If there’s anything Athenians know, it’s good craft beer! Athens, GA is packed with local breweries that have mastered the art of craft beer. Stop into a brewery to try some of the local beers that shape the taste of Athens.
Craft Beer Week is brewing in Athens! Scheduled for April 3-9 2017, Craft Beer Week is topped off with the Classic City Brew Fest at the Graduate Athens on Sunday, April 9. We can't wait to celebrate Athens craft beer and local breweries! Check out our list of some of the favorite craft beers at local Athens breweries.
Housed in a historic 1940s warehouse, Creature Comforts was awarded "Outstanding Rehabilitation" by the Athens Heritage Foundation. The tasting area is nestled around the tanks where the beer is brewed, creating a warm atmosphere that lives up to the name "comforts." Creature Comforts has a rotating tap along with their signature beers. Creature Comforts announced in January 2017 that they will be expanding to a second location, the historic Southern Mill Complex located on North Chase Street. The second location will be primarily focused on production and is expected to be open by October 2017.
Topicália is arguably their most well-known beer, an IPA with a juicy twist for a light, refreshing taste. Athena is another local favorite—a Berliner Weisse with a tart taste and hints of cider and sauvignon blanc. This is perfect choice for the sour beer-lovers.
Terrapin Beer Co.
Terrapin opened its doors in 2007 after their first creation, the Rye Pale Ale, won the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2002. Since then, Terrapin has became a hotspot for craft beer in Athens, offering a selection of creative beers.
The Hopsecutioner is a crowd-pleaser, an IPA with hints of pine and citrus flavors. If you’re feeling adventurous, spring for Liquid Bliss—a chocolate peanut butter porter that will surely put you in a blissful state.
Southern Brewing Company
As Athens’ youngest brewery, Southern Brewing Company has made a name for itself with its wild yeast program. They collaborate with the University of Georgia and the Georgia Genomics Facility at UGA to isolate wild yeast strains. Southern Brewing Company is the only brewery in Georgia that collects and cultivates local yeast.
Their Wild Azalea Saison contains a yeast strain caught off a wild azalea on the property of Southern Brewing Company prior to the land being cleared for the building of the brewery. This beer has a complex taste of orange, clove, banana finished with a peppery bite. Another one of the wild yeast beers, Cherokee Rose has hints of banana pudding and vanilla for a smooth, easy drinking taste.
Copper Creek Brewing Co.
While Copper Creek Brewing Co. is a brew pub rather than a full brewery, it is certainly worth noting. The idea behind Copper Creek is that everyone deserves fresh beer! They prepare and ferment their ingredients on site for a selection of 39 styles of beer in rotation throughout the year.
Girl Scout Cookie is a cream stout and a local favorite, brewed with fresh mint and has a distinct chocolate flavor for that classic girl scout cookie taste. For a dryer beer, try the Belgian Red saison-style beer with sweetish-tart malt and notes of raspberry and cranberry.