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Craft beer finally getting its own week in Atlanta

San Francisco and Philadelphia have been doing it for years. Now Atlanta joins the ranks of major American cities honoring craft beer with a week of celebrations.

Atlanta Beer Week runs May 16-22, with beer bars, beverage stores, restaurants, brewpubs and breweries in Atlanta and Athens holding dinners, special tastings and educational seminars.

Look for about 100 events at 50 different venues over the seven days of the inaugural festivities.
Five Seasons Brewing Co. brewer/partner Crawford Moran took the lead in organizing Atlanta Beer Week. Moran said he and several other local beer aficionados decided the time had come to make it happen, even if that meant something of a shaky start the first year.


Crawford Moran at Five Saeasons Brewing Co.

“Trying to get anything off the ground is always a challenge but the response has been pretty good,” Moran said. “It’s kind of like the All-Star Game. You have all these people who might be rivals on the same team working together for a week. We have a nice mix of places doing different things and it’s a great foundation to get things going toward next year.”

Among the places participating with dinners and tasting events, beer bars such as Brick Store Pub in Decatur, the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta and Trappeze Pub in Athens are no surprise. But several Atlanta fine dining restaurants, including Abattoir and Shaun’s, also have joined up.

Abattoir is offering five menu items with suggested beer pairings every night, including house-made sausages, charcuterie and sticky toffee cake, plus beer and cheese flights. On May 20, Star Provisions cheesemonger Tim Gaddis will be on hand for an informal beer and cheese tasting.

Shaun’s chef/owner Shaun Doty said Atlanta Beer Week prompted him to bolster his beer list, adding 30 American, Belgian, British, German and Japanese craft beers. And every night during beer week, Doty is offering a different seasonal three-course menu for $29 plus suggested beer pairings.

Moran said he’s satisfied Beer Week will be a success, if only because it has already highlighted how much Atlanta’s beer culture has grown over the past decade.

“There will be something incredible to do every day of the week,” Moran said. “If you went back 10 years, all the things that will be happening that week would have fit into a two- or three-year calendar. Back in the ’90s, just convincing a restaurant to do a beer dinner was impossible.”

More Atlanta Beer Week events

At 1 p.m. on May 16, Brick Store Pub will kick off the week with several rare beers on draft and a ceremonial cask tapping. 125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990,

At 7 p.m. on May 17, Max Lager’s presents Beer Judging 101 with brew master John Roberts. $30, limited to 50 guests (reservations required) for a buffet dinner and beer tasting in the Brewery Tavern. 320 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. 404-525-4400,

At 7 p.m. on May 20, Five Seasons Westside presents a five-course beer dinner featuring five different beers aged in wine barrels. $55, plus tax and tip. 1000 W. Marietta Street N.W., Atlanta. 404-875-3232,

For more Atlanta Beer Week information and events:

22 comments Add your comment

Covert Hops

May 10th, 2010
8:54 am

Finally, Atlanta has caught up with the rest of civilization…..At least in craft beer.

Mike Gallagher

May 10th, 2010
9:52 am

We’re celebrating Craft Beer and all the great things that go along with Craft Beer: Charcuterie, Cheese, Sausages, Hot Dogs, Baseball (we need to work on our arenas selections) and all sorts of other foods. Of course the best part is sharing great beer with great folks. Hope to see you at the Brick Store Pub or LEONs Full Service.
It’s nice to see that some of the very talented Chefs in town are working more with food and beer. It’s delicious, very value-driven and of course tons of fun.


Atlanta Beer Week at Brick Store Pub (LEONs Full Service events to follow)

Sunday May 16 * 1pm Ceremonial Cask Tapping . Sweetwater BSP Quad Cask
+ Several other Rare Beers on Draught

Monday May 17 * Cider Flight Night * 5pm
A rare vertical tasting of Etienne Dupont Ciders as well as Dupont Pommeau. Paired
with artisinal cheese & charcuterie.

