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Raise a glass to the more than 20 breweries and bars set to open in metro Atlanta this year

Get ready to drink up, Atlanta. 2019 was one of the biggest years to date for craft beer in metro Atlanta, and 2020 is set to be even bigger, with more than 20 new spots set to open for beer and other alcoholic beverages. Here, the openings to keep an eye on if you’re looking to quench your thirst.

5/4 Meadery. Once open, 5/4 will manufacture and sell a variety of unfiltered, still to sparkling meads and ciders with dry, semi-sweet, or sweet variations—both with and without fruits and spices.Located in the back of the same building occupied by Tap & Six and The Whiskey Project, the meadery will include both production facilities and a public-facing storefront for tastings and direct-to-consumer sales. 

23B Oak St., Roswell. 

Atlanta Beer Boutique. Beer educator Jen Price is bringing her love of beer to Glenwood Park. The shop will feature a retail section with Georgia and international beers and a market selling items including glassware and spices. The space will also house a small kitchen and a growler bar, where customers can drink beer on site or purchase growlers to take home. Price plans to host classes, tastings and workshops in the bar area. 

880 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta.

Biggerstaff Brewing Co. Clay and Sarah Davies are behind this 5,800 square-foot brewery located down the block from much-lauded restaurant Staplehouse. The beer lineup will focus on IPAs but will also feature sours, coffee beers and other offerings such as a smoked pale ale. In addition, Biggerstaff plans to open in the mornings to serve Intelligentsia coffee and espresso along with locally-made pastries. Cole Davies, who previously worked at local coffee shops Octane (now Revelator), Spiller Park and Steady Hand Pourhouse will head up the coffee program. Staplehouse executive chef Ryan Smith will design Biggerstaff’s menu.

521 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. 

Distillery of Modern Art. Owner Seth Watson will focus on distilling gin and vodka at first, with a variety of American whiskeys and liqueurs to follow. DOMA will convert a 15,000-square-foot office and warehouse into a production area for the craft distillery, a retail and exhibition space with a tasting room and bar component and a space for private events. The distillery will also offer tours, and will partner with local artists in several ways, including recruiting them to design their bottles.

2197 Irvindale Way, Chamblee.

Elsewhere Brewing. Sam and Sara Kazner are opening Elsewhere in Grant Park development The Beacon. The brewery will offer lower-gravity beers and a counter service restaurant serving a street food menu. 

1039 Grant St. SE, Atlanta.

Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar and Hop City at Pinewood Forest. Kraig Torres will bring his beer and wine shop and bee garden restaurant to the Pinewood Forest development located next to Pinewood Studios, one of the biggest movie studios in the country. The Pinewood Forest Hop City will offer a wide selection of craft beer and wine, along with 85 rotating taps. 

290 Heatherden Ave., Fayetteville.

Iron Hill Brewing. Delaware-based Iron Hill has two metro Atlanta locations planned for this year, one in Buckhead and one in Dunwoody. Beers varieties on tap include IPAs, lagers, porters and Belgian-style brews, with a food menu of pub classics. 

3535 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta and 1224 Hammond Drive, Dunwoody.

Mammal Gallery Water Tower Bar. Art gallery and event space Mammal Gallery is slated to move into the Adair Park development The Met this year, with plans to turn the water tower at the property into a two-story cocktail and coffee bar. 

682 Murphy Ave. SW, Atlanta.

Monkey Wrench Brewing. Look for limited seasonal releases, classics and one-off experiments at this Suwanee brewery from founder Wayne Baxter and friend Joe Dreher.

3425 Martin Farm Road, Suwanee.

Outrun Brewing Co. Owned by former Three Taverns brewers Josh Miller and Ryan Silva, Outrun will brew several beers in house and will have a 1980s vibe (the name Outrun is an homage to the Outrun Sega arcade game). 

5368 E. Mountain St., Stone Mountain. 404-558-3268,

The Pour House. Butchery and market Chop Shop is slated to add beer and wine to the mix this year.

The Pour House will make its home in a small building adjacent to Chop Shop, at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Whitefoord Avenue. Owners Rusty Bowers and Charlotte and Wes Swancy plan to sell beer and wine, including for consumption on the property’s expansive covered patio. 

1366 Memorial Drive, Atlanta. 

Red’s Beer Garden. This Benteen Park project from husband and wife Ed and Kristen Sumpter will feature a selection of beer, wine, cider and “sparkling everything,” according to its Facebook page. Red’s will also offer hot dogs from local business Pigman Goods.  The 1,842 square-foot space will will include a rear deck with seating.

1328 Boulevard SE, Atlanta.

Redacted Basement Drink Parlor. Formerly known as Conspiracy, this conspiracy theory-themed bar in Summerhill will serve classic cocktails, wines and rare beers. 

63 Georgia Ave., Atlanta.

Reformation Brewery. Reformation Brewery will set up shop in 2,400 square feet of space at the street level at Smyrna development The Eddy. It will be the third location for the brewery, which started in Woodstock and also has an outpost in Canton.

6255 Riverview Road, Smyrna.

Round Trip Brewing Co. Round Trip, from owner Craig Mycoskie, will join the growing number of breweries in the Upper Westside neighborhood. The 27,000 square-foot facility will focus on brewing German varieties.

Seaboard Industrial Boulevard at the corner of Collier Road and Chattahoochee Avenue

1279 Seaboard Industrial Blvd. NW, Atlanta.

Sabbath Brewing. This East Atlanta spot will focus on farmhouse ales, sour beer and IPAs. Roasting coffee and espresso are part of the plan for after the brewery opens. 

530 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta.

Scofflaw BrewingIn its fourth expansion in the past two years, Scofflaw Brewing will launch a 9,000 square-foot research and development macrobrewery and taproom at The Works development on the Upper Westside. The new location will feature a large outdoor area with games and gathering places, as well as an open design allowing visitors to see the brewing process. On tap will be signature brews including the Basement IPA and POG Basement IPAs, as well as exclusive releases such as high-gravity stouts. 

1295 Chattahoochee Ave. NW, Atlanta.

TapTown Tasting Emporium and Eatery. This Wild West-themed taproom will feature what it claims is the largest number of self-pour taps in the nation, offering more than 100 beers, ciders, wines and champagnes.

Also look for a pet-friendly outdoor beer garden, games, live music and root beer on tap for kids. The interior will resemble a Wild West town, complete with a sheriff’s office, saloon and general merchant’s area. 

4443 Cherokee St., Acworth.

Three Taverns Imaginarium. The forthcoming Atlanta Dairies project “will be equal parts laboratory, brewery, and tasting room,” according to a press release. The location will have four or five of its core beers on tap, followed by a rotating list of 20 to 25 experimental beers exploring different styles, ingredients, and brewing techniques. The Imaginarium will also use lactose in some beers to create milk stouts, fruit and cream sours and milkshake IPAs. 

777 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta.

Vesper Bar. Belly up this year to the Glenwood Park James Bond-themed bar serving up craft beers and cocktails named after Bond girls, and a menu of small plates. 

924 Garrett St., Atlanta.

Wheelhouse Craft Pub. The spot, which comes from Meehan’s Public House partner Ian Macken and his wife Kathryn, along with several other partners, takes over the space previously occupied by Maddy’s Rib Joint. 

1479 Scott Blvd., Decatur.

Wicked Weed. Details are still scant, but the Asheville-based brewery has plans to open a project on the Eastside Beltline this year.


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