If you’re in Chattanooga for a getaway weekend, there are plenty of breweries for you to get a good, craft beer especially within walking distance and/or a short drive. After chatting with some locals, we learned that Chattanooga is apparently in an upswing in their craft beer scene with some more breweries opening up this year. How exciting! While in Chattanooga, we had the opportunity to go to five different breweries. We had a lot of fun exploring Chattanooga’s craft beer selections. The fact that Chattanooga is a short drive from Birmingham makes us even more excited about their craft beer upswing! As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to either have a designated driver or call an Uber.
This was my favorite brewery experience while in Chattanooga. From the décor to the ambience to the craft beer selection, it was all an A+ in my book. They are one of the newest breweries in the Chattanooga craft beer scene, and they are definitely making their mark. In the middle of their taproom, they have long tables setup so you can sit with friends or meet new friends. There is also additional seating at the bar and around the room. While we were visiting, the head brewer was walking around and making sure everyone was having a pleasant experience. He even stopped to tell us about how they arrived at their name, OddStory (which is connected to downtown Chattanooga’s history). Although I love IPAs, my favorite beer was the Barrel Aged Amber Ale. It was aged in Chattanooga Whiskey barrels, and you could definitely smell and taste that whiskey. They also have a small menu if you get the munchies. p.s. This was my husband’s favorite brewery too! I highly recommend you stop here for a drink or two.
When you finish at OddStory, you can walk down to Hutton & Smith (as it is about two blocks down the road). The space is smaller, which makes for a cozy and relaxed experience. They have seating around the bar, and a few tables in front to seat between 2-4 people (on the opposite side of the bar is their brewing equipment). At the time we visited, there was only one person working the bar and a decent sized crowd; however, she made us feel welcomed and was super attentive to everyone there. My favorite brew was the Igneous IPA.
This was the largest brewery that we visited while in Chattanooga. Chattanooga Brewing Co. is a place where I would take a group of friends to have a good time drinking beer and playing board/card games (they have various ones) or relaxing on the patio. There is plenty of seating downstairs, upstairs, and outside. I’m sure it’s also fun environment for a sporting event as Finley Stadium is directly across from the brewery. My favorite brew was the Hill City IPA.
By far, this is the most unique brewery location I’ve visited. It seems to be located in what used to be a Mexican restaurant which makes it look a little dated and thrown together. However, what they lack in interior design they make up in great customer service and beer. MBBC has a dedicated local following, and it was the first brewery where I saw a mixture of all age ranges. We had a great time drinking beer and playing cornhole in their small, green area.
You can’t miss this building if you’re in Chattanooga. The design alone intrigued me enough to go inside and give this place a shot! If you want to eat food and drink local beer, this is the place to do both. They have a full menu, and the only beers they offer are the ones that they brew. I recommend getting a burger or philly cheesesteak and their beer flight.
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