Here are three more notable brewpubs that are a bit under the radar.
Hop Alley, Alpharetta
Boasting perhaps metro Atlanta’s most unusual brewpub layout, Hop Alley lives up to its name, situated in a long, narrow space that stretches from the Main Street Alpharetta front entrance to a small patio that looks out on the alley in back. The brewhouse and tanks are crammed behind the long bar, allowing guests the opportunity to take in the sights of freshly made beer.
There are some unusual items on the menu, such as bacon in a jar (literally) and battered white cheddar curds served with house-made beer cheese, along with more familiar pub grub favorites like burgers and tacos. Signature beers include Bullpup, an IPA, Frankenstrong, and Halley’s Pale.
25 S. Main St., Alpharetta. 770-696-2097, hopalleybrew.com.
Slice & Pint, Emory Village
This Emory beer and pizza joint from brewer Crawford Moran — who also co-owns and operates two other metro Atlanta brewpubs, Five Seasons Westside and Five Seasons North in Alpharetta — features a menu of creative snacks, hefty specialty pies made with local ingredients, and Italian-style sandwiches.
Look for house beers such as the Druid Belgian Golden Ale, brewed with Belgian pale malt and a Belgian yeast strain that’s also used in the house pizza dough. The Political Rant series of IPAs is explained as “a continuing series of IPAs where we try to work out our frustration with the crazy beer laws in Georgia.”
1593 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 404-883-3406, sliceandpint.info.
Torched Hop Brewing Co., Midtown Atlanta
Torched Hop was opened in 2016 in the former Old Spaghetti Factory space across from Mary Mac’s on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Billed as “a community gathering place for people to enjoy great conversation over bold flavored beers,” the ambitious, multilevel build-out features a brewhouse visible from the dining room, a separate bar area and a game room. Current beers include Hops de Leon IPA and Witamin C, a wheat beer.
249 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-835-2040, torchedhopbrewing.com.