Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Did you know that the very first driver’s license issued in the city of Chattanooga was to the driver of a local brewing company at the time so he could deliver kegs around town?
If you’ve been on a Chattanooga Brew Tour, you do.
It’s just one of the fun facts local entrepreneur and tour co-founder Brent Stott likes to tell passengers about on the three-hour trip to breweries across the Scenic City.
“Chattanooga has been named one of the top 10 beer cities, and we’re here to show that off,” he said. “It’s cool for people who don’t realize how big the craft brewery scene is in Chattanooga. These aren’t just hole in the wall places barely surviving.”
This spring, Stott and his business partner Lars Vance purchased a 14-passenger minibus from a dealer in Chicago and started offering $40 tours that include tours of three local breweries or tap rooms, tastings and safe transportation between stops. Currently the duo is offering trips to breweries and tap rooms including SturmHaus, Chattanooga Brewing Company, Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, Terminal Brewhouse, Brewhaus and soon-to-open Heaven and Ale.
Beginning in July, Stott said Chattanooga Brew Tours will go on “summer vacation,” taking locals on similar trips to Atlanta, Nashville and Huntsville.
“We just really like craft beer,” he said. “Asheville [North Carolina] has a business similar to this that’s been thriving for several years. We really want to bring people out on tours who say they don’t like drinking beer or only drink one kind of beer.”
From dark beers that taste like coffee to twists on traditional brews, Stott said Chattanooga’s brewing scene has a lot to offer and there’s something for just about anyone. Taking a tour is a great way to find some of those unique beers or get to know new people, he said.
“It sounds cliché to say, but it’s just a lot of fun,” said Stott. “It’s just a really laid-back experience, and by the time the tour is over people who didn’t know each other at first are exchanging phone numbers and making plans to hang out later.”
The bus can pick up people from hotels downtown for the public tour or can pick up groups from various locations for private tours. For more information visit chattanoogabrewtours.com or call 503-6614.