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36 hours in Atlanta – a beer guide

_MG_4842Atlanta – Your Southern Home Away from Home

If you know me, you understand my love for great beer.  Just like I enjoy experimenting with fashion trends, I love trying new beer styles.  I have an appreciation for a well-made brewski, not unlike my appreciation for a perfectly tailored dress or a gorgeous pair of heels.   With that said, this post is a bit of a departure from my usual musings on style…

I was lucky enough to enjoy a brief sojourn in Atlanta Valentine’s Day weekend.

My boyfriend and I had intentions of sight-seeing, but ATL traffic deterred us from doing too much driving.  Our trip quickly turned in to a beer and appetizer tour. Atlanta’s an established, yet still-blossoming, city of incredible craft beer with breweries and passionate brewpubs popping up left and right.

Our short trip certainly wasn’t the most extensive or exhaustive, but if you ever find yourself in the city, here’s my personal guide to 36 hours in ATL, the beer and libations edition.

1. SweetWater Brewery

  • My man-friend and I took a tour of my favorite brewery Valentine’s evening, what better way to spend the holiday? Tours are free and $10 buys you a souvenir mason jar with 6 tasting tickets!  They offer tours and tastings Wednesday through Friday, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • FAVORITE BREWS:  It was poetry, really, to drink my SweetWater favorite, Blue, as I walked alongside the brew kettles and bottling line.  We were also both huge fans of the seasonal Happy Ending imperial stout.

Old Fourth Ward

2. P’Cheen International Bistro & Pub

  • After our brewery tour we made our way to a fabulous dinner at P’Cheen in Old Fourth Ward.  The restaurant’s name comes from the Scot-Irish word for moonshine, and boy did we love their signature moonshine cocktails!
  • FAVORITE LIBATION: Junior’s Cherry Cola (cherry moonshine, coca cola, cherry)
  • FAVORITE BITE: The deep dish chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream and candied bacon.  Dessert just might have been our favorite course.

3. Market Across the Street

Little Five Points

4. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

  • It was love at first sight, and sip. Good food, good beer, cool staff and excellent music.  If we could have justified it we might have stayed all day.  This little pub, voted Atlanta’s best brewpub in 2011 and 2012, is actually tucked in the basement of a beautiful 20th-century Victorian-style mansion.  The exterior is what drew us in, but the incredible flights (pictured below) are what really won us over.
  • FAVORITE BREW: Denamelizer Double IPA
  • FAVORITE BITE: Local pork bratwurst served with house kraut (a dish after my own, Polish, heart)

photo 5

5. The Porter Beer Bar

  • This spot was the epitome of a hole in the wall. Literally, this was the narrowest bar I’ve ever stepped foot in.  But somehow they manage to squeeze in their 800 beer offerings and an extensive line of 30-something beers on tap!  The place was packed, and after we tasted our beer and food, we quickly realized why.
  • FAVORITE BREW: Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero
  • FAVORITE BITE: The signature hush puppies with fuji apple dipping sauce.

Decatur

6. Twain’s

  • After a recommendation from our Wrecking Bar bartender we ventured to Twain’s.  Although a little reminiscent of a Ruby Tuesday with all of the families and booth-seating, we loved the staff and the vibe of this place.  We shared a giant flight featuring ALL of the house brews!
  • FAVORITE BREW: Coquito Stout.  **Currently tied with Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee stout for my all-time favorite beer.  This is a BIG DEAL, guys.
  • FAVORITE BITES: We devoured the Belgian house fries with Siracha mayo (currently scouring the interweb for a recipe, so delicious) & the bacon mac-n-cheese fritters with jalapeño jelly dipping sauce.

photo 5 (1)Clearly, I was excited for this sampling!  That’s a whoppin’ TEN beers!

photo 3 (1)Outside Twain’s during the last bit of daylight. 

I’d love to hear from any frequenters of Atlanta!  What are your favorite beer spots?  Are there any must-visit bars that we missed?  I want to hear your suggestions, because I know we’ll be back in the future! There’s too much good beer flowing in that city not to re-visit.

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5 thoughts on “36 hours in Atlanta – a beer guide

  1. My all time favorite is Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee stout —- Taco Mac in Roswell just ran out! Where can I find more in ATL? 😦

  2. Also in Downtown Decatur: Leon’s and the Brick Store (don’t know how no one told you about that one!)
    Five Season’s Brewery is also pretty good

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