Atlanta is a great restaurant and bar city, so it’s only fitting that Atlanta establishments offer local favorites. I’m talking about wines from Atlanta-area wineries, beers from some of the great microbreweries and other liquor selections from the area. While Atlantans know these great selections, their presence in bars and restaurants expose these products to visitors and tourists that may have never heard of the brands.
125 E. Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
Looking for a great little place located in Decatur where you can get a local brew? All you have to do is stop in to the Brickstore Pub and say “Red Brick.” Red Brick Hoplanta is on tap and if you’ve never tried one before, you are in for a treat. Red Brick is brewed right in the heart of Atlanta and it’s a great IPA. With your beer, you might want to sample one or two of Brickstore’s great appetizers in pierogies or the Bavarian pretzels. The bartenders at Brickstore say they sell a ton of Red Brick, so you better come by and try it.
211 E. Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030
Twain’s is the friendliest little brew pub you will ever set foot in. It has been brewing its own crafted ales since 2006, and they are worth a try. Head brewer Chase Medlin is in charge of brewing the River Sunset Amber, the Self Determination IPA and Sawyer’s American Wheat. Twain’s brews go great with the food on the menu, so don’t be shy about trying the burgers, fresh seafood or even the bangers and mash. This is a great pit stop on the way to your next event in the city.
88 W. Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
The St. Regis is a hotel, resort and destination in Atlanta. It also has one of the best bars and wine rooms in the city. While it carries beer and wine from all over the world, it also carries some local Atlanta varieties. Among the Georgia wines on the wine list, you can find Persimmon Creek and when you look deeper, you’ll fine a 2004 Tiger Mountain selection. The St. Regis hosts visitors from all corners of the globe, but it makes if offers something from the city that this property calls home.
887 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
Don’t be scared off by the name, Bocado actually offers eclectic American cuisine in a friendly, but minimalist atmosphere. The menu features Southern favorites like local grits, pan-roasted chicken and sweet potatoes as a side, but the real star here is the local craft beer selection. Local beers like Terrapin and Sweetwater Georgia Brown Ale dot the menu. Don’t be surprised to see some local wine selections from time to time as well. Bocado really is a taste of Atlanta, from the menu to the bar.
100 Rue Charlemagne Drive
Braselton, GA 30517
Last but not least, let’s take a look at what’s going on at Chateau Elan, just northeast of Atlanta. Built about 20 years ago, Chateau Elan is a top-rated resort that is also a winery. Here you can sample what it makes right at the Chateau. Don and Nancy Panoz built this resort right in the middle of a vineyard, so these are Georgia grapes you will be tasting. It offers tours and tastings where you can sample a little of everything. Take bottles of Georgia wine and spirits home with you to enjoy. If you haven’t been to Chateau Elan, you need to go.
Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.