Red Brick Brewing Co.

Location 
2323 Defoor Hills Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
United States
Phone 
Fax 
404.350.0127
Additional Information 

Wednesday night: 5pm – 8pm,Tour at 7pm

Thursday night: 5pm – 8pm,Trivia at 6pm,Tour at 7:30pm

Friday night: 5pm – 8pm,Tour at 7pm

Saturday: 11am – 5pm,Tours at 1pm & 4pm

Sunday: 1pm – 4pm,Tour at 3pm

About The Brewery

GEORGIA’S OLDEST OPERATING CRAFT BREWERY

Here at Red Brick we strive to provide a quality craft beer experience, both in the bottle and at our brewery.  Our team is a family, rooted in the company’s rich history of being Georgia’s oldest brewery. We take a handcrafted approach to this business, from the brewhouse to the bottle and pride ourselves on innovation and an artisanal quality product. We also strive to be community-oriented by doing things like offering specialty brews and other services to our contemporaries, mentoring-up and-coming breweries, and partnering with local charities.

OUR HISTORY

Founded in 1993, Red Brick is Georgia’s oldest operational craft brewery. We began our brewing odyssey in a small red brick building in 1993, and moved to our current location in 2006. Our history is well documented in the book “Atlanta Beer”, written by Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle. The chapter on us is so thorough that we chose to paraphrase the majority of this biography from their work. To learn more about the history of beer in Atlanta, you can buy the book in our retail shop or at atlantabeerbook.com.

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.

Among 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 batched 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.

Although moderate in success, the brewery fell upon hard times as it rolled into the 21st century. Portions of the brewery’s equipment was temperamental and deemed challenging by the staff using them; quality control and management issues were also reported. Due to these inconsistencies, the distributor began to lose faith in the brewery’s survival. Sales began to drop off, and the future of the brewery seemed uncertain. Adding to the frustration, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s planned road expansion project doomed the brewery’s Williams street location.

In 2005, Bob Budd was brought on by the brewery’s investors as a management consultant to help with ABC’s production issues. Once on board, Budd helped negotiate a settlement with the Georgia DOT. In 2006, Greg Kelly left Atlanta Brewing Company and Bob stepped up as president of the brewery. The remaining staff moved operations to a new location at 2323 Defoor Hills Road.

In 2009, ABC released the newest version of Laughing Skull, changing it from a bohemian pilsner to a well-balanced amber ale. By the beginning of 2012, it had become the their best selling beer, while Red Brick Brown, Blonde, Pale Ale, and Porter were the four standard offerings at the brewery. Inspired by the success of their barrel aged 15th Anniversary Ale, they began producing limited release beers under the Brick Mason series name in special four-packs.

In 2010, Atlanta Brewing Company changed its public name to Red Brick Brewing Company. Brewery legend has it that the name for the original Red Brick Ale, and thus the new name for the company, originated from a historic speech. The Atlanta mayor supposedly gave the speech shortly after General Sherman torched the city in the Civil War. He stated that the city would “rise from the ashes like a phoenix” and be rebuilt “one red brick at a time”.

In 2013 the dynamic brew team of Garett Lockhart and Steve Anderson took over in the back, and began experimenting with bold new ingredients and flavors. The brewery also introduced a new look and attitude in the packaging that better reflects the direction they are headed. Dynamic products like Hoplanta IPA, Divine Bovine Chai Milk StoutHop Circle India Session Ale, and A-Town Brown have replaced the mundane core and seasonal beers of the past. The new team likes to believe that Red Brick is the phoenix that rose from the ashes of Atlanta Brewing Company, and today they are stronger and more passionate about what they do than ever before.