Breweries have been all the rage ever since the beer laws in Georgia changed back in 2017 allowing breweries to sell beer directly to their consumers without strict limitations. Before the bill passed, breweries had to sell tickets for tasting tours and customers couldn’t simply come in to grab a beer and casually hang out with friends. With the new laws comes new breweries springing up all around the Atlanta area making them the new hot spots to spend weekends and to host events.
In this series, we will be highlighting some Metro Atlanta breweries and diving deeper into what makes them so special. Breweries have become more than just a place to drink beer and watch sporting events, they have now turned into the trendy places to host weddings, birthdays, corporate meetings and happy hours, fundraisers and so much more!
With so many options, it can be overwhelming to decide which brewery is the perfect fit for you, your schedule or your future event. Each brewery has a totally different feel, while some are dog friendly, others are more family focused and some are better suited for a younger crowd. Luckily, we are here to break down what makes each brewery special, making your decision that much easier.
So, whether you are on the lookout for an event venue, new to the Atlanta area, visiting a friend, or just want to stray away from your typical bar scene this series will help guide you through some of the best breweries around the city of Atlanta. Last in the series, we have: The Lost Druid.
The Lost Druid, located in Avondale Estates, was opened to the public in 2019. Husband and Wife, Robert Hopek and Stacia Familo-Hopek, are the co-founders of this brewery. Robert had been home brewing for years and knew that opening a brewery of his own was the next step. The couple built this brewery from the ground up, and are focused on creating a family-friendly space for everyone to enjoy.
The Lost Druid is a beautiful community-centric taproom. It’s glass garage doors, overhead windows and open concept floor plan offer an airy space filled with beautiful natural light. The blue walls offer a cheery, yet calming atmosphere with attention to detail. Not only do they have an ever-changing beer selection brewed onsite, they also have a shareable small-plate oriented kitchen. They feature 21 beer taps and their food menu changes to pair perfectly with their beer selection. Some of their beers include: The Great Trilithon, a German-Style dark lager with hints of caramel, coffee and toffee, Glistening of the Dawn, a peaches and cream ale and Closer to the Divine, an American pale ale with bright citrus and floral notes. The Lost Druid will quickly become your family’s new favorite hangout spot. Stop by for a beer on Saturday night or even brunch on Sunday morning. This brewery is as versatile as they get!
The Event Space
The Lost Druid offers two event spaces for rent. The Taproom, which is a large, naturally-lit room, can hold up to 250 guests! The Upstairs and Mezzanine is perfect for rehearsal dinners, networking events, birthday parties and more. This space is a little more intimate, and can hold up to 70 guests. Besides their event spaces, The Lost Druid is a great place to relax and spend your weekends. Here’s a little more on what makes The Lost Druid so special:
- The Lost Druid has a small-batch beer selection brewed onsite. The selection of beers is constantly changing and rotating as they create more beer flavors. Because they do not distribute their beer they are constantly brainstorming and adding new flavors and styles to their selection, so there is always something new to taste!
- The Taproom is one of the greatest highlights of this brewery. It’s glass garage doors, overhead windows and open concept floor plan offers a spacious and beautiful taproom, just waiting to be filled with friends. The attention to detail in this space is noticeable upon entry. With their special hop like light fixtures, wood beams and well-appointed tables and chairs, this room is surely something that will catch your eye right off the bat.
- Besides their large rotating beer selection, The Lost Druid happily serves food as well. Having an onsite kitchen, makes their space more accessible for family outings!
And just like that, this ATL brewery series has come to an end. The brewery world is still growing, which can be overwhelming, but hopefully this helped breakdown a couple of the large breweries in the Metro-Atlanta area. Whether you go for the beer, the social aspect or the dining experience, these breweries are some of the best in ATL and we hope you are eventually able to try them all!
Hayden is a Senior at the University of Georgia studying Public Relations. She has a strong passion for marketing and promoting brands and is interested in a possible career in Digital Brand Marketing. She manages Spirited Event Group’s social media and public relations strategy and content. Hayden loves to travel, writing and spending time with her family.