Best Craft Beers In Atlanta For Your 4th Of July Backyard BBQ

June 22, 2016 8:00 AM

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These days, it seems that more and more people are getting their own home brew kits and think they are automatically a beer expert. We know, however, that the experts still do it best. Try some of Atlanta’s best craft beer, and decide on your favorite.
Burnt Hickory Brewery
2260 Moon Station Court, Suite 210
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770) 514-8812
www.burnthickorybrewery.com

Burnt Hickory Brewery was founded in 2011. They offer such beers as Ezekiel’s Wheel Pale Ale, which is their best beer — a grainy, malty hoppy ale. They also stock IPAs like the Cannon Dragger, Berliner Weisse with cantaloupe and the strange Feeling Gravity’s Pull with hints of bacon, maple, habanero and coffee.  They also offer tours Tuesday – Thursday 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Friday 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Make sure you have a “DD” if you have some Imperial Apricot Saison.

Blue Tarp Brewing Company
731 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 669-6740
www.bluetarpbrew.com

Blue Tarp Brewery opened in December 2012. Blue Tarp makes ales and handcrafted seasonal beers,such as Cascade Killa, Tropic Thunder with a bit of Mango and Passion Fruit and Last Place Stout, which is black as pitch and has a faint flavor of dark chocolate and coffee. Originally, it was only available on draft. But recently, they have started canning beers and distributing to retailers. The brewery itself is open for tours and tastings Saturdays between the hours of 3:30  – 7:30 p.m.

Eventide Brewing Company
1015 Grant St., S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 907-4543
www.eventidebrewing.com

Eventide Brewing Company features Eventide Kolsch and Pale Ale. It opened in Grant Park in 2013 Both now come in cans are at many retailers all over the state of Georgia. Eventide does host tours and tastings, and it includes 36 oz. of Eventide’s brews, and the pint glass is a souvenir for you to keep.

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Jekyll Brewing
2855 Marconi Drive, Suite 350
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(844) 453-5955
www.jekyllbrewing.com

Jekyll Island lays claim to having the first brewery open down South, and Jekyll Brewing proudly boast and lays claim to being the first brewery in Alpharetta. Jekyll Brewing is named for Jekyll Island. Some of the craft beers Jekyll Brewing feature are Kolsch-style Big Creek, a smooth brown ale called Cooter Brown, Hop Dang Diggity, which has a citrus flavor, and ‘Merican Amber has a flora smell and a spicy taste. Jekyll Brewing also host tours and tastings and their tour package includes 36 oz. beer, 32 oz. Crowler, the tour and a mason jar.

Hop Alley Brew Pub
25 S. Main St.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(770) 696-2097
www.hopalleybrew.com

Hop Alley Brew Pub mixes up their brews right before your eyes behind the bar. But they also have a wall brimming with bottled selections. Their cocktails are made of bourbon and vodka infused with cherry flavor, bubblegum flavor, lemon-lime flavor, and yes, even bacon. Hop Alley Brew Pub rotates a seasonal and one-off brews.

Three Taverns Craft Beers
121 New St.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 600-3355
www.facebook.com/threetavernsbeer

Three Taverns Craft Beers core beers follow the Belgium tradition of monastic brewing, then turns it into something new and delicious. Some of their featured craft beers are Single Intent with an herbal spicy taste and aroma, White Hops with grapefruit peel and spices and Le Peche Mode made with natural Georgia peach juice.

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Debbie Evans Taylor is a southern gal from Temple, GA that has a passion for writing, cooking and all things crafty. This grandma of six dreams of someday seeing the world. She’s happier than ever and loving life!

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