New Tennessee Ale Trail features breweries in Chattanooga and beyond

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Beertender Shannon Joyce pours a beer at Chattanooga’s TailGate Brewery, one of the many stops along the Tennessee Ale Trail.

While the Scenic City, Nashville and Knoxville are brimming with breweries, smaller Tennessee towns are now getting in on the fermented bevvy game as well. The recent launch of the Tennessee Ale Trail gives craft beer lovers 60-plus reasons to check out what's new in the region.

The trail is the brainchild of the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild, a nonprofit representing the state's independent craft breweries, and its goal is to encourage craft beer enthusiasts to explore the state and support local businesses.

To travel the trail, download a free mobile pass online and check in at participating breweries -- including four in Chattanooga -- to rack up points that can be redeemed for prizes such as stickers, hats, T-shirts and blankets.

Some breweries also offer discounts to passholders, such as Chattanooga's Wanderlinger Brewery.

Visit to receive a link to download the mobile pass, which users then present to their server at participating breweries for a digital stamp.

Once you've checked Chattanooga breweries Wanderlinger, Oddstory Brewing Company, TailGate Brewery and Tanasi Brewing & Supplies off your list, plan mini road trips to visit other participating breweries across the state.

Distance from Chattanooga: 1.5 hours or less

Manchester: Common John Brewing Co.

Copperhill: Buck Bald Brewing, Copperhill Brewery Taproom

Ducktown: Copperhill Brewery at Ocoee

Murfreesboro: Cedar Glade Brews, Mayday Brewery, Panther Creek Brews

Distance from Chattanooga: 1.5 to 2 hours

Alcoa: Blackhorse Pub & Brewery

Knoxville: Abridged Beer Company, Albright Grove Brewing, Blackhorse Pub & Brewery, Elst Brewing Company, Fanatic Brewing, Fanatic Brewing West Town Mall, Next Level Brewing Company, Printshop Beer Co.

Lebanon: Cedar City Brewing Company

Maryville: Blackberry Farm Brewery, Round 6 Brewing, Tri-Hop Brewery

Spring Hill: Common Law Brewing Co.

Nashville: Bearded Iris Brewing, Blackstone Brewing Co., East Nashville Beer Works, Harding House Brewing Company, Honeytree Meadery, Jackalope Brewing Company, Living Waters Brewing, New Heights Brewing Co., Southern Grist Brewing Company East Nashville/Lauter, Southern Grist Brewing Company The Nations, TailGate Brewery East Nashville, TailGate Brewery Germantown, TailGate Brewery Headquarters, TailGate Brewery Music Row, Tennessee Brew Works, Tennfold Brewing, The Black Abbey Brewing Company, Yee-Haw Brewing Co.

Nolensville: Mill Creek Brewing Co.

Wartburg: MoCo Brewing Project

  photo  Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Beertender Ashley Planzer, right, helps a customer choose a variety of beer at TailGate Brewery.

Distance from Chattanooga: 2 to 2.5 hours

Columbia: Asgard Brewing Co., Bad Idea Brewing Co.

Ashland City: Marrowbone Creek Brewing Company

Hendersonville: Half Batch Brewing, TailGate Brewery

Pigeon Forge: Yee-Haw Brewing Co.

Springfield: B.S Brew Works

Distance from Chattanooga: 2.5 to 3 hours

Clarksville: Evill Nash Brewing Co., Blackhorse Pub & Brewery, Kings Bluff Brewery, Tennessee Valley Brewing Company, The Star Spangled Brewing Co.

Johnson City: Great Oak Brewing, Johnson City Brewing Co.

Distance from Chattanooga: 3 hours or more

Collierville: Hook Point Brewing

Memphis: Ghost River Brewery & Taproom South Main, Ghost River Brewing Co. Beale Taproom, Memphis Made Brewing Co., Soul & Spirits Brewery, WISEACRE Brewing Company HQ, WISEACRE Brewing Company OG

  photo  Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Wanderlinger Brewing Company is one of four local breweries on the Tennessee Ale Trail.