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Here's what -- and where -- to drink in Atlanta for National Beer Day

Happy National Beer Day, Atlanta! What, you didn't know there's a day dedicated solely to all things beer? Established in 2009, the holiday celebrates the establishment of the Cullen-Harrison Act, which legalized the sale of beer, and went into effect on April 7, 1933.

Supposedly Virginia resident Justin Smith came up with the idea while drinking pints with friends at his local Buffalo Wild Wings. "It’s not about what beer does, it’s about what beer is," Smith told a TV station last year. "It’s the quintessential beverage that you can do so many different flavor pairings, you’re going to get flavors that you can’t get from anything else, because there’s so many things you can put in a beer."

We'll drink to that, today and everyday, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate your love of beer in Atlanta and beyond.


Second Self Beer Company is commemorating this sacred day from 6-9 p.m. with the unveiling of its newest beer, the ATaLe -- $12 gets your a souvenir pint glass and 36 oz. of beer samples.

Up for a road trip? Athens Beer Week, which kicked off on Monday, is culminating this weekend in the Classic City Brew Fest from 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday at the Graduate Athens Hotel Complex. Tickets are $43.50 plus tax and a processing fee and get you tastes of more than 400 beers, cask ales and live music.


What to drink

AJC beer writer Bob Townsend has shown love to several local beers of late. If you're trying to decide what to order at your local watering hole or which six-pack to pick up on your way home from work, give these a try:

Cosmik Debris Double IPA from Creature Comforts

Highland Daycation IPA

Scofflaw Basement IPA

Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale from Monday Night Brewing

More beers you should be drinking right now


Where to drink

There are plenty of spots to wet your whistle in metro Atlanta. Try a few of these:

7 places to drink beer OTP

Two new Georgia beer gardens to enjoy the weather

Explore Georgia's ale trail

Check out Chamblee's Asian brewpub


Already looking forward to next National Beer Day? Check out these breweries and brewpubs we can't wait to see open in metro Atlanta this year and beyond.


Want to know what else is coming in the world of beer? Stay on top of all the top metro Atlanta beer news by following AJC beer writer Bob Townsend’s Beer Town column.

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