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 Atlanta breweries.
ATLANTA BREWERIES TO TRY
1. BOLD MONK BREWING COMPANY
1737 Ellsworth Industrial | West Midtown | Website | 404-930-3288
Cindy and Alan LeBlanc’s design of The Bold Monk Brewing Company, Atlanta’s newer and very different gastro/brewery experience, takes the monotony out of the Atlanta beer scene. Designed to help patrons choose the experience that suits them, it’s seamlessly divided into separate areas with separate purposes. One could say that the architecture alone differentiates the Bold Monk, but the radical demarcation doesn’t stop here. Try the beer. Try all the beers. Master brewer John “JR” Roberts’ artistic vision extends to both architecture and brew concoctions alike. Finally, adding to what was already a rich experience, Chef Jason Hall’s ever-evolving menu will bring your evening to the next level. Locals claim this is the place to try Belgian style beers.
2. ATLANTA BREWING COMPANY (FORMERLY 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:
670 Tarbert Ave, NW | Atlanta | 404-352-7703
933 Lee St, SW | Atlanta | Same as above
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
Two Alpharetta locations:
2855 Marconi Dr, Suite 350 | Alpharetta | 470-273-5932
15 Academy St, Suite 1E | Alpharetta | Same as above
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 recently opened a new location. The 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 foodservice 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
1010 White St SW | Atlanta | 404-254-2232
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.
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 | 678-973-0252
Arches focus 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 superpower.
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
2316 Main St | Tucker | 404-669-6740
BlueTarp Brewing Co. is just a guy with a brewery that opened in 2018 showcasing the old standby crafts and homegrown ales.
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 | 678-918-9023
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 Brewing Co. 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 COUNTRY 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 are needed. They are family and pet-friendly.
24. GLOVER PARK BREWERY
65 Atlanta Street | Marietta | 770-693-2417
Opening day was Sept 6, 201,8 and it happened with mixed reviews. If nothing else, the 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 Currahee Brewing Company founders built a brewery with beer aficionados in mind focusing on German and Belgium-styled ales. Currahee’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 the 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!
29. FIRE MAKER BREWING COMPANY
Located in close proximity to Grant Park, this Atlanta brewery offers beers on tap and was recently ranked #2 Best New Brewery in America by USA Today! Their selection of beers includes pale ales, IPAs, sours, lagers, and hard seltzers! Create a spark at Fire Maker.
30. STEADY HAND BEER CO.
Pull up a seat at their outdoors-brought-indoors woodland taproom, share a beer or two, and catch the latest live music at their urban getaway, where there is always something going on like games night, live music, and good company. Steady Hand is known for their Imperial Stouts, try one, if that’s your thing!
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!
31. 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.
32. GOOD WORD BREWING AND PUBLIC HOUSE
3085 Main St NW | Duluth | 678-336-9928
Good Word Brewing opened in late 2017 and is a great place to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, to share stories, to celebrate, to propose, to commiserate, to communicate.
33. 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.
34. 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.
35. 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.
36. 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.
37. 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 peanut butter 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.
38. CHERRY STREET BREWING
5810 Bond St. | Cumming | 770-205-5512
Cherry Street started out as a little garage operation in the foothills of the Rockies and quickly spread while building great community support. Cherry Street has recently celebrated 5 years and is honored to have been awarded the 2017 US Beer Open Grand National Champions
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
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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
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 | 865-412-1123 | Website
WHERE TO LAY YOUR HEAD WHEN YOU’RE BREWERY HOPPING
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