You know, my first idea for today's blog post was writing about a local festival that's happening this weekend in one of Atlanta's most popular parks. But what you know what? It's the middle of August, and it's too darn hot! I can't think of a better thing to do this weekend than take a brewery tour. Let's be honest, air conditioning and beer are a lovely pairing this time of year. There's two breweries in Atlanta that have both of those wonderful commodities in great supply.
Sweetwater Brewing Company
One of the largest independent brewers in the Southeast is Sweetwater Brewing Company, located in Atlanta since 1997. If you drink beer, and you live in Georgia, you've seen Sweetwater. Their West Coast roots show through in the heavy use of tie dye, not to mention their beer called Sweetwater 420. It's also a company with serious commitment to environmental efforts, as evidenced by their efforts to funds raise for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.
Sweetwater's been in a facility off Armour Drive in the shadow of I-85 since 2004, which is not far from the Connector's northern split. And while the actual tour is free, you'll want to cough up the $8 for a souvenier glass that comes with 6 sampling tickets. You can tour Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 5:30-7:30 PM, and Saturdays from 2:30-4:30 PM.
Red Brick Brewing Company
Red Brick holds the honor of being Georgia's oldest craft brewery, having its start in 1993. They've been brewing at their Westside location off Collier Road since 2007. $10 buys you a glass, a tour, and more beer geekiness than you can stand. Oh, I forgot to mention it also buys four pours of their signature brews. Red Brick's built a social edge into their tasting events, with each night having a different theme. Wednesday nights feature vintage gaming consoles, and Thursdays they hold trivia competitions. Friday evenings are when you can listen to live bands, and on Saturdays they pull out the old school party games, like cards, ping pong, cornholing, and darts. Although I've never thought darts and alcohol were a good mix...
Red Brick's hours are 5-8 PM Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 2-5 PM on Saturdays.