Written by: Kim Stanley

Chattanooga has many breweries that continue to grow and thrive in the Scenic City. If you are a domestic beer lover or a craft beer connoisseur, you will find a brewery in Chattanooga that fits your palate. The list goes on by popular names that people may be familiar with such as Chattanooga Brewing Company, Terminal Brewhouse, and Hutton & Smith. To breweries people have not heard a lot about such as Heaven & Ale, Oddstory Brewing Co., or Big Frog Brewing Company.

Over this past weekend, October 6th, I decided to go on a brewery tour to see possibly new, and not so new, brewery locations across the Chattanooga area. I’ve lived here for over 8 years and still have not seen all the breweries in the area, yet. I figured one of the best ways to get myself more involved with the beer scene in Chattanooga, I would need to go on a tour. I look no further than to Chattabrew Tour to guide me in the direction.

Chattabrew Tour gives you a behind-the-scene experience to three or four breweries in an approximately four hour tour. You get to relax on this tour with a bus ride to each of the locations and try signature and seasonal brews that they have to offer. Each ticket includes you with beer tastings at each location, and you have the option to get a pint or food, if offered, on your own tab. During your time to each location you have a bottle water provided for you to continue your hydration throughout your trip, and you gain knowledgeable information on beer making and the breweries you visit.

Our tour guide, Barry, was knowledgeable when it came to locations, knowing about beers, and the breweries that are in the area. He also works at Terminal Brewhouse and took us on a tour to the area where “all the magic happens” aka the making of beer.

Pictured: Walter White IPA

The first stop on our tour was at the meeting location, Terminal Brewhouse. We all were able to pick our first sample to try. They currently have one of their seasonal beers that I decided to try. It was named Walter White IPA (hello, Breaking Bad fans out there!) A crisp, light, hoppy, and smooth IPA. It was a great start to the tour, especially on a still hot day, despite it’s fall. We then proceeded to take the tour of the brewing area. During your time at Terminal, you can order food. They have a variety of food to choose from, personally I love the Bison Burger and Dirty Hippie Sandwich. So if you didn’t grab something to eat before, here is your chance to eat.

Pictured in front: Vadose Zone, Behind: Rocktoberfest

Our second stop was Hutton & Smith, a location on E. MLK BLVD. A small brewery with their names being after the famous James Hutton and William “Strata” Smith, modern day geologist. The names of their beers are named after geological terms, and you appreciate the history and work behind the names. I tried their vanilla stout, Vadose Zone. A creamy, sweet, vanilla flavor. A stout that doesn’t make you feel heavy, and I personally love that. Hutton & Smith does offer snacks, and they get theirs from Blue Fox Cheese Shop, a local cheese business in the area. You can also bring your own food to enjoy while you continue to try the variety of beers they offer.

Pictured: Born Again

Our third stop was Heaven & Ale, located on Cherokee Blvd. The location is within a new strip of stores. The inside is open, and you see the brewery and the equipment as soon as you walk in. As your walking to the back to where the seating and bar is, you can admire the artwork that is aligned on the wall. While we were there, they gave us a selection of beers for our choosing. They gave us their Born Again, an American Pale Ale, Love Supreme, a crème brûlée Stout, and Three Sisters, an American IPA, exclusive for the Three Sisters music festival that is hosted in the area. An amazing selection of beers that give you each a unique style. My favorite was the Love Supreme, and I have had this one many times. The richness is great, and it’s the perfect dessert beer if you must have one. The location has meat and cheese plates, that didn’t last long at our table at all. Everyone enjoyed each of the plates, and quickly did they disappear.

Pictured: Big Frog Frogsicle Ale

Our last stop of the night was at Big Frog Brewing Company, located in Red Bank on Dayton Blvd. A small brewery that gives you the local friendly bar feel that everyone knows your name. A veteran owned bar, with an unique style of beers. I tried their Big Frog Frogsicle Ale, a cream style ale that is infused with orange. Personally, was not a favorite of mine, but I am glad I tried it. I did try while I was there their version of an Oktoberfest, mine you don’t call it anything else, but Frogtoberfest, (I learned the hard way). This unique style on a Märzen has a sour style. I truly loved the twist in the way this beer tasted. I still want to have another one. This stop does not have any food other than some small snacks such as chips. This is a quiet brewery to relax in. Plus the growler system available for them is a Pegas Growler Station, and its capable of filling a growler under pressurized CO2 blanket to maximize freshness and flavor. That is pretty amazing. I wish I could have seen someone get a growler.

Overall, the tour, beers, and the people on the tour, made this experience an awesome time! A four hour tour of drinking, talking about beer, and making new friends was an experience I’m glad I did. I highly recommend if you are visiting the Scenic City or even a local in the area, take this tour! Take a group with you! It would be great for friends getting together, couples getting away from the kids, or even family bonding together.

It’s $40 a ticket for the three to four breweries, sample beer, ride on the bus, and water! Each time, they switch up the locations based on their availability. They offer tours every Thursday and Friday from 5:30 to approximately 9:30 p.m. EST and every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to approximately 8:30 p.m. EST. They also do private tours for 10+ people. Check their website out and get your tickets for the next event.

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If you want to visit these breweries on your own:

Terminal Brewhouse: 1464 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37408 Every Day 11am-12am

Hutton & Smith: 431 E M L King Blvd #120, Chattanooga, TN 37403 Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-12pm, Sunday-Monday Closed

Heaven & Ale Brewing Co.: 300 Cherokee Blvd. Suite 101 Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405  Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-9pm, Monday Closed

Big Frog Brewing Company: 2122 Dayton Blvd, Red Bank, TN 37415 Thursday-Saturday 5-9