Halfway Crooks founders Joran Van Ginderachter and Shawn Bainbridge. CONTRIBUTED BY ANDREW THOMAS LEE
Halfway Crooks Beer — Homebrewer Shawn Bainbridge and professional brewer Joran Van Ginderachter opened this small, but sophisticated, "own-premise" brewery in early July in Atlanta's burgeoning Summerhill neighborhood. The storefront taproom and the rooftop bar overlooking the Atlanta skyline create a lively atmosphere. And, Van Ginderachter's fresh lagers and Belgian-style ales pair with the savory New Zealand pies and fries from the kitchen. 60 Georgia Ave. SE, Atlanta. halfwaycrooks.beer.
The taproom at Lost Druid Brewery is part of a facility designed and constructed from the ground up. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL
The Lost Druid Brewery —Also following the "own-premise" model, husband-and-wife owners Robert Hopek and Stacia Familo-Hopek opened this Avondale Estates brewery in June, in a 6,800-square-foot building constructed from the ground up. In addition to the spacious taproom, there's a kitchen with a beer-focused menu by Executive Chef Chantel Mines. Hopek's beers are based on classic styles, and are brewed with food-friendly culinary ingredients. 2866 Washington St., Avondale Estates. 404-998-5679, thelostdruid.com.
Reformation Brewery Canton — After relocating its main warehouse and production facility to a 20,000-plus-square-foot building at the Mill on Etowah in Canton, Reformation debuted a new taproom and private event space there in June. The grand, three-sided bar is surrounded by rows of garage doors, and patio areas with views of the Etowah River. On tap, look for core Belgian-style beers, seasonal offerings and one-offs from the adjacent brewery. 1414 Railroad St., Canton. 678-341-0828, reformationbrewery.com.
Trevor Jones is the brewmaster at Sceptre Brewing Arts in Oakhurst. CONTRIBUTED BY SCEPTRE BREWING ARTS
Sceptre Brewing Arts —The new venture from the team behind Argosy opened in mid-June, replacing the short-lived Oak Brewpub in the heart of Oakhurst. The brewery restaurant serves snacks, meat and cheese boards, and sandwiches, in a footprint that includes a full bar and a big beer garden. Brewmaster Trevor Jones is the force behind the beer, with "style-bending"offerings that employ Southern ingredients and tend toward the modern and hazy. 630 East Lake Drive, Decatur. 470-428-4359, sceptrebrewingarts.com.
Justin Waller, left, and Thomas Monti opened Schoolhouse Brewing in the Franklin Gateway area this past spring. CONTRIBUTED BY SCHOOLHOUSE BREWING
Schoolhouse Brewing — In May, two former science teachers and avid homebrewers, Thomas Monti and Justin Waller, opened what might be described as a theme brewery in an office park near the revitalized Franklin Gateway area of Marietta. The satirical school-days decor is evident in nearly every corner of the space. The business end includes a seven-barrel brewhouse, a spacious bar with 20 rotating beers on draft, and a homebrew shop. 840 Franklin Court, Marietta. 770-361-5247, schoolhousebeer.com.
Steady Hand Beer Co. has 24 taps in its new taproom on Atlanta’s Westside. CONTRIBUTED BY MARY POWELL PHOTOGRAPHY
Steady Hand Beer Co. — CEO Kevin Sullivan and his brewmaster brother, Brian Sullivan, finally opened their Westside brewery and taproom in March, after some years of contract brewing. The production-style 30-barrel brewhouse, with 60-barrel fermenters, is something of a throwback, but a sprawling bar with 24 taps, and areas for live music, games and private events, plus food trucks outside, keep local crowds coming back. 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW, Atlanta. 404-458-5981, steadyhandbeer.com.
SweetWater’s renovated taproom, which opened in April, is an example of dining playing a bigger role in metro Atlanta’s growing beer scene. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
SweetWater Brewing Co. — Atlanta's biggest and most iconic brewery turned 22 in February, and opened its new taproom in late March. The build-out includes a full-scale restaurant kitchen, with a surprisingly large counter-service menu from Executive Chef Nick Anderson. The space is anchored by a huge rectangular bar serving about 36 different beers, ranging from classics like SweetWater 420 and IPA to small-batch and barrel-aged releases. 195 Ottley Drive, Atlanta. 404-691-2537, sweetwaterbrew.com.
Wild Heaven Beer — The Avondale-based brewery soft-opened its second location on July 31, taking over a 21,600-square-foot space in the Lee + White development in southwest Atlanta. The taproom, patio and event space have been operating since then. The restaurant opened in early September, with Eddie Russell as the full-time chef, and a Mexican-Italian counter-service menu focused on tacos and pizza. Look for new beers from brewmaster Eric Johnson, too. 1010 White St. SW, Atlanta, wildheavenbeer.com.
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