Atlanta is known for Southern hospitality, including a wide variety of delicious food crafted and served by friendly faces. But our city, and it’s nearby neighbors, is also known for its nationally acclaimed craft breweries. From Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta’s original craft brewery, formerly known as simply Atlanta Brewing Co.) to SweetWater and its iconic 420 ale, to Terrapin Beer Co. in nearby Athens, Atlanta and North Georgia are overflowing with craft beer options.
But what about the newer kids on the block? Let’s take a look at some of the smaller, newer, or slightly more suburban breweries that you may not know about….yet!
With so many breweries opening in Atlanta’s northern suburbs, Arches Brewing, located near Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Hapeville, may have flown under your radar. One of the things that makes Arches different is their water. Believing that the perfect beer requires the perfect water, the brewmasters at Arches installed a well system at their brewery that delivers natural spring water from an underground aquifer 450 feet below the surface. Specializing in lagers, the brewery is also known for its seasonal specialities.
Arches Brewing – 3361 Dogwood Drive, Hapeville, GA 30354
Open Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-8pm; Friday 3pm-9pm; Saturday 1pm-9pm
The first brewery to open in the historic and hip Marietta Square area, Glover Park Brewery is named after the city’s first mayor, John Glover, who just happens to be the great-great-great-great-grandfather of co-owner Hank DuPre. Located in a 1930s era building that locals know as the “old Sears building,” Glover Park includes a taproom, 1500 square foot patio, and an events space that can accomodate 300 guests for a special occasion. To make sure the beer is as good as the taproom, DuPre and business partner Sam Rambo, enlisted the help of Kevin McNerney, one of two original co-founders of Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing.
Glover Park Brewery – 65 Atlanta Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Open Wednesday-Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday 4pm-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 12:30pm-7pm
After spending some time brewing out of Thomas Creek Brewing in Greenville, SC and Coastal Empire’s brewery in Savannah, the brewers behind Pontoon Brewing have opened their own brewhouse in Sandy Springs, the first microbrewery in the young city. Expect great flagship beers along with funky seasonal flavors, and unique collaborations, in a relaxed dog-friendly taproom.
Pontoon Brewing – 8601 Dunwoody Place, Building 500, Suite 500, Sandy Springs, GA, 30350
Open Wednesday-Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday 3pm-11pm; Saturday 12pm-12am; Sunday 12:30pm-6pm
Ryan Chapman fell in love with German pilsners, helles lagers and blonde ales while studying abroad. He opened Tucker Brewing Company with the idea of recreating those European beer styles in a Southern environment. The brewery, located just off Main Street in downtown Tucker, includes an 8,500 square foot traditional beer garden, which is the largest of its kind in Georgia. The outdoor space features frequent live music acts, food trucks and a children’s sandbox and play area.
Tucker Brewing Company – 2003 South Bibb Drive, Tucker, GA 30084
Open Wednesday-Thursday 4pm-9pm; Friday 4pm-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 12:30pm-7pm
Located just off the main drag in downtown Roswell, Variant Brewing is a family affair. Husband and wife team Matthew and Lauren Curling present a roster of beers that range from standard IPAs and stouts to wide variety of seasonals, special releases and….well, variants of their signature styles. Add to the mix a dog friendly patio, rotating food truck schedule and plenty of TVs for catching the game while you sample the brews.
Variant Brewing– 66 Norcross Street, Roswell, GA 30075
Open Wednesday-Thursday 2pm-9pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-7pm
Schoolhouse Brewing – Coming Soon!
Also, keep an eye out for Schoolhouse Brewing, opening this June in Marietta. Started by former science teachers, Thomas Monti and Justin Waller, Schoolhouse is already open as a source of homebrewing supplies, beer education and local spot for homebrewers to talk shop. The taproom opens next month, so follow the Schoolhouse Brewing Facebook page or sign up on their mailing list to find out exactly when the anxiously anticipated opening will be!