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AMERICAN GRILL & BREWERY
This is a brewpub favorite located in the heart of downtown. Max
Lager's offers customers tasty food and fine house beers...
- Max Pale - A
"West Coast" style India Pale Ale brewed with generous amounts of
Pacific Northwestern hops. Voted one of the Top Ten Best Beers in
Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal Constitution
- Max Gold - A
Bohemian Pilsner style lager, this classic beer style has a medium body
and a beautifully rich gold color. Voted one of the Top Ten Best Beers
in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal Constitution
- Max Red
- A vibrantly red Vienna-style lager, Max Red is a mild blend of a rich
toasted malt character and a subtle but spicy hop finish.
- Max Black -
Max Black's smooth rich body and complex chocolate-like malt character
will change your attitude about dark beer.
- SEASONAL BEERS
- Dates and beer styles subject to change.
J.R. is head brewer at Max Lager's
Take a taxi or MARTA rail (North Ave. stop) to The Spotted Dog
pub. This is another member of the Atlanta Derek Lawford pub
chain (see Prince of Wales below). Spotted Dog is housed in a
beautiful old Atlanta fire station, and offers 3-4 nice draft beers
(including a selection from Fuller's) and slightly upscale pub menu
items. The pub is about one block from Peachtree Street.
|VORTEX BAR &
Peachtree Street (Midtown Atlanta)
Moreland Ave. (Little Five Points)
The Midtown location of the Vortex is just a few blocks walk north on
Peachtree from Spotted Dog. The funky Five Points location is a
cab ride from downtown. Vortex offers an impressive draft and
bottled beer selection, outlandish biker-bar decor, and some of the
most kick-ass burgers in town. Check out their entertaining "bar
rules" in the menu.
Vortex in Little 5 Points
Peachtree Street, NE
Located near the Fox Theater in Midtown Atlanta, Gordon Biersch is part
of a nationwide brewpub chain that specializes in upscale food and
European-style lager beers. Lagers are fermented for long periods
at very cool temperatures and are malty, clean, crisp and
satisfying. The Gordon Biersch lineup includes favorites such as
a sweet Blonde Bock, a toasty Marzen (Oktoberfest beer), a caramel-like
Dunkel, a spicy Pilsner and a cloudy Hefeweizen wheat beer. The cuisine
is considered by many to be some of the most luscious brewpub fare
available, and although the menu shows a heavy Asian influence, the big
platter of garlic fries is the best selling food item.
Peachtree St NE
Just a few blocks from Gordon Biersch is Tap. This new gastropub
was opened in early 2007 and features a decent selection of draft and
bottled craft beers from around the world. The food is quite good
as well, but things are a bit pricey here at times. The layout of
the pub is quite unique -- with keg room and restrooms located
upstairs. Be sure to ask for a non-frosted glass for your beer.
|PRINCE OF WALES
Piedmont Ave NE
Another in the Derek Lawford pub series, Prince of Wales is a 20 minute
walk or five minute cab ride from Tap. This pub is poised across
the street from lovely Piedmont Park, and visitors will immediately see
its resemblance to the newer Spotted Dog (see above). There is an
inviting patio out front and a fun dart area (to the back right of the
bar). Again, be sure to try the current ale selection from
Fuller's Brewery in London.
Park Tavern (500
Tenth St. NE) is a trendy brewpub on the other side of Piedmont
Park. If you have plenty of time, you may want to walk to it
across the park (ask anyone for directions) or take a cab. House
beers at Park Tavern are decent, but for some reason the place seems to
downplay its brewery.
Rock Bottom has a
location in Buckhead (3242 Peachtree Rd NW) on the way to 5 Seasons
brewpub (see below). If you've never visited a Rock Bottom
before, it may be worth a stop.
|5 SEASONS BREWING
Roswell Rd NE # 21 (Prado Shopping Center)
It's about a thirty minute taxi ride up Peachtree Street to this
brewpub, but the trip is well worth it. The most popular slogan
of beer lovers across Atlanta seems to be, “Meet me at The 5!”
Because of its personable owners and staff, spacious main bar and
dining area, gourmet menu that fuses European and Japanese foods, and
outstanding hand-made selection of beers, 5 Seasons is considered by
many to be Atlanta’s best brewpub. The kitchen prides itself on
its use of organic produce and fine cuts of meat. Head brewer
Glen Sprouse churns out a delightful lineup of beers that includes
Seven Sisters Münchner (a slightly sweet, amber, Bavarian lager),
Munich Helles (a light German-style beer that is similar to pilsner),
and an ever-changing assortment of seasonal and specialty ales.
The brewpub’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, which includes unlimited
German food, beer and music for one price, is a mainstay on the social
calendars of Atlanta beer aficionados. 5 Seasons also has a
location in Alpharetta, GA.
5 Seasons brewers and owners at their annual
Beer lovers throughout Georgia are very familiar with the flavorful and
award-winning beers from Atlanta's personable Sweetwater Brewing
Company. The company's year-round lineup includes Sweetwater 420
(an English-style pale ale), Blue (a golden ale with refreshing
blueberry aroma and flavor), Georgia Brown (a complex, slightly dry
brown ale), Hummer (a malty, Belgian-style Witbier with a spicy
coriander finish), and IPA (a flavorful pale ale loaded with citrusy
hops from the Pacific Northwest). Stop by on Wednesday, Thursday,
and Friday when Sweetwater opens its doors and taps to the public at
5:30 PM. The actual tours run for about 20 minutes (that gives you
plenty of time to really "taste" the beers). The brewery is a
short cab ride from downtown Atlanta.
|ATLANTA BREWING CO.
Defoor Hills Rd. NW
Atlanta Brewing Company's new facility at 2323 Defoor Hills Road is
fully operational now in terms of both production and the tasting room.
ABC's David Weil commented, "Tours are doing well, and people seem to
have been able to find us in our new location easily enough.
We're seeing a lot of new faces from our new neighborhood too. We're
having a custom 1/2 barrel system built for us that will be brewer Dave
McClure's research and development test system. Dave will be
doing small batches on this system for tour-only beers and for
cask-conditioning. This will give us the opportunity to experiment with
some new styles and get feedback from the public.
Atlanta Brewing is a few miles from central downtown Atlanta.
They host a tour and tasting every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 5
PM to 7 PM. The tours feature live, local music on Wednesdays and