Say goodbye to Atlanta Beer Week and say hello to the new and improved Georgia Beer Fortnight. Atlanta Beer Week had a great premise, but ended its approximately 5 year run around October 2016 making room for the inaugural 2018 Georgia Beer Fortnight. From August 18 – September 1, more than 60 beer related events will take place at more than 30 sponsoring brewery, brewpub, restaurants, beer bars and retail establishments. These events will highlight how far Georgia beer has come. Georgia’s craft beer community has seen amazing growth over the last couple of years.
The expanded footprint of the event will also include Athens and Savannah. Bob Sandage, president of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, points out that this footprint may expand in the future – “It’s mainly Athens, Atlanta and Savannah this year, but next year, I think we will be able to include more places like Blue Ridge and Columbus that have more breweries now.”
“Our goal is to successfully sustain events similar to those taking place in Philadelphia, Tampa and San Diego,” Sandage said. “With more than 50 active breweries, brewpubs and many more beer-centric restaurant and retail establishments, Georgia has what it takes to hit it out of the park.”
Georgia Beer Fortnight events are focused in geographic areas as follows:
Saturday 8/18 and Sunday 8/19 – Atlanta Downtown / Midtown / East
Sunday 8/19 and Monday 8/20 – Atlanta Westside
Monday 8/20 through Thursday 8/23 – Atlanta North
Thursday 8/23 and Friday 8/24 – Decatur / Avondale Estates
Friday 8/24 and Saturday 8/25 – Athens
Saturday 8/25 through Saturday 9/1 – Savannah, in conjunction with Savannah Beer Week
To keep everyone safe Lyft has partnered with the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild to help everyone enjoy the many amazing craft breweries Georgia has to offer without having to worry about the ride home. The process is easy: Simply take a Lyft to a participating brewery, show the folks behind the bar your ride receipt, and get a code for 50% off your ride home – or to the next brewery.
For more information and a full list of events, go to Georgia Beer Fortnight. And be sure to pace yourselves!