2 of the Top 5 U.S. Breweries are from Atlanta

This Week in Atlanta Beer

July 11, 2019
Atlanta Craft Beer



Georgia Breweries had an amazing showing at the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship as results were announced Tuesday. Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing finished third overall and Cumming’s Cherry Street Brewing took fifth.

Monday Night took home two gold medals (Last Will and Testament, Como Te Llamas), two silver medals (Ante Meridiem, Situational Ethics Sherry) and two bronze medals (Fistful of Cake, Situational Ethics Gingerbread).

Cherry Street was awarded two gold medals (Damebier, 12.12.12) and a bronze (Coconut Porter).

Here’s the list of the top-10 overall breweries, and you can find a list of every Georgia winner by scrolling to the bottom of this article.

Top 10 Breweries

  1. Sun King Brewing Co. (INDIANA)
  2. Reuben’s Brews (SEATTLE)
  3. Monday Night Garage (ATLANTA)
  4. Altstadt Brewery (TEXAS)
  5. Cherry Street Brewing (CUMMING)
  6. Piney River Brewing Co. (MISSOURI)
  7. Main & Six Brewing Company (FLORIDA)
  8. Perrin Brewing Company (MICHIGAN)
  9. Brew Bus Brewing (FLORIDA)
  10. Cigar City Brewing (FLORIDA)

Looking for something new this weekend? Here are five #drinklocal ideas.

  • The Lost Druid is about to release an American IPA called The Fire of Beltane. They brewed the four-hop IPA on July 7 and will bring it to their taproom soon and the Dames & Dregs Beerfest on Sunday, July 14.
  • Thursday night, Schoolhouse Brewing will release two new brews. The first is a boysenberry sour called A Boysen Named Sue while the second is called Erdbeerfelder, which is a strawberry fruited heffeweizen.
  • Fresh off its powerful showing at the U.S. Open Beer Championship, Cherry Street is releasing Juicy Suzy DDH IPA where the brewery followed “newer, experimental hopping and fermentation techniques” to bring this heavily dry-hopped beer to the scene.
  • If you like papaya, lychees, bananas, ataulfo mangos, passionfruit and Andean blackberries then this Sunday (7-14) you’ll want to be at Pontoon Brewing in Sandy Springs. This sour will be the first in their Sooper Froot program. According to their IG page, they used 2.5-3.5 pounds of fruit per gallon and found the fruit at local farmers markets.
  • Fans of Reformation Brewery’s JOGR the Juicy Lager and Atlanta United will be thrilled that this beer has been wrapped and temporarily rebranded as Golden Spike Juicy Lager. This new can will launch at the Esperanza Supporters Club tailgate.

Some brew news to talk over with your friends…

Social Fox Brewing announced that it will open in 2020 in Historic Downtown Norcross.

I love pairing food and beer. Who doesn’t? Farm Burger in Grant Park has been showing some mouth-watering burger and beer matchups recently. Thursday they put a farm-to-table chicken and Swiss burger with white BBQ sauce with a Tropicalia from Creature Comforts. On Wednesday they matched Eventide’s Citrus Grove hefeweizen with a crispy fried vegan burger topped with Wisconsin cheddar, grilled tofu, tomato, arugula, & paprika mayo. Farm Burger Grant Park is a must-follow for foodies and craft beer aficionados in town.

All the U.S. Open Beer Championship medal winners from Georgia...

Foreign Stout
Gold: Seven Seas – Hopstix – Georgia
Bronze: Southpaw Stout – Terrapin ATL Brew Lab – Georgia

Imperial Stout Specialty
Bronze: Fistful of Cake – Monday Night Brewing – Georgia

Old Ale / Strong Ale
Gold: Last Will and Testament – Monday Night Garage – Georgia

Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale
Bronze: But This One Goes to 11 – Ironmonger Brewing – Georgia

American India Pale Ale/IPA
Bronze: Southern Juice  – Jekyll Brewing – Georgia

South German Hefeweizen
Silver: Exhumed – Torched Hop Brewing – Georgia

French and Belgian Saison
Bronze: Daddy’s Money – Ironmonger Brewing – Georgia

Berliner Weisse
Silver: Peach Love & Happiness – SweetWater Brewing – Georgia

American Lager/Pilsner
Silver: Satisfied Local Lager – Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen – Georgia

American Amber Lager
Bronze: Southside Lager – Arches Brewing – Georgia

Münchner Dunkel/Dark Lager
Silver: New Realm Dunkel – New Realm Brewing – Georgia

German Bock
Gold: Mystik Bock – Arches Brewing – Georgia

German Heller Bock/Maibock
Silver: Hi-Bock – Terrapin ATL Brew Lab – Georgia

India Pale Lager
Silver: Mountain Jam – Southbound Brewing – Georgia

Coconut Beer
Bronze: Coconut Porter – Cherry Street Brewing – Georgia

Herb and Spice Beer
Bronze: Situational Ethics Gingerbread – Monday Night Garage – Georgia

Coffee Flavored Beer
Silver: Ante Meridiem – Monday Night Garage – Georgia

Hemp Beer
Gold: Mango Kush Wheat Ale – SweetWater Brewing – Georgia

Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Bronze: Indo-communication – Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery – Georgia

Barrel-Aged Fruited Sour Beer
Gold: Shrunken Heads – Akademia Brewing Co – Georgia

Wood/Barrel- Fruit Beer
Silver – Situational Ethics – Monday Night Garage – Georgia

Wood/Barrel- Strong Scotch Ale
Gold: Damebier – Cherry Street Brewing – Georgia

Barrel-Aged Barley Wine
Gold: 12.12.12 – Cherry Street Brewing – Georgia

Blended Barrel-Aged Beer
Gold: Double Barrel Nite Nite – Southern Brewing – Georgia
Bronze: 22nd Anniversary – Sweetwater Brewing – Georgia

Tequila Barrel Aged Beer
Gold: Como Te Llamas – Monday Night Garage – Georgia

Barrel-Aged Brett / Wild Beer
Silver: Foeder Bier – Southern Brewing – Georgia
Bronze: Aged Helios – Pontoon Brewing – Georgia

Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
Gold: The Dom – Akademia Brewing – Georgia

Session Beer
Bronze: JOGR – Reformation Brewery – Georgia

Soft Drinks
Silver: Blueberry Soda – Dry County Brewing- Georgia