Looking to tip back homegrown hops and barley? Georgia breweries, as well as those in South Carolina, not only pump out flavorful finds, but allow guests to visit the scene of the creation.
Pull up a stool and sip on the following.
Wild Heaven Craft Beers
Tucked away on a nondescript street in Avondale Estates, GA, a hop from the high-traffic hub of downtown Decatur, you’ll find Wild Heaven’s celestial suds. Brewmaster and die-hard horticulturalist Eric Johnson, who also doubles as host of the PBS TV show Garden Smart, oversees the wares.
Wise Blood IPA, the Belgian-style Saison he calls White Blackbird, and the golden ale of the Invocation, make up just a handful of Johnson’s creations. Wild Heaven’s tours take place Thursday–Sunday featuring both all-ages and twenty-one-and-older experiences. Depending on the tour you choose, visitors can belly up to the brewery’s altar for beer flights and pours.
Coastal Empire Beer Co.
Among Georgia breweries, Coastal Empire rides its own wave of success. Savannah lays claim to this award-winning brewery specializing in a quartet of year-round offerings. Drop in Thursday–Saturday for a backstage tour and see what goes into fashioning in-house creations including the Savannah Brown Ale. Take a whiff, and you’ll find this malty libation tinges with chocolate, roasted nuts, and citrus.
The folks at Coastal Empire occasionally throw down big events where they spotlight some of their fresh-out-of-the-vat beers. The Waves Slaves, a surf rock outfit, has been known to provide the soundtrack, while Chazito’s Latin Cuisine food truck shills the edibles.
Not far from the banks of the Ashley River in Charleston, SC, Freehouse Brewery concocts an array of rotating releases. The Folly’s Pride—expect a grapefruit-laced American blonde ale—joins a roster of others, including the Belgian-inspired Ashley Farmhouse Ale, the powerful Hoodoo Imperial Stout, and oodles more.
Sip on these and a host of others, each made with organic and seasonal ingredients, at the Ashley River Taproom.
Cooper River Brewing Co.
Cooper River’s line-up of brews attempt to keep Charleston beer lovers content with everything from India pale ales to high-octane porters and all points in between. Located along Mechanic Street, Cooper River invites drinkers to choose from flights of five-ounce samples, half pints, and full pints.
In partnership with Dog & Duck restaurants, Cooper River helps visitors fill up with pub grub available on select days.
Each of these breweries flows with creativity and quality. Yet, since beer often proves to be subjective, take a pit stop and find out for yourself.