Beer in hands

20 craft breweries set for Gibbs Gardens Mountain Beer Fest

GA MNTN BEER FEST logoBy Barbara Schneider This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Zythophile alert: It’s time for beer lovers to tune up their taste buds, grab their drinking buddies and head for Gibbs Gardens Mountain Beer Fest—the best beer from the South’s leading craft breweries—from noon un-til 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

The Mountain Beer Fest brings the “leading edge” craft breweries in Georgia as well as some out-of-state stars together on the Gibbs Gardens’ Great Lawn for easy sampling while enjoying tunes from the popular Loose Shoes band.

Get to meet and sample these best-of-the-best breweries at the Mountain Beer Fest. From around North Georgia: Three Taverns, Decatur; Gate City, Roswell; Pretoria Fields Collective—farmers and brewers who create beer from ingredients sown in Georgia soil—Albany; Creature Comforts Brewing, Athens; Refor-mation Brewing, building a new location in Woodstock; Dry County, Kennesaw; Grumpy Old Men Brewery, a dog friendly brewery in Blue Ridge; Arches, located in Hapeville, celebrated its two-year anniversary this year.

From Atlanta: Eventide, its founders met at Georgia Southern; Scofflaw Brewery; Orpheus; Sweetwa-ter, started by two college buddies in 1977; New Realm; and Atlanta Brewing Co., Georgia's first craft brewery, has an India pale ale named Hartsfield.

From Savannah: Service Brewing, owned by a West Point graduate and former Army commander, and founded with the help of almost two dozen investors–most of them Army, Navy and Marine Corps veterans; and Southbound, the first production microbrewery in Savanah.

From out of state: Abita Brewing Company, “nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans” brews more than 151,000 barrels of beer and 9,100 barrels of root beer in its state-of-the-art brewing facility.

In his article “6 breweries that are changing the beer game in Georgia and beyond” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 27, 2018) reporter Bob Townsend cites the Arches, Dry County, Gate City, Variant, Pontoon and Wild Leap breweries “often with beers that reflect the cutting edge of the craft movement,” and, he added, New Realm, Scofflaw, Creature Comforts, Monday Night, Sweetwater and Terrapin as “changing the game here and now.”

For those with a taste for a different kind of brew, Treehorn Cider of Marietta, Blakes Hard Cider from Michigan and Angry Orchard from Cincinnati, Ohio will offer hard cider samplings. Chateau Meichtry, a win-ery and vineyard in Talking Rock, will offer wine sampling and BeeCraft Mead of Dawsonville will offer sam-ples of its award winning “honey wine.”

There’s lots to do while sampling all these incredible brews and chatting up the master brewers. Snack on an array of tasty treats for purchase from food trucks and area restaurants. Hang out with North Georgia wild-life—from birds of prey to snakes—and pick up tips from adventure and outdoor sports experts.

Food and gourmet treats may be purchased from Tribble Farms Honey, TacoBoutit-Food Truck, Pine Street Meats, Bratzeit- German Restaurant, Sweet Grass Dairy, Sunshine Alchemy-Food Truck, Olea Oliva! And, Gibbs Gardens own Arbor Café.

Retailers from Outside World Outfitters, Cohutta Fishing Company, Balloon Atlanta, and Amicalola Falls Lodge and wildlife and nature non-profits Save the Hemlocks, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Trail Fest Chatta-hoochee Nature Center will participate.

The Mountain Beer Fest is a special event—separate from the Valley Gardens area—and

requires a separate ticket—even for Gibbs Gardens members. Attendance is limited to the first 1500 ticket hold-ers. Those under 21 years of age will not be allowed at this event. To purchase tickets for this event, go to: https://www.gibbsgardens.com/gibbs-event/georgia-mountain-beer-festival.

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