Georgia's brewing scene has seen a resurgence in the past decade, with more than 40 craft breweries in operation throughout the state. While popular breweries such as Sweetwater Brewing Company have become nationally known for their unique brews and associations with the rock and independent music scenes, these 25 breweries are some of the state’s best upstarts and hidden gems, offering a wide variety of European and American brewing styles emphasizing originality, creativity, and refreshing drinkability.
1.Creature Comforts Downtown Taproom and Brewery
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Creature Comforts Downtown Taproom and Brewery was the vision of Twain’s Billiards and Tap head brewer David Stein and SweetWater Brewing Company brewer Adam Beauchamp and is dedicated to driving creativity in the craft brewing industry through a scientifically-based focus on specialty brews and flavor innovation. The brewery has received awards from the Athens Heritage Foundation for its rehabilitation of its 1940s warehouse facility, which offers 13,000 square feet of tap room and brewing space. Year-round offerings by the brewery include its Bibo pilsner, its Tropicália American IPA, its Amber-aged French Oak Reclaimed Rye, and its Athena Berliner weisse. Creature Comforts has four seasonal offerings: Cosmik Debris, Koko Buni, Table Beer, and Automatic.
271 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-410-1043
2.Scofflaw Brewing Co.
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Scofflaw Brewing Co. was the vision of Matt Shirah and Travis Herman, who worked together as homebrewers until opening an 18,000-square-foot brewery in Atlanta’s Westside in 2017. The brewery, which is named after the nickname for Prohibition-era brewers who defied the country’s alcohol laws, emphasizes flavorful IPA and stout offerings with uniquely high alcohol contents. Year-round offerings include the West Coast-style Westside IPA, the Double Jeopardy imperial IPA, the tropical-flavored Hooligan IPA, and the POG Basement underground-style brew, a variation of the brewers’ original 19% ABV homebrew recipe. Daily tastings and tours are offered at the brewery’s main location, along with six pack sales and to-go growler fills.
1738 MacArthur Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-343-2832
© Arches Brewing
Arches Brewing was the vision of five homebrewers in Hapeville, with its name paying homage to the brick arches of the Colonial-style home the business began in. Today, the brewery is located near Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and strives to blend modern and old-world brewing practices, with a focus on crafting European-inspired ales and lagers and creative small batch brews made from high-quality spring water. Four year-round brews are offered, including the brewery’s flagship Unseasonal Lager, an uncommon simple grain lager brewed to be highly drinkable in any season. Limited-release seasonal beers follow a European brewing calendar and include the Five Week Sail Baltic porter, the German-style Mystik Bock, and the Ennoblement Imperial pilsner. The brewery’s tasting room is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays and welcomes children and well-behaved pets.
3361 Dogwood Dr, Hapeville, GA 30354, Phone: 678-653-2739
4.Wild Heaven Beer
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Wild Heaven Beer was founded by Eric Johnson and Nick Purdy and offers world-class beers designed following European brewing traditions with uniquely American twists. All of the brewery’s beers follow a strict all-grain, no adjunct-sugar policy to create richer, more unique flavors without the addition of excess alcohol. Standard year-round offerings include the brewery’s Emergency Drinking Beer pilsner-style session ale, Bestie pub ale, Ode to Mercy nitro coffee brown ale, and Wise Blood, Altair, and Goodvice IPAs. Belgian-style and barrel-aged sour beers are also emphasized, including the White Blackbird saison, the Invocation golden ale, and Emmylou, a Bordeaux barrel-aged golden ale highlighting cantaloupe, gooseberry, and persimmon notes. The brewery’s tap room is open for tastings and tours Wednesdays through Sundays.
135 Maple St B, Avondale Estates, GA 30002, Phone: 404-997-8589
5.Service Brewing Co.
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Service Brewing Co. was founded by partners Kevin Ryan and Meredith Sutton, who began homebrewing after a Valentine’s Day gift sparked a joint interest in not just consuming craft beer but creating it. The brewery was launched in 2014 and is committed to raising funds through proceed donations for local and national charities aiding veterans and first responders. Tastings and tours are available at the brewery’s tap room Wednesdays through Saturdays, which allows well-behaved pets on leashes. Year-round beer offerings include the brewery’s Ground Pounder pale ale, Compass Rose IPA, Rally Point Bohemian-style pilsner, Scouts Out honey saison, and Battlewagon double IPA. A variety of seasonal, experimental, and one-off beers are also offered on a rotating basis. Next read: Romantic Weekend Getaways from Atlanta
574 Indian St, Savannah, GA 31401, Phone: 912-358-1002
6.BlueTarp Brewing Co.
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BlueTarp Brewing Co. is Decatur’s first full-scale brewery, originally opened to the public in December of 2012. The company’s brews are available at their tasting room, which is open for tastings and tours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and are tapped at a number of bars, restaurants, and growler fill stations throughout the greater Atlanta area. Popular beers include the brewery’s Last Place Imperial stout, Belgian-style That’s What She Saison, Funk Weisse Berliner weisse, Tropic Thunder Session IPA, and Novemberfest Marzen. Limited-edition brews available at the tap room have include the Mother Hoppin’ double IPA, the beet-and-bergamot-flavored Bloodmoon wheat ale, and the All I Want For My Birthday Is a Big Booty Baltic porter. Well-behaved pets are allowed at the tap room’s beer garden area on leashes.
731 E College Ave. Decatur, GA 30030, Phone: 404-669-6740
7.Eagle Creek Brewing Company
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Eagle Creek Brewing Company is Statesboro’s only craft brewery, opened in 2013 by Franklin Dismuke. Since 2016, the brewery has operated as a brewpub, serving a variety of creative American bar fare, including pulled pork sandwiches, quesadillas, sliders, and waffle fries. Year-round and seasonal brew offerings include the brewery’s Georgia Tea Party sweet tea Amber ale, Grass Roots hefeweizen, Low Country pale ale, and River Street praline brown ale. The brewery’s limited-release Gas Light series also offers unconventional one-off weekly brews focusing on seasonal ingredients and creative brewing techniques. A variety of public special events are held periodically at the brewpub, including trivia nights, open mic events, and performances by local musicians.
106 Savannah Ave B, Statesboro, GA 30458, Phone: 912-489-2337
8.Grumpy Old Men Brewing
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Grumpy Old Men Brewing is a Blue Ridge microbrewery that was opened in 2012 by retired beer enthusiasts looking to turn their homebrewing hobby into a business venture. Today, the brewery, which was transferred to new ownership in 2018, offers tasting room hours Tuesdays through Saturdays and accommodates up to 18 taps at any given time. Popular offerings include the brewery’s Aska Pale Ale, Hell’s Holler porter, Bergey brown ale, Moon Over Blue Ride wheat ale, Tootla Creek blonde ale, and Devil’s Den, Big Booty Black, and Grasshoppa IPAs. The brewery is a proud dog-friendly brewery and welcomes well-behaved four-legged friends on leashes.
8506, 1315 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, Phone: 706-946-2739
9.Jailhouse Brewing Company
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Jailhouse Brewing Company was Georgia’s fourth craft brewery when it opened in 2009 and remains one of its creative driving forces on the microbrewery scene, offering 16 beers on tap at its tap room and outdoor patio. The brewery is famously housed within Hampton’s former city jail, which was constructed in the early 20th century and operated until the mid 1970s. It emphasizes local community engagement and small-business values, limiting production to approximately 1,300 barrels a year and remaining an independently-owned business despite its national success. Popular year-round brews include its Five-O and Mugshot IPAs and its Slammer pale wheat ale, while seasonal and experimental ales emphasize unusual flavor elements such as corn, chamomile, and strawberry. Brewery tours are available on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and to-go bottles, cans, and growler fills are available for most brews.
8 Cherry St, Hampton, GA 30228, Phone: 256-474-5250
© Jekyll Brewing
Jekyll Brewing carries on the longstanding tradition of beer brewing on Jekyll Island, which was the site of the American South’s first brewery in 1738. The Alpharetta brewery was opened by Michael Lundmark and Josh Rachel and focuses on handcrafted brews covering the spectrum of global brewing styles. Core year-round brews include the brewery’s Hop Dang Diggity and Southern Juice Southern-style IPAs, its Big Creek Kolsch, its Cooter Brown American brown ale, and its ‘Merican Amber ale. Drafts are served at the brewery’s taproom Tuesdays through Sundays, with tours operating every half hour to hour. Food trucks and live music are highlighted periodically, and delivery service from several local restaurants is available on site.
2855 Marconi Dr #350, Alpharetta, GA 30005, Phone: 844-453-5955
11.Left Nut Brewing Co.
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Left Nut Brewing Co. is located within Gainesville’s historic Chicopee Mill industrial region, which preserves a historic 1927 Johnson and Johnson textile mill and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The brewery is a partner organization with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, with a portion of all proceeds of bottled and canned beer benefitting the ‘Til No Child Is Hungry campaign. Year-round brew offerings include the brewery’s Lappland Blonde Ale, American Obsession Pale Ale, Leaping Lena Imperial Red Ale, and Bridge to Nowhere IPA. The brewery’s tap room is open Wednesdays through Sundays, with free brewery tours available during operating hours.
2100 Atlanta Hwy, Gainesville, GA 30504, Phone: 678-827-6678
12.Macon Beer Company
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Macon Beer Company is Macon’s first new brewery since the Prohibition era, offering a community gathering tap room with opportunities to play cornhole and Nintendo games while sipping draft brews. Draft brews on tap include the brewery’s flagship Macon Progress pale ale, its Macon Dreams golden ale, which is brewed with authentic Georgia peaches, and its Macon Mounds stout, which pays homage to the area’s historic Ocmulgee National Monument. Seasonal beers include the Macon Bears spiced pumpkin ale and the Macon Soul seasonal sour brown ale. Live music is presented at the brewery on a regular basis, and private special event rental space is available for birthdays, weddings, and corporate events.
345 Oglethorpe St, Macon, GA 31201, Phone: 478-216-7117
13.Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
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Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill and Brewery is located in a 10,000-square-foot renovated building in Atlanta’s downtown area, offering upscale contemporary dining and craft beers brewed on site. All beer recipes are created by the restaurant’s award-winning master brewer John Roberts, emphasizing robust flavorful ingredients and classic brewing styles. Regular beers on tap include the brewery’s Reserve Lager, Three Threads Porterover, White Oak White, and Exiled Monk Belgian red ale. Exclusive limited-edition cask beers are tapped every Thursday, and a large selection of bottled international microbrews are available in addition to house offerings. Dining options include Southern-style chicken dishes, hickory-smoked chops and barbecue, and wood-fired pizzas.
320 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, Phone: 404-525-4400
14.Monday Night Brewing
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Monday Night Brewing offers two Atlanta locations, including a main West Midtown tap house and a lower-key garage location within the Lee + White development. The brewery was born out of a local Bible study group and strives to foster community interaction and human connection through the consumption of lovingly handcrafted brews. Standard brew offerings include the Dr. Robot blackberry lemon sour, the Han Bro-lo pale ale, the Fu Manchua Belgian-style witbier, the Drafty Kilt Scotch ale, and the Blind Pirate blood orange IPA. Seasonal brews are tapped for two to three months at a time and include nitro offerings, while a Black Tie series highlights one-off exclusive brews.
670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-352-7703
15.Moon River Brewing Company
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Moon River Brewing Company is Savannah’s premiere brewpub and beer garden, offering a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and serving a variety of freshly-prepared eclectic dishes. The brewery’s 5,400-square-foot garden house space is dog-friendly and is widely reported to be one of Savannah’s most haunted sites, highlighted on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters: TAPS series. All beers are brewed on site at the brewery within its 15 bbl brewhouse facility, with a wide variety of award-winning brews offered on tap at any given time. Year-round brews include the brewery’s Captain Porter’s Porter, Yoga Pants Pale Ale, Wild Wacky Wit, and Swamp Fox IPA. Limited availability specialty beers highlight seasonal flavors, while small batch and vintage brews focus on higher ABV offerings aged for at least one year prior to tapping.
21 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401, Phone: 912-447-0943
16.Omaha Brewing Company
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Omaha Brewing Company was founded by Robert and Stephanie Lee in 2012 and opened within a former 1940s school building near the owners’ home along the Georgia-Alabama state line. The brewery has been distributing since 2014 and emphasizes its family-owned history and ethic, using artisan spring water and high-quality ingredients in all of its brews. Draft beer and to-go packs are sold at the brewery’s tasting room, which is open Mondays through Saturdays, and are available at a variety of bars, restaurants, and growler fill stations throughout the western Georgia region. Core brews include the brewery’s Hannahatchee Creek IPA, Nada-Banana American-style weiss beer, Doc Dweller Berliner weisse, and German-style Gnat Knocker Helles Lager. Past seasonal and one-off offerings have included the Instagator American-style Kolsch, the Like No Udder milk stout, and the General’s Select barrel-aged stout.
265 Brew St, Omaha, GA 31821, Phone: 229-838-4779
© Orpheus Brewing
Orpheus Brewing is an Atlanta brewery focusing on the use of wild fermentations and new hops, crafting unique forward-thinking brews living up to the company’s motto “Don’t Look Back.” The brewery, which is located near Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Beltline, is open for tours and tastings seven days a week and can host private special events upon request. All brews highlight authentic mother fermentations and use locally-sourced ingredients for flavoring. Standard year-round brews include the Atalanta tart plum saison, the Transmigration of Souls IPA, which emphasizes tropical fruit flavors, the dry-hopped Serpent Bite sour saison, and the barrel-aged Noise and Flesh, which highlights peach and citrus notes.
1440 Dutch Valley Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, Phone: 404-347-1777
18.Red Hare Brewing Company
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Red Hare Brewing Company is an award-winning independent microbrewery in Marietta which has received numerous awards at the U.S. Open Beer Championships, including a 2016 naming as the country’s fourth best brewery. The brewery was founded in 2009 by Roger Davis and Bobby Thomas and is located within a 15,000-square-foot warehouse space that offers public tours and tastings Tuesdays through Saturdays. As the first brewery to offer canned beers in the state of Georgia, the brewery is known for its unique high-recycling-content Evercan. Flagship year-round brews include Long Day Lager, Gangway IPA, Cotton Tail Pale Ale, and Watership Brown Ale. In addition to alcoholic beverages, the brewery also concocts a line of craft non-alcoholic sodas.
1998 Delk Industrial Blvd SE, Marietta, GA 30067, Phone: 678-401-0600
© Reformation Brewery
Reformation Brewery has been highlighted in international publications such as Time and Fortune magazines and Yahoo! Travel as one of Georgia’s top craft breweries. The Woodstock brewery emphasizes an ethic centered on acceptance, authenticity, and humility, striving to bring out the reformer in all of its customers, and frequently partners with local charitable organizations to give back to its local community. Year-round releases include the brewery’s Cadence Belgian-style ale, its Jude trippel, its Stark toasted porter, and its Nolan the Wanderer rotating IPA series. In addition to drafts and tours in its Keeping Room, the brewery also hosts a variety of public special events, including a Books and Brews club, a monthly game night meetup, and a series of outdoor adventure excursions to local natural sites.
500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock, GA 30188, Phone: 678-341-0828
© Riverwatch Brewery
Riverwatch Brewery is Augusta’s first new microbrewery since the Prohibition era, opened within a former farmer’s market warehouse by retired Army Colonel Brey Sloan, a World Brewing Academy graduate with apprenticeship experience at Fujinomiya’s Bayern Meister Bier Brewery, and her daughter Anne. The brewery is open for tastings and drafts Wednesdays through Saturdays, with guided tours offered on the weekends and dock observation available weather-permitting. Outside food is permitted on the premises, and children and well-behaved pets are allowed with adult supervision. Year-round brews include the brewery’s Scenic Overlook blonde ale, 104 pale ale, Queen Maeve red ale, and Cautionary Tale double IPA.
1175 4th St, Augusta, GA 30901, Phone: 706-421-7177
21.Second Self Beer Company
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Second Self Beer Company was founded by homebrewers Chris Doyle and Jason Santamaria, who began brewing together in 2005 after graduating from Georgia Tech. The brewery encourages customers to pursue their passions and dreams, following in the footsteps of its owners who transitioned a casual side hobby into their main career ambition. Flagship year-round beers include the brewery’s Thai Wheat, A.T. Ale, and Triforce IPA, while seasonal offerings include MIG: Margarita in Gose, Make IPA Great Again, and the dry-hopped juniper and rosemary Junipa IPA. The brewery is open to the public for tastings and tours Thursdays through Sundays, with periodic public special events such as Taco Saturdays and video game nights offered on a regular basis.
1317 Logan Cir NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 678-916-8035
22.Abide Brewing Company
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Abide Brewing Company is Newnan’s first brewing company, opened in 2013 by friends and homebrewers Matthew Kapusta, Philip Leonard, and Evan Scanlan. Today, the nano-brewery serves drafts throughout 10 Georgia counties and offers flights and taps at their tasting room on Saturday afternoons. Year-round brews include their Local Pale Ale, their Coweta Common American Blonde ale, their Brown’s Mill Brown ale, and their Three Rivers IPA. Seasonal beers on tap have included Asian Persuasion, a summer-style American pale wheat beer brewed with ginger, lemongrass, and Cascade hops. Brewery tours are available upon request, and tasting room special events are announced periodically on the company’s Facebook.
130 Werz Industrial Blvd, Newnan, Georgia 30265
23.Southbound Brewing Company
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Southbound Brewing Company is Savannah’s first production microbrewery, launched in May of 2013. The brewery’s tap room is open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays for tastings and tours and frequently hosts public special events such as pub trivia nights, paint-your-pet evenings, and lectures and discussions with local figures. Year-round brews include the Shakedown Street French-style saison, the Scattered Sun Belgian-style witbier, the Hopplin’ American-style IPA, and the Mountain Jam Southern dry-hopped lager. Seasonal brews include Belgian-style saison Desert Dawn, Picture of Nectar IPA, Transilience German-style sour wheat ale, and Moonlight Drive imperial coffee stout. A variety of one-off brews have also been offered on a limited release basis.
107 E Lathrop Ave, Savannah, GA 31415, Phone: 912-335-1737
24.The Southern Brewing Company
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The Southern Brewing Company is an Athens microbrewery that emphasizes the region’s vibrant collegiate culture and Southern hospitality and charm. The brewery was opened to the public in May of 2015 by founders Brian Roth and Rick Goddard, former beer lobbyists in Washington, D.C. To date, the brewery has produced more than 50 standard, seasonal, and one-off craft brew offerings, emphasizing traditional and adventurous styles alike and fostering a spirit of collaboration between its brewers and employees. Year-round brews include its Hobnail IPA, Midnight Train porter, Wild Azalea saison, Southeastern Berliner weisse, and Ironmaster Kolsch. Limited-release offerings include the brewery’s Southern Woodpile series, which highlights mixed culture fermentation to create traditional sour and farmhouse ales with a Southern flair.
231 Collins Ind Blvd, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-548-7183
25.Three Taverns Craft Brewery
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Three Taverns Craft Brewery was the vision of founder Brian Purcell, who was inspired to pursue opening a Trappist-style brewery after a 1994 road trip through Belgium with friends. Following Purcell’s move to Decatur in 2005, he began to transition his homebrewing interest into a business venture, and in 2013, Three Taverns officially opened to the public, named after a former traveler’s rest spot mentioned in the Book of Acts. The brewery’s year-round offerings focus on New Monastic styles, including its Fortunatus barrel-aged sour ale, its Inceptus wild ale, its Brettannicus farmhouse ale, and its Feest Noel Belgian-style Christmas-spiced quad ale. Limited release ales and one-off Non-Orthodox series beers are also available at its Parlour brewery tasting room, which is open seven days a week.
121 New St, Decatur, GA 30030, Phone: 404-600-3355
25 Best Georgia Breweries
- Creature Comforts Downtown Taproom and Brewery, Photo: Creature Comforts Downtown Taproom and Brewery
- Scofflaw Brewing Co., Photo: Scofflaw Brewing Co.
- Arches Brewing, Photo: Arches Brewing
- Wild Heaven Beer, Photo: Wild Heaven Beer
- Service Brewing Co., Photo: Service Brewing Co.
- BlueTarp Brewing Co., Photo: BlueTarp Brewing Co.
- Eagle Creek Brewing Company, Photo: Eagle Creek Brewing Company
- Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Photo: Grumpy Old Men Brewing
- Jailhouse Brewing Company, Photo: Jailhouse Brewing Company
- Jekyll Brewing, Photo: Jekyll Brewing
- Left Nut Brewing Co., Photo: Left Nut Brewing Co.
- Macon Beer Company, Photo: Macon Beer Company
- Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, Photo: Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
- Monday Night Brewing, Photo: Monday Night Brewing
- Moon River Brewing Company, Photo: Moon River Brewing Company
- Omaha Brewing Company, Photo: Omaha Brewing Company
- Orpheus Brewing, Photo: Orpheus Brewing
- Red Hare Brewing Company, Photo: Red Hare Brewing Company
- Reformation Brewery, Photo: Reformation Brewery
- Riverwatch Brewery, Photo: Riverwatch Brewery
- Second Self Beer Company, Photo: Courtesy of burnel11 - Fotolia.com
- Abide Brewing Company, Photo: Abide Brewing Company
- Southbound Brewing Company, Photo: Southbound Brewing Company
- The Southern Brewing Company, Photo: The Southern Brewing Company
- Three Taverns Craft Brewery, Photo: Three Taverns Craft Brewery
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Cherries - Fotolia.com