First, fetch all branches from remote:
$ git fetch --all
Say you want to checkout to
production from the remote.
$ git checkout --track origin/production Branch production set up to track remote branch production from origin. Switched to a new branch 'production'
--track is shorthand for
git checkout -b [branch] [remotename]/[branch])
This will give you a local copy of the branch
production, and any update that has been pushed will also show up remotely