Take a tour (or two) of the best breweries around town, and have a beer (or two).
There is something fun and irreverent about going on a brewery tour. It makes you appreciate all the science and hard work that go into making a beer, especially a craft beer. Atlanta is home to more than a dozen breweries all giving their own flavor to Atlanta’s beer scene. Here are some of Atlanta’s top brewery tours.
- Jekyll Brewing
Live on the north side? Head on up to Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta. The brewery occupies a fun space and offers plenty of games to play while sipping ‘Merican Amber with its caramel notes and spicy finish. Tip: Visit on Tuesday for a special release that won’t ever be made again. The taproom is open Tuesday through Saturday.
- Monday Night Brewing
With a nod to its slogan, “Weekends are Overrated,” Monday Night Brewing holds tours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The brewery does make an exception with Saturday tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Don’t miss the Fu Manbrew and, for IPA lovers, Eye Patch Ale.
- Orpheus Brewing
You couldn’t ask for a better location: overlooking Piedmont Park and the Atlanta BeltLine. Orpheus has a terrific selection of IPAs and sours. Tip: Orpheus holds comedy night the first Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. And, yes, you may bring your dog to Orpheus. Tours are Thursday through Sunday.
- Red Brick Brewing
Claiming to be the oldest craft brewer in the state, Red Brick has been at it for more than 20 years. The brewery is open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Tip: Visit on Wednesday to try a new brew. Friday evening features live music.
- Reformation Brewery
Located north of Atlanta in Woodstock, Reformation is hidden away in what appears to be an office complex. It’s worth seeking out, as the brewery lets its beers age for three weeks, making for lots of flavor. Get the Stark Porter, made with toasted coconut, if it’s available. Tours are every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- SweetWater Brewing Company
This large craft beer brewer expanded a couple years ago to a much larger space for private events. When the weather is nice, enjoy live music on the patio. You can’t go wrong with the signature SweetWater 420. Tours are Wednesday through Sunday.
- Three Taverns Brewery
The Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur is cozy and comfortable. Tip: Ride your bike to the tasting room and get $2 off your tour. Tours are available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and some Sundays.
- Wild Heaven Brewery
Wild Heaven Brewery’s lineup includes Belgian-style golden ale (Invocation) as well as saison (White Blackbird). If you are looking for something more mellow and light, try the Emergency Drinking Beer Pilsner Session Ale. Wild Heaven, in Decatur, is open 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. All ages are welcome on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m.
This article first published here.