Now that breweries and distilleries can sell directly to consumers, people in Atlanta can finally discover a community of like-minded folk with whom to share a frosty mug – or at least a cold can.
We’ve searched high and low within the city and around the Metro to bring you a list of Atlanta’s most essential breweries. From rich heady porters in a modest setting, to sours and ales in stunning, repurposed spaces, this is your definitive bucket list of breweries in Atlanta and the Metro.
1. Jailhouse Brewing Company
8 Cherry Street | Hampton | Website | 256-474-5250
Thursdays 5:30 – 9PM; Fridays 5:30-10PM; Saturdays 12-10PM
The Story. 1500 sq ft of space make up the brewing facility of this Henry County gem. Jailhouse is Georgia’s 4th production brewery. We love that they have remained true to their roots, independent, and focused on quality, not quantity.
And yes, Glenn and Melissa Golden actually are brewing in an old jail building in Hampton. It was in operation until the late 70s, so they frequently get visitors stopping by to tell stories of their long-lost loved-ones who spent some time in the clink.
The Mission. Jailhouse wants their beer to be made locally and sold locally, here in the Peach State. They believe in community and they work hard to build one made of true locals and “adopted locals” that love to stop in for a visit.
An example? They’ve hosted a few “For the Record: Vinyl Nights” where they proved that community is a verb! Record players and beer always bring people together. Stay informed about nights like these (and other great events) by following Jailhouse on Facebook.
The Vibe. While rumor has it that most jails are barren and stale, I can attest that Jailhouse is nothing like that. The outdoor patio area is called “The Yard” – and we love hanging out in this space. You can catch a number of events here regularly, and some killer live tunes. Also, from their new storage-container-turned-bar taproom area you can stand under the awnings, take in a brew, and catch views of the equipment hard at work.
Kids and pooches are welcome, with games and sidewalk chalk always available. Of course, you can’t miss getting your mug shot taken with the standard booking sign…while holding your beer, of course!
Food is not served, but it is still welcome. Several restaurants have their menus lying about. On our last stop we ordered from Tierra Mia Mexican right across the street. Hubs left his beer for a sec, sauntered across to pick it up, and then headed back just in time to catch me finishing his pour. No worries – he needed a new one with his tacos anyway.
The Beer. And now, what’s important. Take note that every beer is named with the Big House in mind…Five-O and Mugshot on their every day IPAs, and they round out the yearlong selections with a nice pale wheat ale called Slammer Wheat.
You’ll find another dozen or so options based on the season. Current selections include a variety of ales, sours, pilsners and stouts…rounding out the beer style family to near completion. Pro Tip: Get the Alibi Golden Ale while you still can!
Jailhouse was the first of a new wave of craft breweries to open in Georgia along-side the likes of Sweetwater, Atlanta Brewing and Terrapin. As the fourth brick-and-mortar brewery in the state, we have been truly independent from day one as an owner operated brewery. This gives us freedom to follow our creative vices and remain true to who we are. And oh yea, we’re housed in the old city jail of Hampton which is kinda cool too. – Glenn Golden
Indulge at Atlanta’s Best Breweries
2. Atlanta Brewing Company (frmly Red Brick Brewing)
2323 Defoor Hills Rd | Atlanta | 404-355-5558
You’ve probably heard of Red Brick, but did you know they changed their name to Atlanta Brewing Co? Same great beer – just a new (old) name. They’ve been brewing beers for 25 years here in Atlanta, started by a former Guiness exec. Now, Gavin McKenna runs Brewing Operations there and has really made a name for himself in the Atlanta brew world as a community curator who genuinely cares about his customers and Atlanta. Plus, you’ve gotta love the “new” old-school logo and can design.
3. Monday Night Brewing
Two Atlanta Locations
While Monday Night Brewing is not the only Georgia brewing company to grow from a Bible Study, they are the oldest that we could find. We really like their newest location, The Garage, aka The Lab, where you can sip on a flight outside under the lights, grab a to-go brew pack, and really just enjoy the people you’re with – which is what they’re all about.
Also, unless you live under a bridge, you know about their award-winning Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt. If you can find it, buy all of it you see.
4. SweetWater Brewing Company
195 Ottley Dr NE | Atlanta | 404-691-2537
SweetWater Brewing is Atlanta’s Mothership brewing company. Although the beer is commercially popular, the brewery itself is really fun and offers a variety of unique brews. There is a heavy hand of IPAs here, probably because it has brought such notoriety.
