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One of the best ways to explore Georgia and see its local culture is by scoping 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 top breweries for the beer, the atmosphere, and much more!
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 taproom, live music, a dog-friendly patio, and tours. The tours are offered in the taproom or 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.
If you love relaxing outdoor spaces to enjoy your beer, then head to Athens to visit Terrapin. This dog-friendly and the 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-round. Tours are offered weekly.
Wild Heaven Craft Beers was founded by lifelong Georgians and is located in the town of Decatur. All-ages tours are offered. 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.
Another famous brewery in Georgia is Jekyll, but ironically, it’s in Alpharetta and not on Jekyll Island. Year-round beers include Southern Juice, Hop Dang Diggity, and Cooter Brown, and the taproom is open. Unlike some of the other breweries on this list, Jekyll is not dog-friendly. The tour package 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 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. They include your samples, souvenir glass, and tour. Come within a day of your birthday and get your tour for free!
Favorite year-round 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 and tours include the samples and souvenir class. Dogs and kids are welcome here, and there’s even root beer for young guests.
With values of community and conversation, some of Reformation Brewery’s famous year-round 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 and on certain nights, you’ll also find food trucks, live music, and trivia games.
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.
Orpheus Brewing in Atlanta 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. This is also a nice place to host a private event in the city.
Sit Down for an IPA at Jailhouse Brewing Company in Hampton. Jailhouse Brewing Company is located within the old city jail, which was built in the early 1900s in Hampton. A trendy outdoor tap room is ideal for summer get-togethers. The patio offers plenty of seating while you taste the 16 draft beers on tap. Throughout the year, Jailhouse will quench the thirsts of many with anywhere between 1,300-2,500 barrels. Employees enjoy giving guests a little tour, where you’ll learn facts and details on their equipment and production methods. Many of the beer selections are available in bottles and cans, which can be taken home. Beers you’ll see year round include the Slammer Wheat American pale ale, Mugshot IPA heavy on the hops, and the tropical noted Five-0 IPA. Seasonals, aka Trustees, interchange on a basis of what’s available to brew with at the time.