Top Choice Microbrewery in Athens

Creature Comforts Brewing Co

Athens' best craft beer emerges from 33 taps at this cutting-edge, dog-friendly former tire shop which excels at staples – Indian Pale Ales (IPAs), amber ales – but isn't afraid to play around with suds (tart blonde…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Blue Ridge

Grumpy Old Men

With cornhole courts, outdoor picnic seating and a DIY ethos, this excellent hop headquarters is a quintessential Southern-brewing good time. There are 18 taps, which often include small-batch or one-off experimenta…
Craft Beer in Athens

Trapeze Pub

Downtown's best craft-beer bar installed itself well before the suds revolution. You'll find dozens of taps spanning regional, national and international brews, and another 100 or so at any given time in bottles. So…
Bar in Athens

Old Pal

This is Normaltown's thinking-person's bar, devoted to seasonal craft cocktails ($9) and a thoughtfully curated bourbon list. It's a beautiful, dark space that has been showered with local preservation awards.
Craft Beer in Dahlonega

Gold City Growlers

Dahlonega's best craft-beer destination has 20 taps of mostly Georgia suds but there's a catch: city ordinances only allow growler fill-ups to go, or tastings, which run $6 for four 2oz pours.
Gastropub in Helen

Catch 22

The atmosphere is decidedly small-town strip mall, but this is Helen's beer refuge, with 36 taps of regional and national craft beer and a gaggle of friendly staff who feel a beer connoisseur's pain here in German b…
Bar in Athens

Normal Bar

This lovable dark storefront bar is not very student-like but still very much Athens. The beer goes from cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) to sophisticated local craft IPA. There's a terrific wine list and the crowd is …
Bar in Athens

Hi-Lo Lounge

This chilled-out Normaltown bar and grill has an atmosphere that's somewhere between a dive, a grill and a cool party your friends never told you about. There's an extensive whiskey menu, solid cocktails ($5 to $7),…
Cafe in Clayton

White Birch Provisions

This adorable cafe and gourmet shop serves Clayton's best espresso, and it's a cute and quaint hang space as well. In addition to coffee, you'll find local provisions from around the Southeast, a bakery and a wine c…
Bar in Clayton

Clark's on Main

Technically a sports bar and grill (with highly recommended bar food), but with a long bar facing 40 taps of regional and national craft and commercial brews, it's the closest thing Clayton has to a full-on, rowdy b…