While you may think of Tennessee and Kentucky when imagining whiskey in America, Georgia actually has numerous distilleries of its own.
Top Spots for Whiskey in ATL
In honor of National Whiskey Day, here are some great Atlanta distilleries and restaurants that are perfect for whiskey lovers.
With three locations around Atlanta (including one at The Battery so you can get your whiskey fix before the game), ASW (American Spirit Whiskey) Distillery is the largest operating distillery in the state. The company has true Georgia roots- the founders, Jim Chasteen and Charlie Thompson, met at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA (their distiller, Justin Manglitz, is also a UGA alumnus). Specializing in small-batch whiskeys, ASW was the first whiskey distillery to open in Atlanta since Prohibition. The distillery recently reopened its tours and tastings on Fridays and Saturdays and currently offers pick-up (their online retail partners also offer out-of-state shipping).
Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar & Kitchen
If you’re looking for an extensive collection of whiskeys, Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar & Kitchen has got you covered. Featuring one of the largest selections in Atlanta (they have over 125 different whiskeys), you can enjoy yours in a tasting, a flight, or even a variety of whiskey cocktails. Don’t forget to visit their seasonal rooftop for some fantastic views of Midtown while you’re there.
Independent Distilling Company
Located in Decatur, Independent Distilling Company started simply with two men, Tommy Williams and Michael Anderson, and their whiskey love. The company’s first batch of Hellbender Bourbon in 2015 proved historic- it was also the first Atlanta-produced batch since the Prohibition era. Independent Distilling Company focuses on Georgia-grown and sourced ingredients in their spirits. Tours and tastings are offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, along with cocktail and bottle sales (seasonal cocktail batches are available for pre-order to-go). Reservations are required. Check their website for periodic events like virtual cocktail classes.
With an extensive collection of Bourbon, rye, and whiskeys, The Southern Gentleman aims to share whiskeys from around the world with Atlanta. With selections from Germany, Japan, Sweden, and more, you can get an international taste through their spirits (they also offer whiskey flights). The bright, open dining room of this gastropub is especially perfect for weekend brunch where you can enjoy your whiskey with menu items such as the Shrimp & Blue Corn Grits or the Banana Bread French Toast. The Southern Gentleman is located at The Buckhead Village District.
Old Fourth Distillery
Producing Bourbon, vodka, gin, and hand sanitizer, the Old Fourth Distillery is updating with the times. The distillery located in (you guessed it) the Old Fourth Ward is family-owned by brothers Craig and Jeff Moore and was the first distillery in Atlanta. The distillery is currently offering curbside pick-up for orders Monday through Friday. Tours are currently suspended but check their website for future tour dates and events.