4 Breweries and Wineries In and Around Columbia, TN
If you’re looking for a libation to help you unwind, Columbia, Tennessee, has plenty to offer. Though it’s a small town, you’ll find that it boasts a fairly large selection of breweries and wineries. We’ve carefully considered the fermentation scene in Columbia and curated the following list. So why not take a break from your usual watering hole and check out some of these destinations?
Asgard Brewing Company
Asgard Brewing Company is a destination brewery, a place that beer enthusiasts may consider to be worth a dedicated journey. Founded in 2016 by Stephen Porter and his son, John, Asgard follows a Nordic theme implemented in homage to the founders’ heritage. Currently, the brewery offers almost two dozen craft beers. Most are Asgard originals, with one or a few rotating guest taps. Present and upcoming tap lists are viewable on the site. Also, if you’re in the mood for some food, you can check out one of the food trucks that park out front.
Location: Visit Asgard Brewing Company at 104 E. Fifth St. in Columbia.
Hours of Operation: The is open every day except Monday, but hours vary. Tuesday through Thursday, it’s open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are slightly extended, 3 p.m. to midnight. On Sunday, the hours are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bad Idea Brewing
Another terrific Columbia-based brewery is Bad Idea Brewing. A dinner-table conversation between friends in 2015 unexpectedly led to the business concept. Founders Zac Fox and Tod Rod had been discussing opening a brewery, to which someone said, “This is a bad idea.” (Hence the name.) A few years later, in 2019, the brewery and taproom had its grand opening.
Today, Bad Idea has four base beers — a lager, a wheat beer, a cream ale, and a saison — plus several experimental brews under its Variations & Deviations menu list. The options on the beer menu have quirky names such as “Do You Have Anything That Tastes Like (Insert Macro Belgian Citrus Wit)?” and “Conquistadors That Took Their Share.” On tap, you can get your brew in an 8-ounce or 16-ounce draft. If you want something bigger to take home, opt for a sixth-barrel keg.
Location: Bad Idea Brewing is at 307 W. 11th St., Unit 6, in Columbia.
Contact: Ring up the establishment at 931-922-2478 or send an email to [email protected]
Hours of Operation: Bad Idea is open seven days a week, but its hours vary by day. Monday through Thursday, it opens at 4 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m. Friday hours are from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, it opens at noon and closes at 9 p.m. Sunday hours also begin at noon but end at 6 p.m.
From a distance, Vintage Winery looks like a service station. That’s because it once was an Esso ServiCenter, transformed into a tasting room for wines from Tennessee’s Crown Winery and Pullen Mill Farm & Vineyard. Here, you can taste award-winning wines while learning about the wines you try, as a team of tasting room attendants shares each varietal’s background and story. If you find a wine you love, you can purchase bottles and take them home to enjoy.
Wine doesn’t pair well with an empty stomach, so you may find yourself needing some comestibles. To that end, Vintage Winery allows patrons to bring outside food, and a local food truck is often on the premises on Fridays and Saturdays. The winery’s menu also offers charcuterie-type snacks such as crackers, cured meats, cheeses, and olives.
Location: You can find Vintage Winery at 616 N. Main St. in Columbia.
Contact: Call the winery at 931-548-2477 or send an email to [email protected]
Hours of Operation: The hours of operation vary by day. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the winery is open by appointment only. Sundays and Wednesdays, it’s open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday hours are from noon to 6 p.m., while Friday and Saturday hours are from noon to 8:30 p.m.
Amber Falls Winery & Cellars
About 15 miles west of Columbia is Hampshire, the location of Amber Falls Winery & Cellars. When Judy and Tim Zaunbrecher bought the property in 2003, their original plan was to establish a retreat center. This didn’t pan out. Instead, they planted chardonnay and seyval blanc vines. Over the following three years, thousands of other vines joined the initial plants. Then came the tasting room in 2008. Since then, Amber Falls has been a popular destination for wine lovers in and around Tennessee.
Amber Falls offers almost 20 wine varietals, including its award-winning fortified wine, Sweet Dreams. In addition to the wine selection, you might consider trying a Wine Teazer, a refreshing and light beverage that combines wine and tea. Food trucks are often available to satisfy your hunger, and if you feel like staying after hours, you can book a room in the cozy guest cottage.
Location: To visit Amber Falls Winery & Cellars, go to 794 Ridgetop Rd. in Hampshire, Tennessee.
Contact: You can get in touch with the winery by calling 931-285-0088 or emailing [email protected]
Hours of Operation: The hours of operation vary both by day and by season. In summer, Amber Falls is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Its winter hours, from November to March, see the winery closing at 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Spring hours, from March to April, extend Monday-to-Saturday hours to 6 p.m.
That’s our shortlist of great breweries and wineries in and around Columbus, Tennessee. Are there any places we missed? If so, feel free to give us a call at 931-548-1370 or notify us through our contact page. We’d be thrilled to promote another Columbus institution. You might also consider stopping by our dealership at 10 S. James Campbell Blvd. to view our inventory. It would be our pleasure to help get you in a new Chevy for exploring the great sights in the Columbus area.