6 Georgia Beers You Need to Try this Year
Experience the best of each type of brew on this tour of craft beer through Georgia
Thanks to the recent popularity of brewery tours, entrepreneurs and beer enthusiasts are reveling in a statewide craft beer boom. Breweries and taprooms have boosted local economies and resurrected long-forgotten mills and warehouses.
From a trumpet player turning out some of the South’s best sours in a brewery beneath an Atlanta office building to an Army veteran’s sprawling Savannah River warehouse, each has a unique story to tell. Whether you reach for an easy-drinking Lake Country pilsner or a toasted porter imbued with coffee from a neighboring roaster, drink with satisfaction knowing that each beer is a reflection of its surroundings.
Creature Comforts, Athens
Fruity and not overly hoppy, this approachable IPA is so beloved that the Creature Comforts brewery and taproom in downtown Athens recently installed a state-of-the-art second brewing facility in a former denim plant to meet demand. The beer also makes a cameo as Thor's drink of choice in "Avengers: Endgame."
Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout
Burnt Hickory Brewery, Kennesaw
Honey, cinnamon, and graham cracker flour make their way into this distinctive milk stout named after the original moniker of the city in which it’s produced. Visit Burnt Hickory Brewery and get a history lesson along with your beers, as several are named for local historical figures.
Atalanta Tart Plum Saison
Orpheus Brewing, Atlanta
Sweet plums mingle with tangy lactobacillus yeast in this sought-after saison. It walks the line between fruity and tart, making it the perfect partner for seafood and spice. Located just steps from Piedmont Park, Orpheus Brewing is the perfect place to kick back after a day in the park.
Rally Point Bohemian Style Pilsner
Service Brewing Co., Savannah
This clean, crisp pilsner is created in a brewery owned and operated by a West Point graduate and former Army commander who donates part of its profits to organizations benefiting veterans and first responders. Service Brewing launches a new beer each season, so you'll always have something new to try when you visit the tasting room just steps from Savannah's famed River Street.
Stark Toasted Porter
Reformation Brewery, Canton and Woodstock
With hints of toasted coconut and chocolate, this medium-bodied porter is made with El Salvadoran coffee roasted by Swift & Finch Coffee in Rome. Visit Reformation Brewery in downtown Woodstock for a pint or two while you enjoy live music, games and other events nearly every night of the week.
Hey Man Blonde Ale
Oconee Brewing Co., Greensboro
The light Lake Country staple is created in collaboration with famed Atlanta sports radio hosts Carl Dukes and Mike Bell. Visit Oconee Brewing, located in a renovated cotton mill warehouse, to try a full lineup of beers, including several you'll find only on tap here.