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Brew Talk - North Georgia Breweries Near Ellijay

Today we discuss a very important topic... Craft Beer. The popularity of craft beer has swept the nation from coast to coast, and North Georgia is no exception. Great breweries have been popping up all over north Georgia, and we know you want to try them all!


If a bed and breakfast weekend with a brewery tour sounds like your perfect idea for a Georgia mountains getaway, then this article is for you. We've selected our four favorite North Georgia breweries within 20 minutes of our north GA bed and breakfast. Check them out below.


Cartecay River Brewery


Photo Credit: Cartecay River Brewing Co
Photo Credit: Cartecay River Brewing Co

26 River Terrace 1A, East Ellijay, GA (Only 1.5 Miles from Ellijay River House Bed and Breakfast).


About The Brewery

Cartecay River Brewing Co. is a 4 barrel craft brewery in Ellijay, Georgia. Owner & Brewmaster Brooks Wade has intertwined his love of the Appalachian Mountains and the beautiful rivers that run through Ellijay, with his passion for craft beer.


Here's what Cartecay River Brewery has to say about their beers:


"We’re committed to brewing beer of the highest quality and are brewing them into a collection of beers that captures the style, flavor, and character of Georgia. So whether you’re at home, out on the river, beside the campfire, or just enjoying a night at the brewery reminiscing with friends, we hope you enjoy our brews".


The Beer

With over 15 rotating beers on tap, from IPAs, Ambers, Browns, Porters, Stouts, Wheats, Sours, Lager, and more, you'll definitely find the perfect brew.


The Atmosphere

A casual atmosphere with indoor seating (bar and tables), as well as a covered patio where you can enjoy beers overlooking the river. Games are available, and there is live music on some nights. Pet and kid-friendly.


The brewery does not serve food, but the La Catrina Food truck makes an appearance on Fridays from 4-8PM, Saturdays 1-8PM, and Sundays 1-6PM.


For the most up to date information and more visit their website at: www.cartecayriverbrewing.com


Grumpy Old Men Brewery


Photo Credit: Grumpy Old Men Brewery
Photo Credit: Grumpy Old Men Brewery

1315 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA (Only 15.1 miles from Ellijay River House Bed and Breakfast).


About The Brewery

Grumpy Old Men Brewing is a craft brewery located in Blue Ridge, Georgia, founded by two retired beer enthusiasts in July 2013. Grumpy Old Men beers have become a staple in the Blue Ridge and North Georgia food and drink scene. The original owners have since sold the brewery but the quality and mission remain uncompromised. Which is...

"If we don’t like it,

we don’t drink it.

If we don’t drink it,

We don’t sell it."


The Beer

Over 15 beers on tap including IPAs, Stouts, Browns, Wheats, Lagers, Seltzers, and even a Grumpy Old Men Root Beer. Don't miss this brewery!

Pro Tip: Try the Slice o' Heaven Hazy Double IPA.


The Atmosphere

Indoor seating and an outdoor patio with plenty of seating for groups large and small. Slightly rustic, casual, and friendly vibe (despite the name).


They host live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Kid and pet friendly.


They do not serve food but occasionally have a food truck. Check their social media or contact them directly for a schedule.


For more information visit their website: www.grumpyoldmenbrewing.com


Fannin Brewing Co


Photo Credit: Fannin Brewing Company
Photo Credit: Fannin Brewing Company

3758 E 1st St, Blue Ridge, GA (Only 16.2 miles from Ellijay River House Bed and Breakfast).


About The Brewery

Fannin Brewing Co combines their love of German brews, wine-making expertise, and passion for the outdoors to create a world-class beverage with a local emphasis. They use locally sourced ingredients, give locally themed names to their beer, and contribute to their local communities.


The Beer

Over 10 beers on tap including Golden Ales, Lagers, IPA's, Scotch Ales, Sours, and more. There are some pretty unique options that you'll need to get your taste buds on, like the Purple Rain Fruit Sour or the Project Chimps Ape-ple Apple Ale.


The Atmosphere

Described as a "chill" atmosphere, with indoor seating and outdoor seating in the beautiful Biergarten. Games are available, and there's live music on occasion. Pups are allowed on the patio.


For more information visit their website: www.fanninbrewingcompany.com


Talking Rock Brewery


Photo Credit: Talking Rock Brewery
Photo Credit: Talking Rock Brewery

4500 GA-136 W, Talking Rock, GA (Only 14.9 miles from Ellijay River House Bed and Breakfast).


About The Brewery

This unique North Georgia brewery is located inside an old 1923 railcar in downtown Talking Rock, in fact, there is only one other brewery in the USA that's located inside a railcar. Family-owned and operated their on a mission to "make craft beer approachable for everyone".


The Beer

Typically there are at least 8 beers to choose from, including IPA's, Stouts, Porters, Wheats, Ales, and their staple the Boxcar Willie - Kolsch.


The Atmosphere

A unique and fun atmosphere. Enjoy a brew inside the railcar or in the huge outdoor area. There are a variety of games from cornhole and Mega Jenga to Atari and Connect four. Live music, food trucks, and more!


For more information visit their website: www.talkingrockbrewery.com


Stay at a Bed and Breakfast in North Georgia near

What better way to enjoy a brewery tour than to stay at a centrally located bed and breakfast. The Ellijay River House is located within 20 minutes of these breweries. Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast every morning, relaxing on our river deck, or enjoy the sites and shops of downtown Ellijay. Need to hike off those extra beer calories? There are plenty of easy hiking trails nearby. Book a stay at our North GA Bed and Breakfast today.