New Georgia Breweries 2018

Georgia Brewery Growth

2017 was an amazing year for Georgia beer.  The passage of SB63 (allowing to go “souvenirs”) in 2015 spurred a wave of new breweries and the passage of SB85 in 2017 (allowing direct sales at breweries) strengthened that growth.  We saw a 28.9% increase in the number of breweries and brewpubs in the state from 2016, and a whopping 70.4% increase in just two years.

With the revised laws, it is much more feasible for a very small brewery to open here.  The ability to sell directly at the taproom means a small brewery can be financially viable by keeping more of their money in-house.   On the opposite end of the spectrum, a brewery can open as a “production brewery” with a restaurant, giving visitors the feel of a brewpub but allowing for higher production and distribution levels for the brewer.  The recently opened New Realm Brewing Co. operates under this model.

Several breweries are already slated to open in 2018, and I’m sure we’ll see even more added to the list as the year goes on.  It’s a great time to be a craft beer fan in Georgia.

  • As of Dec. 31, 2017 there were 48 production breweries and 27 brewpubs operating in Georgia, plus 5 cideries and 4 meaderies (Does not include contract / gypsy breweries.)
  • 2017 | 13 new breweries and 10 new brewpubs opened (38.9% growth from 2016)
  • 2016 | 7 new breweries and 3 new brewpubs opened (22.7% growth from 2015)

New Breweries Planned for Georgia in 2018

This list is ever-changing.  Breweries will be added and moved around here as needed and we’ll update with relevant info throughout the year.

Awkward Brewing | Fayette County

The owners of Awkward Brewing are transplants from Washington state where they owned a small brewery before relocating.  With craft beer in their blood, and the passage of SB85, they feel now is the perfect time to open a brewery in Georgia.  They are currently on the search for a suitable location and hope to open in 2018 and foster a rich craft beer community in their area.

Banyan Roots Brewing Co. | Atlanta, GA

Banyan Roots Brewing Co. is the third brewery announced (along with Monday Night and Wild Heaven) for the Lee + White development on Atlanta’s Westside Beltline.  The brewpub will feature a 20-barrel brewhouse and 3-barrel pilot system in an 18,000 sqft location.  Tim Schiavone will be the brewery’s Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations and told the Atlanta Business Chronicle they’ll feature a sour-aging program, high-gravity barrel-aged beers, a private chef’s table and a large outdoor patio.  Schiavone is no newbie to the Atlanta beer and brewing scenes and has previously worked with some of the areas best locations including Max Lager’s, Twain’s, and Brick Store Pub.

Target opening: TBD

Big Oak Brewing | Thomasville, GA

Big Oak Brewing is currently raising capital to open their brewery in Downtown Thomasville.  Co-founders Elliott Glass and Jacob Odum tell Beer Guys Radio they hope to raise the necessary capital by the end of 2017 and open their brewery in 2018.  A 15-barrel brewhouse is planned for the location along with a tasting room with distribution primarily in kegs.

The Bold Monk | Atlanta, GA

Brewed to Serve Restaurant Group (Max Lager’s, White Oak Kitchen, Richard’s Southern Fried) plans to open a brewpub, beer garden, and production brewery on Atlanta’s Westside, near the Midtown TopGolf location.  The Bold Monk will be a 12,000 square foot space in Third & Urban’s Complex West Midtown project.  The interior will have an eclectic mix of stone, wood, concrete, and steel that will create a contemporary representation of the monastic breweries of Belgium.  We spoke with John Roberts and demo/construction should begin early to mid-September 2017, with a target of 6-8 mos to complete build-out.

Target opening: End of Q1 2018

More Info: Press Release

Braselton Brewing Company | Braselton, GA

In the early planning stages but targeting to open in 2018 as a brewpub.

