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If you’re trekking through Georgia, be prepared for the hot and humid weather. The sweltering heat makes the Southern United States an ideal place to grab a refreshing local brew. There are plenty of bars and breweries around Georgia to cool off with a frosty mug of beer. Here are a few not-to-miss beer pit stops in The Peach State.
Choose From 55 Beers on Tap in Smyrna
Smyrna may not sound familiar, but it’s about 30 minutes northwest of the well-known city of Atlanta, Georgia. Varners Restaurant and Tavern in Smyrna offers 55 beers on tap and the menu changes daily. Craft beer fans can try Rogue’s Georgia Peach Pucker, which oddly enough, comes from Newport, Oregon.
If stouts are more your taste, savor a pint of Whirling Dervish by Atlanta’s own Monday Night Brewing. You’ll get your daily dose of coffee with this beer too. The same brewery offers Drafty Kilt Scottish Ale, a malty beer with a hint of smokiness. If you’re going to an Atlanta Braves ballgame during your stay, stop in for some pregame drinks and snacks. Book your hotel in Smyrna, then hop on Varners Tavern’s free shuttle to and from the stadium.
Visit Alpharetta’s First Brewery
Continue your Georgia beer tour in Alpharetta, another Atlanta suburb. When the heat kicks up a notch, quench your thirst at Jekyll Brewing, the city’s first brewery. Order a glass of Pineapple Habanero Hop Dang Diggity. Say that ten times fast. Refreshing pineapple and hops with a bit of heat flavor this IPA. If you prefer a smooth ale, order a Cooter Brown. Drink up and stay nearby at an Alpharetta hotel.
Catch Some Rays at Coco’s Sunset Grille
Tybee Island lies off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. Get on laid-back island time and enjoy a cold brew while you and your sweetie watch the sunset at Coco’s Sunset Grille. The bar offers craft beers including Victory Brewing’s Golden Monkey. Hand the car keys to your designated driver since this Belgian-style brew is 9.5 percent alcohol. Better yet, book a room on Tybee Island. Next up, give the house brew CocoBock a go.
Spread the Good Word on Beer in Norcross
You say you’re hitting Norcross on Saturday? Head to Good Word Brewing Company & Public House for a brewery tour at 2 p.m. If you’ve never had a beer that tastes like a peanut butter cup, here’s your chance. Sip a pint of Moose Trx stout and savor the chocolate and nutty notes.
If sweet isn’t your thing, grab a Golden Moose German Pilsner or a hoppy American Wheat instead. Pair your beer with artisan appetizers like the cheese board. After your tour, stay in Norcross and see how you do at Brainstorm Escape Games down the road.
Check out these best places to grab a beer in Georgia and enjoy the beautiful Southern weather. It won’t hurt to ask for a tasting flight so you can find your favorite local brew.