📷 SweetWater Brewery

Local Breweries Offer New Ways for Beer Lovers to Experience Atlanta

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Updated February 2021

Georgia’s craft beer scene is as creative as the thriving street art that is popping up throughout Atlanta’s colorful neighborhoods. Atlanta’s microbreweries and breweries each bring different flavor profiles and creativity to the Atlanta craft beer scene. Ranging from beers and breweries like SweetWater to spots like like New Realm, this town has myriad brews to enjoy. Find out where Atlanta’s beer scene is hopping.

And while you’re sampling local brews, be sure to check out the amazing beer label art. Taking cues from Atlanta’s creative scene, local Atlanta breweries have taken beer label art to another level. Artists have been creating amazing designs for beer labels, cans, glasses and, of course, murals and street art.

Lotus Eaters Club, a collective of animators, illustrators and designers collaborated with Orpheus Brewing on a special brew and also designed the beer art that comes to life with animation, using an augmented reality mobile app.

As always during these COVID times, check websites before visiting to check for safety requirements and possible changes.

Meet Lotus Eaters Club as they show some of their work and enjoy their beer for Orpheus Brewing.

Hop into Atlanta’s Craft Beer and Brewery Scene

Atlanta Brewing Company
This West Midtown brewery produces numerous perennial, seasonal and special beers. Atlanta Brewing Company is open with COVID safety measures in place.
Must-Try: Hoplanta West Coast IPA Hartsfield IPA and, with a nod to Georgia Aquarium, Tiger Shark Stout, a sweet stout brewed with dulce de leche, coffee and cinnamon. That is but one of Georgia Aquarium-linked brews.
Where: 2323 Defoor Hills Road NW

Atlanta Brewing Company
📷 Atlanta Brewing Company

SweetWater Brewing Company 

Recently acquired by a Canadian cannabis company, SweetWater’s taproom is open, the brewery still offers tours, and brewers in The Hatchery continue to turn out experimental brews.  
Must-Try: SweetWater 420 and IPA
Where: 195 Ottley Drive NE

Sweetwater Brewery Restaurant
📷 SweetWater Brewing Company

Orpheus Brewing

Walking distance from Piedmont Park and the BeltLine, this dog-friendly brew house boasts a fantastic city view and beers unique to the Southeast.
Must-Try: Lotus Eaters and Atlanta
Where: 1440 Dutch Valley Place NE

Orpheus Brewing Company
📷 Orpheus Brewing Company

Monday Night Brewing

If the literal invitation to take off your tie doesn’t help you unwind after work, the brews with fun names like Slap Fight, Lay Low and Drafty Kilt find craft beer lovers finding a new favorite beer. The brewery opened a second location, the Monday Night Garage, on the Westside BeltLine to showcase small-batch brews. If you are into stouts, ask the folks at Monday Night Garage about Imperial Rye Stout made by Atlantucky. It is aged for 10 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels with Ugandan vanilla beans. The experts at Atlantucky Brewing describe themselves as “just some crafty rappers making craft brews to drink while making these Nappy Roots hits!”
Must-Try: Dr. Robot and Blind Pirate
Where: 670 Trabert Ave. NW

Monday Night Brewing
📷 Monday Night Brewing

Second Self Beer Company

This Atlanta brewery, born and bred on the Westside, prides itself on drafts with strong flavor profiles. It’s also family-friendly. Check out Throwback Thursdays and $3 Pint Night.
Must-Try: Thai Wheat and Mole Porter
Where: 1317 Logan Circle NW

Second Self Beer Company
📷 Second Self Beer Company

Three Taverns Craft Brewery

If you like Belgian-style beers, you’ve come to the right place. This Decatur brewery’s offerings live up to any Belgian beer you’ve tasted. Three Taverns now has a second location at the new Imaginarium, two blocks off the Atlanta BeltLine.
Must-Try: A Night On Ponce and Lord Grey
Where: 121 New St. , Decatur