My personal favorite thing about this brew house is the work they do for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance. Be sure to visit one of their fundraising/awareness events…and don’t miss a live-music opportunity at their location, as well.
5. Jekyll Brewing
2855 Marconi Dr #350 | Alpharetta | 844-453-5955
The first brewery in the Deep South was founded on Jekyll Island in 1738; today Jekyll Brewing is proud to be the first brewery located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Award-winning Brew Master and Co-owner, Josh Rachel, provides creative direction for a lineup of craft beers that cover the global spectrum of brew styles.
6. Orpheus Brewing
1440 Dutch Valley Pl NE | Atlanta | 404-347-1777
Orpheus overlooks Piedmont Park, with optimal people-watching opportunities. It’s an artisanal brewery offering free tours and tastings, with an incredible patio that welcomes Fido. They are best known for their plum saison, Atalanta. We love the rich flavors that come from their wild ferments.
Don’t overlook the art work on the cans. Every can of beer features the work of a local artist. You may even recognize some of them from their murals around Atlanta.
7. Reformation Brewery
500 Arnold Mill Way | Woodstock | 678-341-0828
Reformation Brewery celebrates their upcoming 5th anniversary with the opening of another location. The new 6,000-square-foot space is in the heart of Downtown Woodstock, and close to all the gems that make Woodstock the hotspot north of the perimeter. A 5-barrel brewhouse serves up a variety of small-batch beers to visitors. A new and fresh “split plan” layout will offer various areas to relax and enjoy your brew, with one section set up to feel like a coffeehouse. The brewery has partnered with Queenie’s Southern Restaurant & Bar for food service and space will be available for private events.
8. Gate City Brewing
43 Magnolia St | Roswell | 678-404-0961
Co-Founders Pat Rains and Brian Borngesser named Gate City Brewing after Atlanta’s historical moniker, “Gate City of the New South” due to its reputation as a hub for culture, commerce and transportation. Roswell’s first craft brewing company has been named one of the fastest growing small and independent craft breweries by the Brewers Association.
9. Scofflaw Brewery Company
1738 MacArthur Blvd NW | Atlanta | No Phone
Scofflaw Brewery is doing well on the award circuit, and their partnership with BrewDog is cooking up plenty of opportunity.
10. Second Self Beer Company
1317 Logan Cir NW | Atlanta | 678-916-8035
Founded in 2014 by Co-Founders Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle, Second Self brews beers with fresh, never dried ingredients or extracts, and each beer is designed to pair with food. Their team brings diverse brewing experience and includes one of the city’s few female brewers, Zuri Coleman. Second Self has been recognized by Food & Wine, The Wall-Street Journal, DRAFT Magazine, Fortune and more.
11. Wild Heaven Beer
135 Maple St B | Avondale Estates | 404-997-8589
Owner Nick Purdy and Eric Johnson are Georgia born and bred, but the reason we love them is their commitment to crafting new delights for beer lovers. In fact, Purdy indicated a few years ago that their “lag” in creating an IPA was simply because they wanted to be sure to “add to the conversation.”
Wild Heaven is a family-friendly brewery, offering both alcoholic, craft beer beverages – some of the top being Emergency Drinking Beer, Wise Blood, and Bestie Pub – along with non-alcoholic drinks such as Montane soda water and more. As if that wasn’t enough, Wild Heaven is also a pet-friendly brewery that offers an array of games such as corn hole, ladder golf and a variety of board games, yielding a day of fun for the whole family.
Insider Tip: Head over on the third Wednesday of every month for Craft night, which changes quarterly. They bring the supplies, you drink the beer. #GirlsNightOut
12. Three Taverns Craft Brewery
121 New St | Decatur | 404- 600-3355
The Parlour at Three Taverns is where you want to be when they deliver their “flights of fancy” – small batch tastings they offer to a few, comprised of their latest experimental delicacies.
13. Eventide Brewing
1015 Grant St | Atlanta | 404-907-4543
Visit Eventide‘s tasting room on Tuesdays for great beer…and they’ll give 10% of the proceeds (and any additional donations) back to the community.
