Whenever the opportunity to explore the local beer culture of a city or country I am visiting arises, I am quick to take advantage of it. Which is why, when I saw that there was a brewery tour with Southern Beer Tours available during SITSum, Social Influencers Travel Summit, I made sure to sign up right away.
While I have been to plenty of breweries in my life, I had never been on an actual brewery tour. It was so well-organized, and we got to spend time really getting to know the breweries we were visiting, which was an aspect I loved.
Here, I enjoyed Hibiscuwit, a Belgian-style wheat, while we got a behind the scenes tour of the brewery and a lesson on the brewing process. We even had a chance to smell hops and look at the ingredients used in brewing. It was an eye-opening experience, as I didn’t realize all that went into making one of my favorite beverages.
After the tour, I enjoyed a Divine Bovine, a chai milk stout, while soaking up the brewery’s fun decor. The vibe of Red Brick is cool and laid back, and I think if I lived in Atlanta, I’d spend a lot of time there.
When we got back to the van, waiting for us on our seats were crackers, water, and a beer koozie. Southern Beer Tours knows how to keep their customers happy. As we hydrated, ate our crackers, and chatted with each other, we headed toward our next brewery.
Not long after, we arrived at Orpheus Brewing. The origin of the name is probably my favorite of any beer I’ve previously come across. It’s based after the Greek myth of Orpheus, the Greek hero whose love, Eurydice, died. He tried to retrieve her from the Underworld and Hades let her go along with him on one condition, neither one could turn back. Orpheus does, and Eurydice disappears, and so the pint glasses at Orpheus say “Never look back.”
This brewery has a different vibe from most breweries I’ve been to, with simple black and white decor. Each beer had its own information sheet, which included the brewing process, food pairings, and information about the artist responsible for the label. Famous for their sours, I did try one, but it wasn’t a taste I could easily get used to.
So, I stuck with two of the beers from their Bone Tablet Collection: Life.Death.Life.Truth. and Peace.War.Truth.Lie. I took an immediate liking to their names and artwork, as well as their story. I really enjoyed these beers and could have easily had a few more if we didn’t have to move on to the next brewery.
Our final stop was SweetWater Brewing Company. Started by two roommates from the University of Colorado, Boulder, SweetWater began in February of 1997, although it was a few years in the making. I loved the vibe at this brewery, which was much larger than the others we had visited that morning.
I had the SweetWater Blue, which is a blueberry ale; it wasn’t overly sweet and had just the right hint of blueberry. At that point, I had had quite a lot of beer, so I didn’t have another tasting, but many of the others liked 420, which is one of their most popular beers.
To give you a real feel for my beer tasting experience here’s my Flipagram from my afternoon with Southern Beer Tours:
I’m not sure I could pick a favorite brewery or beer of the day because each one was so different and unique. In fact, I’m already looking forward to heading back to Atlanta and sampling more of their delicious craft beers.
Brewery tours with Southern Beer Tours are $65 a person and every tour features SweetWater Brewing, while the other two stops rotate. Included in the price is admission, tastings (3-4 half pints), a souvenir glass at each brewery, and a gift bag. They also have a baseball and brewery tour for $65, which includes a general admission ticket to a Braves game, as well as a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, and a walking tour for $45. No matter which tour you choose, if you find yourself in Atlanta, be sure to taste the local brews with Southern Beer Tours.
I was a guest of Southern Beer Tours, but as always, all opinions are my own.