Sweetwater Brewing Company
Guide to Atlanta-area Breweries
During your next visit to Georgia's capital city, give yourself time to responsibly explore these breweries.
Atlanta may not be nicknamed "Beer City USA," but you wouldn't know that based on how many craft breweries are popping up every year around town. The suds scene is thriving in just about every neighborhood, each offering different styles with tours, tastings and daily events. During your next visit to Georgia's capital city, give yourself time to (responsibly) explore these breweries.
We haven’t included brewpubs, but there are plenty of them, as well, if you want to dine and drink. And, if you don't want to drive, Southern Culinary Tours and Atlanta Beer Bus are a few options to check out.
New Realm Brewing Co.
With a beer garden and rooftop deck overlooking the Atlanta BeltLine in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, New Realm Brewing is the place to go for exceptional IPAs and pilsners coupled with Atlanta skyline views. Pair a pint with a burger or wood-fired pizza, and you'll be all set to continue exploring the city.
Located in Piedmont Park near the Atlanta BeltLine, Orpheus focuses on beers prepared with new hops, wild fermentations, and barrels, including sours and IPAs. The taproom is open daily and is an easy spot to visit for travelers, especially those staying in Midtown.
Sweetwater Brewing Company
Sweetwater is the OG in town, founded in 1997 by two college buddies inspired by the beers they'd had in Colorado. Their ever-expanding taproom is where you can get their well-known beers as well as ones only found here. They also have events throughout the year like music festivals and river cleanups.
Atlanta Brewing Company
Although Sweetwater may be more well-known, ABC was founded in 1993 by a former Guinness executive in an old brick warehouse. Also known as “Red Brick,” they have a tasting room with dozens of their brews on tap, and events like trivia nights and live music.
Monday Night Brewing
One of the most popular breweries on the Westside, Monday Night started as a men's Bible study group that brewed at home on weeknights. Today, they have a lineup of excellent beers available in their taproom and events like discounted pint nights.
Second Self Beer Company
Two Georgia Tech grads started Second Self after a number of homebrewing projects. The taproom is the best place to try their three year-round beers as well as seasonal IPAs, sours and porters.
Scofflaw Brewing Company
The highly rated 18,000-square-foot brewery in the Bolton area has a taproom that is open daily. Enjoy Scofflaw's popular Basement IPA at one of their events like yoga classes.
Monday Night Garage
Monday Night Brewing's second location, Monday Night Garage opened in Atlanta's historic West End neighborhood, home to The Wren's Nest, with even more space and even more beers. You can have their year-round lineup in addition to the barrel-aged “Garage Series” brews.
Wild Heaven Beer
Decatur-based Wild Heaven Beer opened this second location on the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail in 2019. Visit the taproom and receive a souvenir Wild Heaven goblet, an educational brewery tour, and six tasting tokens redeemable for complimentary tastings. The brewery and gardens are kid-friendly, and dogs are welcome on the patio. Check their calendar for daily specials, live music and events.
Not far from Atlanta's oldest attraction, Zoo Atlanta, Eventide Brewing was launched by a group of friends from a beer kit. They have weekly tacos and trivia nights along with other fun events.
Halfway Crooks Beer
Opened in 2019, Halfway Crooks Beer, with its mix of Belgian café and retro computing branding, specializes in lagers and Belgian-influenced beers. Enjoy free parking and a dog-friendly rooftop located in the Summerhill neighborhood near the Georgia State University stadium.
Hippin' Hops Brewery & Oyster Bar
This Black-owned brewery in East Atlanta features a creative lineup of seasonal ales to pair with great eats like oysters and po' boys. Follow Hippin' Hops on Instagram for the latest updates.
Owned by the members of the Southern rap quartet Nappy Roots, the name Atlantucky nods to the group’s roots in Georgia and Kentucky. Located near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, this brewery offers a selection of pale ales, IPAs, hefeweizens, and stouts on tap; a prep kitchen hosting weekly pop-ups; and occasional live performances by Nappy Roots and other musicians.
The Southside also has its own craft brewery, a space just off the main street near Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the Porsche Experience Center. Inspired by the beer styles of Europe, Arches Brewing has both year-round and seasonal varieties, best enjoyed around one of the backyard fire pits.
Inner Voice Brewing
Inner Voice Brewing in Decatur brings a unique aesthetic and partnership with Glide Pizza, offering a brewery experience and a hot slice of pizza under one roof.
Outrun Brewing is a small-scale brewery located just outside Stone Mountain Park that focuses on approachable and highly drinkable brews. Check their Facebook page for food trucks and specials.
Sceptre Brewing Arts
Sceptre Brewing Arts is a fiercely independent craft brewery and beer garden serving freshly brewed beer and great food to in-town Atlanta and Decatur.
Three Taverns Brewery
Inspired by travels in Belgium, Three Taverns Brewery opened in 2013 after nearly a decade of home brewing. There is a focus on IPAs and sours in their lineup of beers.
