published Friday, June 10th, 2011

Lift a mug at Downtown Dalton Beer Tasting Festival

The Downtown Dalton Development Authority is hoping people will want to raise a mug with their friends to support public art projects in the North Georgia city.

The third annual Downtown Dalton Beer Tasting Festival, featuring from 30 to 50 varieties of beer, will be Saturday afternoon on the Dalton Green next to the Whitfield County Courthouse.

“It’s been very successful,” said Downtown Dalton Development Authority director Veronica French. “It’s something people look forward to every year.”

The tasting festival is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Co., which will supply beer through Eagle Rock Distributing Co. of Stone Mountain, Ga. Varieties run the spectrum from mainstream to imported to craft beers.

Among the brands expected to be available are Yuengling, Fat Tire, Tiger, Magic Hat, Peak Organic and Budweiser.

Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund public art projects the Downtown Dalton Development Authority is working on.

The festival also will offer food such as bratwurst, barbecued chicken and hot dogs from local restaurants.

“It’s mainly things you can eat with your hands while you’re holding a beer,” said French.

Entertainment will be provided by Red Eyed Gravy, a Dalton-based Southern rock band.

All ages may attend the festival, but only patrons 21 or older may taste the various beers. Wristbands will be used for participation, and a valid ID will be required at the gate.

Free rides home for those who have a bit too many tastes will be available from Safe Ride America.

French said the first two years of the festival attracted 200 to 300 guests, and this year’s should be even larger if Facebook responses are any indication.

“It’s growing,” she said.

Tickets are available at the Downtown Dalton Development Authority office, the Dalton Depot Restaurant and Trackside Tavern, the Dalton Freight Depot Visitors Center and online at


  • What: Downtown Dalton Beer Tasting Festival.
  • When: 3-7 p.m. Saturday.
  • Where: Dalton Green (next to Whitfield County Courthouse).
  • Admission: $25 advance (includes commemorative tasting mug), $35 at gate (includes commemorative tasting mug), free for nondrinkers.
  • Phone: 706-278-3332.
about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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