This is Georgia’s most popular brewery, new list says

These days Georgia is full of companies changing the game with their beer.

In Georgia, and across the country, the craft brewery industry has been booming in recent years. To sort out the best of the best, a new list ranked the most popular brewery in each state.

To determine popularity, the folks at the lifestyle website House Method considered factors like Yelp reviews and ratings, as well as a brewery's following on social media.

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In Georgia, SweetWater Brewing Company was crowned No. 1.

SweetWater is often hailed as one of the first big players in Georgia’s craft beer scene, with its flagship pour, 420 Extra Pale Ale.

Since 2017, when the Georgia law around breweries changed, places have opened their doors to beer lovers across town. The new law allowed breweries to sell beer directly to customers and nixed the previous rule requiring tours in order to sell from taprooms.

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According to the Brewers Association, Georgia was home to 82 craft breweries in 2018. That's up from just 21 in 2011 and 53 in 2016. Nationwide, there were more than 7,000 craft breweries operating last year, which was nearly double the number open in 2014.

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In addition to SweetWater, House Method's list gave a nod to four other popular breweries in the state. You can explore the full list here.

The most popular breweries in Georgia, according to the report: 

1. SweetWater Brewing Co.

2. Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

3. Monday Night Brewing

4. Wild Leap Brewing Co.

5. Reformation Brewery

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