The Rise of Georgia Beer: Everything you need to know about our craft brew scene

What can I do at Atlanta breweries besides drink?

Illustration by Claire McCracken
Illustration by Claire McCracken

Shakespeare on Draught
Orpheus Brewing
All the world’s a stage, including the back parking lot at Orpheus, where Shakespeare on Draught puts on “barely rehearsed, barely directed, kinda tipsy” shows. Heckling is encouraged, and if an actor forgets a line, everyone drinks. (Curtain at 8 p.m., but get there early—350 groundlings came out for Richard III this spring.)

Lit Atlanta
Monday Night’s Garage
Mix books, booze, and beats and get Lit at what’s billed as Atlanta’s only “literary karaoke.” Imbibers sign up to read random book excerpts revolving around a monthly theme (June is “Game”—think sports or dating) over a playlist featuring John Coltrane and Kendrick Lamar. Cover charge is one book, for the group’s library exchange program or donated to charity.

Curiosity Club
Eventide Brewing
Try your hand at blacksmithing—or soap-making, embroidery, or taxidermy—with the Curiosity Club’s monthly demonstrations featuring local makers and artisans. This month, luthier Josh Davis will talk banjo-building and pluck a few tunes. The $10 entry fee goes to the Homestead Atlanta, a five-year-old nonprofit focusing on heritage skills education.

Beer & Comedy Night
SweetWater Brewing
Every other Monday, the nation’s longest-running brewery comedy show takes the stage at SweetWater, where $12 gets you two beers and stand-up from a mix of local and national artists, such as Mia Jackson, Ron White, and Iliza Shlesinger. Self-proclaimed Mayor of Atlanta Comedy Joe Pettis created Beer & Comedy night seven years ago.