As the weather gets cooler, Atlantans still want cold beer. Meet some of the city’s best breweries.
The craft beer industry has exploded across the country and metro Atlanta has numerous breweries, including many who offer delicious creative menus that are perfect places for date nights, a guy’s night out or simply going out with friends for a beer after work. Oh yes, there is something else Southerners do with beer during fall and winter — go to a sports bar or brewery, watch football and drink a few pints.
Here are some of our favorite spots to grab the perfect beer and enjoy the colder weather.
- New Realm is located in the Old Fourth Ward, right on the East line of the BeltLine; in fact, it has a heated rooftop bar with mesmerizing view of downtown and to people watch. New Realm is as much a restaurant as a brewery. The food is locally sourced and features such items as Spanish-style tomato braised pork meatballs, ale-steamed mussels and beer can smoked chicken. But the beer is where it really shines. There are several varieties that are always on the menu, such as United Craft Lager, The Commissioner (a Belgian Blonde) and Euphonia, a German pilsner. They also offer small batch releases for a short period of time, such as Bless Your Little Tart (a sour-gose) and Y’all Peachy (a pale wheat). Brewery tours are also available.
- Wrecking Bar Brew Pub uses a 7 barrel system that focuses on perfecting classic styles such as Kolsch, Pilsner ESB, IPA and barrel-aged strong beer. It must work; the Little Five Point brewery pub won a silver medal in barrel aged strong ales at the Great American Beer Festival in 2018. The menu is creative and diverse including falafel lettuce wraps, duck breast and beef heart tartare.
- Orpheus Brewing, located in Midtown near the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, was started by a trumpet player turned brewmaster and offered the first packaged sour beer in the state. There is a large selection of beers including barrel aged, pilsners, IPA and raspberry sour.
- It’s hard to go into any restaurant in the metro area without seeing SweetWater beer on the menu. The taproom, hidden area in a Midtown industrial area, offers tours and tastings as well as food. On Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, grab SweetWater’s Bites & Flights where you are served four bite-sized appetizer that are paired with four brews.
- Monday Night Brewing grew out of a small Bible study group that started brewing beer together on Monday night. Five years later, the group opened the brewery (and a second one) and offers a variety of beer including India pale ales, golden ales and a blood orange IPA.
- Three Taverns Craft Brewery focuses on IPAs, sours, ales and stouts and its tasting rooms is one of the most popular in Atlanta. Located in Decatur, the brewery tasting room has an Old-world atmosphere, perfect for pulling up a chair, tasting the brews and on certain days listen to live music.
- Hopstix is an award-winning brewery and Asian restaurant located in Chamblee. Its beers have received accolades from location publications as well as Thrillist and USA Today. Among its top selections are Belgian ales, English ale, pale/amber/malt, pale/IPA/strong and stout/porter. The food blended west with east, rural and urban street food and fine dining and includes poke bowls, ramen, burgers, sushi, a Japanese grill bar and a raw bar.