Local Breweries Offer New Ways for Beer Lovers to Experience Atlanta
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
- The Porter Beer Bar, Atlanta
- Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Atlanta
- Manuel’s Tavern, Atlanta
- Argosy, Atlanta
- Brick Store Pub, Decatur
- Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Atlanta
- Hop City, Krog Street Market, Atlanta
- Ormsby’s, Atlanta
- Vortex Bar & Grill, Little Five Points, Atlanta
- Terrapin Taproom at The Battery, Smyrna
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