Summer festivals offer beer, wine, food & music

By Collin Kelley
INtown Editor

If you love beer, then Atlanta is the place to be this summer as three festivals provide tastes of domestic, imported and craft beers. Food, music and frivolity are also planned at these events, but remember to drink responsibly. If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab.

Brookhaven Beer Fest
The third annual festival returns to the City of Brookhaven on Saturday, June 8, from 3 to 8 p.m. The festival will be held on Apple Valley Road behind the Brookhaven Marta station. There will be more than 150 domestic, imports and craft beers for the sampling along with wine and bites from local restaurants and food trucks. On the entertainment front, GoBox, DJ Suspense, Scotty Cram and Anthony Crane will perform. The festival is limited to 4,000 guests and admission includes a commemorative drinking glass and unlimited beer tastings. Tickets are $35 in advance at brookhavenbeerfestival.com or $45 at the door (subject to availability). You must be 21 to attend the event and no pets are allowed.

Beer Garden: Sumer Kick-Off In the Garden
Enjoy the beauty of the Oakhurst Community Garden at The Wylde Center while enjoying a brew and food from local restaurants on Saturday, June 22. There will be beer and bites provided by Farmer Burger, Farm 255, Ale Yeah!, Red Brick Brewing, Three Taverns Brewery, Twain’s, Wild Heaven Craft Beers, Cakes & Ale, Paper Pane and Pine Street Market. There will be a VIP happy hour (including a private garden tour, featured cocktails, appetizers and more) beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the main event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music will be provided by The Grits and a silent auction will feature dinner packages, getaways and even a farm share. Tickets are $50 for VIP and $30/$40 for general admission. The event is for ages 21 and up. For tickets and more information, visit wyldecenter.org.

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest
Masquerade Music Park in Midtown will play host for the fourth annual festival on June 22 from 4 to 9 p.m. There be more than150 beers, including local breweries like SweetWater, Terrapin, Red Brick, Wild Heaven, Jailhouse, Red Hare and Monday Night. There will be live music on two stages, and the Bud Light Game Zone will return this year, too. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 after June 13, and $48 day of the event (subject to availability). The event is for ages 21-plus, no pets are allowed and the event will go on rain or shine. For tickets and a full list of beers, visit atlantasummerbeerfest.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.