Though chiefly recognized for their salacious relationship with speakeasies, hops have long led a hushed private life dedicated to herbal medicine and maritime travel. Get to know the softer side with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a beer-making class for two (a $20 value) at Hop City Craft Beer and Wine on Marietta Street. Prospective class dates include the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, with a future increase in dates possible.
Hop City Craft Beer and Wine is an all-inclusive craft-brew store that stocks nearly 2,000 worldly ales, as well as a flock of equipment for in-home fermentation. Join a friend, beau, or out-of-work alchemist for a crash course in malt extract brewology. Highlighting a different libation creation during each class, a dynamic hops master leads pupils step-by-step through the home-brewing process, from initial steeping to pint-worthy product. Students also leave the seminar with knowledge on how to craft personalized brewski recipes based on their taste preferences and prophetic dreams. With both the pragmatic process and sterilizing science covered by Hop City's courses, beer beginners quickly gain confidence in their ability to pierce the enigma of the brew.
- The craft beer revolution is not just alive and kicking in Atlanta, it’s growing. The adherents to this revolution in Atlanta, those who truly respect and celebrate craft beer, know Hop City as a modern monument to their cause. – TheCoolist
- This place is a must-go if you're a hop head in Atlanta. – Daniel C., Yelp, 6/11/09
Hop City Craft Beer and Wine
At Hop City Craft Beer and Wine, staff members weave through a forest of bottle-lined shelves and coolers, seeking out perennial favorites or new, hidden gems for each customer. In addition to more than 1,700 varieties of beer, Hop City features an assortment of specialty grains, yeasts, and hops for home brewing, earning it a World-Class rating from Beer Advocate. As many as 60 functional taps line one of the store's walls, allowing patrons to fill growlers with their choice of macro- or microbrew, such as the Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA or the Avery Czar Imperial Russian stout. Divided by style and California Raisin content, a nearly 800-bottle-strong wine selection fills its own impressive space.