Finally I manage to answer the thread and not in reply to other posts!
Athens is blessed to have a good selection of craft and import brews, some local and others from such far-reaching places as Colorado, Maine, and California.
The very best brew I can find, however, is at my local brewpub, Copper Creek Brewing Co. Brewer Matt Buley is a dadblamed genius. Right now, the four tap handles there are pouring his Kolsch (oops -- no umlaut key!), Steam Beer, Bock, and Espresso Stout.
A German fellow in Friday night really liked the Kolsch, although he teased that we didn't have the proper glassware. "Your Kolsch here is credible," he allowed.
Matt's Steam Beer is a proud re-creation of Anchor, only he doesn't have the shallow pans in which to ferment it. It's got a loverly (correct!) bite to it.
The Bock that's on now lagered for so long that he almost forgot he had it in the vat. It goes down so easy that it's easy to forget the wallop it packs... Pow! Socko!!
His Espresso Stout is one of his two best beers. There is no decaf in his coffee blend, which is from a local roastery. To tell you how good this brew is is impossible... I just wish that I could march all 2,868 of you in, 35 or so at a time, for one glass apiece. Sigh.
Matt also produces his outstanding India Brown Ale periodically: it's probably the very best thing he makes. -- If any of you ever get to Athens, the place is absolutely worth a stop.
Other than Copper Creek, we have Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, which started here and is being brewed in Frederick, MD. by a contract arrangement until the Terrapin guys can find a suitable brewery location in Clarke County. Terrapin also makes a Cream Ale and several seasonals, all excellently made. Look up www.terrapinbeer.com
Atlanta has two microbreweries: SweetWater Brewing and Atlanta Brewing that make well-crafted products.
And, in spite of my self-suggestion, I'm on the wagon tonight.
How Dry I Am-ly, Ort. Carlton in Wet (for liquor) Since 1966 Athens, Georgia.