Atlanta Beer Tours aims to connect beer enthusiasts with the best craft beer in Atlanta.  Set up your own Private Group Tour or join an Open Tour on the schedule below to get a unique, behind the scenes look at breweries, brewpubs and beer focused restaurants in and around the metro area. Run by Dan Fontaine, a former stand-up comedian and fellow award-winning homebrewer Aaron Rolka, Atlanta Beer Tours promises good times and great beer.

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Special Tour - April 26th - Burnt Hickory 2nd Anniversary

This one should be extra special as our first stop will be in Kennesaw at the Burnt Hickory Brewery 2nd Anniversary shindig!  These guys ALWAYS bust out special one-off beers for their normal tour days, but this list is just insane:

1. Ezekiel's Wheel Pale Ale. 6.5%
2. Cannon Dragger IPA 8.5%
3. Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout 9% ABV
4. The Fighting Bishop Green Peppercorn Trippel 9.5%
5. The Didjit's Blood Orange IPA 7%
6. Meat Puppets "Lake of Fire" Imperial Red Rye 12.5%
7. KILLDOZER bourbon barrel aged Barleywine 13%
8. Moon Station Bitter "MSB" 4.7%
1.Bloody Bishop Cranberry Trippel
2.Wrong em Boyo Coffee IPA
3.Spanish Bombs Habenero IPA
4.Charred Walls of the Damned Rum Barrel aged.
5.Killboy Powerhead Orange creamsicle IPA
6.Life and How to Live it. REM tribute Lingonberry ZEKE
7.Freak Flag Apricot Brett Saison
8.Sour Von Sour Flanders Red Ale.
And the perks for our tour will be unmatched:  
  • Early arrival and private tasting at Burnt Hickory, exclusive to ABT!
  • Extended time at Burnt Hickory to taste as many of the offerings as possible.
  • Other stops will remain the same, no rushing through!
  • Laughs and memories


We'll have an earlier start time than normal.  Full details will come out to ticket holders a couple of days before the tour but plan on a 10:45am meet time at Olde Blind Dog.

After Burnt Hickory, we'll hit Red Hare for more great beer and wrap up at Olde Blind Dog.  This tour is so spectacular, we're expanding our time spent at Burnt Hickory to ensure you get the full experience.

Don't forget that our new exclusive Uber code comes along with any tour ticket purchase.  Details will be given in the day before email that goes out.  It's good for up to $40 off if your first Uber ride.  Never used Uber before?  Then enjoy a ride on us!

Puppies and Kittens,

Dan and Aaron



(The list at Burnt Hickory is subject to change and specials are limited to ONE KEG only.)




We hope you're all having a great holiday season. We sure are! With family coming into town and great trips planned, we're just about as busy as you are (we don't have kids, so...) :]

But the great news is that 2014 is going to be a monumental year for ABT! There are great things planned and even more amazing things in the works. Yes we're being coy on purpose... but we promise, it's a game changer.

Point is, new dates will be posted in mid-January so thank you for visiting, shoot us and email with any questions or requests for private events. And if you already bought a gift certificate, you rock.

If you get a wild hair, follow us on Twitskies and the good ol' FB.

Love and presents,

Dan and Aaron


BEER REVIEW: Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt

8.5%, 22oz bottle, Scotch Ale aged on bourbon barrels.

Really nice beer. Wish I had a regular Drafty Kilt for a side by side. Nice light brown head with, beer color is a dark brown with slight orange edges. Big time bourbon and wood on the nose that covers a bit of the smoke and malt you'd get from a Drafty Kilt... and I like it. Some dried, dark fruit too, dates maybe. Smooth and soft on the mouth with a bit of sweetness. Wood and booze are more prominent toward the back. Balanced finish with a tad of burnt toffee and spice that hangs around for a bit. 

My rating is a "hell yes, go get one".


