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Red Brick Brewing Company, Atlanta
(4.7/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
Red Brick Brewing Company, named Atlanta Brewing Company before 2010, is a brewery located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.The Atlanta Brewing Company was founded in 1993 by Greg Kelly, a former Guinness executive. The brewery, a converted old brick warehouse, was originally located at 1219 Williams Street. Pine-sided vats and cold tanks from England were purchased, and the beer was produced using an older traditional style of brewing. The large red malt mill, still used by the brewery today, was found sitting abandoned in a meadow in England. After being shipped to Atlanta and undergoing extensive refurbishing, the mill was put to work readying the grain for brewing.The name “Red Brick Ale” was given to the brewery’s flagship beer. One suggested (but ultimately discarded) name for the first beer was “John J. Bips Ale”, named after a long-term brewmaster at the historic Atlantic Brewery. Atlanta Brewing Company produced 4,000 barrels of beer in 1994, the first year of production. To maintain this initial demand, the brewery brewed once or twice a day. Peachtree Pale Ale, Spring Brew, Summer Brew, Winter Brew, Golden Lager, and Kelly’s Light were added to the line-up in the early years.As from February 2016, Red Brick beers are also available in Germany.HistoryAmong the various collaboration projects of 1996, ABC partnered with a Belgian brewery to release a Belgian beer called “Malone’s”. The beer was produced in Belgium, pasteurized, and then shipped in a large tanker truck. Upon arriving in the United States via ship, the tanker was driven to the brewery, and the beer was pumped into a holding tank. This imported beer was then carbonated and bottled for distribution. Surprisingly, two out of three batches survived the trip in drinkable condition.In 1997, Atlanta Brewing Company brewed Old Testy Coffee Stout for the Sandy Springs Taco Mac location. But the brewery’s most notable and lasting partnership is with the Vortex Bar and Grill, a two-location Atlanta institution. The beer’s name and labeling features the Vortex’s iconic “Laughing Skull” logo. The original incarnation was a full-bodied bohemian pilsner, which was dry hopped and lagered for sixty days before shipping.
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  • Stopped there on brews cruise. Very good beer and experience! Will go back for sure! Great craft beer! 
  • Good beer. Interesting tour. Live music. Football on the tv. Great staff. What more could you ask for? 
  • Bought a Groupon to attend a tour and tasting for my husband, but was not expecting too much. I am not a beer drinker, but I thought my husband would enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised at what an en...  more »
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  • This place is fantastic. The people are chill. Can't speak for what the crowd is like most days, I only show up on the first Sunday of the month for the euro show. Never gets to crowded and cool vibes. Great beer selection and the Pours could be classified as anything but skimpy.
  • Good beer and easy going brewery vibes. Good price too!
  • Good beer, good fun, informative tour! Can't wait to go again!
  • Great beer, cool facility. Their tour could use a little work though
  • Not very big compared to some of the other breweries in Atlanta but they were the first! Plenty of seating and very generous on the pours :)