Three Taverns Craft Brewery
📷 Three Taverns Craft Brewery

Torched Hop Brewing Company

You’ll never need to have the same beer twice here as the brewery offers a stellar selection of sumptuous suds. There even are house-infused vodka drinks for those non-beer drinking friends.
Must-Try: Hops De Leon 
Where: 249 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE

Torched Hop Brewing Company
📷 Torched Hop Brewing Company

New Realm Brewing Company

When a place has Cicerone-Certified Beer Servers, you know you are at beer drinkers’ kind of brewery. Not only does this place have a great hops-heavy beer, but it also has great locally sourced food and amazing views of Downtown and Midtown.
Must-Try: Hoplandia IPA and Hoptropolis
Where: 550 Somerset Terrace NE #101

New Realm Brewing Company
📷 New Realm Brewing Co.

Wild Heaven Beer

This Avondale Estates gem is definitely worth a trip (and a sip). Wild Heaven has a second location on the Westside BeltLine.
Must-Try: Ode to Mercy and Eschaton
Where: 135B Maple St., Avondale Estates, and 1020 White St. SW on the Westside

Wild Heaven Craft Beers
📷 Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Scofflaw Brewing Co

The Westside brewery has quickly made a name for itself, both for its IPAs and its fun tasting room.
Must-Try: Basement and Basement POG IPAs
Where: 1738 MacArthur Blvd. NW

Scofflaw Brewing Co
📷 Scofflaw Brewing Company

Eventide Brewing

Over in Grant Park, this brewery hosts trivia nights and welcomes dogs on the patio.
Must-Try: The ‘A’ IPA and Dry Irish Nitro Stout
Where: 1015 Grant St. SE

Eventide Brewing
📷 Eventide Brewing

Steady Hand Beer Co

Located near Topgolf on the Westside, the taproom has 24 taps, live music and food trucks.
Must-Try: Georgia Farmhouse Ale and Cloudland Hazy IPA
Where: 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW Suite F

Steady Hand Beer Co
📷 Steady Hand Beer Co.

Arches Brewing

This Southside brewery is right down the street from the city of Hapeville’s main street. With a strong emphasis on classic lagers, Arches also brews American styles and European-style ales. The rappers at Atlantucky Brewing partnered with Arches Brewing to create Kentucky Mud, a nitro chocolate milk stout.
Must-Try: Queen’s Weiss Hefeweizen and Southern Bel’ Belgian Ale
Where: 3361 Dogwood Drive

Arches Brewing
📷 Arches Brewing

Red Hare Brewing

The name seems to refer to the hoppy beer brewed here, which hits the spot and makes for good times. In 2020 Red Hare began distilling Red Hare rum, gin and vodka, and opened The Still On The Square, in downtown Marietta at 29 West Park Square.
Must-Try: Coconut Coffee Porter and Hasenpfeffer Oktoberfest
Where: 1998 Delk Industrial Blvd.

📷 Red Hare Brewing

Fire Maker Brewing Company

Elliott Hall, owner of Fire Maker Brewing, wanted a brewery made up of passionate people who dream the impossible and make it a reality. Fire Maker Brewing Company was built to inspire others, celebrate their achievements and create a spark.

Must-Try: Way Down Yonder, a leisure lager, and Chattahooch-Tea, a Southeastern IPA.

Where: 975 Chattahoochee Ave. NW

Fire Maker is one of 50 breweries in Georgia participating in Beer Day, March 6.

Bonus Bars, Brewpubs and Bus

Want to try several at a time? The Atlanta Beer Bus is a hop-on hop-off shuttle service that will take you to multiple breweries, guided by a Beer Nerd. Finally, here are a few great bars and eateries where you can enjoy more beer in Atlanta.

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city’s quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you’ll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

T.J. Jackson is a digital marketing specialist at Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Caroline Eubanks is a writer, author, and metro Atlanta native. You can see her work on ThisIsMySouth.com and CarolineEubanks.com.

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