The 8 Best Chattanooga Breweries

What are the best Chattanooga Breweries you absolutely must check out? Well, we’ve done the work to figure that out for you! We have sampled their brews, spent time in their taprooms and read all the online reviews to come up with our take on the top Chattanooga Breweries to explore this year! 

Chattanooga Breweries

Chattanooga is set along the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Home to Lookout Mountain and the tallest and deepest underground waterfall in the United States, there’s tons to explore in this city. After a day of adventure, what better way to kick back and relax than to visit one of the many great breweries Chattanooga has to offer.

Since most breweries are in walking distance from each other, it’s easy to make a DIY brewery crawl and sample them all. We’ve chosen our top craft breweries for you to explore if you’re adventuring through this South Eastern State.

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What are the top breweries in Chattanooga?

Chattanooga is actually known as the “Scenic City”, but they’ve got more than just picture perfect views. Quickly gaining a reputation for great craft brews, with more and more breweries opening up every year, this city is becoming a beer lovers paradise.

Each brewery in Chattanooga has their own unique story and brings their own twist or flare to their brewing process. You’ll find the classics, of course, but you’ll also find many great experimental brews that might just become your new favourites!

We’ve gone and sampled beers from Chattanooga’s most popular craft breweries and chosen our top faves to share with you.

How we picked the best Chattanooga Breweries?

With every ‘top breweries’ post that we write, we make sure to do diligent online research to determine who makes it on our list. From reading online reviews and reviewing beer selections, to checking other authority websites and of course, sampling their beers. We took all of this information and did our best to give you our opinion of the top breweries in Chattanooga.

However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a Chattanooga brewery that you think should be on this list, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and we’ll do our best to include them!

The Best Chattanooga Breweries

Without further ado… here’s our list of the top Craft Breweries in Chattanooga, TN.

Wanderlinger Brewing Company

Wanderlinger Brewing Company
Wanderlinger Brewing Company

Wanderlinger Brewing is bringing people together one beer at a time. Located in historic downtown Chattanooga, they’re home to one of the best small stage venues in Chattanooga for live music. With an amazing lineup of food trucks and fantastic artwork, you really can’t go wrong with stopping in for a pint.

They love to support and showcase local artists on their walls and on their stage, and don’t forget about the chefs and brewers in the back who make art that you can taste!

Customer Review: Great atmosphere, friendly service and most importantly…delicious BEER! The live band was spot on with amazing music as well. Definitely worth the stop for a cold one (or two) in a relaxing brewery.

Chattanooga Brewing Company

Chattanooga Brewing Company
Chattanooga Brewing Company

It all started in 1890. Chattanooga’s oldest brewery, Chattanooga Brewing Company grew to become a six-story brewhouse that occupied an entire block of Broad Street. They were producing over 150,000 barrels a year, until Prohibition closed the brewery’s doors.

Now, a century later, Chattanooga Brewing Company is back, still pouring some of the legendary German style ales and lagers that started it all. Located on Chestnut Street (PS. try their flagship Chestnut St. Brown Ale), across from the Finley Stadium, this is a must stop for some of the best German style beer in the country.

Customer Review: Great for a beer, a snack and a great time. They have nice games such as darts shuffle board and others!

Hutton & Smith Brewing Company

Hutton & Smith Brewing Company
Hutton & Smith Brewing Company

Named after two beer drinking pioneers and the fathers of modern Geology, you could say Hutton & Smith Brewing Co. is an Earth inspired brewery. One of the fastest growing craft breweries in the country, here you’ll find 20 rock-themed beers on tap, a cozy taproom, and many, many geology puns.

Customer Review: Good location with indoor and outdoor seating options. Great summer brews like the Basecamp Blonde and Tectonic session. Friendly staff and easy to adventure further downtown. Cheers!

Oddstory Brewing Company

Oddstory Brewing Company
Oddstory Brewing Company

Down the street from Hutton & Smith, Oddstory Brewing Company brews some truly great craft beer. Their brewery encourages people to come together, share stories and make new ones over a cold glass of beer. Inside you’ll find cozy leather chairs, open community-style tables, and a lively jungle vibe with plants hanging from the walls. Their food menu consists of mainly pizzas and pretzels that pair excellently with their house made brews.

Customer Review: OddStory is one of those local spots that has somehow fell under my radar for years. I’m an IPA guy and my wife likes sours/seltzers, and we were both very pleased with the selection available. The beer was well-crafted, flavorful, fairly priced and available in cans or growlers.

Naked River Brewing Company

Naked River Brewing Company
Naked River Brewing Company

Naked River Brewing & BBQ is a UTC favourite. On the other side of the Finley Stadium, their large, spacious warehouse-style brewery has a great selection of craft beers and delicious BBQ meats. Stop by for weekly specials, events, and live music, you won’t be disappointed!

Customer Review: Great atmosphere, awesome food, and the best brews! The whole experience was great.. The bartenders were amazing, knowledgeable, and we were able to taste several options. The beers were by far the best of of our entire Chattanooga brewery tour trip.

Five Wits Brewing Company

Five Wits Brewing Company
Five Wits Brewing Company

Five Wits is a newer brewery in Chattanooga, and they’re making quite the splash! Located in the Market South building, this brewery makes a delicious variety of craft beers that really lets you tap into your senses.

Customer Review: Had a great time here. We stopped in after dinner so we didn’t get to try the food. However, we did try all of the beers that were on tap and liked every single one. There was definitely a beer to satisfy every palate. We’ll be back on our next trip up to Chattanooga. Great service as well. Recommended!

Empyreal Brewing Company

Empyreal Brewing Company
Empyreal Brewing Company

Chattanooga’s neighbourhood Tap House and Empyreal Brewing Co. is a must visit, right at the foot of Lookout Mountain in historic St. Elmo. They have an impressive 29 beers on tap, featuring their own beers along with other local favourites.

Their front porch has plenty of seating and is dog friendly, so you can have a cold pint with your furry friend while taking in the view.

Customer Review: I like this place, food is very solid, one of the best root beers I’ve had and fresh on tap, and also the most underrated view in Chattanooga from the outside patio, overlooking Lookout Mountain and the Incline Railway in historic St. Elmo. Definitely one of the hidden gems in Chattanooga.

Heaven & Ale Brewing Co.

Heaven & Ale Brewing Co.
Heaven & Ale Brewing Co.

Heaven & Ale Brewing Co. might be one of the most popular breweries in town. Grab your friends and family and partake in their weekly trivia night, or sit back and enjoy one of their expertly brewed beers. They love their hop forward flavours and have great food options that bring out the best flavours in every brew.

Customer Review: Another great local craft brewery in Chattanooga. Small downtown location, great beer selection. Delicious beer. They also offer a small food menu. I had the Trout Mousse and it was really good. Priced well too. You can’t go wrong here if you need a good beer.

Enjoy the best breweries in Chattanooga!

Make sure to go and check out Chattanooga’s best craft breweries, grab a locally brewed pint (or 2) and support your local brewers!

If we’ve missed a brewery on our list that you think should be added, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and why you think it should be added to our list of the top breweries in Chattanooga!