Creature Comforts 2nd Location | Athens, GA

In the works for a while now, Creature Comforts announced mid-January 2017 that they have selected a location to build a 2nd brewery in Athens.  With an $8+ Million investment they plan to convert a circa 1900 mill complex into a 36,000 square foot brewing facility that should be operational in October 2017.

Target opening: Early 2018

More info: Creature Comforts expands, will open 2nd location in Athens, GA

Dalton Brewing Co. | Dalton, GA

Planned to open in Downtown Dalton in early 2018, Dalton Brewing Co. aims to be a “family oriented, low-key hangout spot.”  The brewery will be both family and dog-friendly. (Source: Dalton Daily Citizen)

Target Opening: Dalton Brewing’s Grand Opening is set for the weekend of Feb. 24-25, 2018

Down Home Brewing Co. | TBD, GA

Down Home is currently contract brewing while they search for a location.  They have two beers available now, Georgia Hooch IPA and T-Pom Pomegranate Wheat.  Founder and Brewer Chris Reeves tells us they have five core beers planned for when they open their location and will offer seasonal brews as well.  Down Home plans to offer a variety of styles to appeal to those new to craft beer as well as seasoned craft beer fans.

Target Opening: TBD

More Info: Website | Facebook

Droptank Brewery | Chamblee, GA

Droptank recently had their variances approved by the city and is moving forward.  The brewpub will feature a rooftop terrace and possibly an outdoor bocce court.

Target opening: Spring / Summer 2018

Etowah Brewery | Dahlonega, GA

Etowah Brewery recently received their local production license.  Owner Blair Housely is the co-owner of Etowah Meadery and is also in the process of opening Etowah Spirits as a boutique distillery.

Target opening: TBD

More info: Facebook

Firewater Brewing Company | Kennesaw, GA

Owner Michael Sorg shared recently that he will begin contract brewing with a local brewery soon while he continues looking for a location.

Target opening: TBD

Georgia Beer Company | Valdosta, GA

The brewery is now fully funded and anticipates an opening in early Spring 2018.  A new head brewer has been hired and plans have been approved by the city.  GBC plans to purchase a 10-barrel / 2-vessel brewhouse with 2 ea. 5, 10, and 20-barrel fermenters.  A 100-year-old, 6500 sqft building (previously the city’s waterworks) has been selected as the location of the brewery which will feature a tap room and outdoor beer garden.  Distribution will be kegs and cans, with limited bottle releases.  GBC will be family friendly inside and out and pet-friendly outside.

UPDATE 02/07/18: Via a Facebook post, Georgia Beer Co. announced they have received contract approval for renovation of the Waterworks building and will begin construction on the brewery this month.

Target opening: Early Spring 2018

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Glover Park Brewery | Marietta, GA

Glover Park is planned for a mid-to-late Summer 2018 opening on Marietta Square at 65 Atlanta Street.  Owners Hank DuPre and Sam Rambo say it will be a “..traditional, straight-up brewery and taproom…”  Expect a couple of IPAs as well as stouts, porters, and others.  The brewery will have a kitchen but that will only be used for special events. (Source: Marietta Daily Journal)

Target Opening: Mid-to-late Summer 2018

Halfway Crooks Brewing and Blending | Atlanta

Early in 2017 it was teased that a new brewery was coming to Summerhill as part of the redevelopment of the area around Turner Field.  It was recently revealed that former Three Taverns Brewmaster Joran Van Ginderachter, along with partners Shawn Bainbridge and Tim Kilic, will open Halfway Crooks Brewing and Blending at the location.  Van Ginderachter and Baindridge shared they are both excited and nervous of the new venture in uncharted territory.  However, with the impact Van Ginderachter made during his time at Three Taverns the brewery is sure to be highly anticipated.

Taking advantage of the new laws in Georgia, Halfway Crooks will sell 99% of their beer at the taproom with very limited distribution for festivals and special events.  Their brewing focus will be on barrel-aging, spontaneous brewing, saisons, and a variety of lower alcohol beers.

