One of the best ways to get to know a local culture when visiting a place for the first time is to scope out its brewery scene. Breweries have become much more than just a place to drink beer and now serve as community gathering spots and event venues for friends and families. So, next time you’re in Georgia, make sure to check out these 10 breweries for the beer, the atmosphere, and much more!
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Sweetwater Brewing Company, Atlanta
Based in Atlanta, Sweetwater is one of the most famous and popular beer brands to come out of the American South. This brewery offers indoor and outdoor areas, a tap room, live music, a dog-friendly patio, and tours. The tours are offered for $12 in the taproom or $20 in the Woodlands space and include souvenir pint glasses, 36 ounces of beer samples, and an inside peek at the brewery facility. Food trucks are often onsite to satisfy your hunger cravings too. This is a brewery that values eco-friendly practices, hosts private events, and gets very busy on weekends.
Terrapin Beer Company, Athens
If you love relaxing outdoor spaces to enjoy your beer, then head to Athens to visit Terrapin. This dog-friendly and kid-friendly brewery has been in its current location since 2007 and specializes in unique beers that go perfectly with the creative culture of this college town. One of the most famous beers here is the Hopsecutioner, which is a well-balanced IPA that is available year-around. Tours are offered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 7:30pm, and on Sundays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Wild Heaven Craft Beers, Decatur
Here’s a brewery that was founded by lifelong Georgians and is located in the town of Decatur. All-ages tours are offered from 6-9pm on Thursdays, 6-10pm on Fridays, 2-6pm on Saturdays, and 2-5pm on Sundays. $12 will get you a 36-ounce tasting and tour, and you can keep the souvenir glass for just $3 more. This is a great brewery to visit on Fridays and Saturdays if you enjoy food trucks and live music. Up to 72-ounces per Georgia law, you can also stop by to purchase cans, bottles, or get a crowler fill.
Jekyll Brewing, Alpharetta
Another famous brewery in Georgia is Jekyll, but ironically, it’s in Alpharetta and not on Jekyll Island. Year-around beers include Southern Juice, Hop Dang Diggity, and Cooter Brown, and the tap room is open Tuesdays through Thursdays 5-8pm, Fridays 4-9pm, Saturdays 1-9pm, and Sundays 1-4pm. Unlike some of the other breweries on this list, Jekyll is not dog-friendly. The tour package costs $18 and includes 36 ounces of samples, a souvenir mason jar, a 32-ounce filled crowler to take home, and a facility tour. This is a fun place to come and play games with your friends while you try your samples.
Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta
This brewery has a motto that weekends are overrated and says “why not?” to a little fun on Monday nights. It specialized in well-balanced “weeknight beers” that pair well with food, such as Fu Manbrew and the Drafty Kilt. The brewery is located on Atlanta’s Westside, and tours are offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. They cost $12 and include your samples, souvenir glass, and tour. Come within a day of your birthday and get your tour for free!
Red Hare Brewing Company, Marietta
Favorite year-around brews at this laid-back Marietta brewery include the Long Day Lager, Cotton Tail Pale Ale, and Gangway IPA. But fascinating seasonal flavors, like Berry Belgian Waffle and Cotton Tail Orange Creamsicle Ale, really go the distance. Back in 2012, this was the first Georgia brewery to can its beer. Tastings and tours are offered Wednesdays through Fridays from 5:30-7:30pm and on Saturdays from 2-6pm. Tours cost $12 and include the samples and souvenir class. Dogs and kids are welcome here, and there’s even root beer for young guests.
Reformation Brewery, Woodstock
With values of community and conversation, some of Reformation Brewery’s famous year-around beers are the Cadence, Atlas, Haddy, and Stark. This is a great beer community to be a part of because there’s a book club, game nights, and even outdoor adventures that you can join. Tours and tastings are offered Thursdays 5:30-8pm, Fridays 6-9:30pm, Saturdays 1-9pm, and Sundays 2-5pm. On certain nights, you’ll also find food trucks, live music, and trivia games.
Creature Comforts Brewing Company, Athens
Another great brewery to visit in Athens is Creature Comforts, and some of its famous beers are the Tropicalia American IPA, Reclaimed Rye Amber Ale, and Athena Berliner Weisse. Tour guests over 21 years old will receive 36 ounces of beer onsite and can purchase up to 72 ounces of souvenir beer per day. Stop by Tuesdays through Thursdays 5-9pm, Fridays 5-10pm, or Saturdays and Sundays 1-6pm.
Jailhouse Brewing Company, Hampton
One thing that makes this brewery really unique is that it’s actually located in a former jailhouse. Make sure to try the Five-O, Badge, or Hop Riot when you visit. Tours are offered Thursdays and Fridays 5:30-8pm and Saturdays 2-6pm. Basic tours are $12, but you can also pick up bombers or six packs from the fridge to go. You’ll occasionally find live music here on weekends to kick back and relax to.
Orpheus Brewing, Atlanta
A final brewery that we’ll mention here is Orpheus Brewing in Atlanta. This brewery really stands out for the amazing artwork on its cans. You can see the artwork and detailed descriptions of Orpheus’ beers on its website – well worth a few clicks before you visit! The brewers here are focused on new hops, wild fermentations, and barrels, and they’re located in the heart of the city overlooking the Beltline and Piedmont Park. Come here on Thursdays and Fridays 6-10pm, Saturdays 12-7pm, or Sundays 12:30-5pm. $14 will get you seven 5-ounce samples, a souvenir glass, and a tour. This is also a nice place to host a private event in the city.