Tuesday May 18
Left Hand Brewing Co. Beer Dinner * 6pm –
Hosted by Owner/Brewer Eric Wallace. 5 Rare cellared beers paired by Rian Tittle & Jeff Wallis.
$55 per guest + tax & gratuity
To reserve seats please email:

Wednesday May 19 * Hefe & Hotdog Humpday + BSP Braves Game Outing 4pm
Join us for a variety of German Hefe Weizen beers including Wiehenstephaner Vitus, Schnieder Edel Wiess & a Cask of Schnieder Eisbock + more.
Braves game at 7pm. 1st 12 folks to email: can reserve seats – 12 seats available at $12 each. That’s 1/2 the cost. Come throw down with some staff members & baseball.

Thursday May 20 * Beer Civil War 5pm
An epic battle between beers from the Union States v. Beers from the Confederate States. Featuring a North v. South food pairing by LEONs Chef Eric Ottensmeyer (Ohio) & Brick Store Pub Chef Rian Tittle (Georgia). A tasty, tasty battle. No reservation – available to entire restaurant.

Friday May 21 * Vintage Vault Night 3pm
Come taste selected vintage beers from our one-of-a-kind beer cellar. 12 luck folks will be randomly selected between 3pm and 5pm to join Beer Manager Lee “Alfred” Dickson for an exclusive “Clean out the Cellar Fridge” tasting from 5pm – 7pm.

Saturday May 22 * Vertical Madness 1pm
Vertical tastings of several cellared beers available by the flight. Food pairings by Brick Store Pub Sous Chef Jeff Wallis. Farewell Cask tapping happens at 1pm.

Crawford Moran

May 10th, 2010
10:05 am

Beer Week keeps getting even better too. Did you know you have a choice of beer dinners every night of the week? That’s incredible! Should be a great week. If you’re a beer lover please go out and support Beer Week. And please help spread the word about it! Email your friends, post something on FaceBook, just spread the word!


May 10th, 2010
10:11 am

Thanks, Runs with Beer!


May 10th, 2010
10:51 am

Shmaltz Brewing will have an official full line up of events to announce later this week
For now we have this.

Coney Island kicks of beer week at The 5 Spot
Capt Stab-Tuggo/Burlesque/ Comedy/ Music
All of the Coney Beers flowing

Beer Dinner Feast…menu TBD shortly

Hop City tasting and Freak show pub crawl
Ormsbys, 6 FT under, Octane, 5 Seasons, maybe Cypress ST.
Also some other Savannah beer reps and special beers at certain locations.
A short circus side show at each venue.

The Porter Shmaltz and Mikkeler take over the taps. Some limited release beers like Polar Bear Express, Jewbelation 13 barrel aged, etc

EABF with side show entertainment a possibility

It should be a great week all around.


May 10th, 2010
11:02 am

Greens has two collaboration events:

Thursday May 20th we guest brewed a Belgian Golden Ale at Five Season’s West that they casked–we’ll be tapping it there at 5:55 that night. Should be tasty.

Friday May 21st Green’s, Midway, and Terrapin casked Hopsecutioner at the brewery in Athens conditioned with Tupelo honey, bourbon soaked vanilla beans, oak, and dry hopped with Simcoe. Tapping at 5:00 at Midway Pub in East Atlanta!


May 10th, 2010
11:35 am

We are actually ahead of ancient civilization! I was in Rome, Italy last week and our beer culture is way ahead of theirs. Of course, the Romans stole most of their culture from the Greeks and I’ve never had a really good Greek beer. I did occasionally find a nice Belgian selection and I stumbled into the Peroni beer hall where I found a Peroni Red that was pretty nice. The Morretti Dopple is way better than the Peroni Dopple Malto. But, I digress. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Atlanta Beer week. Enjoy a great beer at a great place this week. There are now so many of each to choose from.


May 10th, 2010
11:37 am

So many beers. So little time. What a great week ahead. See you at the Brick Store.

Crawford Moran

May 10th, 2010
11:40 am

At 5 Seasons Westside and 5 Seasons North we have a three-course prix-fixe beer dinner planned for every night of Beer Week for only $25 (that’s 3 courses and 3 beers). We’ll also have one of our house-made sausages paired with one of our high gravity beers every night.