14. Arches Brewing
3361 Dogwood Dr | Hapeville | 678-653-2739
Arches focuses on classic lagers, but also brew many American styles and several Euro-inspired ales. We love that they built out the space themselves…and that “water chemistry” is their secret super power.
15. Tucker Brewing
6240, 2003 S Bibb Dr | Tucker | 833-752-2400
Come to Tucker Brewing for German-style beers – pilsners, helles lagers and blonde ales – all with a Southern slant. Their outdoor beer garden is killer.
16. BlueTarp Brewing Co
731 E College Ave | Decatur | 404-669-6740
As of this writing, BlueTarp is planning a move from Decatur to Tucker.
17. Burnt Hickory Brewery
2260 Moon Station Ct NW # 210 | Kennesaw | 770-514-8812
Founded in 2011, Burnt Hickory Brewing has seen amazing growth over the past five years. After getting final approvals from the state of Georgia, they brewed their first beer on April 1, 2012. Operating as a self-financed Nano Brewery, (meaning they are producing under 200 Barrels of beer a year) they have spent their time learning the beer business. In late 2014, they upsized to a 20 BBL W. M Sprinkman brewhouse they christened “Clementine”.
18. Red Hare Brewing Company
1998 Delk Industrial Blvd | Marietta |
Red Hare Brewing Company is an independent microbrewery located in the heart of Marietta, GA. In August 2011, Red Hare started selling craft beer throughout the state of Georgia and in 2012 became the first craft brewery in Georgia to can their beer. Red Hare Brewing Company was named fourth best brewery and accepted five medals in the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship, then accepted three medals again in 2018. Red Hare offers six year round beers, in addition to seasonal and craft soda brands.
19. Ironmonger Brewing
2129 Northwest Parkway Ste 105 | Marietta | 678-742-8551
One of Marietta’s newest breweries, Ironmonger started out brewing hard soda and only recently moved to beer.
20. Variant Brewing
66 Norcross St | Roswell | 678-242-8189
Variant is creating a lot of buzz around their year-round beers and seasonal brews. With new recipes and limited releases, visitors have become big fans of this Roswell brewery. Look for Variant collaborations with other breweries like the one with Gate City Brewing, called Walking Distance, aimed to promote the walkability between the two brewers.
21. Slow Pour Brewing Company
407 N Clayton St | Lawrenceville | 678-629-3767
Slow Pour is a relatively new brewery in Lawrenceville with a diverse range of offerings.
22. Pontoon Brewing
601 Dunwoody Pl #500 | Sandy Springs | 813-789-2119
What started as contract brewing among friends turned into their own dream come true, as Pontoon Brewing opened in 2018.
23. Dry County Brewing Company
1500 Lockhart Drive | Kennesaw | 770-250-0345
Two Georgia natives and long-time friends followed their passion for making, sharing, and drinking craft beer. Dry County Brewing Company is open to the public for tours and tastings six days a week. No reservations needed. They are family and pet-friendly.
24. Glover Park Brewery
65 Atlanta Street | Marietta |
Opening day was Sept 6, 2018 and it happened with mixed reviews. If nothing else, he space at Glover Park is gorgeous (who doesn’t love industrial chic, old-world brick, gigantic windows and shiny chandeliers??)
25. Currahee Brewing Company
25 S Main St | Alpharetta | 770-696-2097
Hop on over to Downtown Alpharetta and enjoy their newest brewery! The two Curahee Brewing Company founders built a brewery with beer aficionados in mind focusing on German and Belgium-styled ales. Curahee’s favorite brews include Frankenstark, Grand IPA and Wayah Lager with seasonal and limited-releases also offered.
26. Strawn Brewing
27 Word St | Fairburn | 678-545-3775
They call themselves the “working man’s” brewery because the folks at Strawn still have day jobs and craft the goods at night. Strawn recently come under new ownership, and the beer is getting stronger reviews as of late.
27. Left Nut Brewing Company
2100 Atlanta Hwy | Gainesville | 678-827-6678
What would you give for a great pour? Maybe not that…but the passion is the same. And the beer at Left Nut? – hell yeah!
28. Down Home Brewing
The first African-American brewers in Georgia began canning in Spring of 2018 under the name Down Home. The can design? An image of Herschel Thompson, a Walton County sharecropper and church deacon, and co-owner Chris Reeves’ late grandfather. They don’t have a brick-n-mortar yet, but we had to include them!
