From surviving old beer laws that banned high gravity brews to having their original location threatened by a road expansion project, Atlanta’s oldest brewery has brewed award-winning beers (like their flagship IPA, Hoplanta) and grown a loyal fan base against plenty of odds. Brewers Garett Lockhart and Steve Anderson keep the taps replete with tempting options. Current interests flow on One-Off Wednesdays, where you’ll get first dibs on brewery-only experiments (we hope the Amarillo Session has a resurrection). Bonus: Visit on a Friday or Saturday and pair your chosen brew with lamb ribs from the mom-and-pop barbecue masters Home Eatz, who pitch their tent out front. You’ll be grabbing another rack to-go along with your Red Brick growler when it’s time to leave.
Good to know: Originally known as Atlanta Brewing Company, Red Brick was founded in 1993 by former Guinness executive Greg Kelly, who oversaw the brewery’s longest-running collaboration with The Vortex Bar & Grill—then, a bohemian pilsner called Laughing Skull, which has since transitioned to the easy-drinking American amber ale we all know today. Bob Budd became president in 2006. They moved to Defoors Hills Road on the Westside, and in 2010, changed their name to Red Brick.
Address: 2323 Defoor Hills Road
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday thru Friday, 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, 10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. 2-5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Kids: Under 21 OK for tours only
Pets: OK, outside only