For Sunday the 16th, to kick off the first day of Beer Week we’re having a “Half Way to Oktoberfest” Party. German food, beer, chicken dancing…..

On Monday at 5 North Chef Dave will be hosting a free “Cooking with Beer” Class and on Tuesday he’ll do it at 5 Westside. On Monday at 5 North we’ll be tapping a very special keg from deep in the cellar.

Wednesday the 19th at 5 North we have our Spring Seasonal Beer Dinner. Seafood and Beer. 9 courses and 9 beers for only $55.

Thursday the 20th at 5 Westside we have our Spring Seasonal Beer Dinner. “Wine Barrel-aged Beers”. All of the beers have been aged in wine barrels. This one will be incredible. 5 courses, 5 beers for $55. We’ll also be tapping a cask of Adam’s Grand Cru Belgian-style Golden Ale that Adam from Green’s brewed with us. 5:55 pm.

And Saturday the 22nd to close out Beer Week we are having a Belgian Beer Fest at 5 Westside. It will be a great day for Belgian beer lovers. Don’t miss this one.

I'll Go Elsewhere

May 10th, 2010
2:17 pm

What’s with the blatant promotion and/or advertising of individual businesses on this blog?

May 10th, 2010
2:37 pm

Actually the first annual Chicago Craft Beer Week starts on Monday May 17th, so we haven’t been doing it for years…


May 10th, 2010
2:58 pm

Atlanta beer compnays need to lower their price. They taste good but need to be cheaper for local patron. Ask yourself why YEUNGLING has come down and kicked their butts in 1.5 years. Stop being greedy and lower your beer prices!

Petie The Crab

May 10th, 2010
3:05 pm

Atlanta’s own version of Octoberfest. Me likie. Just never link it to Freaknik unless you want a dramatic rise in Murders, Rapes, Assaults, Robberies, VGCSA……………………………………..

Beer Snob

May 10th, 2010
3:24 pm

Smokemoster, what are you talking about??? Yeungling isn’t kicking any butts unless it’s cheap domestic macro brews. You get what you pay for. Yeungling isn’t even in the conversation with the beers that will be featured at beer week.


May 10th, 2010
3:39 pm

American beers are a joke. Expensive, watered down, oversaturated with co2, with no body, just slightly reminding a real beer taste.Everybody who has traveled Europe will confirm that. But in line with classic american deceiving marketing it always come with some cheap gimmick (triple brewed, cold filtered, genuine draft, etc) The biggest joke is Bud = King of Beers! What an insult !!!! I recently tried some “Doggy style” from some Colorado brewery – it tasted worse than Peptobismol, and they ask $6.00 for a glass. Unbelievable!!


May 10th, 2010
3:41 pm

There is no such thing as real beer in the U.S.A. Beer flavored water but not real beer. Germany can produce rich robust and stout beer w/o govt. interference. Loved the beer while I was there but haven’t found anything that comes near in the good ole U.S.


May 10th, 2010
4:15 pm

I wish I liked beer.

David S

May 10th, 2010
4:36 pm

Don’t worry, no chance they will repeal Jesus’s ban on Sunday sales.


May 10th, 2010
5:50 pm

Beerfan and Smokewagon need to get out more and see what’s happened with American beer during this new century. American beer is the new standard that the rest of the world is trying to emulate, and I don’t mean the cheap lagers like Yeungling. Beer week may just be the opportunity to get out and see what’s new.


May 11th, 2010
8:05 am

Amen, KP. Where’s all this smoke blowing from?

Thanks for the correction chibeerweek. But surprised you want to admit being a day behind ATL.

waiting moderation

May 11th, 2010
7:51 pm

AH, Hell, It is beer week everynight at Manuel’s Tavern. Miller High Life is the Breakfast of Champions. Later, dudes


May 14th, 2010
8:24 am

The interesting thing is that Manuel’s has greatly increased its craft beer offerings — even hosting tastings with Terrapin and other breweries and offering cask ales from time to time. Miller isn’t a big part of that mix. I’ve been enjoying Founders Red’s Rye there, though.