The Best Brewery Tours in Atlanta

Take a tour (or two) of the best breweries around town, and have a beer (or two).
  • Wild Heaven is a heavenly local favorite.
    Wild Heaven is a heavenly local favorite.
  • Expect generous pours at Reformation Brewing in Woodstock.
    Expect generous pours at Reformation Brewing in Woodstock.
  • Besides the tasty beers there are plenty of games to fill the day at Jekyll Brewing.
    Besides the tasty beers there are plenty of games to fill the day at Jekyll Brewing.

There is something fun and irreverent about going on a brewery tour. It makes you appreciate all the science and hard work that go into making a beer, especially a craft beer. Atlanta is home to more than a dozen breweries all giving their own flavor to Atlanta's beer scene. Here are some of Atlanta's top brewery tours. 

  • Jekyll Brewing
    Live on the north side? Head on up to Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta. The brewery occupies a fun space and offers plenty of games to play while sipping ‘Merican Amber with its caramel notes and spicy finish. Tip: Visit on Tuesday for a special release that won’t ever be made again. The taproom is open Tuesday through Saturday. 

  • Monday Night Brewing
    With a nod to  its slogan, “Weekends are Overrated,” Monday Night Brewing holds tours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The brewery does make an exception with Saturday tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Don’t miss the Fu Manbrew and, for IPA lovers, Eye Patch Ale.

  • Orpheus Brewing
    You couldn’t ask for a better location: overlooking Piedmont Park and the Atlanta BeltLine. Orpheus has a terrific selection of IPAs and sours. Tip: Orpheus holds comedy night the first Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. And, yes, you may bring your dog to Orpheus. Tours are Thursday through Sunday. 

  • Red Brick Brewing
    Claiming to be the oldest craft brewer in the state, Red Brick has been at it for more than 20 years. The brewery is open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday  from 1 to 4 p.m. Tip: Visit on Wednesday to try a new brew. Friday evening features live music. 

  • Reformation Brewery
    Located north of Atlanta in Woodstock, Reformation is hidden away in what appears to be an office complex. It’s worth seeking out, as the brewery lets its beers age for three weeks, making for lots of flavor. Get the Stark Porter, made with toasted coconut, if it's available. Tours are every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

  • SweetWater Brewing Company
    This large craft beer brewer expanded a couple years ago to a much larger space for private events. When the weather is nice, enjoy live music on the patio. You can’t go wrong with the signature SweetWater 420. Tours are Wednesday through Sunday. 

  • Three Taverns Brewery 
    The Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur is cozy and comfortable. Tip: Ride your bike to the tasting room and get $2 off your tour. Tours are available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and some Sundays.

  • Wild Heaven Brewery
    Wild Heaven Brewery's lineup includes Belgian-style golden ale (Invocation) as well as saison (White Blackbird). If you are looking for something more mellow and light, try the Emergency Drinking Beer Pilsner Session Ale. Wild Heaven, in Decatur, is open 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. All ages are welcome on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. 

Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She has been a contributing writer to USA Today and Urbanspoon and has been featured on the Huffington Post. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. She is the president of the Association of Food Bloggers, and you can follow her on Twitter @ATLEatsNTweets and on Instagram @malika_bowling.

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