoochee Grill. Nora Mills is just south of them on your left and is an old grist mill still in operation. It is worth stopping to see the equipment in operation, check out the giant trout in the river out back, try some samples of grits, cornbread or puddin or make a purchase. We always buy a bag of their stone ground grits when passing through. Across the street visit Habersham Winery for tastings and a neat antique mall in an old multi story house. Next to the winery is Nacoochee Adventures that features the longest dual zipline in Georgia.

After leaving this area head south again and you will see the Hardman Farm on the left. The farm was owned by one of the wealthiest men in Georgia during the early 1900s who was also governor of Georgia. The mansion and other buildings have been restored and are now a State Historic Site. Take a left at the Indian mound (with the gazebo on top) to get to the main entrance and parking. If you go to the farm you can hike a new trail from the farm along the river to the southern edge of Helen. The trail was built on the old railroad bed along the river that hauled lumber and passengers from Helen to Gainesville.

Sautee Nacoochee is also located down the road where you turned at the Indian mound and features the Folk Pottery Museum which is very interesting. The Gourd Place is also not too far away which also features art, pottery and jewelry made from gourd molds.

After leaving this area you will be heading south (see map below) towards Cleveland. Before you get to Cleveland you will notice Yonah Mountain (has a rock face) on the left. Look for Yonah Burger on your right and just past the burger joint you will see Tantrum Brewery. Tantrum is the area’s first brewery and the first brewery in Georgia to grow its own hops. Stop in for a “farm to table” beer.

After leaving Tantrum you will head south again and take a right at the Ingles Grocery to get back to the inn.

Web Sites to 11 Places Listed Above

1)Anna Ruby Falls http://www.unicoistatepark.org/anna-ruby-falls.html

2) Betty’s Grocery https://bettysinhelen.com/

3) Bodensee Restaurant https://bodenseerestaurant.com/

4) Alpine coaster https://georgiamountaincoaster.com/

5) Nora Mills http://www.noramill.com/

6) Habersham Winery http://habershamwinery.com/

7) Zip Lines https://www.nacoocheeadventures.com/

8) Hardman Farm https://gastateparks.org/HardmanFarm

9) Pottery Museum https://www.snca.org/folkpotteryWebsite/fpm/home.php

10) Gourd Place https://gourdplace.com/

11) Tantrum Brewery https://tantrumbeer.com/