This blog post is a work in progress and has been updated twice, so far. I hope to find and add new breweries as they open. Three new breweries opened recently near Roswell (where I live): From The Earth Brewing Company, Pontoon, and Variant Brewing Company.
Finally, after decades of limited brewpubs, few craft beers, and no independent brewers in Georgia, the laws were changed and that opened what seem to be the floodgates of indy breweries. Here is my list.
First, My Favorite Spots
My favorite spots for craft beer have outstanding food (Wrecking Bar and Brick Store Pub) and/or a pet-friendly patio for my four-legged girlfriend, Cissie (picture below). They tend to have great decks, inside charm and are dog-friendly.
The Brick Store Pub in Decatur. It’s not a brewpub but a bar and restaurant with an amazing beer selection, a Belgian Bar, and delicious food. Try the Belgian Bar (check the open hours). There are three outdoor tables in front.
Halfway Crooks in Summerhill is a more recent local spot.
Monday Night Brewing, – both the new “Garage” and the original location are dog-friendly, indoors and outdoors, spacious, and have different selections of great beers.
Wild Heaven Beer has a wide selection of beers that taste great; it is my pick for most drinkable beers, lots of space, dog-friendly, and some food trucks.
The Wrecking Bar Brewpub has indoor charm, outdoor space, and a couple of different indoor event spaces with some of the best local craft beer tasting events, including the Strong Beer Festival and the Wild Beer Festival Dog-friendly and delicious food, too.
I need to recognize the breweries closest to me, which all have great experiences and fine beer: Abbey, Gate City, Pontoon, and Variant.
Breweries I’ve Visited
For example, I had attended the opening of Monday Night Brewing about six years ago and just attended their opening of “The Garage” on the Westside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline. They’ve had several beer releases and tastings at the Garage.
So far, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting 5 Seasons Brewing, Akademia, Anderby, Atlanta Brewing Company (was Red Brick), Blue Tarp, Bold Monk, Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative (Vickery Village and Halcyon), Contrast Artisan Ales, Creature Comforts, Currahee, Eventide, Fire Maker, From the Earth, Gate City Brewing Co., Gordon Biersch, Halfway Crooks, Hop Alley (closed, becoming Currahee), Hopstix, Jekyll, Little Cottage, Lost Druid, Monday Night Brewing on Trabert and at the Monday Night Garage, New Realm, Orpheus, Park Tavern, Pendley Creek, Pontoon, Red Hare, Reformation Brewery, Rock Solid, Round Trip, Savannah River, Scofflaw, Second Self, Schoolhouse, Southern, Sweetwater, Three Taverns, Tucker, Twain’s, Wild Heaven, Wrecking Bar, and Variant.
There are many beer gardens and tap rooms, such as Red’s Beer Garden, Truck & Tap, Proper Hops, Moondog Growler, Ale Yeah!, Stout Brothers, and Georgia Beer Garden.
almost too many to visit and more opening all the time
I’ve not visited most breweries in the Atlanta metropolitan area, but I’m working on it.
I’m going to try to keep up with all the announcements about breweries and locations.
Big List of Georgia Breweries
abbeyoftheholygoats.com (sadly, this fine brewery seems closed)
Atlanta Brewing Company (was Red Brick) https://atlantabrewing.com/
Banyan Roots Brewing 2018?
boldmonkbrewingco.com opening 2018
curraheebrew.com (an NC brewery, opened where Hop Alley was)
downhomebrewingcompany.com beers in distribution, no location yet
Fire Maker Brewing Company
gritsbrewing.com opening 2018
Halfway Crooks Blending & Brewing fall 2018
hopalleybrew.com (reopened as Currahee)
thelostdruid.com summer 2018
reformationbrewery.com (just opened a new taproom in Woodstock)
rtanners.com (this is the restaurant next to Cherry Street)
sixbridgesbrewing.com opening late summer 2018
steadyhandbeer.com in distribution, location in build-out, opening late in 2018
tucker brewing (Grand Opening 6/2/2018)
Heavale Brewing Company