7 places to drink beer outside the Perimeter

Beer season (aka fall) has officially arrived. That means football, tailgating and Oktoberfest. Whether you’re a craft beer connoisseur or novice ale drinker, there are plenty of places to kick back with a cold brew OTP. Check out our hit list of seven places to drink beer this time of year.

  5 Seasons North Restaurant and Brewery

Featuring a rotating selection of beers and an extensive menu of locally sourced items, 5 Seasons North Restaurant and Brewery is a go-to brewpub for many OTP beer lovers looking for a rustic chic atmosphere. From pilsners and golden ales to porters and IPAs, their beer menu offers an array of flavors for every palate. Order one of their grilled pizzas for a little something to nibble on. 5 Seasons North Restaurant and Brewery , 3655 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770-521-5551, 5seasonsbrewing.com.

Cherry Street Taproom

Located next to Rick Tanner’s Grille & Bar, the Cherry Street Taproom is a brewpub, selling beer by the glass and boasting an extra-large selection of their craft beers on tap—they normally have about 28 on tap year round. There’s also a full bar with craft cocktails, a selection of whiskey and bourbon, wine and some snacks and tapas.  Cherry Street Taproom, 5817 S. Vickery St., Cumming, 678-456-8189, cherrystreettaproom.com.

Hop Alley Brew Pub

Located in historic downtown Alpharetta, Hop Alley Brew Pub serves house-brewed beers, in addition to imports and rotating guest taps. The casual atmosphere also cooks up gastropub fare (Think: pimento crostinis, pretzel knots, fried pickles and even “bacon in a jar”) if you come with an appetite.  Hop Alley Brew Pub, 25 S. Main St., Alpharetta, 770-696-2097 , hopalleybrew.com .  

Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta features a tap room pouring a lineup of craft brews. Photo: Derrick Atkinson

Jekyll Brewing

The tap room at Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta pours a lineup of craft brews spanning a wide variety of styles—from IPAs to stouts to blonde ales. Sip one of their seasonal releases, like the Seven Bridges Oktoberfest—a full, sweet, true lager—or the limited edition Pineapple Habanero Hop Dang Diggity offering a sweet and spicy combo. Jekyll Brewing, 2855 Marconi Drive, Alpharetta, 844-453-5955, jekyllbrewing.com.

The cozy Mac McGee Irish Pub in downtown historic Roswell boasts a from-scratch kitchen serving Irish pub classics, as well as craft beer and an extensive whiskey list.

Mac McGee Irish Pub & Eatery

The cozy Mac McGee Irish Pub in downtown historic Roswell is hard to miss with its cherry-red exterior. The cheerful tavern features a from-scratch kitchen serving Irish pub classics like Bangers & Mash and Shepherd’s Pie. Sip on craft cocktails, an extensive whiskey list or craft beer —and, of course, you can always go with a classic glass of Guinness. Mac McGee Irish Pub & Eatery, 936 Canton St., Roswell, 770-518-2866, macmcgeepubs.com.

McCray’s Tavern on the Square

McCray’s Tavern on the Square in downtown Lawrenceville boasts a wide beer selection, with more than 45 on tap. Enjoy that brew with pub fare as you watch the game on one of the many flat screen TVs or head to the lively rooftop patio that offers views of the square.  McCray’s Tavern on the Square, 100 N. Perry St., Lawrenceville, 770-407- 6754, mccraystavern.com/mccrays-tavern-lawrenceville.

Suburban Tap Tavern & Grille

Over in East Cobb, casual neighborhood favorite Suburban Tap Tavern & Grille is a beer lover’s dream, with more than two dozen beers on tap and more than 100 in bottles. A menu of hearty pub fare will keep your appetite in check while you’re watching your favorite team on the screens, playing trivia or kicking it old school with some bingo. Suburban Tap Tavern & Grille, 1318 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 770-977-4467, suburbantap.com.

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Ligaya Figueras
Ligaya Figueras
Ligaya Figueras joined the AJC as its food and dining editor in 2015.