Top 25 Craft Breweries - Part 2

20.  Sierra Nevada   -  One of the granddaddies of the modern craft brewery, SN is all about easy to find west coast style beer.  The flagship pale ale, Torpedo IPA, Ruthless Rye IPA, and winter seasonal Celebration IPA all rate high on the list of any hophead.  Want something different?  Try the Ovila series of Belgian styles.  
19.  Finch's Beer Co.  -  This Chicago brewer brings us excellent selections in the Cutthroat Pale Ale, Threadless IPA, and Fascist Pig imperial red ale.  All in rad 16 ounce tallboy cans!
18.  Left Hand Brewing Co  -  The second Colorado brewery on the list, Left Hand makes the best milk stout in America.  Hands down.  The Wake Up Dead Stout and Sawtooth ESB are also great.  As is anything with the words "Fade to Black" in the title.
17.  Terrapin Beer Co.    -  While certainly nothing to scoff at, Terrapin's year rounds selections are nothing to get too excited about.  But where they truly shine are seasonals and specialties.  Where to even begin?  A few of these amazing beers include the full Monster Beer Tour line:  Wake 'N Bake coffee imperial stout, Monk's Revenge Belgian IPA, Big Hoppy Monster imperial red, and Hopzilla, one of the best IPAs we've ever had.  Terrapin also scores points due to its creativity and risk-taking.  Ever have a smoked IPA?  Terrapin's put one out there.  How about a peanut butter chocolate porter?  Yep, they've done that too.  And both were great.
16.  Brewery Ommegang  -  This all Belgian style Cooperstown, NY brewery has a genuine passion to bring the great flavors of Belgium to our backyard.  Seek out the Rare Vos amber, Hennepin saison, and Chocolate Indulgence.



Top 25 American Craft Brewers

Everyone loves a good list.  Top 10 that, Top 5 this.  We like to rank things.  It's kind of fun.  Blame Casey Kasem. 
Therefore, without further ado, we present our Top 25 American Craft Breweries for 2013.  First...the rules. 

#1.  There are no rules.  Nooo, kidding.   

But there are really only two.  First, the brewery's main operation must be located in the USA.  So no classic Belgians here.  Second, the brewery must have at least 3 year round offerings and is able to be found in stores and/or locals bars in the area they are located within.  So basically, they're distributed in some shape or form. 
Now, a disclaimer.  These are merely our opinions set forth on paper.  We do not claim to have tried every single beer in the country so this list may seen incomplete to some of you.  Totally cool.  We've never had Pliny the Elder or any other Russian River brew.  We've never done a west coast beer tour to sample all of the inevitably great smaller breweries in California, Washington, and Oregon.  Nor have we done so in Colorado or Maine.  There's a ton of great beer out there.  We have plenty of it left to try.  This is what we know and nothing more.  Deal with it.
The ranking criteria was nothing overly specific, just our general thoughts and experiences of each brewer with attention paid to overall quality of beer, quantity of great selections produced, and balance between well-made year round brews, seasonals, and specialties/one-offs.  With that all said, just as explained above, we're not going to lie and say we are familiar with every beer produced by each brewer.  Again, going on the ol' past experiences here. 
Ok, enough jibber jabber.  On to the list!
25.  Victory Brewing Co.  -  These Pennsylvania brewers crack the list due to their excellent selection of year round beers.  Highlights include the wonderfully hopped HopDevil, the Czech inspired Prima Pils, and the excellent Storm King imperial stout.  Our personal favorite though?  The best American made Belgian tripel that you can find at both ballparks and good gas stations...Golden Monkey.
24.  Sam Adams -  Near macro status aside, Sam Adams makes some solid brews.  Year round standouts include the flagship Boston Lager and Cream Stout.  Seasonals are highlighted by the Summer Ale (sorry, I like it!), and their list of good speciality and small batch beers is lengthy.  Try the Thirteenth Hour Stout in the cool bottle! 
23.  Highland Brewing Co. -  Hopefully I remember this story correctly from my brewery visit in Asheville, forgive me if not, but Highland's history goes back to Oscar Wong, an Asian born in Jamaica who had a dream to open a Scottish style brewery.  World truly collided and great beer was the result.  The Gaelic, Black Mocha Stout, and Kasmir IPA top the year round list followed by the excellent Cold Mountain winter seasonal.
22.  Oskar Blues -  All year rounds all the time here.  Dale's is probably America's best nationally distributed pale ale and Gubna, Ten Fidy, Old Chub, and G'Night imperial red are all on-point.  They can also claim fame to being the craft beer can pioneers.  At least on a nationwide scale.
21.  Pisgah Brewing -  I just mentioned Dale's Pale Ale as the best of its style that can be found all over.  Well, Pisgah's pale ale is the best we've ever had.  Period.  Problem is that most outside of western North Carolina rarely ever see it.  Located in outside of Asheville in Black Mountain, Pisgah is a small all-organic brewery that churns out nothing but goodness.  The Valdez imperial stout, Vortex IPA, and Solstice Tripel are all amazing.  But our personal favorite?  Red Devil, an incredible Belgian golden ale packed with sour cherries and raspberries.  Also, the brewery always has at least 12 beer selections to choose from (including guests) and is a wonderful place to see a live bluegrass show.


Keep checking back as we unveil the rest of the Top 25!