Formerly Atlanta Brewing Company, Red Brick Brewing Company holds the title of Georgia's oldest craft brewery. The brew masters whip up a host of complex, craft beers, from an American IPA to a smoked vanilla porter. They also offer tours and tastings, providing samplings and insight into the nuanced fundamentals of beer creation. The tasting room, lounge, and Red Brick warehouse provide ample space for private events, and Thursday and Friday nights are open to the public for team trivia, live music, and discussions about the latest fashions in lampshade headwear.
If you’re looking to pull the kids away from the television screen this weekend but can’t stand the thought of visiting the same dull museums, consider a stop into the Wren’s Nest House Museum. One of Atlanta’s oldest museums, the former home of Joel Chandler Harris educates tykes on the life of the author of the famous Brer Rabbit stories. Every Saturday afternoon, one of several local readers thrills children by re-enacting one of Harris’s popular tales. The walls of the small home are lined with mementos from the author’s life, and the rich, green brocade and period furniture give a welcoming atmosphere that your children will warm to quickly. You may find yourself enchanted by the stories as well, and you’re guaranteed to come away with a new appreciation for the classic stories of Joel Chandler Harris.
As the old saying goes, "when in Georgia, ride around on a giant peach." While the Peach Pedaler may not actually be shaped like a peach, it does have a peachy hue. This 15-passenger pedal-powered bike hosts tours across Atlanta's Centennial Park and hot spots including the World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Center, and Georgia Aquarium. The pub crawl stops at two pubs around downtown at speeds nearing 8 miles an hour or you can design your own tour complete with a custom playlist and a bench seat for little tourgoers.
A few times each year, throngs of revelers descend on the bars of Virginia Highlands, Buckhead, and Midtown. Perhaps they'll be in costume, perhaps wearing festive holiday colors. Either way, it's likely they're guests of Atlanta Bar Tours. The company organizes its neighborhood jaunts around the pageantry of national holidays or tailgating opportunities. Each crawl visits at least six pubs and restaurants, many of which prepare drinks in keeping with the theme—whether celebrating Oktoberfest or Steve's doctoral thesis on rum. During the crawl, each establishment features food specials and, more often than not, scores the event with live music.
With a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Great City Race challenges city dwellers' problem-solving skills and knowledge of their hometown in a race that's both mentally and physically challenging. Crowds of colorfully dressed teams gather on the date of the race armed with a digital camera or cell phone to document each task that they perform. Using nothing but their feet, public transportation, and knowledge of the city, teams must solve 11 out of 12 clues and return to the starting line. The teams with the best times are rewarded for their efforts with prizes, and all participants go home with a T-shirt and swag bag to stow excess confidence.
Since banding together in 1979, the historians at Atlanta Preservation Center have helped ward off packs of angry bulldozers from more than 175 endangered buildings. Working alongside local government, businesses, and community leaders, the preservation team has saved elaborate structures including the Peters House and Winecoff Hotel. In addition, its headquarters—the 1856 Grant Mansion in Grant Park—is one of just three antebellum houses left in Atlanta and the team is currently working to restore the building to its architecturally accurate origins. When it isn’t keeping delicate treasures from crumbling, the Atlanta Preservation Center leads walking tours of historic areas and tells embarrassing stories from the days when the city’s buildings were just a bunch of baby bricks.