Target Opening: May-June 2018

Hop Soul Brewing | Brunswick, GA (Tentative)

As the name implies, Hop Soul Brewing’s main focus will be on hop-forward beers.  While many breweries in the Atlanta area focus on hoppy beers this will be something new for the Brunswick area.  Expect juicy IPAs, West Coast IPAs and Double IPAs, Australian Pilsners, Milkshake IPAs, and Dry-hopped Saisons.  They will also use various fruits, herbs, and spices to enhance the hop aromas and flavors.  They’re targeting a late Summer to early Fall 2018 opening.

Target Opening: Late Summer to early Fall 2018

Line Creek Brewing Co. | Peachtree City, GA

Founded by longtime local residents, Line Creek Brewing Co. will feature traditional styles as well as beers that will appeal to the “most avid craft beer fan.”  Their Head Brewer (Jason Carroll) comes from Ireland with previous experience at The Open Gate Brewery, Guinness’s experimental brewery.  According to the website, the brewery will feature food trucks, live music, beer yoga, meet the brewer events, and more.

Target Opening: TBD

More Info: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Lost Druid Brewing Co. | Avondale Estates, GA

Owner Rob Hopek plans to open (possibly) the first own-premise brewery in Georgia with his opening in early 2018.  The Lost Druid will feature “a community-centered taproom and shareable/small plate-oriented kitchen.”  Groundbreaking is set for January 2018.

Target Opening: TBD

More Info: Facebook

Monkey Wrench Brewing | Atlanta OTP East, GA

Monkey Wrench has offered beers at various festivals and events for a few years via guest brewing with other breweries.  Owner Wayne Baxter says that after many years of planning hes getting to the final mile of opening his own brewery.  A location is pending that will offer room for a 20-barrel brewhouse and “Tasting Garage” with a very outdoor friendly space.  Beers that Monkey Wrench has offered in the past include a West Coast IPA, Spiced Holiday Ale, Spiced Witbier, and a Chocolate Milk Stout.

Target opening: TBD

More info: Website | Facebook | Twitter

North 2 South Cider Works | Atlanta, GA

Cidery planned for Atlanta.  Their Facebook page says planned opening was September 2017, however, there have been no updates since March.

Perfect Fool Brewing | Doraville / Chamblee / Brookhaven, GA

Currently on the quest for a head brewer, Perfect Fool will focus on American Ales with the planned flagships being an IPA, Blonde Ale, Milk Stout, and English Mild.  They plan to add a barrel program after opening.

Target Opening: Q4 2018 or Q1 2019

Porter BBQ & Brewery | Dunwoody, GA

Owner Allen Porter plans to launch two brewpubs in early 2018.  A BBQ and brewpub slated to open March in Dunwoody and a pizzeria and brewpub in Atlanta at 285 and Powers Ferry slated for a March opening.  Each brewpub will operate a 5-barrel brewhouse and offer a rotating selection of beers including a NE-style and West Coast-style IPA, porter, stout, and seasonal selections.

Target Opening: March 2018

Porter Pizza & Brewery |  Atlanta, GA (285 & Powers Ferry)

Owner Allen Porter plans to launch two brewpubs in early 2018.  A BBQ and brewpub slated to open March in Dunwoody and a pizzeria and brewpub in Atlanta at 285 and Powers Ferry slated for a March opening.  Each brewpub will operate a 5-barrel brewhouse and offer a rotating selection of beers including a NE-style and West Coast-style IPA, porter, stout, and seasonal selections.

Target Opening: January 2018

More Info: Facebook

Reformation Brewery 2nd Location | Woodstock, GA

Reformation recently announced plans to build a 2nd location in Downtown Woodstock on Elm Street, near Truck & Tap.  The new location will focus on R&D brews while core beers will continue to be produced at their existing brewery.  Plans are to open the new location in the Spring of 2018.  More information can be found here.

