Best Atlanta Breweries for Enjoying a Craft Beer

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For a while, the brewery scene in Atlanta was quite small. This could partially be attributed to the fact that Georgia breweries weren’t allowed to sell beer on-site until 2017. But since then, the brewery scene has exploded in this popular southern city. 

For both avid beer lovers and casual fans alike, the city offers plenty of breweries for every taste and preference. All across the city, you’ll find plenty of breweries waiting for you to come in and have a taste. Not sure where to go? Check out our list of the top 7 breweries in Atlanta now!

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1. Torched Hop Brewing

Locally-owned brewery known for its wide beer selection and great food

Torched Hop offers a rustic and relaxed vibe for visitors. Image courtesy of Yelp.

249 Ponce De Leon Ave NE | Midtown, Old Fourth Ward | torchedhopbrewing.com

Looking for the perfect place to kick back and relax with friends? Head to Torched Hop Brewing! This contemporary brewery offers a wide selection of beers and food. From IPAs to Belgian drafts, you’ll find plenty of beer to try. Inventive cocktails like the Pineapple Express and Bloody Martha are also available for your enjoyment. Hungry? Tide yourself over with some fresh Parmesan Herb Fries. The Philly Cheesesteak and Fish & Chips are also popular among guests. 
“It's spacious enough that you and your crew can spread out and distance. Indoor bocce ball court and a great set up for TVs make it our spot for watching football. Food is excellent too. Big fans of the Brussel sprouts and the tomato soup and grilled cheese. This is better than your typical bar menu.” - Yelp Review

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2. Monday Night Brewing

Westside gem where you will find some of the best beer in the city

Treat yourself to a glass of beer at Monday Night Brewing. Image courte

670 Trabert Ave NW | Westside/Home Park | mondaynightbrewing.com

Monday Night Brewing is another popular brewery among locals. There are two different locations you can try. Their West Midtown location opened in 2013 and their second brewery opened in southwest Atlanta in 2017. Their first location specializes in core beer production and small batch hoppy beers while their second facility focuses on barrel-aged sour beers. At both locations, you’ll find a wide selection of year round, seasonal, hop hut, and black tie beers. Don’t have the time to sit and drink? No worries! Monday Night Brewing offers plenty of to-go options.

“First, I love Monday night. I think they might be my favorite brewery in Atlanta! The little spot they have here is so chill. They just have tables out and they have set it up to where only a few people are at a table. On the long benches, they covered the middle part with rope so that two groups could sit at the table being distanced.” - Yelp Review

3. Three Taverns Craft Brewery

Small, intimate brewery located just outside of Atlanta

Escape the city and visit this cozy brewery. Image courtesy of Yelp.

121 New St | Decatur | threetavernsbrewery.com

For years, Three Taverns Craft Brewery has served as a small oasis from the city. While you can still head out to this popular brewery in Decatur, you also have the option of visiting the brewery’s new Atlanta location. 

At The Parlour, the Decatur branch, you can enjoy a beer inside its spacious tasting room or grab a seat outside. The Imaginarium, which is located in the Atlanta Dairies complex, offers a modern lounge and outside patio perfect for drinking and hanging out with friends. This new location specializes in experimental beers. Whatever location you try, you are sure to have a great time!

“I really enjoyed my visit to 3 Taverns - smaller, intimate brewery just outside of town. Easy parking, space to spread out, and good beers! Focus on sours here, with many options that were quite good. They do full and small pours so you can essentially build your own flight of however many beers you want to try.” - Yelp Review

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4. Good Word Brewing & Public House

Modern bar specializing in microbrewed beers

Sit back and relax at this popular brewery in Duluth. Image courtesy of Yelp.

3085 Main St, Suite 520 | Duluth | goodwordbrewing.com

Whether you are a beer aficionado or you just know how to appreciate a good brew, you’ll love Good Word Brewing & Public House. Over the years, Good Word has earned a number of accolades from publications such as Atlanta Magazine, Thrillist, and Brewing News. Beer is offered in a can or on tap. Along with its wide beer selection, Good Word also offers fresh, locally-sourced food. From the Beef Tartare to the Shrimp & Grit Fritters, Good Word offers something for everyone. 

“Came here for drinks at night. For a Thursday night it wasn't packed but it wasn't empty. There's tons of space. The waiters seemed super friendly too! We didn't get food so I didn't go through the menu. I got an old fashioned and oh my it was strong. It was also delicious. My friend got a beer flight and he seemed to enjoy it. Will definitely come back for more old fashioneds!” - Yelp Review

5. Fire Maker Brewing Company

Award-winning brewery ranked #2 best new brewery in the United States by USA Today

Fire Maker Brewing Company is a family-owned spot that has quickly grown into one of the most popular breweries in the city. Image courtesy of Yelp.

975 Chattahoochee Ave NW | Atlanta | firemakerbeer.com

Fire Maker Brewing Company offers a spacious outdoor patio that is perfect for enjoying a cold one with friends on a warm, sunny day. You can even bring your dog with you! As for the beer, Fire Maker offers a pretty wide and diverse selection. Numerous Southeastern IPAs, Sours, Ciders, Seltzers, Ales, and more can be found on the brewery’s extensive beer list. 

While Fire Maker doesn’t have an in-house kitchen, it does host different food trucks from time to time. Along with these fun food trucks, Fire Maker also hosts regular trivia nights. You can also order food from nearby restaurants such as Jimmy John’s or Bell Street Burritos. Yum! 

“By far one the the coolest breweries here in Atlanta. It's a newcomer, only having been open since March but they have so much to offer. Beer selection is great and there's ample outdoor seating with social distancing used if you wish to sit indoors.” - Yelp Review

6. Wild Heaven Beer West End Brewery & Gardens

Popular brewery focused on expanding the beer scene in Atlanta

Wild Heaven distributes many of its beers throughout the south. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1010 White St SW | West End | wildheavenbeer.com

Built by local Georgians, Wild Heaven is on its way to expanding and growing the beer scene in Atlanta. All of the company’s beers are inspired by traditional European brewing with an American twist. Their beers are also brewed all-grain with no adjunct sugars. This allows them to create flavorful beers without using an excess of alcohol. Classic pub foods like nachos, wings, and tacos are also available. 

“I love love love the outdoor space here. It's huge and well-appointed, with lots of tables, chairs, and even grassy areas on which to spread a picnic blanket. In these Covid-y times, you really appreciate a good outdoor space.” - Yelp Review

7. Orpheus Brewing

Fun and unique brewery known for its spacious beer garden

Reserve a table at the beer garden for your next weekend hangout. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1440 Dutch Valley Pl NE | Morningside/Lenox Park | orpheusbrewing.com

Located in the Morningside neighborhood, Orpheus Brewing offers a fun and relaxed spot for beer lovers traveling from all around the city. From their popular Hazy Sour Ale to their Double IPA, Orpheus offers an impressive selection of beer. Fun stickers, glasses, and shirts are also available for huge fans of the brewery!

“The best brewery in Atlanta, hands down. They're doing a great job during Covid; all service has been moved outside. The tabletop firepits are amazing! Their sours are some of the best I've ever had, including in Belgium. And their stouts are unbelievable.” - Yelp Review

As you can see, Atlanta is home to a wide selection of fun and interesting breweries. The next time you plan a get together with your friends, consider visiting one of the breweries listed above! What breweries on the list caught your eye? Let us know in the comment section below!

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