Create Your Own Craft Brewery Tour This Summer With Atlanta Beer Bus

The boom in Atlanta craft beer has led to so many new breweries, that it's challenging for even locals to keep up. Now, the clever advent of the Atlanta Beer Bus makes it even easier to hop from brewery to brewery. For only $15 a day, you get a wristband for access to get on and off at any one of the bus stops and linger as long as you'd like at any locations. The Atlanta Beer Bus makes a continuous loop between Monday Night Brewing, Urban Tree Cidery, Second Self Beer Co., Scofflaw Brewing Co.Red Brick Brewery, American Spirit Whiskey, Sweetwater Brewing Co., Orpheus Brewing, Park Tavern and the Midtown MARTA station. Created by a local craft beer lover, the fleet of party buses offers safe and reliable transport around town, and are each equipped with comfortable, heated/air conditioned group seating, popular music and friendly drivers. 

Currently, the shuttle doesn't take reservations and operates Friday from 4-10 pm, Saturday from noon to 10 pm and Sunday from 1-6 pm. Just look for the Beer Nerd holding the Atlanta Beer Bus sign when a shuttle is about to take off if you're ready to roll (approximately every 20 to 30 minutes). Bonus: the beer nerd travels along on each bus and shares homegrown knowledgeable about each location's history and new releases as well as welcomes anyone from a first-timer to Atlanta's beer scene to a seasoned home brewer. On board, the order of the day's stops is posted so you can plot your sipping schedule accordingly.

While the Atlanta Beer Bus is working on adding more stops, we've compiled a list of the city's leading breweries—and even mapped them out for you—so you can call a Lyft or Uber and continue your Atlanta beer tour.

Monday Night Brewing

The idea for Monday Night Brewing grew out of a small Atlanta Bible study. The group met on Monday nights and started brewing beer as a way to get to know each other.

Urban Tree Cidery

This family owned and operated cidery is Atlanta’s first. Visit this cool spot in Atlanta’s Westside to sample three varieties of cider. All ciders are made on-site, and tours are offered at select times during tasting room hours.

Second Self Beer Company

Two Georgia Tech grads tapped into their alter egos and launched this Westside brewery in 2014. Flavor profiles for each brew are created with fresh ingredients like blue ginger and lemongrass, never dried ingredients or extracts. Second Self touts a kid- and dog-friendly atmosphere.

Scofflaw Brewing Co.

Named after those who ignored the rules against alcohol consumption during Prohibition, this 18,000-square foot craft brewery opened in September 2016 after two years of research and development by owner Matt Shirah and brewmaster Travis Herman. Visit the tasting room for a sip of the new Basement IPA and other brews. 

Atlanta Brewing Co.

The brewery celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, changing from Red Brick Brewing back to its original Atlanta Brewing Co. name. The longest-operating craft brewery in Georgia serves up a long list of award-winning ales, including flagship beers, seasonal brews and special releases.

Sweetwater Brewing Company

This brewery was founded by college roommates Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney in 1997. Today, it's one of the largest craft breweries in the country.

Orpheus Brewing

This artisanal brewery overlooking Piedmont Park takes its name from the mythical Greek musician and poet. The Orpheus lineup includes saisons like the tart plum saison "Atalanta" as well as sours, hops and barrels. 

Park Tavern

This neighborhood restaurant sits on one of the best pieces of real estate in Atlanta overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. The menu features handcrafted beers brewed on-site, classic favorites such as burgers, salads and sandwiches, and a full sushi bar. Also, large flat screens and a great outdoor patio.

Arches Brewing

Located just north of the Atlanta airport, Arches's founders officially joined Atlanta’s happening hop scene in 2016 after many years of homebrewing. Following a European brewing calendar, the focus is on simple, quality and authentic Old World-style beers and lagers.

Gate City Brewing Co.

Anchoring one end of the charming Canton Street in Roswell's historic district, this "outside-the-Perimeter" hot spot expanded its tasting room to accommodate more taps and space for mingling.

Jekyll Brewing

Alpharetta’s first brewery is focused on creating handcrafted beers from the finest ingredients, and regularly has seven signature brews available throughout the year. Parking is plentiful, and there is a small front lawn where dogs are allowed.

Red Hare Brewing

Offers year-round varieties such as Long Day Lager and Gangway IPA, as well as seasonal offerings and a one-off specialty series called The Rabbit's Reserve Series. On sunny days, sip the SPF 50/50, a refreshing India Pale Radler that is a blend of the Gangwawy IPA and sparking grapefruit soda.

Three Taverns Brewery

Brian Purcell's 8,500-square-foot Decatur brewery was named after an actual tavern located outside of Rome 2,000 years ago along the Appian Way. Tasty brews at Three Taverns can be divided into categories of new monastic (like Quasimodo, a Belgian-style quadrupel) or non-orthodox (like A Night on Ponce IPA). 

Wild Heaven Beer

"Serve your neighbor!" is the motto of this craft brewery in Avondale Estates. Created by lifelong Georgians Nick Purdy and Eric Johnson, Wild Heaven makes American brews that use all grain and no adjunct-sugar, which means bigger flavor without the excess alcohol. A second location West End is in the works.

Eventide Brewing

With the help of college friends he met at Georgia Southern University, Geoffrey Williams' Grant Park brewery was named after the "relaxing point in the day when you can take a second to reflect and enjoy the moment." Every Thursday, they tap a special one-off keg to be enjoyed while it lasts.

Pontoon Brewing

After gaining experience both home- and contract-brewing, Pontoon Brewing opened a brick-and-mortar location in Sandy Springs, becoming the city's first brewery in early 2018. Appropriately located near the Chattahoochee River, Pontoon believes in a laid-back, lifestyle spent on the water with cold beer. 

New Realm Brewing

Located along the Atlanta BeltLine's Eastside Trail, this expansive brewery helmed by former Stone Brewing Co.

Reformation Brewery

Now with two Woodstock locations, the original has been renamed The Foundry and is exclusively for private events. Head to Downtown Woodstock to either the Workshop Bar (lower level) or Study Bar (upper level) for a European-inspired pour. Kid and dog friendly. L, D (Tu-Su).  

Variant Brewing Company

Within walking distance of the dining and shops in historic Roswell's Canton Street, Variant opened the doors to its brick-and-mortar brewing in late 2017. Right out of the gate, the rotating draft list offers an intriguing mix of year-rounds, seasonals, and variants, or creative plays on their pours. 

Hopstix

Locating in the burgeoning Chamblee neighborhood, Founder/Brewer Andy Tan brings his passion for fusion foods and award-winning craft beers to the Atlanta.