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Best Atlanta Beer/Local Brew

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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 Locally-Brewed Beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Serpent's Bite

Best Locally-Brewed Beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Monday Night Brewing is a leader of innovation and productivity in the local beer industry, between the IPA-centric Black Tie Series pouring out of the West Midtown Hop Hut, and the newish Monday Night Garage barrel-aging program. In the last year alone, Monday Night has brewed more than 100 of somemore...
Monday Night Brewing is a leader of innovation and productivity in the local beer industry, between the IPA-centric Black Tie Series pouring out of the West Midtown Hop Hut, and the newish Monday Night Garage barrel-aging program. In the last year alone, Monday Night has brewed more than 100 of some of the best beers in the city. Weekends are overrated! (Courtesy of Alex Patton). less...

Best Beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewing Company

Best Atlanta beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Perhaps the most-talked-about craft beer trend of 2017 was the New England-style India Pale Ale. An easy-drinking riff on craft’s most popular style, NE IPAs prioritize tantalizing hop aromas and juicy flavor profiles over bitterness and the “hoppy” wallop generally associated with IPAs. Wreckingmore...
Perhaps the most-talked-about craft beer trend of 2017 was the New England-style India Pale Ale. An easy-drinking riff on craft’s most popular style, NE IPAs prioritize tantalizing hop aromas and juicy flavor profiles over bitterness and the “hoppy” wallop generally associated with IPAs. Wrecking Bar’s one-off JUICE WILLIS IPA SERIES — which the Little Five Points brewpub started in January — has been a joy to behold in that regard. They’ve released a new beer every few weeks (nine variations and counting at press time), each time adding new recipe tweaks and a new Bruce Willis pun for the name. It’s rare to see a local beer that’s so on trend, delicious and admirably exemplifying brewing innovation all at once. Check @wreckingbarbrewpub on Instagram for the latest batch. Wrecking Bar Brewpub, 292 Moreland Ave. N.E. 404-221-2600. www.wreckingbarbrewpub.com. less...

Best new beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Rapturous
It started as a draft-only, taproom-only member of Three Tavern Brewery’s Sour Asylum series. Lacto-fermented and matured on fresh raspberry purée, slightly tart and sporting a highly sessionable alcohol-by-volume (5 percent), RAPTUROUS quickly became a favorite of the Decatur beermaker’s tours.more...
It started as a draft-only, taproom-only member of Three Tavern Brewery’s Sour Asylum series. Lacto-fermented and matured on fresh raspberry purée, slightly tart and sporting a highly sessionable alcohol-by-volume (5 percent), RAPTUROUS quickly became a favorite of the Decatur beermaker’s tours. With more requests for the beer came more beer, and with more beer came a proper market release that brought glasses of the pink deliciousness to various watering holes all over the Atlanta metro area. These days, it’s not uncommon to find it at hip, varied restaurants and bars like Chai Pani, Argosy, and Gaja. Better still, Creative Loafing’s best new beer of 2016 started showing up in cans this August. Pro-tip: Those cans pair exceedingly well with the final dregs of the Georgia summer. less...

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Atalanta: Orpheus Brewing

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Atalanta: Orpheus Brewing

Best of local beer: New beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics

Best of local beer: New brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best new beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
We've always been proud of our local bottled beers, it's just that there's so few of them. Well that's beginning to change, starting with Wild Heaven, a new brewery from Nick Purdy. Along with consulting brewmaster Eric Johnson, Wild Heaven has so far released two beers: Invocation, a Belgian-style goldenmore...
We've always been proud of our local bottled beers, it's just that there's so few of them. Well that's beginning to change, starting with Wild Heaven, a new brewery from Nick Purdy. Along with consulting brewmaster Eric Johnson, Wild Heaven has so far released two beers: Invocation, a Belgian-style golden ale, and Ode to Mercy, an Imperial Brown Ale. Try a glass of the deep, bitter toffee-tinged Ode to Mercy with a stinky cheese, or the slightly fruity and spicy Invocation with roast pork or chicken. wildheavencraftbeers.com. less...

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
SweetWater Brewery

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Runner-up: Terrapin Beer Co.


265 Newton Bridge Road, Athens, 706-549-3377, www.terrapinbeer.com

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Runner-up
Red Brick Blonde at Atlanta Brewing Company<br 2323 Defoor Hills Road, 404-355-5558, www.atlantabrewing.com

Best Locally Brewed Beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Locally Brewed Beer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
5 Season's Brewing
Glenn Sprouse's love of beer came from his childhood visits to Germany. After he became an engineer, he began to brew his own beer in an effort to replicate what he'd drank there as a kid. Now the brewmaster at 5 SEASONS BREWING in Sandy Springs, Sprouse has parlayed his love for European beer into amore...
Glenn Sprouse's love of beer came from his childhood visits to Germany. After he became an engineer, he began to brew his own beer in an effort to replicate what he'd drank there as a kid. Now the brewmaster at 5 SEASONS BREWING in Sandy Springs, Sprouse has parlayed his love for European beer into a career. Behind the bar is an open window that looks onto several of the huge copper vats where Sprouse works his magic. Our favorites are the 7 Sisters Munchner, which is bittersweet and packs a punch of flavor, and the Big O, an organic ale that's rich and robust with a lightly sweet flavor that comes from caramel malt. less...

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