Burnt Hickory Brewery is located just up I-75 from Atlanta in Kennesaw, and the brewery just celebrated its fourth anniversary. The brewery has expanded since its inception and its beers have garnered good reviews. We decided it was finally time to try Burnt Hickory, so we decided to stop by the brewery after hiking at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site. We arrived at the brewery, a small building in a rural area, and were a bit uneasy by the number of stares we got and the several people who asked us who we were. We decided to perhaps enjoy the beer we have heard about elsewhere and decided it might be better to purchase Burnt Hickory’s beer at the local beer store. We tried three of Burnt Hickory’s beers, Ezekiel’s Wheel (their flagship pale ale), General Joe’s Quickstep (a Berliner weisse), and White Flag Imperial Wit. We enjoyed all of the beers we tried-Ezekiel’s Wheel was a drinkable and flavorful pale ale, but our favorite was General Joe’s Quickstep, a tart but refreshing drink for those hot Atlanta summers.
While our experience at the brewery was a bit dubious, we recommend Burnt Hickory’s beers as a great addition to the list of excellent breweries in the Atlanta metro area.