The South's 10 Best Breweries
An incredible beer can make a long road trip to a new place completely worth it. In our region, we have some amazing craft beers that use all sorts of ingredients, like coffee, maple syrup, and fruit. Whether you're looking for a dark ale, a white ale, or an IPA, there's a brewery in almost every city that'll treat you to a crisp, fresh pour. We've found some exceptional drinking holes across the South, and the people have voted – here are ten breweries that you've got to try.
10. Coast Brewing Co.; Charleston, SC
This family-owned spot uses local ingredients and is located on an old Navy base.
9. Cigar City Brewing; Tampa, FL
The beer here reflects Tampa’s cultural roots, like ‘Florida Cracker’ white ale and Wiregrass ‘post-Prohibition’ ale.
8. Strangeways Brewing; Richmond, VA
This taproom has a Room 237 Bière d’Hiver that took “a little less than five miserable months to contrive” inspired by The Shining.
7. Jester King Brewery; Austin, TX
Come for the 70 varieties of beer, and stay for the views of the Texas Hill Country.
6. Starr Hill Brewery; Crozet, VA
Founder Mark Thompson used his biology degree to perfect the brewing process.
5. Abita Brewing Company; Covington, LA
Abita’s seasonal Strawberry Harvest Lager can cause chaotic grocery runs when shipments arrive.
4. Good People Brewing Co.; Birmingham, AL
A local favorite, Good People offers year-round and seasonal brews as well as a “Happy Hour Yoga” class.
3. Creature Comforts Brewing Co.; Athens, GA
Founded by home brewers, Creature Comforts’ ‘Athena Berliner Weisse’ beer is the brewery’s salute to its home city.
2. Tennessee Brew Works; Nashville, TN
This brewery has one of the South’s cleanest brewing processes by using less water, raw materials, and energy than traditional methods.
1. Wicked Weed Brewing; Asheville, NC
Wicked Weed specializes in sour beers, using ingredients from fruit to coffee, with an aggressive wild yeast called ‘brettanomyces’.