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in the 'burbs of Atlanta...
are two rapidly growing suburbs just northeast of Atlanta along Georgia
highway 400. If you are a beer lover who lives in the Atlanta
or is just visiting, you should make every effort to arrange a
driver and head up to Alpharetta and Cumming to seek out two of
best brewpubs and one of Georgia's best beer bars...
525 Lake Center
The beer taps at Summits (formerly Taco Mac) are truly
sight. The beer selection here is outstanding and possibly the
in the state. Every effort is made by the owners to insure that
beer available is often represented here. 5 oz. sample glasses
offered for a little over one dollar each -- this allows beer fans to
many different beers or have a taste before a full pint is
The food at Summits is very tasty as well, with chicken wings, Mexican
items, and great sandwiches featured on the menu. Summits is also
loaded with televisions so patrons can be sure not to miss their
|Directions to Summits:
Take GA 400 (US 19)
to Exit #14, which is the exit for GA Hwy 20. Go west on the exit and
on to the second traffic light. This should be GA Hwy 9, so turn right
(north). Drive about another half mile and you'll be able to spot
on your right just past Beverage Depot.
Brewery and Grill
872 Buford Highway
Pictured to the right are Owen Ogletree (author of this
Bob Krusen (head brewer) standing in the gleaming Buckhead
Bob produces some really fine beers that include: Buckhead Light (all
nice light grain flavors), Redhills Amber (roasted and chocolate hints,
nice and malty), Panther Pale Ale (great balance of malt and hop
from Cascade and Centennial hops), and Nut Brown Ale (slightly sweet
roasted nut flavors and hints of chocolate - mild and appealing).
Special and seasonal selections are also offered.
The interesting menu at Buckhead includes wonderful
pastas, and grilled game dishes. The Cumming location also has a
Buckhead Brewery has a new location coming at the end
of 2001 to
Alpharetta (a bit closer to the US Border brewpub). Check their
NOTE: This brewpub stopped brewing in
2002, and the Atlanta area lost some of its best local beer.
These notes describe
how the brewpub was in 2001...
This brewpub opened its doors in November, 1995, making
it the first
brewpub to be built in the state of Georgia serving original Mexican,
and Tex-Mex cuisine. Designed and decorated in Adobe
US Border has an attractive exterior and interior. The Mexican
is some of the very best available with imaginative menu items such as
Cabrito (roasted goat), Mesquite Grilled Shrimp and Poblano Chili
Their Sun Salsa is a favorite in the area, and has become so popular it
is sold in jars to go. Live music is featured in the bar area of
||Head brewer for US Border, Chris Terenzi, is very
talented at creating
some of the most flavorful beers in the Southeast:
TOMBSTONE GOLD - This golden ale is light, crisp and
little bitterness - a good introduction to craft-brewed beers.
MILTON COUNTY IPA - This IPA is dry hopped in the
vessel for a huge hop flavor and bitterness combined with a solid malt
OATMEAL STOUT - Ruby-black in color with almost a
Full bodied chewy beer.
CASK CONDITIONED ALE - Join US Border for "Firkin
biweekly, when they tap a firkin (11.25 gal. cask) and dispense a new
using an authentic British beer engine. Availability is limited -
please ask your server.