Sabbath Brewing | East Atlanta Village, GA

Sabbath Brewing will focus on Farmhouse Ales, Sour Ales, and IPAs and is another brewery that will take advantage of the new laws and be primarily an own-premise brewery with no distribution for the first year.  In addition to beer, Sabbath will be a coffeehouse and roastery.  They are targeting a Fall-Winter 2018 opening.

Target Opening: Fall-Winter 2018

More Info: Facebook

Six Bridges Brewing | Johns Creek, GA

Six Bridges will be the first production brewery in Johns Creek, GA.  Owner Clay Gridley worked to implement necessary changes in the city code to open his location.  The facility will be located in a 12,000 sqft space and feature a 4-vessel, 30-barrel brewhouse.  Brews will include most popular styles with several IPA variations.  16-ounce 4-packs will be available to-go from the brewery with the possibility of 12-ounce 6-packs for distribution.  Gridley continues to work with the city to allow food trucks at the brewery.

Split Batch Brewing | Duluth / Suwanee, GA

As of late January 2018 Split Batch owners Ben Halter and Jay Young are in the final stages of SBA loan approval for their brewery.  Split Batch is targeting Chamblee or Duluth to call home.  Both Halter and Young have been very active and successful on the homebrew competition circuit with a variety of sours, IPAs, and Barleywines.  The brewery’s name is a nod to the way they brew now, and what they plan to bring to the brewery with taking a base beer and applying various treatments (yeasts, hops, adjuncts) to create several “split batches.”

Steady Hand Beer Co. | Atlanta Area

Steady hand currently has their beer in the market via contract brewing.  Their brewery is under construction on Atlanta’s Westside, near Top Golf and the planned Bold Monk Brewery.  More information from What Now Atlanta.

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Tucker Brewing Company | Tucker, GA

After spending some time in Germany as an exchange student, Tucker Brewing Co. founder Ryan Chapman and his father began attending local brew club meetings and brewing in their basement.  With a passion for craft beer and German culture the brewery was founded with the slogan, “German-style beers, Southern roots.”  The brewery is slated to open in Spring 2018 and will feature a 6,500 sqft Beer Garden, the largest in Georgia.  In keeping with their slogan, the first beers on tap will be a German Pilsner, Hefeweizen, and Red Lager.

Target Opening: Spring 2018

More Info: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Two Tides Brewing Company | Savannah, GA

Microbrewery with plans to open in Savannah’s Starland District.  Recent social media posts indicate they are getting close to opening.

Target opening: Early 2018

More info: Website | Facebook

Wild Heaven Beltline Location | Atlanta, GA

With the passage of SB85 allowing direct sales at Georgia breweries Wild Heaven Beer announced they will open a second location on the Westside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline.  The new brewery will be in the Lee + White development, the same development where Monday Night Brewing’s Garage is located.  Owner Nick Purdy says the new location will be an “incredible food and beer destination.”  Other neighbors will include Banyan Roots Brewing, Golda Kombucha Bar, Honeysuckle Gelato, Doux South Pickles, and Southern Aged Cheese.

We talked with co-owner Nick Purdy about the new brewery, changes with SB85, and development on the Westside Beltline.  You can listen to our interview here.

Target opening: May 2018

In addition to the above list, there are several other brewery licenses active in Georgia with a status of “planning.”  However, there’s no additional information available.  If you have any info on a brewery not on our list please let us know.

 New Georgia Breweries

Recently Opened Breweries

NOTE: For the purpose of being “open” we are listing only breweries that have a physical location in Georgia.  Some breweries may have beer available now through contract or gypsy brewing.

New Realm Brewing Co. | Atlanta, GA

Probably one of the most hyped and exciting projects coming to Georgia this year is former Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele’s brewery.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m plenty excited for Georgia’s hometown breweries but the fact that a high-profile Brewmaster coming from a much more beer-friendly state chose Georgia to set up shop is a pretty big deal for us.  We’ll undoubtedly get some great beer from the brewpub but this will also bring a bit more hype to Georgia beer in general.  I suggested to Mitch that he throw a curve ball and not offer any IPAs at all at the brewpub, he did not like my idea.  They’ll be opening on the Beltline and plan to be serving up beer by the 4th quarter of 2017.

