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Best of Atlanta 2015

New Bar Crawl Destination: Westside

We’re loving the mix of bars now rounding out the galleries, lofts, and designer retailers along Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road. Keep it classy at Cooks & Soldiers or Bocado, serving Basque hard cider and craft cocktails, respectively.

5 Seasons Brewing

Before the craft beer craze ignited, the original Prado location of 5 Seasons Brewing (which opened in 2001) reigned as leader of the local cult of hops.

5 Seasons Brewing, Westside and Alpharetta

These two 5 Seasons locations have a different brewmaster: co-owner Crawford Moran, who previously ran Atlanta’s defunct Dogwood Brewing Co. He runs with his adventurous streak, successfully experimenting with beers aged in wine and whiskey barrels and regularly offering gluten-free pale ale.

Good for What Ales Us

For many people, myself included, beer is an acquired taste. Compared with wine, whose familiar fruitiness caresses the palate, beer brings bitterness to the forefront. As a child in Paris, I was occasionally given beer diluted with carbonated lemonade while the adults around me drank thin Alsatian drafts I thought were just awful. Known in England as shandy, in Spain as clara, and in Germany as radler, beer cut with citrus-flavored soda is something I still love. Snakebite is a strong variation made of hard cider and beer in equal proportions that most respectable bars (including Manuel’s Tavern in Poncey-Highland) will pour into a tall pint glass for me.

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