Southern Appalachia is Rich in Local Brews
By Katrina M. Randall
Much like Southern Appalachia is rich in scenic sites, quaint towns, and culture, it has over the years become home to a number of craft beers and breweries. As BlueRidgeOutdoors.com noted, in Southern Appalachia, “craft beer has become as ubiquitous as singletrack.”
There are much too many to list, so we checked in with Beer Advocate’s top rated beers to name a few of the regional favorites.
Terrapin Beer Company, located in Athens, Georgia, not only has top rated beers, but its cans and bottles are fun and artistic. They’re definitely worthy of gracing anyone’s collection. Beer Advocate named Terrapin W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout as a noteworthy beer. According to the company’s site, Terrapin teamed up with Jittery Joes to create a unique coffee blend, which then made its way into this unique beer. Unfortunately, it’s only available in November. For spring and summer visitors, try the brewery’s Red Rye IPA or Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale. Other brews to check out in Georgia include Creature Comforts Brewing Company’s Athena Paradiso With Tart Cherry, Raspberry, and Cranberry.
If you’re really looking to hit a number of breweries in one place, ExploreAshville.com noted that Asheville, North Carolina, is home to more breweries per capita than any other city in the U.S. The Beer Advocate rated Green Man Brewery’s Snozzberry as a top beer. The brewery’s website described it as a blond wheat sour ale. Other notables included Wicked Weed Brewing’s Red Angel, a beer aged with raspberries, and its pale ale, Freak of Nature DIPA.
In Walland, Tennessee, Blackberry Farm Brewery’s Classic Saison and Summer Saison are beers to try. The classic is designed as a Belgian-style farmhouse ale, while the summer is for those wanting fruitier ale on a warm day. Other beers of note included the Magnum P.A. from Terminal Brewhouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Smoky Mountain Brewery’s Tuckaleechee Porter is available most of the time. And it should be easy to find since the brewery has locations in Gatlinburg, Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, and Maryville.
Southern Appalachia is known for its scenic sites and appeal to those who live and breathe the outdoors, but there’s also no doubt that if you’re interested in sipping mountain brews after a long day of hiking and seeking out the sights, finding that local flavor won’t be a problem.
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