Sit and Stay a While at These Atlanta Brewing Pubs
There are untold brew pubs and gastropubs in Atlanta, but these special places are brewing their own beers. So grab a drink, order some grub, and stay a while!
29. Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Ave | Atlanta | 404-221-2600
Wrecking Bar carries 10-15 styles on tap everyday and they are all brewed in house. They also round out our list by pouring a few local beers as well. And the food is always – always – amazing.
30. Good Word Brewing and Public House
3085 Main St | Duluth | 404-973-2077
Good Word Brewing opened in late 2017 with craft beer and Latin dishes, much to the anticipation of the community.
31. From The Earth
1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd | Roswell | 770-910-9799
It all started out as a vision for owner Tim Stevens. Local food and well-balanced beers was the dream and is what patrons find at From the Earth Brewing Company. Stop by on Thursdays and get treated to live music.
32. New Realm Brewing
550 Somerset Terrace NE #101 | Atlanta | 404-968-2777
Go for the beer; stay for the killer rooftop patio. The New Realm servers are all beer-certified (Cicerone) so shoot them with questions, especially about how to pair their pours with your entree.
33. Torched Hop Brewing Company
249 Ponce De Leon Ave NE | Atlanta | 404-835-2040
Traditional pub fare, bocce ball, and 20 rotating taps make Torched Hop feel like home.
34. Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill and Brewery
320 Peachtree St NE | Atlanta | 404-525-4400
Max Lager’s is Atlanta’s oldest brewpub, and super views from the patio.
35. Porter Pizza & Brewery
6370 Powers Ferry Rd NW STE 101 | Sandy Springs | 678-996-6908
No- this isn’t Porter Beer Bar – it’s Porter Pizza. Beer and pizza; it’s like peanutbutter and jelly. And before you get on to them about the name, Porter is the last name of the owner. And no, as of yet, there is no Porter brew available.
36. Cherry Street Brewing
Coming Soon to Halcyon in Alpharetta. Stay tuned.
37. 5 Seasons Brewing
Great beer and awesome food at both 5 Seasons locations. Love the bread they bring to your table, made from the grains left over from the beer they brew onsite.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Lyft Southeast partnered with the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild to help you and your squad enjoy the many amazing craft breweries GA has to offer without having to worry about your ride home. Ride smart to your local brewery and get 50% off your ride back home or to another brewery. No limits. And it’s not just for “first time riders.”
Visit These Breweries Outside Atlanta Metro
You’ll find dozens and dozens of additional breweries as you head outside the Metro. Here are a few of our favorites.
Moon River Brewing Company
Savannah | 912-447-0943 | Website
Insider Tip: This brewery is famously haunted, as the building is the former City Hotel where at least one murder took place!
Service Brewing Company
Savannah | 912-358-1002 | Website
Insider Tip: Service Brewing is owned by an Army vet, regularly giving back to other military vets and first responders. Their entire brand pays homage to those who served.
Southbound Brewing Company
Savannah | 912-335-1737 | Website
Grumpy Old Men Brewing
Blue Ridge | 706-946-2739 | Website
Insider Tip: This is a fun gathering space with a fantastic atmosphere. Great for playing cornhole or catching some live tunes.
Fannin Brewing Company
Blue Ridge | 706-258-2762 | Website
Blue Ridge Brewery
Blue Ridge | 706-632-6611 | Website
Insider Tip: Find great food at this brew pub, plus enjoy inside and outside seating areas.
Copper Hill Brewery
Copper Hill | 423-548-3030 | Website
Insider Tip: Get off the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad in Georgia, walk across the “Blue Line” and you are there! The state line goes right up the corner wall of the brewery.
Buck Bald Brewing
Copper Hill | 706-431-7141 | Website
Insider Tip: Just another 5 minute walk past Copperhill Brewery, so save room for another glass!
Terrapin Beer Company
Athens | 706-549-3377 | Website
Creature Comforts Brewing
Athens | 706-410-1043 | Website
Smoky Mountain Brewery
Gatlinburg | 865-436-4200 | Website
Gatlinburg Brewing Company
Gatlinburg | Facebook
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Disclosure: We worked with our friends at Henry County on this gigantic compilation, and gladly positioned Jailhouse right at the top of the post because we love them, the brewery and the beer so so so much! Options here are all our own – always.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.