Downtown Augusta is full of great bars and restaurants that serve craft beer. (©EXPLOREGEORGIA.ORG)
By Jennifer McKee
Beer lovers, rejoice, September 28 is National Drink Beer Day! Luckily, Augusta is full of great bars and restaurants for knocking back suds; these are some of our favorites.
Augusta’s go-to spot for beer, World of Beer features hundreds of brews from around the world. Try one of the preset beer flights, build your own (you can choose based on location and style), or just choose whatever grabs your fancy. If you’re serious about beer, sign up for the rewards card that lets you compete with your fellow beer drinkers for giveaways such as trips around the world (you’ll also get a free beer or food item on your birthday).
River Watch Brewery took over an abandoned warehouse on the Farmers Market site and turned it into a production brewery. It brews three core products in addition to limited releases and experimental brews; the brewers love feedback, so be sure to tell them what you’d like to see next. Guided tours are available every Saturday at 3 and 6 pm. Patrons are welcome to bring food to be enjoyed outside in the picnic space.
Augusta has not one craft brewery, but two. Savannah River Brewing Company has won many of the city’s “Best Of” awards and brews IPAs, lagers, pilsners, ales, sours and more; its 16,000-square-foot facility produces 1.8 million cans annually. Food is available on site. Ever wonder about beer yoga? You can sate your curiousity here; it takes place Saturdays at 11:30 am.
Arsenal Tap Room touts the finest selection of craft beer in the South, and indeed, craft beer aficionados will call it nirvana. Of particular note is the selection of ciders and meads, sours and Belgian-style beers. Do plan to eat here—delectable gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are a don’t-miss on the food menu. The gorgeous beer garden is perfect for mild nights.
Hive Bodega may have updated its concept (Instead of a taproom, it’s now a small community store and tavern), but its beer selection is no less stunning. Choose from dozens of draft selections and/or take some bottles to go or a growler to go. Beer flights are also available, as are wine and mead.
Arguably Augusta’s best destination for dessert, the Boll Weevil Cafe also offers a tempting lineup of craft beers, which are written on chalkboards throughout the dining room. You’ll want to come back time and again to sample them all. Tap takeovers are a common occurrence—keep up to date on special events on its Facebook page.
Great brews, a low-key atmosphere and plenty of live music makes Stillwater Tap Room a fun destination six days a week (It’s closed Sundays). Lots of local and craft brews are on tap here, and you can enjoy a laid-back evening with your pooch on the rocking chairs set up out front.
One of the newest bars in town, the indoor/outdoor Edgar’s Above Broad looks out over all the action on Broad Street (enter from 7th Street). Local-favorite brews are on tap here, and there’s also a healthy selection of bottles and cans. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun go down while nibbling on dinner bites or getting together after work.
The unassuming Highlander British Pub sits across the Savannah River and gets high marks for its traditional British fare such as shepherd’s pie and Scotch eggs, as well as its dozen craft beers on tap. There are beer specials on most weeknights.
An old BP gas station is now home to Evans’ Tip Top Taps, where you can purchase 64-ounce growlers, 32-ounce howlers and 22-ounce bombers (bottles). There are almost two dozens beers available on tap, and you can sample them before you commit. There’s a one-time $5 fee for your first growler or howler purchase; refills are only the price of the beer.
Has the day got you all hopped up? Show off your love for the craft with bike accessories just released for the day by Electra Bicycle Company. With the Cheers Wired Can Holder, you’ll never have to leave your drink by the wayside (perish the thought!). And you can let them know you’re coming through with the cheeky Cheers Domed Ringer Bike Bell.