Coastal Empire Beer Co.
This award-winning Savannah brewery offers behind-the-scenes tours Thursdays through Saturdays, with guests getting a glimpse of how Coastal Empire creations such as Savannah Brown Ale come to life. If you opt to taste this malty brew on the tour, see if your taste buds can detect tinges of chocolate, roasted nuts and citrus. The brewery is known to pop the top on special events, including concerts and more.
Located in Ringgold, not far from the Tennessee state line, this winemaker dates back to 1983 and proudly touts itself as the first of its kind in the state. Tastings happen daily and include your choice of any three wines plus two premium pours with food-pairing samples. Take a 45-minute guided tour, or perhaps save your visit for one of Georgia Winery’s special events: the Harvest Concert (Oct. 8), Ladies Night Out (Oct. 28), Fall Wine Dinner (Nov. 12) or Christmas Open House (Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 24).
6469 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold. 706-937-9463, georgiawines.com.
Rome Beer Fest
Take a trip less than two hours northwest of Atlanta to Rome for this celebration of hops and barley. A ticket brings the opportunity to sample from a selection of more than 100 different beers, including from Georgia-based Eagle Creek Brewing Co., Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Jailhouse Brewing Co. and Monday Night Brewing. Make sure and coat your tummy with grub from an array of food vendors. Entertainers, including Bobby Bare Jr., will step into the spotlight. Reggae rockers Five 40 will close the day. The action takes place at Heritage Park, along the Coosa River. Tickets are limited, and organizers suggest getting them online in advance. Guests will take home a commemorative 16-ounce glass.
1-5 p.m. Sept. 24. Heritage Park, N. 2nd Ave. N.W. and W. 1st St., Rome. romebeerfest.com.