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. Next in the series, we have: Wild Heaven West End.
Wild Heaven Beer has two locations, one in Avondale and the other in West End. Wild Heaven Beer was founded in 2010 by lifelong Georgians Nick Purdy and Eric Johnson. Their goal was to design European brews but with a creative American flair. Their motto “Serve your neighbor” is an important part of their business model and they are always looking for ways to help out their neighboring communities. They are currently partnering with Atlanta’s Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to contribute to the movement of ending issues of racial injustice in our country.
In 2019, the Wild Heaven West End opened to public. This location is home to the Garden Room which can accommodate up to 225 guests seated and 350-400 guests standing. It is a bright, open space with large glass doors that lead out to their grassy outdoor area complete with a large bar and beautiful blue colored walls that offer a blank slate for photo opportunities and event décor. They also have a two-story lounge area, with couches and a TV screen perfect for slide shows or sports games. This is a huge location, which is great for hosting large events and gatherings. The West End location also has a restaurant called Fina that serves Mexican food, pairing perfectly with beer. One last remarkable feature about this location is the 68 taps throughout the brewery- You can only imagine how much beer this place is brewing.
Some of Wild Heaven’s beers include: Emergency Drinking Beer, a citrus flavored pils-style session Ale, ATL Easy Ale, a lightly hopped, unbitter pale ale and Wise Blood IPA, an India Pale Ale with tropical fruit flavors and hints of apricot, melon and orange.
The Event Space
Wild Heaven West End is more than just a brewery, they offer a food and beverage experience. The brewery is perfect for large events as it can hold over 500 guests! Their 23 acre development is built along the beltline trail, making for a beautiful view. The West End location has a 12,000-square foot patio and an impressive seven-barrel brew system. Beside all these amazing attributes, here is even more on what makes this location so special:
- A huge plus of this this event space is the two rooms that are available for rent.
- The Garden Room is a light and airy room with three large glass garage doors that open up to the outside bar. The outside bar located on a large 1500 square foot lawn. These two spaces can hold up to 500 guests.
- The next room, The Lounge, is a unique two-level room that is complete with a TV and projector and comfortable seating. This room open up onto another 12,000 square foot public patio
- Another bonus to the West End’s abundance of event spaces is that you can combine the two rooms to allow for even more guests. In the past these rooms have hosted cocktail hours in between wedding ceremonies and receptions for Bat/Bat Mitzvahs!
- The trendy location is one of the best qualities of this brewery. Located in the new Lee+White development, there are a ton of other food and drink establishments close by. Fondly referred to as Malt Disney due to the influx of breweries, distilleries and beverage focused businesses in the area!
Wild Heaven West End is a must-try in ATL, and lucky for you they have two locations to choose from! It is the perfect space to host large events and a trendy location to spend weekends. Their Latin-inspired restaurant “Fina,” pairs perfectly with their large assortment of beer, and their proximity to the beltline adds yet another great quality! As we continue on with this series we hope you are able to try all of our recommended breweries and hopefully along the way you’ll find your new favorite!
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.