Brewing great craft beer is like a magic act. Something happens in plain sight yet out of sight and the audience will love it when done well. The guys behind the Hutton & Smith brewery in Chattanooga, Tennessee treated the ingredients well and turned it into remarkable craft beer.
Going for a brewery/taproom visit in Chattanooga while en route to Atlanta, Georgia was a perfect way to get out of the heat that day and to go for a fun and tasty road trip stop. It literally was a short but sweet stop (gotta love metered parking in the area… not 🙂 ), but so worth it. Hutton & Smith brewery has a lot to offer.
All the info you need about this craft beer brewery & taproom
- Name: Hutton & Smith Brewing Co.
- Address: 431 E M L King Blvd #120, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA
- Closest airport(s): Atlanta, Georgia or Nashville, Tennessee (see all rental car deals and go for a cheap road trip)
- Beer menu: “We take pride in attention to detail and let our love for beer be our guide. Born from simple quality ingredients, our beers reflect who we are, what we like, and why we do what we do.”
- More info: official website of Hutton & Smith
- Accommodation nearby: go for a craft beer tasting at this brewery, enjoy the city… Stay for a few days. Check out these accommodation deals in Chattanooga, TN.
- More reasons to go there: great selection of beers, not just the normal ones, but also more funky styles and barrel aged versions.
First impression of Hutton & Smith Brewing
Being mid-afternoon meant it was nice and quiet at Hutton & Smith. The staff is friendly and the music good. It’s a relaxed and cool place, perfect to escape the warm summer sun. Plenty of seats at the bar or in the other room where you can sit next to rows of barrels.
Craft beer tasting at Hutton & Smith Brewing
Choosing which craft beers to taste was difficult at Hutton & Smith as they have 20 beers on tap. On the other hand, it was easy as we still had part of our road trip ahead (don’t drink and drive) and the barrel aged versions were either not ready or just for sale by the bottle.
Therefore I secured a bottle of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Dry Stout and tasted these two:
- Waterline Wheatwine (aged with oak chips) – Wheat Wine (new style, similar to Barleywine)
- Chardonnay Barrel Aged Seismic Saison
Want to know how I rated these craft beers from Hutton & Smith Brewing? Follow me on Untappd. Sneak preview, the average score was 4 out of 5.
Highscore: 8 out of 10
What caused this high score? Purely the amazing tasting craft beers. Not just the normal range (IPA, lager or some sours) but especially the more funky styles and the barrel ageing. And we haven’t even tasted the bottle of Bourbon Barrel Aged Dry Stout that we purchased and took with us.