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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Monday Night Brewing (Featured)

Best Brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Orpheus Brewing (Featured)

Best Local Brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Monday Night Brewing (Featured)

Best Local Brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Scofflaw Brewing Co. (Featured)

Best local brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Monday Night Brewing (Featured)

Best local brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Orpheus Brewing (Featured)

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Orpheus Brewing (Featured)

Best local brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best local brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best local brewey BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Monday Night Brewing (Featured)

Best Atlanta brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

5 Seasons
5600 Roswell Road Suite 21 404-255-5911 http://www.5seasonsbrewing.com The beer selections rotate seasonally at 5 SEASONS, but there's no doubt these guys are brewing the best local beers around. In the past year we've especially enjoyed the Belgian-style beers on tap in Alpharetta, and the Dry Irishmore...
5600 Roswell Road Suite 21 404-255-5911 http://www.5seasonsbrewing.com The beer selections rotate seasonally at 5 SEASONS, but there's no doubt these guys are brewing the best local beers around. In the past year we've especially enjoyed the Belgian-style beers on tap in Alpharetta, and the Dry Irish Stout served at the Sandy Springs location. If you're into European-style beers, 5 Seasons won't disappoint. less...

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
5 Seasons Brewing Company - North (Permanently Closed)
The beer selections rotate seasonally at 5 SEASONS, but there’s no doubt these guys are brewing the best local beers around. In the past year we’ve especially enjoyed the Belgian-style beers on tap in Alpharetta, and the Dry Irish Stout served at the Sandy Springs location. If you’remore...
The beer selections rotate seasonally at 5 SEASONS, but there’s no doubt these guys are brewing the best local beers around. In the past year we’ve especially enjoyed the Belgian-style beers on tap in Alpharetta, and the Dry Irish Stout served at the Sandy Springs location. If you’re into European-style beers, 5 Seasons won’t disappoint. less...

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Numbers Ale
Simply because we are gimmick cynics, we were a little skeptical upon first hearing that Bob Amick and the Atlanta Brewing Company were teaming up for a special brew to be served exclusively in Amick’s restaurants. But once we got a taste of NUMBERS ALE, we became converts. The exceptionallymore...

Simply because we are gimmick cynics, we were a little skeptical upon first hearing that Bob Amick and the Atlanta Brewing Company were teaming up for a special brew to be served exclusively in Amick’s restaurants. But once we got a taste of NUMBERS ALE, we became converts. The exceptionally food-friendly ale is a warm golden hue and has a satisfying bitter finish. Nothing washes down the sweet and sour calamari at One Midtown Kitchen or Piebar’s pizza better than a tall pint of this stuff.
Available at Piebar, One Midtown Kitchen and Two Urban Licks.

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Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
TERRAPIN RYE PALE ALE was first introduced in Athens in April 2002 at the Classic City Brew Fest. Later that year, it won an American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Suddenly, everyone wanted a taste of Terrapin. The beer’s distinctive flavor comes from rye added tomore...

TERRAPIN RYE PALE ALE was first introduced in Athens in April 2002 at the Classic City Brew Fest. Later that year, it won an American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Suddenly, everyone wanted a taste of Terrapin. The beer’s distinctive flavor comes from rye added to the hops and malts in the brewing process. The result is a fruity, refreshing brew. You can’t find Terrapin everywhere — only a handful of Atlanta spots carry it, the Vortex, Meehan’s and Smith’s Olde Bar among them — but it’s worth hunting for.
www.terrapinbeer.com.

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Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)
When it comes to Atlanta's unrelenting humidity and sweltering heat, nothing cools you better than a pint of classic SWEETWATER 420. With a crispness so refreshing that you sigh when it splashes across your tongue, its light (but not lightweight) body smacks you with nutty, hoppy notes and a round, smooth,more...
When it comes to Atlanta's unrelenting humidity and sweltering heat, nothing cools you better than a pint of classic SWEETWATER 420. With a crispness so refreshing that you sigh when it splashes across your tongue, its light (but not lightweight) body smacks you with nutty, hoppy notes and a round, smooth, slightly malty finish, with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. That we can guzzle so much of it and still remain standing is ultimately what endears us to this ubiquitous brew. less...

