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Alpharetta and Cumming, GA
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Compiled by Owen Ogletree / November, 2001

Most of the spots listed on this page have now closed. The page is maintained here for historical reference.
Updated August, 2004

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Beer in the 'burbs of Atlanta...
Alpharetta and Cumming are two rapidly growing suburbs just northeast of Atlanta along Georgia highway 400.  If you are a beer lover who lives in the Atlanta area, or is just visiting, you should make every effort to arrange a designated driver and head up to Alpharetta and Cumming to seek out two of Georgia's best brewpubs and one of Georgia's best beer bars...
  • Summits Wayside Tavern (formerly Taco Mac) is just north of Alpharetta on GA. 400.  It has fantastic chicken wings and one of the state's best selection of beers from around the world.
  • Buckhead Brewery and Grill is very near Summits in Cumming.  It features delicious grilled dishes and superb craft-brewed beer.  (CLOSED).
  • US Border Brewery Cantina (CLOSED)

Summits Wayside Tavern
525 Lake Center Parkway
Cumming, GA
The beer taps at Summits (formerly Taco Mac) are truly an inspiring sight.  The beer selection here is outstanding and possibly the best in the state.  Every effort is made by the owners to insure that every beer available is often represented here.  5 oz. sample glasses are offered for a little over one dollar each -- this allows beer fans to try many different beers or have a taste before a full pint is ordered.  The food at Summits is very tasty as well, with chicken wings, Mexican items, and great sandwiches featured on the menu.  Summits is also loaded with televisions so patrons can be sure not to miss their favorite sporting events.

Directions to Summits:  Take GA 400 (US 19) to Exit #14, which is the exit for GA Hwy 20. Go west on the exit and continue on to the second traffic light. This should be GA Hwy 9, so turn right (north). Drive about another half mile and you'll be able to spot Summits on your right just past Beverage Depot.

Buckhead Brewery and Grill
872 Buford Highway
Cumming, GA
Pictured to the right are Owen Ogletree (author of this site) and Bob Krusen (head brewer) standing in the gleaming Buckhead brewroom.  Bob produces some really fine beers that include: Buckhead Light (all malt, nice light grain flavors), Redhills Amber (roasted and chocolate hints, nice and malty), Panther Pale Ale (great balance of malt and hop bitterness from Cascade and Centennial hops), and Nut Brown Ale (slightly sweet with roasted nut flavors and hints of chocolate - mild and appealing).  Special and seasonal selections are also offered.

The interesting menu at Buckhead includes wonderful appetizers, salads, pastas, and grilled game dishes.  The Cumming location also has a pool room.

Buckhead Brewery has a new location coming at the end of 2001 to Alpharetta (a bit closer to the US Border brewpub).  Check their website for details...

US Border Brewery Cantina
12460 Crabapple Road
Apharetta, GA
(770) 772-4400

NOTE:  This brewpub stopped brewing in 2002, and the Atlanta area lost some of its best local beer.

These notes describe how the brewpub was in 2001...
This brewpub opened its doors in November, 1995, making it the first brewpub to be built in the state of Georgia serving original Mexican, Southwestern and Tex-Mex cuisine.  Designed and decorated in Adobe architecture, US Border has an attractive exterior and interior.  The Mexican food is some of the very best available with imaginative menu items such as Cabrito (roasted goat), Mesquite Grilled Shrimp and Poblano Chili Rellenos.  Their Sun Salsa is a favorite in the area, and has become so popular it is sold in jars to go.  Live music is featured in the bar area of the brewpub.
Head brewer for US Border, Chris Terenzi, is very talented at creating some of the most flavorful beers in the Southeast:
TOMBSTONE GOLD - This golden ale is light, crisp and clean with little bitterness - a good introduction to craft-brewed beers.
MILTON COUNTY  IPA - This IPA is dry hopped in the serving vessel for a huge hop flavor and bitterness combined with a solid malt backbone.
OATMEAL STOUT - Ruby-black in color with almost a coffeelike flavor. Full bodied chewy beer.
CASK CONDITIONED ALE - Join US Border  for "Firkin Friday," biweekly, when they tap a firkin (11.25 gal. cask) and dispense a new ale using an authentic British beer engine.  Availability is limited - please ask your server.

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