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Athens, Georgia: An All-American Town

520 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: Jason Thrasher

ATHENS, Ga. (April 22, 2022) -- Athens, Georgia, is many things: the birthplace of public higher education in America, home to hundreds of bands - and the Georgia Bulldogs - and a diverse and vibrant arts and food scene.

Athens has also quietly become The All - American Town.

Now home to six local breweries, it was only natural for those breweries and Visit Athens Georgia to get together to create the Athens Beer Trail in October 2020 . Open year - round, t his self - guided trail connects all six Athens breweries : Akademia Brewing Company , Authentic Brewing Company , Creature Comforts Brewing Company , Normaltown Brewing Company , Southern Brewing Company and Terrapin Beer Company .

The Athens Beer Trail collaboration cements the close - knit community that has been formed between the local brewer s and showcases the creative energy of Athens . The Athens Beer Trail is the newest beer getaway and adventure in the south -- so, grab your friends and make the Athens Beer Trail part of your sports fan itinerary.

Visitors can pick up an Athens Beer Trail Field Guide at any local brewery and collect stamps in their Field Guide as they sample and experience the distinctive approach to craft beer that each brewery has interpreted in their unique way. Along with stamps, you're guaranteed to discover new flavors, new friends, and enjoy the Athens creative vibe.

It's not every day you get prizes for drinking beer. But, lucky for you, this is how things are done on the Athens Beer Trail. When you've collected all six brewery stamps, take your fully stamped Trail Guide to the Historic Athens Welcome Center at 280 East Dougherty St. any day of the week between 10 AM and 5 PM and receive a keepsake item to remember your travels and solidify your new title as a member of the #AthensBrewCrew.

Athens is also known for its storied music scene. Known as the birthplace of R.E.M., the B - 52s, Widespread Panic and Drive by Truckers, hundreds of bands still call Athens home. After the longest set break ever in 2020 - 2021 due to COVID , there is again music playing almost every night of the week in Athens. Local breweries are favorite spots to catch a performance, along with famous clubs such as the Georgia Theatre and the 40 Watt Club. Check with each ven ue for current safety protocols, including mask and/or vaccination requirements.

To learn more about the Athens Beer Trail , visit or @visitathensga on Instagram .