ATHENS, Ga. (WVLT) Making the trip from Knoxville to Athens takes about four hours, if you want to make the trip a little more worth while we found a few places you should check out. Athens is just like every other college town, they have a few long time staples that just about every graduate has been to.
If you're looking for a taste of Athens at you tailgate look no further then Terrapin Brewing. It's been an Athens staple since the early 2000s. They're famous for their IPAs, but they have fruit beers and ale. It's all brewed just miles from UGA's campus. It's currently the oldest and largest brewery in town.
"We know were making good beer, you know when you're going to grab a pint downtown you know what its going to taste like, we're really proud of our quality here," Marketing Director Leah Keggi said.
If craft beer isn't for you, maybe locally roasted coffee is. Jittery Joe's started as a small coffee shop just off campus. "Two brothers started Jittery Joe's and we're selling coffee 24/7," coffee roaster Charlie Mustard said. "They got mentioned in Rolling Stone as one of the top 5 coffee shops in the country and it just blew up. They now roast and ship coffee around the world including to shops in East Tennessee.
"We had done some franchising, but most of the shops we have now are our shops," Mustard said. "We roast for a lot of restaurants that want really nice coffee and want to be involved with it."
You can buy coffee from their online store here.
For nearly five decades the Georgia Theater has been the premier concert venue near the University of Georgia. They've hosted big acts like Willie Nelson and Marlin Mason, but its also been the hometown stage for bands like The B-52's. Drew Beskin is the venue's general manager, he says they have shows for just about anybody.
"If they are starting a new tour and want to kick out the cobwebs, and play to a smaller crowd we benefit a lot from that, because Athens is such a historic music town," Beskin said.
The Georgia Theater is hosting a Knoxville band this weekend, the Dirty Guv'nahs will perform a show Friday and Saturday night.