Food & Drink

Atlanta’s 11 Best Brewery Tours

Published On 02/12/2015 Published On 02/12/2015
Monday Night Brewing
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Courtesy of Three Taverns
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Tuan Hyunh
Jason Travis
Courtesy of Red Hare Brewing
Courtesy of Jekyll Brewing
BlueTarp Brewing Co.
Jailhouse Brewing Company
Courtesy of Wild Heaven
Courtesy of Sweetwater Brewery
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1. Second Self Beer Co 1311 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Two Georgia Tech engineers (one a former SweetWater brewer) are putting their scientific minds to making some seriously sweet beer, like a spicy Thai Wheat made w/ lemongrass & ginger that sadly, you can only score at their brewery and taproom on Fridays and Saturdays for the time being.

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2. Three Taverns Craft Brewery 121 New St, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Three Taverns is all about making American-style Belgian beers and bringing every around the table to enjoy quality and flavorful suds. They host events in their tasting room, or you can buy some Three Taverns merch to show your support.

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3. Red Brick Brewing 2323 Defoor Hills Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

The oldest local brewery in the state has a great patio and parking lot to stretch out in when the tour gets a little too crowded. Their Laughing Skull amber ale is available in bottles at most stores, but it tastes so much better straight from the keg that was filled a few feet away.

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4. Orpheus Brewing 1440 Dutch Valley Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Morningside)

Atlanta’s first BeltLine brewery is the perfect place for a beer tasting or relaxing evening, so grab a glass of Atalanta plum saison, sit back, and enjoy.

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5. Monday Night Brewing 670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

Founded by a group of friends who met in Bible study, Monday Night Brewing's a brewing facility on the Westside complete with a tasting room.

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6. Red Hare Brewing Company 1998 Delk Industrial Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30067 (Marietta)

Stop in on the weekend and take a 30min tour at Red Hare Brewing Company, then taste away on their slightly sweet 7% ABV Gangway IPA or Long Day Lager, a Bohemian-style Pilsner.

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7. Jekyll Brewing 2855 Marconi Dr, Ste 350, Alpharetta, GA 30005 (Alpharetta)

An Alpharetta micro-brewery with craft beers like Big Creek Kolsch and Hop Dang Diggity with a 6.7% ABV.

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8. BlueTarp Brewing Co. 731 E College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Decatur's first full-scale production brewery's got four main brews to try including their heavy-hitting Mother Hoppin' DIPA with a 10.1% ABV.

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9. JailHouse Brewing Company 8 Cherry St, Hampton, GA 30228

The Southside is largely underrepresented in all things food and drink, but these jailbirds are doing something about it. Show up for a conjugal visit and be treated to the Slammer Wheat and Misdemeanor Ale. Just don’t let the warden catch you smuggling any contraband out of the facilities.

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10. Wild Heaven Craft Beers 135 Maple St, Decatur, GA 30002 (Decatur)

With “Drink Here” and “To-Go” tours at Decatur’s Wild Heaven Craft Beers, you can stay for as long (or as short) as you’d like at this craft brewery. The entire brewery is sheltered under one impressively constructed wooden roof, whose exposed beams are popsicle-stick narrow. About a quarter of the industrial, bare-bones space is devoted to the tasting room, where you can sample Wild Heaven’s all-grain beers (they leave the adjunct sugars at the door), making for bigger flavors without excess alcohol. However, many of Wild Heaven’s beers are indeed elevated in the alcohol department, so when the barbecue vendor occasionally stops by the brewery, chances are you won’t be able to pass on snacks.

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11. Sweetwater Brewery 195 Ottley Dr, Atlanta, GA 30324

This bustling 115,000 square-foot brewhouse in an otherwise stale Industrial Park features an art deco-esque tasting room, a fermentation tank, and bottling space, all of which you can be introduced to on a walking tour of the building. Their signature pale ale, 420, is a ubiquitous drink in the city, and also the name of a music festival Sweewater hosts every year around Earth Day.