We’ve talked about craft beer before, but there are so many exciting things brewing in Chattanooga. See below for a breakdown of local breweries, pub crawls and some of our popular watering holes – all reasons Livablity.com named Chattanooga one of the top 10 beer cities.
Big River Grille and Brewing Works
222 Broad Street, (423) 267-2739
It all started here folks. While Big River Grille is now all grown up and part of a national restaurant chain 200 locations strong, it began as Chattanooga’s first brewpub in the early ‘90s. Today, tourists and locals alike pay homage to its legacy by sampling some of their award-winning beers, which have earned a combined 20 medals from the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup.
Chattanooga Brewing Co.
1804 Chestnut Street, (423) 702-9958
At the turn of the 20th century, the finest German-style beer in the southeast flowed from the taps of the Chattanooga Brewing Company. Once prohibition hit, that was put to a stop. Today, Chattanooga Brewing is back in business and crafting a line of classic and specialty beers for all to enjoy. Bring your dog and hang out in the Biergarten, stop by for a brew before a Chattanooga FC match, or participate in one of the weekly events like Brewga, Joggers + Lagers, or live trivia.
1501 Long St., (423) 541-5300
This is one of the best gathering spots in Chattanooga — at Market South — for mid-size groups. The brewery is from Colorado transplants and always has something unique and seasonal on tap. We recommend the Old Heller, Sunblaze and Alpine Highway. And the summer is the perfect time to try their peachy beers.
Hutton & Smith Brewing Company
431 E. MLK Blvd., (423) 760-3600
Basecamp Blonde and Good Schist are two perfect beers for the summer. The taproom on M.L. King Blvd. is one of those places you could stumble upon and try some great beers. It feels very local. Hutton & Smith is one of those breweries where you know whatever they put out is going to be quality. The accolades keep piling up for Hutton & Smith's brews, including being named a "Best of the South Brewery" by Southern Living. Their Rocktoberfest and Wee Heavy Metal brews were both winners at the Great American Beer Festival.
Naked River Brewing Co.
1791 Reggie White Blvd., (423) 541-1131
The foundry building next to the First Tennessee Pavilion is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Chattanooga, built around 1875 by the Wasson Car Works, a manufacturing company that built railway cars in Chattanooga from 1873 to 1885. In 2017 the building was put out to bid by cornerstones historic preservation. Naked River Brewing Co. stepped up to the challenge to convert the trolley car factory into an 11,000 sqft indoor-outdoor brewery bringing good beer and good food to the good people of Chattanooga. The building is huge and so are the flavors. Known for their colorful artwork and barbecue, the brewery has created one of Chattanooga's signature brews: MoonPie Stout. It tastes ... just like a MoonPie. They do IPA's really well, though. Brisket and beer. What could be better?
Oddstory Brewing Co.
336 East MLK Blvd., (423) 682-7690
A local brewery dedicated to well-crafted beer in a variety of styles. Pouring continuously, OBC's cast of flagships are a true Vienna Lager, a spicy Belgian Blonde, and an aromatic American Pale Ale. Pouring in the rotation will be a lineup of seasonal and specialty batches. We recommend the Dream Fever Belgian Tripel, savor this one slowly (you can thank us later).
The Tap House and Empyreal Brewing Co.
3800 St. Elmo Avenue, (423) 682-8234
Located in historic St. Elmo, The Tap House features over 30 taps with a rotating lineup of quality beers, local brews, ciders, draft kombucha, and gluten-free options + a full menu. Enjoy daily specials, live music, trivia, games, and more throughout the week, and soak in the views of Lookout Mountain.
Wanderlinger Brewing Co.
1208 King St., (423) 269-7979
WanderLinger Brewing Company was founded with the intention to inspire exploration, camaraderie, and adventure. Whether you're local to Chattanooga, or just making a stop along whatever road or trail you've chosen, stop by for a drink, swap some stories, and maybe even find your new favorite beer.
Create your own beer crawl with our Chattanooga Beer Map
If you want to experience a variety of brews, try Pints and Pedals for a pedal-powered bike and brew tour. The tour allows you to bring your own beverages and travel to cool spots in town. But the best part is getting there. Your vehicle is a specially-built aluminum frame bike, steered by the driver, powered by you and your friends. Adjustable seats with cushioned backs make for a comfy ride while customized sound systems pump your favorite tunes.
ChattaBrew Tour gives you a behind-the-scenes brewery experience that isn’t available to the general public. Your ticket includes transportation on the climate-controlled ChattaBrew Tour beer bus, beer tastings at every stop, bottled water, and a Brewing 101 lesson from your knowledgeable tour guide, who is guaranteed to become one of your favorite drinking buddies. Private group tours are available, too.
235 E. MLK Blvd., (423) 682-8200
Barley has a huge selection of brews and cocktails (for that one friend who doesn't, gasp, like beer) on tap! Three separate rooms offer plenty of space for you to find the perfect spot to hang out with friends and get comfortable. Feeling the art hanging from their walls? It's all created by local artists and for sale!
224 Frazier Avenue, (423) 531-8490
Chattanooga’s only German-American gastro pub, offering an impressive bier list and great views of the Tennessee River.
1617 Rossville Ave, (423) 541-6355
Choose from 60 taps of wine, beer, and cider at this self-pour taproom. Fountainhead lets you "take control of your beer experience." Pour as much or as little as you want, and only pay for what you pour down to a fraction of an ounce. Like a true goldilocks experience, sample as much as you want until you find the draft that's just right for you.
Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint
818 Georgia Avenue, (423) 682-8198
What's better than beer and burgers? Find a variety of craft brews and crazy burgers on your next visit to Jack Brown's. Insider tip: Drink 100 different beers and you'll be initiated into the Notch Club.
Hair of the Dog
334 Main Street, (423) 265-4615
Dark wood, wrought iron railing and more than 50 beers give this downtown bar an authentic English pub feel, while the multi-level outdoor deck is more “bier garten.” Insider tip: try the hand-cut French fries.
1203 Hixson Pike, (423) 266-1996
Tremont Tavern takes two things very seriously; their beer and burgers. They boast the best burgers in town and feature over 100 bottled beers with 21 on tap.
The Feed Co. Table & Tavern
201 W. Main Street, (423) 708-8500
Located on the Southside, FEED is complete with a full bar featuring 32 rotating craft beer selections along with an arcade and the largest covered outdoor patio in Chattanooga.
423 Market Street, (423) 267-8226
With 60 craft, domestic and imported beers on draft and over 175 bottled beers to choose from, you're sure to find your new favorite beer at Taco Mac. If you're a true craft beer connoisseur, sign up for Brewniversity-a loyalty program dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of delicious, unique and rare craft beers.