Target opening: New Realm hosted a New Year’s Eve party.  The official public opening is set for Jan. 9, 2018

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Beer Guys Radio Ep. 57

Future Georgia Breweries

Future Georgia Breweries

There are a handful of breweries in the early planning stages right now that may not open this year, some of them may not see the light of day at all, it happens.  Here’s a look at what we may see in the coming years.

400 North Brewing | Sugar Hill/Suwanee, GA

Owner Kevin Keyes tells us 400 North is in the early planning stages and scouting locations in Sugar Hill or Suwanee, both areas need to make changes to their ordinances to coincide with the new laws under SB85.  They are targeting a 2019 opening.

Armadillo Brewing Co. | Kingsland, GA

More info coming soon.

Brown Man Brewing | Atlanta Area

Very early planning stages but targeting late 2018 to early 2019 to open.

Cherry Street Halcyon | Alpharetta, GA

Cherry Street Brewing Co-op will open its second location in a large mixed-use development in the Halcyon development in north Alpharetta.  The new location will feature 16 Cherry Street beers on tap as well as upscale pub food.  Owner Nick Tanner tells us the new location is targeted to open in 2019.

More Info: Facebook 

GRITS Brewing | Chamblee, GA

GRITS Brewing is in the process of zeroing in their location and hopes to have a space by early Spring.  The brewery will be dog and family-friendly and have a beer garden.  GRITS intends to brew American-style craft beers and make “traditionally uncreative things imaginative, starting with our bold flavors.”

Target Opening: Before the end of 2018

More Info: Facebook | Blog | Instagram

MAZURT Brewing | Atlanta, GA

The unfortunate death of Dan Rosen in 2017 is still felt throughout the craft beer community.  Many felt this would mean the end of MAZURT Brewing.  I spoke with co-founder Hamp Covington and he said although he does not have a solid plan in place at this time, he does still want to open the brewery.

Target opening: TBD

More info: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Senoia Beer Company | Senoia, GA

Founded by four homebrewing friends, Senoia’s Facebook page states they are currently in the exploratory and planning stages.

More Info: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Suwanee Creek Brewing / Greenway Brewing (Tentative names) | Suwanee, GA

Long-time homebrewer and engineer Scott Norwood and his wife plan to open a brewpub in the Suwanee area in the future.  If they can’t find a suitable space in Suwanee they may set up shop in Buford, Johns Creek, or Duluth.  Scott spent some time in the Air Force in the 1980s stationed in Germany and traveled extensively through England and Western Europe sampling their brews.  His favorites include English Bitters, ESBs, Scottish Ales, IPAs, Marzens, and Pilsners.  If he could set this up as his dream project he’d like to have the ability to ride his bike to work.

Georgia Brewery Closings

Brewery Closings and Cancellations

O’Dempsey’s | Atlanta, GA

Although we haven’t been able to confirm for sure that O’Dempsey’s is no more the info we found (or didn’t find) indicates pretty solidly that it has.  Their website was a Chinese pharmaceutical site for some time and now shows unavailable and their Facebook page hasn’t had an update in over two years.  Emails and messages via Facebook have not received a response.  O’Dempsey’s was contract brewed at Thomas Creek Brewery and was probably most famously known for their Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout, which was excellent.

Oak Brewpub | Oakhurst, GA

Oak Brewpub closed at the end of 2017 citing a pending change in ownership.  The plan is to reopen in early 2018, but as of now, the brewery is closed.

UPDATE: The team behind Atlanta’s Argosy has purchased Oak Brewpub and plan to implement a full redesign of the interior, menu, and beer offerings.  More info here.