We have movie tours, ghost tours, Segway tours and culinary tours. Now, Atlanta can boast of another tour: a beer tour.
Dan Fontaine, a home brewer and self-proclaimed “beer dude,” recently started Atlanta Beer Tours, which seeks to “connect people who love craft beer with the best brewers.” Noting the popularity of all manner of tours in Atlanta, Fontaine realized that no beer tour yet existed. He set out to remedy the situation, modeling his tours after those in Asheville.
Fontaine says, “The craft beer scene in Atlanta is exploding. People are starting to explore beer more and I wanted to make it easier for them.” Atlanta Beer Tours will give participants an insider’s view (and taste) of breweries like Sweetwater, Burnt Hickory and 5 Seasons.
Typical tours will last four to five hours. Beer aficionados will meet in the lower lot behind Hop City and head off on a beer-themed adventure. Most local tours feature three breweries with flight tastings at each location. Water and snacks will also be available for tour-goers.
Atlanta Beer Tours has also organized a longer tour that travels to the facilities of Jailhouse in Hampton and Eagle & Lion in Griffin.
Tour pricing begins at $60, $35 for designated drivers. May tours have already filled, but tickets are available for tours in June through September. See website for tour details and schedule. The site will also keep you up-to-date about other beer-themed events and activities.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog