After 25 years of running the Classic City Brew Fest, the founder Owen Ogletree has decided to retire from the event.

There will be no Classic City Brew Fest in 2022.

Thanks for all your patronage over the years!

Classic City Brew Fest

2:30 to 6:00 PM

500 College Ave.

  • TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT! Please do not contact us asking for more tickets. We are at capacity. Thanks for your support of this great event.
  • The event will be in covered spaces outdoors with COVID precautions in place.
  • 50+ unique, one-off cask ales with special ingredients!
  • Draft beer booths with local Athens breweries!
  • Expect wild ales, hazy IPAs, fruit beers, wood-aged brews, pastry stouts, sour ales, special dry-hops, awesome classic styles, and MUCH MORE!
  • Rare, special beers uncapped each hour!
  • Food Stand! Live Music! Free limited parking!
  • Every ticket is a VIP ticket! Sample any of the beers for one ticket price!
  • A benefit for the Athens Area Humane Society.
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Live Blues & Bluegrass from local music legend JIM COOK!


One of the Southeast's Longest-Running & Favorite Craft Beer Fests!

  • Hotel Indigo Athens Downtown offers attractive spaces to enjoy all the beers on its covered patio and tented upper parking/observation deck. The event will feature around 50 delicious cask ales available no where else, draft beer booths from Athens breweries, and a "special treats" booth that will uncap rare, amazing bottles every hour!
  • Each cask holds 10.8 gallons of unfiltered beer, and brewers often add spices, wood, fruit, dry-hops, wild yeasts, and other intriguing ingredients to these one-off, unique casks that will be available no where else but the Classic City Brew Fest. Yeast cells inside each cask provide soft, subtle carbonation, allowing the flavors of the beer and special ingredients to really shine. Expect wild ales, hazy IPAs, fruit beers, wood-aged brews, pastry stouts, sour ales, special dry-hops, and MUCH MORE!
  • There will be limited parking in the lot next to Hotel Indigo that sits across Jackson Street, but we encourage carpooling, Uber, and Lyft. Get a discounted room at Hotel Indigo for the night or the weekend. Parking will also be available at Athens' downtown parking decks that are a short walk to Hotel Indigo.
  • Hotel Indigo will have tasty food items for sale during the festival.
  • Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, but please bring your own water and bags to pick up poop.
  • Steps we are taking for everyone's safety:
    - The event is all outdoors and extremely well ventilated.
    - Servers will be wearing masks and gloves and sanitizing often.
    - The space allows room for spreading out.
    - Hand sanitizer stations will be all over the event space.
    - Bring a folding chair if you'd like to sit in your own space. Also, bring a hat and sunscreen.

Thanks for your support of this long-running festival.

  • Tickets are only $43.50 plus tax an a small processing fee. This gets you a souvenir glass, program book, live music, and pours of any of the beers. THIS IS GEORGIA'S BEST BEER FEST VALUE! Tickets will sell out online in advance, and no tickets will be available at the door.
  • Bring your ticket on your phone or printed out for entry. Also bring photo ID. We can check you in without a copy of your ticket, but this will take longer.
  • Tickets ARE transferable to other persons. We do NOT need prior notice on ticket transfers.
  • 21 and up. No children please. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, but please bring your own poop bags and water.
  • Tickets purchased after January 26 are completely NON-refundable.
  • By purchasing tickets, everyone in your party agrees to the online liability waiver and terms posted on our ticket vendor site.
  • Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering this event if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19.  You are assuming this risk by attending.
  • There is limited space at this event, and every ticket supports the Athens Area Humane Society. Uber and Lyft are available.  Unfortunately, we cannot offer discounted tickets for designated drivers. Thanks for understanding.


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The Classic City Brew Fest is proud to be one of the largest fund-raisers for the Athens Area Humane Society.

The Athens Area Humane Society is a donor supported no-kill 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to lowering area euthanasia rates through adoption, spay/neuter, and pet retention programs. AAHS has moved into a larger facility and needs our support now more than ever.

It is so important to focus on the rescue and care of animals who would otherwise be euthanized. We are a group of animal welfare activists who started Athens Area Humane Society nearly three decades ago. Our mission is to rescue, spay/neuter, and find homes for animals in Georgia and beyond. Your attendance at the Classic City Brew Fest provides much-needed support.


Why not get a hotel room in Athens and enjoy downtown after the festival or for the entire weekend? Athens now has SIX local breweries to visit: Creature Comforts, Akademia Brewing, Southern Brewing Company, Terrapin Beer Company, Normaltown Brewing and Athentic Brewing. Wonderful craft beer pubs include Trappeze, Hi-Lo Lounge, Catch 22, Chops & Hops, Royal Peasant, The Root and Oglethorpe Garage.

In the event that our Brew Fest hotel room block sells out at Hotel Indigo, please note that The Graduate Hotel, Hyatt Place and Hilton Garden Inn are all within walking distance to the festival. Athens also has great AirBnB rooms.

  • The fest will take place in covered outdoor spaces with touch-free pouring into your festival glass. Dress in cool clothes - it will be warm.
  • We ask that all attendees be responsible, use moderation and remember that this event is for beer tasting and appreciation - not overindulgence.
  • By purchasing tickets and attending the festival, all members of your party agree to our liability waiver that's posted on the ticket site.
  • We encourage use of Uber and Lyft. Do not drive after the event, as police will be out in force. Your safety is important.
  • All beers at this event come through proper channels of Georgia's 3-tier system from licensed wholesale distributors through the Athens Area Humane Society's 501C city and state special event, non-profit organization alcohol licenses. Brewers/distributors do not pay for nor provide any monetary or promotional consideration to the organizers or to the location of the event.
  • Some beers will run out before the end of the event.
  • This year's festival will only require about 30 VOLUNTEERS. If you are interested, please email us at to check on a volunteer slot. Volunteering is fun!
  • Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19.  You are assuming this risk by entering these premises.

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