This was definitely my favorite Chattanooga drinking experience thus far. Tremont Tavern is over near Las Margaritas, next to a seedy little shutdown gas station.
When you first walk in, you enter into a long room with a big bar being the center piece. It’s a pretty cool setup, because it’s actually two rooms with the bar in the middle connecting them. You can get in under 21, you just get I.D.’ed at the bar. There was live music going on, and it was a pretty good vibe.
There was a very extensive list of beers, with over fifty beers on tap. The beer ranged in price from $2.50 to $8.50. I first asked for this Blueberry Ale beer, but the bartender said that they were sold out, so he suggested a Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. From my first sip, I was hooked. It tasted like carbonated fruity pebbles.The beer was aromatic; not only did it taste exactly like Fruity Pebbles, it smelled like it as well. It’s a lighter beer, and definitely was the highlight of my evening.
Next, the bartender recommended the Sunshine beer that they had on tap. It was a lighter beer with a neutral smell and a slightly fruity taste.
After the Sunshine, the bartender found me a bottle of the Sea Dog Blueberry Ale. It was pretty good, but at this point I only had my mind on the Fruity Pebble beer.
My brother had a Xingu Black Beer, which was a very dark beer with a berry smell. There was no deep malt flavor to it. It was a “fresh” beer that even I enjoyed.
Other than just drinks, the bar seemed to have a pretty solid list of pub food as well. Memorable quote of the night from my brother: “Shrimp Po’ Boy…I don’t know if I wanna eat it or rub it on my nipples.”
Overall, I gave the Tremont tavern a 9.5. They had an extensive list of beers, and the atmosphere itself was really pretty cool. Their only low point was the fact that they only had two “one-holer” restrooms. I feel like I spent a lot of my evening there waiting in line for the restroom. I will definitely be going back, though, and I will not forget the “Fruity Pebble Beer” anytime soon!
Last night, the first bar we visited was Brewhaus, which is on Frazier Avenue. We went there at around ten o’clock, and there was a wide variety of people. There were families as well as one group of college-aged guys and the bar was filled with older men. We got a seat at the bar by some stroke of luck, because their bar was quite small. The place itself is pretty small as well.
The first thing I always drink is a whiskey and coke, no matter where I go. Their presentation was pretty cool. They bring you the glass of whiskey and an old-fashioned bottle of coke, so you can mix it as strong as you like.
My brother questioned the bartender about their specialty beers, specifically their high-gravity beers. They have two.Their beers come in pints or half-pints.
As expected, Brewhaus was relatively expensive. The whiskey and coke was six dollars, and a half-pint was eight dollars.
Overall, we gave the bar a 6.5 on a scale from 1-10. It was a cool spot, but probably meant for an older crowd.
It’s Friday night here in Chattanooga. Woo-hoo. Found some cool new spots on the North Shore to head to later on, starting with O’Heiny’s, then Brewhaus, then Tremont Tavern.
I’m going to rate each one based on atmosphere, beverage choice, and price.
Here we go!
First Drink of 21
Everyone knows that your 21st is supposed to be a huge to-do, but mine really wasn’t. I hung out with my boyfriend and my brother, and we trolled around for a little bit trying to find some cool places. My first drink was a straight shot of Firestarter Whiskey, which is a cinnamon-flavored whiskey. It burned all the way down and certainly did it’s job. My first beer was a Yazoo Amarillo Pale Ale. It had sort of a caramel taste, but I personally was not a fan. We went to the Market Street Tavern, which has a pretty cool atmosphere. Lots of ex-Frat Daddies and their Sorostitutes, with some live bluegrass music in the background.
So, as this is my first post, let me preface the blog by introducing myself.
This blog was inspired by my brother’s blog, ChattanoogaFoodie.tumblr.com. He is a passionate, passionate person when it comes to food as well as drinks. He loves exploring all sorts of different foods from all sorts of different cultures and countries. Sadly, this passion was not genetically installed in me. There is nothing I enjoy more than a thick burger. Boring, boring, boring. Yes, I know. But I have no interest in beef tongue or whatever sort of innards he is consuming today.
I do share an interest of his, though: drinking. I just recently turned 21, and I am relishing in every moment of it. I am past the stage where I just desire to be drunk constantly. I have started enjoying the taste of different sorts of alcohol, and not just their alcoholic content. I am not a huge fan of beer, but it is growing on me.
I have lived in Chattanooga my entire life, and I see this as some sort of new, fun adventure. I want to find the most hidden bars, as well as the ones everyone visits. I want to find that one spot, that McLaren’s, that I will go to forever. I want to find that perfect drink that I will always refer to as “MY drink.”
So, here it goes.