On the craft-side of commercial breweries, or conversely on the macro side of microbreweries. Not a beer I would order in a restaurant, but I enjoy the tours for cheap sociable drinking and the occasional live music. The brewery isn’t very inviting to people who dont’ want to stand for 2 hours while chatting with friends, and they could definitely warm the place up for the tours.
Also get some more knowledgeable pourers for the tours that can make conversation about beer while drinking.
Tucked away in an industrial park, Red Brick is worth seeking. Interior is roomy yet somehow cozy, plenty of tables and ledges, one TV for sports. Servers are helpful and efficient, yet warm and welcoming. You get the typical pour of six samples for $12, or more if you pay a premium. Always a happening place.
Visited here in late August ’14 for a private work party - so my experience may be a little bit different. Had about eight of their own on tap, a few special ones, even able to enter a new beer that they just tapped - but they did just run out of another new one. Barkeep was friendly and knowledgeable. Relaxed atmosphere, located in an industrial area of town.
Located in an light-industry section near midtown Atlanta, this brewery has improved over recent years. Beers are now more varied and more interesting. The tasting room is casual, there’s a patio out front, and visitors are often allowed to hang out in a area of the brewery itself. Open Wed-Sun. for the price of the (optional) tour, you get a pint glass and 4 beer tickets, used in accordance with Georgia’s 32oz law. Special beers offered every Wed. - UPDATE: new law allows purchase of beer to go 4-pk; 6 pk or growler
Now this is a brewery to go to. I have said previously that most of the Georgia breweries are "cookie cutter" breweries, which they are. Atlanta brewing company doesn’t aberrate from that at all, but they have a few things that make them better than Terrapin and Sweetwater. Much respect to Terrapin beers, but ABC provides a smaller venue for special Casks, and new brews i.e. generally, less people tend to show up for such events. The people here are generally, more engaging and conversational than the terse and indifferent employees at Terrapin and Sweetwater. They like beer here, even though on average it is considered mediocre. The prices are in line with the others, but they actually pour full pints here and generally don’t keep track of how many you have had. This is a place where you could actually go and drink on a day-to-day basis, if they offered such conveniences. They generally have things on tap that are not bottled which is cool. I’d have to say douche bags do come here, but in small amounts/droves. They also have cool events such as the tricycle races. They are very humble and understand that their local market are their biggest supports; something that Sweetwater and Terrapin have seem to forgotten.
This is a brewery definitely designed for the tours. Very nice looking insides. It was a great location for the last Cask Ale Festival. If you’re in town and wanting to go to a brewery tour, this is definitely one to consider. There’s a reason the scores are higher in the last couple of years than they were before. The beers improved a few years back and the new brewery is an improvement for visitors, although not quite as prime of a location as it was back on Williams St.
Visited ABC for the ACAT 1/31/09. This was my first trip to the new location - though it’s not new anymore. I used to frequent the old location almost every Friday in college (-2002). The space is very nice. It was a good size for the cask ale tasting, and I would imagine their tours are pretty nice as well. The ABC brews are decent and they seem to be trying some new things. Their double chocolate (porter), vanilla gorilla, and pale ale (fresh) are all good beers. Overall, a solid brewery that seems to be on the upswing with a nice location and what seems to be a friendly staff. Worth a stop on an Atlanta brew tour.