For an area that only recently emerged in the craft brew world, LaGrange and Troup County breweries wasted no time placing themselves on the map.
Establishing breweries in an area new to craft beer allowed owners and brewers a creative freedom that resulted in distinctive, high-quality brews that will delight any craft beer enthusiast. Each of the three breweries in Troup County offers a unique approach to their brews and their tap room environment. Visit all three breweries to get the true experience of this emerging craft brew area!
Wild Leap Brew Co. co-founders chose a location in LaGrange after hosting a craft brew festival in 2015. The event drew a huge crowd and convinced the Wild Leap team that LaGrange was ready to support a brewery. They found a 1940s building, the former Westbrook Service and Tire Co., for their brewery and tap room. Wild Leap sits just south of downtown LaGrange, effectively expanding the downtown area beyond the original square. An outer glass wall allows customers to view the brewing and canning facilities. Inside, a large bar showcases their beautiful taps. The building is spacious and designed to accommodate crowds for celebrations, weddings, and corporate events.
Wider distribution of Wild Leap beers was always part of the plan, and their distribution continues to grow. You can take home a six pack of your favorite beer from their tap room or from stores in an ever-expanding territory.
Since Wild Leap opened in a town that was not historically a brew town, they focused on approachable beers. Their strategy is clearly working, as they are a 2019 nominee for best new brewery in America. One of their signature beers, “Local Gold”, is a tribute to LaGrange residents and is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. They have consistently launched new beers to add to their tap list and have several staples as well as seasonal and rotating brews.
Even a craft beer novice will enjoy their easy-drinking brews, and the knowledgeable staff will help you choose the beer that fits your tastes!
Chattabrewchee Southern Brewhouse has a self-serve tap system, creating a fun experience for visitors and allowing you to taste as much of every beer as you’d like. They also have the distinction of being the only brewery owned by an active duty female member of the U.S. military, Major Kathy Thomas Denehy (currently serving in Korea).
The self-serve tap room has 12 taps and beer is sold and priced by the ounce, which provides you complete freedom in beer size and how much you spend. It’s the perfect place to try several types of beer. When entering the tap room, the friendly staff will explain the process and teach you how to properly pour your own beer.
Chattabrewchee’s number one priority is the quality of their beer, so you will probably want to taste them all! They have a selection of core beers in the tap room that are also distributed in Alabama and Georgia, as well as seasonal and specialty beers that rotate on the remaining taps. Inspiration for their rotating beers comes from seasonal ingredients, the whims of the master brewer, and even customer request. One of their beers, the Pucker Up! Gose, was first brewed in May 2018 at the request of a couple who held their wedding rehearsal at Chattabrewchee. The beer is popular in their tap room and still bears a photo of the couple who inspired it.
This connection to customers is evident when you visit Chattabrewchee. The staff treat regulars and newbies as friends, providing a causal and fun atmosphere to try your hand at pouring your own delicious beer!
Beacon Brewing Co. is LaGrange’s first brewpub, featuring distinctive beers and a fusion of Asian and Southern cuisine.
The founder of Beacon Brewing chose this area because of its history and ties to his own family. The Hillside area where Beacon is located was once part of the booming textile industry that built the city of LaGrange. Several of those mills were owned by the founder’s family, and each month they distributed a newsletter called The Beacon. Beacon Brewing aims to revive what was once a thriving area of LaGrange.
Beacon focuses on extraordinary, experimental beers with distinct flavors, drawing inspiration from traditional Belgian and Bavarian style beers. Most of their beer names have historical significance in the area. Brewer Liv Lawnick draws inspiration from her background in chemistry and her German-Polish heritage. She’s a first generation American and granddaughter of immigrant mill workers.
Their beers are brewed with distinctive and surprising flavors, so it’s fun to get a flight and taste everything. The staff recommends trying the Berlin Work Sour with a splash of pineapple or pomegranate juice, which they keep on hand. You can get a growler of any beer on tap, and three of them can be purchased in cans.
Visit Beacon to have a meal with your beer. The entire brewpub is dog-friendly, and the outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy dinner and a beer in warmer months. There’s a small-town, friendly relationship between guests and the staff, so hang out at Beacon to be treated like a LaGrange local!
In each Troup County brewery, you’ll feel that you’re part of something new and exciting. With the increasing distribution of Wild Leap and Chattabrewchee beers and Beacon’s brewpub, it’s easy to see how quickly Troup County is placing itself on the nationwide craft brew map.