The tasting room feels like a college dorm common area—it includes a couple of arcade games, minimal seating, and occasional live music, though during a recent visit the impromptu performer was a cross-legged dude in flip-flops, half-heartedly strumming a ukulele with friends accompanying him in song. That’s the kind of thing that happens here: fill up on your mason jar and perhaps, sing along. The 10-barrel brewhouse tips its hat to a bit of Georgia history in the name, and pays tribute to Southern style in their approach to making beer. Take their piney IPA, called Hop Dang Diggity, or the malty American brown ale known as Cooter Brown. While the IPA is the most popular here, you’d do well to get to know other styles. Blonde ale Southern Session is flavorful and about as drinkable as you can get, and the ‘Merican Amber steps up with caramel malts.
Good to know: The brewery name is inspired by what’s believed to be the South’s first brewery, which opened on Jekyll Island in 1738. Jekyll Brewing became the first package brewery to open in Alpharetta in 2013. A Kickstarter campaign helped founder Mike Lundmark and co-owner/brewmaster Josh Rachel set up shop in a non-descript office park in what appears to be an odd neighborhood for a craft brewery—with corporate offices of communication and pharmaceutical companies nearby. But once indoors (no al fresco drinking allowed here), a beer fan finds likeminded people.
Address: 2855 Marconi Drive #350, Alpharetta
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday thru Thursday 5-9 p.m.
Friday 4–9 p.m.
Saturday 1–9 p.m.