Georgia’s craft beer scene has certainly exploded in the past few years, and the Atlanta area has seen more than 10 new breweries open just since 2010. While the laws in Georgia still restrict how much fun you can have at your local brewery, the following breweries, mapped north to south, offer tours of their facilities and samplings of their beers in parlors and tasting rooms. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours on a week night or weekend, so get out and taste some local beers from the artisans who are putting this state's beer scene on the map.Read More
The Hottest Breweries in Atlanta Right Now
If you are looking for a brewery to visit as you head north out of the city, then Reformation Brewery should be on the top of your list. Located in the historic downtown area of Woodstock, Reformation opened its doors to the public in 2015. It focuses on European-influenced beers, including Cadence, a Belgian-styled ale and Union, a Belgian-styled white ale. Also, look for be sure to taste Stark, a toasted porter. The Reformation “keeping room” is open to the public Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A new name on our list, Scofflaw Brewing Co. will introduce its long-awaited selection of craft beers to the public soon. Kicking off with a series of tap takeover events at local restaurants and bars, Scofflaw is expected to officially hit the market in August. Located in northwest Atlanta’s Bolton neighborhood, Scofflaw Brewing Co. boasts an 18,419 square-foot production facility and soon-to-open tasting room where guest can sample several tropical and hoppy IPAs and an imperial barrel-aged stout.
Second Self Beer Company
Second Self prides itself using the freshest ingredients to make beers that are full of flavor and personality. The brewery is now able to make those beer in a much bigger facility. Stop by the new and expanded location in Westside that features a canning room and expanded tasting room. The brewery is open for tours, during which customers can sample limited, seasonal, and regular releases from Second Self. The brewery is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Orpheus started with brew master Jason Pellet’s love for sour beers. The brewery is tucked back off Dutch Valley Road with views of the BeltLine and Piedmont Park. It offers tours, during which paying customers can sample Orpheus’s regular rotation as well as limited releases and barrel-aged beers one can taste only at the brewery. Tour hours are Thursday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Torched Hop Brewing Company
Another new name is Torched Hop, which has brought the brewpub experience to Midtown. Operating as a functioning brewery and restaurant, Torched Hop offers visitors a rotating tap list of its own beers, along with a menu that features small plates and sandwiches. Stop by for a taste of the micro-brews, including the Hops-de-Leon IPA, Allumage saison, and the Cukes and Cream, a cream ale brewed with cucumber. The Torched Hop brew pub is open Monday through Wednesday form 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Wild Heaven Craft Beers
Since launching in 2010, Wild Heaven has been at the forefront of Georgia’s growing craft beer scene. It’s also been instrumental in making Avondale Estates a drinking destination since opening its brew facility in Avondale in 2014. Wild Heaven’s tasting room is open to the public for tours, which include beer tastings, on Thursday and Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Three Taverns Craft Beers
Three Taverns has been making Belgian-inspired beers on the east side of Decatur since 2011. The tasting room has already been recognized by Eater as one of the hottest craft beer spots in the country, and it continues to be one of the essential destinations in Decatur. Three Taverns’s parlor is open for tours and samples of beers Thursday and Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Eventide Brewing Company
Eventide Brewing, launched in 2011, opened its brew facility in Grant Park in 2013. This was followed by the new tasting room which opened in early 2015. The brewery is open for tours and tastings every Thursday and Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The $12 tour and tasting includes a souvenir pint glass and 36 ounces of Eventide’s brews. Fridays this fall are also Food Truck Fridays at Eventide, so stop by for some bites and beers.
Bringing some new brewery action to the south side of the metro area is Hapeville’s Arches Brewing. Arches Brewing takes its name from the five founders who each have extensive home brewing experience. The brewery, located just north of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, features a tasting room that is open to the public every Thursday and Saturday. Stop by for a taste of one of the year-round offerings such as the Unseasonal Lager or the Equilibrium Pale Ale. Open Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.