Discussion in 'Beer Travel, Events and Releases' started by drgarage, Feb 21, 2014.
works for me. The wife gave me free reign on Friday.
I live by Wrecking Bar/The Porter, not sure if you have hit any of those, or been to Atlanta before, but those are some good spots to check out.
The wife is at GeorgiaTech for a few days. What's the best place around for beer? From a quick research, Mac's Beer & Wine seems like the best options, but I would like any extra tips!
If she doesn't have a car, then Mac's is her best option.
If she has a car, then it'd be Green's on Ponce, or Hop City in West Midtown or at Krog Street Market.
Gonna be near duluth for the last week of this month... definitely hitting up the brick store, vortex, who knows what else! Probably bring out some schramms to drink as well...
I'm going to be in Atlanta at the end of the month for Microsoft Ignite. I'm going to be near the Georgia World Congress Center daily, and am staying at the Hilton on Courtland. Kind of near where Downtown/Old Fourth Ward/Sweet Auburn all meet up. I won't have a car. Any good bars within walking distance or a short Uber away? Prefer to drink good beer I can't get in Chicago.
As far as walking, you're going to be extremely close to Max Lager's. They're a solid (although a bit expensive) brewpub that has increased both their variety and quality exponentially in the past year+.
A short Uber/long walk away is Torched Hop, another brewpub. They've been open less than a year, but they've got great food and their (hoppy, especially) beers continue to impress. Another short Uber away is Wrecking Bar Brewpub, the best food/beer combination in the city IMO. A few minute walk from Wrecking Bar is The Porter, a well known beer bar, that is also worth a stop.
This should be more than enough to keep you full and drunk, but in case you're still looking for more, a decent place to check out would be Cypress Street Pint and Plate in Midtown. However, I strongly recommend each of the above before considering Cypress.
And one note on the walking in case you're not familiar with the area you're staying in: it's not exactly the worst, but it can get kinda sketchy at night because nobody really goes down in that area unless it's for work during the day. Walking to Max Lager's is fine, but I wouldn't advise walking to any other places outside the general vicinity. Ubers are everywhere and pretty cheap, so they're plenty worth it.
Thanks dude. Yeah I've never been to downtown Atlanta before (my brother lives in Marietta, that's about all of Georgia I've seen). Good to know about the area...Uber it is.
Gonna be in town next weekend for Radiohead at Philips Arena. Will be kinda in and out; arriving at 10:45am on Saturday and leaving at 2pm Sunday and staying downtown at Marriott Marquis with my wife, another couple, and my BIL that are all pretty into beer and food.
Anything develop in the last 6 months? Or just go off of SwoldierBoiTellEm 's last post? Ideally we'd be looking for something like lunch>brewery>brewery>light dinner/cocktails>show>post show bar downtown. Ubering to lunch and then to show is obviously fine, but it would be nice if we could walk between the daytime stuff (1-2 mile walks are cool). Oh, and something for Sunday breakfast/brunch?
Thanks for being my travel agent!
All the same from my post above, especially wrt downtown and midtown. Keep in mind that due to archaic brewery (not including brewpubs) laws, you will have to purchase a "tour" which includes 36oz of beer to consume on site. You can add a "souvenir to go package" to your tour that allows you to take (not buy ) up to 72oz to go. Thankfully, the laws should be changing effective 9/1 to be much more normal.
With that being said, a new brewery has opened in the past year in west midtown called Scofflaw. They've quickly become the best brewery in Atlanta and should be a reasonably quick Uber from anywhere in downtown/midtown. They specialize in hoppy stuff, but have done very well with most everything they make. The head brewer has previously worked at both RR and Lost Abbey.
I'd rank everything in these two posts as follows:
1) Wrecking Bar/The Porter (oh, and WB also has a great cocktail program and bourbon list)
3) Torched Hop
4) Max Lagers
For breakfast/brunch, I highly recommend Homegrown (get the Comfy Chicken Biscuit). You'll need to uber, but I don't think it should be more than 10-15 mins. It is important to note that they get very crowded and have a wait past 9am or so usually. So get there early, or plan to wait. Otherwise, Cypress St Pint and Plate usually has good breakfast/brunch options in addition to their regular menu, plus $3 pints of SW (fresh) IPA. Also, you cannot buy or consume alcohol at any restaurants until 1230pm on Sunday (another law in the process of being changed).
Feel free to PM if you have any more questions.
everyone hates those GA laws but I've never been able to drink as cheaply as I do when visiting GA breweries. 20$ at creature comforts or terrapin gets you what 4 or 5 beers and a glass... That would be $40 minimum in Florida. I think the sweetwater "tour" was even cheaper.
Yeah, they say it's x amount of sample per glass but I've seen it go full or half full. Depends on the person and time.
Thankfully it's all changing soon and we can all belly up to the bar at a brewery and enjoy a pint.
You're right, it's not a bad deal for a consumer who wants to drink a lot of beer. That being said, I rarely want to drink that much because I usually am driving to the brewery. The issue with the law is not that it's a bad deal for a consumer, but that it's a shit deal (i.e., fundamentally unjust) for a brewery. In what other industry is one leagally prohibited from selling its own product directly from its own premises? Imagine going to a dairy and being told that you can't buy milk there, you have to go to the store. Forcing a brewery to send product to distro from day one requires a lot more capital to start a brewery. And if a brewery doesn't have their shit dialed in from day 1, they're kind of fucked because consumers are finicky and will buy stuff that is consistent.
But like everyone else has said, the laws should be changing September 1 (passed both house and senate by yuge margins, waiting for the gov to sign or at least not veto, and then the DOR interpretation of the new law) and all this bullshit will be behind us.
what about BA Milk?
Got done behind the scenes a long time ago shortly after the shitty deal passed. SB63 was it? Interesting thing was one of the big issues for the state/distributors was 2 large GA breweries were also pushing for their own shipping fleet. 1 was Terrapin and not sure who the other was. It wasn't Sweetwater. Don't know how that never got into the press.
Bumping this thread for some new Atlanta recs. I'll be there next week from Tuesday to Wednesday. What's good and new around?
Torched Hop Brewing
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Brick Store Pub
Bar at Hop City KSM
Monday Night Garage/Monday Night Brewing
Hop City KSM
Hop City West Midtown
Greens on Ponce, Greens on Buford
If someone tells you to go to Scofflaw, ignore everything they say after that.
Amazing! Thanks. What about Orpheus? Worthwhile?
Orpheus is good but I'd put it after both Monday Night and Three Taverns.
If you wanted to combine some of these, Wrecking Bar and The Porter are within walking distance. And Brick Store and Three Taverns are fairly close together.
If you wanted to get some exercise, Hop City KSM and Orpheus are at opposite ends of the Beltline, a walking/bike path (that is crazy crowded on the weekends but shouldn't be too bad during the week). I'd guess that they're 2 to 2.5 miles apart. And along the way you could stop at Mitch Steele's (formerly of Stone brewing) brewpub New Realm, but the beer there is pretty mediocre and unimaginative. Or, if you started at KSM and went to Orpheus, you could then take a short Uber (1-2 miles) to Torched Hop.
And of course, go to Scofflaw ;-)
He said to ignore everything I said after that, not before that, so everything I said still counts.
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