Dahlonega Craft Beer

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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. After waiting for many years we are finally getting a craft beer brewery in Dahlonega.

We also 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

Three Rangers Brewing Company

Dahlonega’s first craft beer brewery opens September 11, 2020. The brewery is located at Etowah Meadery which is just minutes away from the inn on highway 19 north of town. You will pass it on the way to the inn. Their first round of craft beers include a Lager, Pale Ale, IPA, DIPA, Stout and a wheat beer. The brewmaster is also the owner of the meadery and claims to have won over 30 awards for beers he has made.

Tap Room Hours will be 11-11 Friday and Saturday and 11-8 on Sunday’s. Outdoor seating areas and a fire pit provided. Brewery picture above.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/threerangersbrewing/?ref=page_internal

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Left Nut Brewery

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

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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NOFO Brewery

Located south of Dahlonega. Actually it is south of Dawsonville between Dawsonville and Cumming. NOFO stands for North Forsyth and is a favorite place to drink beer by the innkeepers. They have a nice venue right on highway 400 with a good selection of beers- primarily IPA’s and a rotating food truck. It would be a great place to stop at on your way to the inn or headed back home from the inn to the Atlanta area. More info at https://nofobrew.co/

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.

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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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.

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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

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Dahlonega Day Trip- Blue Ridge: Beer and Trains

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Where can you go in the North Georgia mountains and drink craft beer in two different breweries? Or hop a vintage train and ride through the mountains to Tennessee and have craft beer at two breweries? You can do both in Blue Ridge, GA, just a little over an hour (1 hour, 9 minutes) day trip from our inn in Dahlonega. Check out more below on this Blue Ridge day trip.

Blue Ridge has long been known for its train offering a scenic 4 hour 26 mile round trip through the mountains north of town to McCaysville, Ga and Copperhill, Tennessee. The downtown Blue Ridge area has grown in recent years offering numerous shops and restaurants. There also two craft breweries in town as well which is amazing for a town of about 1,400 (2017 census).

For driving directions to Blue Ridge from our inn check out the map at the bottom of the page.

For locations of the breweries mentioned visit our map https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Vw2kKH6VEAtTq3fLrgx0PSHbOjsYH4Ip&usp=sharing

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

The train station/boarding area is at the center of downtown Blue Ridge. Originally the train started from Marietta in the late 1800’s with track laid to Blue Ridge. The last passenger travel of that era was in 1950. In 1998 the railway started up again with the trip from Blue Ridge to McCaysville, Georgia. Currently serving around 78,000 annual passengers the train follows the original route along the Toccoa River offering scenic views for its riders.

The Fall season tends to be the busiest with guests enjoying the ride and the seasonal colors. It is suggested to purchase tickets in advance and arrive an hour before departure since seating is not reserved. Web site: https://brscenic.com/

The train’s first stop is McCaysville, GA and you will have some time to visit the town and walk across the bridge to Copperhill, Tennessee. There are two craft breweries, Copper Hill Brewery and Buck Bald Brewery. Their web sites are listed below.

Copperhill Brewery has indoor tastings and is located next door to a Cuban takeout restaurant and you can bring the food into the tasting room. We were told that they are building a new brewery nearby that will have another tasting room and tours. Information: https://www.copperhillbrewery.com/

Buck Bald Brewery is in an old converted filling station with a great selection of tasty beer. We really liked the 10w40 stout. Information : https://buckbaldbrewing.com/

After your visit to the towns and breweries you will head back to Blue Ridge on the train.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Breweries

If you decide not to take the train ride you will have more time to visit the two Blue Ridge breweries and shops downtown.

Fannin Brewing Company started in 2012 is open Thursday through Sunday and has its beers on tap or you can get a flight of four 5 oz pours to try them all. Their beers can be purchased in parts of Tennessee, Atlanta and North Georgia. Check out their web site for beers on tap and special events. Fannin Brewing web site: https://www.fanninbrewingcompany.com/home

Grumpy Old Men Brewery is a microbrewery started in October 2012 with a large selection (9 to choose from). They are also open throughout the week. They also had the largest selection of stouts that we liked. Visit their web site: https://grumpyoldmenbrewing.com/

For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/