About this article
This article was originally published in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of M: North Atlanta magazine, a publication of the Forsyth County News. To read the entire magazine, click here.
Although I was born and raised in Cumming, I lived in Nashville, Tenn., for three years in my early 20s.
Nashville is a city of never-ending nightlife, culture, incredible restaurants and, oh yeah, the best live music scene in the world.
Returning to Georgia, I moved to Alpharetta, where I was determined to find some of the hottest and trendiest places the metro Atlanta area has to offer. And as a small business owner myself, I am always mindful of supporting and patronizing as many local places as possible.
Shortly after arriving in Alpharetta, I caught wind of Jekyll Brewing. I saw it in grocery stores, bars and restaurants. Just about every person I met told me I had to visit the tap room for the “Ultimate Craft Brewing Experience.”
Not knowing what to expect, I set out on my first Georgia brewery adventure on a Saturday night. Pulling into an office park off Windward Parkway, I wondered if my GPS was broken.
The outside of Jekyll definitely doesn’t do justice to the inside. The front room offers a fun and inviting vibe, with live music (perks of a Saturday night), and ping pong, Jenga, pinball and video games to pass the time while enjoying a beer and/or waiting on a tour.
I was a bit skeptical to sample the beer because I knew some of the brewery’s biggest fans were India Pale Ale fanatics. To some of us, that’s a style that tastes similar to how a Sharpie marker smells.
I have been told many times an IPA is an acquired taste, and it’s one that thus far has eluded me. I told one of the tap room employees as much, and he quickly poured me a glass of their “Southern Session” beer.
For a light beer drinker like myself, this will make you never want to go back to Corona or Blue Moon. I also tried another of Jekyll’s year-round offerings, “Big Creek Kolsch,” and give it a thumbs-up.
My advice is to keep an open mind when sampling Jekyll’s beer. The more you learn about the craft and passion that goes into each batch, your enjoyment is sure to increase.
I love that you have the option of ordering a “half pour” of a beer so you can sample several.
Brewery tours are every 30 minutes and free with admission. I have been on a few tours, and each guide was funny, knowledgeable and passionate about beer.
On the tour, one of the first things you learn about the brewery is the history of its unique name. The first brewery in the “Deep South” was founded on Jekyll Island in 1738 by Major William Horton. Incidentally, for dark beer drinkers, try the seasonal Major Horton’s Export Stout.
The first brewery in Alpharetta, Jekyll recently celebrated its two-year anniversary. It has been named “Best New Brewery in the South” and I can’t help but think they will be trendsetters in this city for many years to come.
Jekyll is a great place to hang out with friends, or a fun date night destination.
For Tap Room hours, tour details and more information on Jekyll Beer, visit: JekyllBrewing.com
2855 Marconi Drive, Suite 350
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Sydney is the C.E.O. and founder of Renaissance Marketing Group. Besides her love of exploring all of Atlanta, Sydney is passionate about helping small businesses achieve their goals through social media marketing. Sydney@RenaissanceMarketingGroup.com.