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Dogwood Decadent X
Brewer Crawford Moran had no particular style in mind when he dreamed up DOGWOOD DECADENT X featuring 10 different malts and 10 different hops from around the world. The result? The city's best hometown brew, a rich, complex, brown-colored ale with a toasted malt flavor and complex toffee and caramelmore...
Brewer Crawford Moran had no particular style in mind when he dreamed up DOGWOOD DECADENT X featuring 10 different malts and 10 different hops from around the world. The result? The city's best hometown brew, a rich, complex, brown-colored ale with a toasted malt flavor and complex toffee and caramel notes. Oats give it a smooth texture and the generous hop level counters the sweetness with an earthy bitterness and a clean finish. Each sip brings up different highlights. Available only on draft at 10 local beer-friendly pubs. Seek it out at Twain's, the Gravity Pub, or the Globe in Athens. less...

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)
SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY keeps our tastebuds atingle and our tummies fat and happy winter, spring, summer and fall. Whether it's ESB, Festive Ale, Exodus Porter or 420, they've got our number. They've racked up awards at the World Beer Cup, the Great American Beer Festival and more, but we don't needmore...
SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY keeps our tastebuds atingle and our tummies fat and happy winter, spring, summer and fall. Whether it's ESB, Festive Ale, Exodus Porter or 420, they've got our number. They've racked up awards at the World Beer Cup, the Great American Beer Festival and more, but we don't need any other seal of approval than the fact that we drink it 'cause we like it. (For the curious, brewery tours are offered every Monday and Thursday.) "900 Wendell Court. 404-691-2537. www.sweetwaterbrew.com." less...

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Sweetwater Festive
http://www.sweetwaterbrew.com The complex flavor of this seasonal brew makes you wonder what's in that special recipe. With its many malt flavors and berry notes, this full-bodied beer is a beer for a special occasion. It's rich and heavy, definitely something to warm your bones during the cold monthmore...
http://www.sweetwaterbrew.com The complex flavor of this seasonal brew makes you wonder what's in that special recipe. With its many malt flavors and berry notes, this full-bodied beer is a beer for a special occasion. It's rich and heavy, definitely something to warm your bones during the cold month of December. The 22-ounce bottle is like a little Christmas gift from our friends at Sweetwater every holiday season. Think they could make it a year-round choice? less...

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)
Although Sweetwater calls its signature ale an ESB, the rich, full-flavored taste is the same. With all its offerings, from the Exodus Porter to the Sweetwater Blue blueberry ale, you can count on a balanced, drinkable and enjoyable beer, whether on tap at your favorite watering hole or from a bottlemore...
Although Sweetwater calls its signature ale an ESB, the rich, full-flavored taste is the same. With all its offerings, from the Exodus Porter to the Sweetwater Blue blueberry ale, you can count on a balanced, drinkable and enjoyable beer, whether on tap at your favorite watering hole or from a bottle in the comfort of your living room. Sweetwater's popularity ensures what you take from the shelves is almost always fresh from the brewery. less...

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)
For a beer snob, nothing is scarier than when non-aficionados start liking the beer you drink. Such is the case with this go-to beer for the summer months (or any month). Perfectly balanced, with a sweet, hoppy aroma, a light but flavorful body and a crisp finish, the 420 seems to be a satisfying tastemore...
For a beer snob, nothing is scarier than when non-aficionados start liking the beer you drink. Such is the case with this go-to beer for the summer months (or any month). Perfectly balanced, with a sweet, hoppy aroma, a light but flavorful body and a crisp finish, the 420 seems to be a satisfying taste for many types of beer drinkers; a beer that everyone can be proud to introduce to visitors from out of town seeking local color. We'll drink to that. less...

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