Georgia Brews and Q’s Trail
Family-owned barbecue restaurants and Georgia-crafted brews in Georgia’s Historic Heartland
Bust out your stretchy pants for craft beer and barbecue as you travel on the Brews & Q’s Trail through Georgia’s Historic Heartland, stretching between Athens in the north and Perry in the south, with all kinds of lip-smacking destinations in between. Featuring over 30 locally owned locations in 14 counties, it won’t be difficult to taste and sip your way through these regional barbecue restaurants, breweries and growler shops.
Begin by picking up the Brews & Q’s brochure. Outlining each destination with a phone number and address for your convenience, it also serves as your passport on the trail. Get it stamped at each place and once you’ve visited a third of the sites (or 10 locations), you can mail in your passport to receive a free Brews & Q’s t-shirt.
Free printed copies of the passport and map are available at participating locations, regional visitor information centers in participating counties, Georgia Visitor Information Centers and online via the ExploreGeorgia.org brochure room.
About Georgia’s Historic Heartland
Filled with breathtaking natural vistas and awe-inspiring art and antiques, the Historic Heartland region of Georgia is brimming with things to do. Just south and east of Metro Atlanta, this area of the state has some of the most beautiful landscapes anywhere. Stroll tree-lined avenues of charming Old South towns, while taking in the energy and activity all around in growing cities where modern lifestyles mix with traditional manners. Plan your trip through this timeless travel region at HistoricGeorgia.org.
Fast Facts and Trivia
- Georgia’s first barbecue and beer trail, Brews & Q’s leads the discerning diner on a culinary and craft beer journey through 17 cities and towns in the heart of the state.
- Brews & Q’s stops include 31 eateries, breweries and growler shops in cool venues, from a 1940s manufacturing facility renovated for adaptive reuse with loft-style living above to classic gravel parking lot roadside stands and everything in between.
- Fincher’s Barbecue is out of this world, literally! The only Georgia barbecue to be taken into space, Fincher’s barbecue was specifically requested by Macon native and astronaut Sonny Carter in 1989 on the space shuttle Discovery.
- For a taste of celebrity. Wild West BBQ & Family Restaurant in Monroe served as host to Nashville duo Florida Georgia Line’s 2013 “Round Here” music video. Mike Rowe once cleaned out the smoker at Old Clinton Barbecue’s smoker on the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.” Macon’s lakeside Fish ‘n Pig hosted Oprah Winfrey and appeared twice on her show.
- Terrapin Beer Co. is one of the state’s earliest breweries – brewing, bottling and pouring tastes of their award winning goodness since 2002, when they won the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at only six months old. Terrapin’s “Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale” is packed with 10 pounds of peaches per barrel.
- It’s all in the family. Old Clinton Barbecue owners are the third generation from the original owner. Georgia Bob’s Barbecue Company recipes date back to Bob’s grandfather, who sold his Southern style ‘cue at the region’s peach festivals in the 1920s.
- For thrills and chills with your barbecue, stop at Bradley’s Bar-B-Q in Covington, film location of the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” where you can get your sandwich “vamped” out. Or stop in for a bottle of “Vampire Wine” at the CORK Growler and Cigar Shoppe, located on the town’s famously filmed courthouse square.
- The new brew-kid on the brewery block, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. opened in 2014 and right away won the Bronze Medal in the American Style Brett Beer category at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, for its Curiosity No. 2.
- Hot Thomas’ Barbecue, located between Watkinsville & Greensboro for more than 20 years, sits on property that doubles as a hot event facility for weddings and receptions with a rural feel, thanks to its authentic, renovated Thomas Cotton Gin.