Tucker Brewing Company
Brewing beer inspired by German styles and ingredients, this pet-friendly and family-friendly brewery opened in 2017 near downtown Tucker. Tucker Brewing's pilsner and hefeweizen are available year-round, and they are complemented by seasonal ales and lagers. Be sure to bring your credit card - they don't take cash.
Wild Heaven Beer
The original location for this European-style brewery is open daily for tours of its facility and tastings in the taproom. Wild Heaven's IPAs and Belgian-style ales are among their most popular.
6S Brewing Company
Located on Main Street in vibrant downtown Duluth, 6S Brewing offers a varied lineup from Belgian ales to ciders and IPAs. Stop in for a pint in the dog-friendly brewery as you explore the shops and restaurants in Duluth.
Stop into Anderby Brewing in Peachtree Corners to taste what's new! The creative brewers pride themselves on making beers in higher ABV ranges and having fun with flavor combinations.
Cultivation Brewing Company
Located in historic Norcross, Cultivation Brewing Company is all about cultivating community while brewing unique, quality-craft recipes. Check the menu of small-batch offerings, and join the fun at their many events from run club meetups to yoga and live music.
Good Word Brewing
Relax with delicious beer and great food featuring Georgia-grown ingredients at Good Word Brewing on Main Street in downtown Duluth. From pilsners to saisons and even a full lineup of craft cocktails, Good Word is a crowd-pleaser all the way around.
Located in downtown Lawrenceville, Ironshield Brewing serves classic, easy-drinking brews in a family- and pet-friendly space. Stop in to see what's pouring and grab a bite from local food trucks. Take your pint to go as you explore the shops and restaurants in downtown Lawrenceville.
Stop into Kettlerock Brewing, a family-owned brewery in Peachtree Corners, to enjoy the comfortable taproom that serves a variety of beers from honey ales to Belgians. Check the calendar of special events and live music to see what fun is on tap for your visit.
Monkey Wrench Brewing
Enjoy live music and food trucks every weekend at Monkey Wrench Brewing, a family- and dog-friendly brewery in Suwanee. Check the lineup of rotating beers on tap to see what's pouring.
Slow Pour Brewing Company
Located in downtown Lawrenceville, Slow Pour Brewing Company hosts special events like trivia, Bingo, and a farmer's market to enjoy while you taste their brews. With an inviting tasting room and beer garden with a family-friendly atmosphere, Slow Pour Brewing is where people want to be.
Social Fox Brewery
The first brewery in Norcross, Social Fox Brewery gives back to the community through hyperlocal initiatives. Grab a plastic pint and walk around downtown Norcross, grab a growler or a four-pack of cans to go, or relax with a flight and enjoy the taproom while you get to know the team behind the community-minded team.
Don't miss this award-winning brewery located in a former fire station in downtown Suwanee, which racked up 19 national and regional awards in its first two years. With a rotating lineup of 25 taps in the spacious taproom, a playground next to the patio, food trucks every night, and special events like Puppies and Pints, game nights and live music, StillFire Brewing is a hot spot north of Atlanta.
Gate City Brewing Company
Just off Roswell's Canton Street in a converted mechanic shop, Gate City has 20 beers on tap, including a number of IPAs. They also host live music and food trucks weekly.
Glover Park Brewery
Opened in 2018 a historic building near the Marietta square, Glover Park Brewery was founded by lifelong residents of the area. The taproom is open most days for pints of their scotch ale and other selections.
The unique combination of award-winning beers, vibrant taproom, and axe-throwing fun make Ironmonger Brewing the perfect hang-out spot in Marietta for suds lovers and adventure seekers. From "Kiss My Axe" (American Pale Ale) to the fan-favorite, "Toasty Marshmallow" (a Milk Stout), something new and interesting is always on draft.
Named for the first settlement in Georgia where beer was brewed, Alpharetta's Jekyll Brewing is a relaxed setting in an unassuming office park. Stop by for live music, games and, of course, tastings of their brown ale or Southern IPA.
This Sandy Springs brewery is inspired by time spent on Georgia’s waterways. Their beers include IPAs and a Berliner Weisse. They offer weekly yoga, trivia nights, and game nights.
Red Hare Brewing
Marietta’s Red Hare Brewing opened in 2011 and has gone on to open a second location in North Carolina and win countless awards. Visit for one of their events, like 5K races and live music, and enjoy their IPAs and lagers.
Even downtown Woodstock has a craft brewery, which recently expanded due to its popularity. Reformation is the best place to pick up a Belgian-style tripel or ale, especially during trivia, comedy and live music nights.
Six Bridges Brewing
Named for the six bridges that once crossed the Chattahoochee in Johns Creek, Six Bridges Brewing features 16 different taps, two huge screens to watch your favorite sports, board games, and an outdoor beer garden with shaded picnic tables.
Variant Brewing Company
A new addition is this Roswell brewery that features four year-round beers and even more seasonals and “variants.” Be sure to try one of the barrel aged stouts or a gose.