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Craft beer compromise kicks the can on direct sales

Meanwhile, wholesalers were quick to express their enthusiasm, in part because craft brewers promised to stop pushing for direct sales until 2017.

Brick Store Pub

The Decatur Square treasure opened in 1997 and built a loyal following, but when Georgia’s alcohol-limit laws changed for beer in 2004 (the owners were vocal advocates), it expanded and became a beacon for the obsessed: Beer Advocate magazine currently ranks Brick Store as the second-best beer bar in the world.

Eagle & Lion Brew Pub

Oi, Anglophiles! An English-style brewpub specializing in cask-conditioned ale—also known as “real ale”—just opened in March in Griffin, a forty-minute drive south of Downtown.

Hop City

Westside’s paean to beer garners national kudos for its massive selection of about 1,800 beers, including the recently added Growlertown wall that houses sixty taps, the largest in the Southeast.

Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Firehouse Pub

Marietta scores the metro area’s most spirited Celtic pub, a smoky, gritty hideout that serves righteous plates of bangers and mash along with fifty beers on tap and 125 more by the bottle.

Local Three Kitchen and Bar

Buckhead’s honky-tonk fantasy puts equal and abundant efforts into beer, wine, and spirits (sixty bourbons by the glass!). To our tastes, though, suds best match the kitchen’s red-blooded bravura.

Ormsby’s

The beer roster (twenty regularly changing options on tap, nearly sixty bottle choices) impresses with on-point tasting notes, but Ormsby’s most deserves a mention because it’s an awesome hangout.

Porter Beer Bar

The Little Five Points digs may be funky, but husband-and-wife owners Nick Rutherford and Molly Gunn preside over a refined, comprehensive beer program of 500 brews.

The Beer Growler

The Athens original opened in late 2010 and pioneered growler availability in Georgia.

The Fred Bar

On game nights, the noise at the 11,000-square-foot Taco Mac at the Prado, with its eighty-plus TVs, could puncture eardrums.

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