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What to expect from the Rail & Hops Brewers Festival

Get ready for a festival focused on all things craft beer.

NOOGAtoday | Rail & Hops Brewers Festival

Try out different varieties of craft beers from local, regional, and national breweries.

Photo by Rail & Hops Brewers Festival via Chattanooga Tourism Co.

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The annual Rail & Hops Brewers Festival returns to the First Horizon Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 26. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., folks can gather for a curated tasting event with a focus on “the artistry of brewing hand-crafted beers” from 40+ local, regional, and national brewers.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit local nonprofit SoundCorps and its mission of supporting Chattanooga’s local music economy.

Here’s what you need to know before attending + what you can experience at this year’s festival.

Know before you go

  • This event is 21+ only and you must have a valid photo ID for entry
  • No pets allowed
  • No outside food or drink allowed inside the festival
  • This is a rain-or-shine event

What your ticket includes

  • Tastings from the 40+ breweries
  • A souvenir-tasting pint glass
  • Shop from local food + art vendors
  • Access to live music performed by Tennessee Dead
  • Cornhole + other activities

Note: General admission tickets are $50 in advance + $65 at the gate. Designated driver tickets are also available for $25.

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Gather up four of your friends to compete in this year’s race.

Photo by Courtney Sherlin provided by Rail & Hops Brewers Festival

Adult Big Wheel Race

Register your team of four to compete in the annual Adult Big Wheel Race. Each registration includes four entry tickets to the festival, four t-shirts + four tasting glasses — the big wheels are also provided.

Note: The race will begin at 2 p.m. and last until 5 p.m. (or until there’s a winner). Teams must be on site by 1:30 p.m.


Rail & Hops is still seeking volunteers to help the day before + the day of the festival. Volunteers will receive a ticket to the festival and a t-shirt. Sign up for a volunteer shift online.

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