Get your brews in Blue Ridge

  • Holly Steel
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
12:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 Travel
Steve Cieslik and Alexis Gayhart, from Pittsburg, try their first beer during a tour at Blue Ridge’s Grumpy Old Men Brewing in July. CURTIS COMPTON/CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

For beer lovers looking for a getaway in the mountains of Georgia, there’s just one place to go: Brew Ridge.

More widely known as Blue Ridge — it’s the only town in the North Georgia mountains where you can get locally crafted beer and cider.

Blue Ridge is the gateway to the Appalachians for travelers coming up I-75/I-575 from Atlanta and points farther south. 

At one time autumn’s apple-picking and leaf-peeping season was the primary draw, but tourists flock to Blue Ridge virtually year-round now, says Steve Weber, co-owner of Grumpy Old Men Brewing. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway departs from downtown on its 26-mile round-trip tour through the mountains. And there’s plenty to eat, see and buy in local restaurants, art galleries and gift shops.

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