Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia’s oldest operating craft brewery with southern-inspired, award-winning beers
Red Brick Brewing Company was founded on September 29, 1993 in Atlanta, Georgia, and was originally named the Atlanta Brewing Company. Today, Red Brick Brewing Company is the oldest operating craft brewery in the state of Georgia with a proud history of brewing many award-winning beers.
The company was initially started by Greg Kelly, a former Guinness executive, in a small red brick building on Williams Street, in the heart of midtown Atlanta. The name ‘Red Brick Ale’ was given to the brewery’s flagship ale, and visitors eventually started calling the brewery ‘Red Brick’ as well. In 2010, Atlanta Brewing Company officially changed its name to Red Brick Brewing Company.
The Red Brick Brewing team is currently overseen by President Bob Budd and Head Brewer Garett Lockhart. Bob Budd joined the company in late 2005 and was promoted to president when Greg Kelly resigned. Bob has since helped increase the demand and distribution of Red Brick beers to eight states across the southwest. By 2007, Bob’s efforts had already started paying off, as the brewery outgrew its original “Red Brick” location and moved to its larger, current home on Defoor Hills Road.
Garett Lockhart joined the Red Brick team in 2010 and was promoted to Head Brewer in 2013. A southern California native, Garett was interested in brewing from an early age and attended Siebel Institute in Chicago - one of the few true brewing schools in the country. His brewing talents have been rewarded with many awards over the years and he is happy to call Red Brick home.
Together, Bob and Garett work to maintain the brewery’s award-winning beer recipes, while also embracing many creative new recipes through their anniversary ales and barrel-aged seasonals. They are proud of Red Brick’s traditions as a southern brewer and enjoy being a part of the state’s growing beer movement. In fact, in 2010, Bob teamed up with SweetWater and Terrapin breweries to form the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. Since forming the Guild, the three have mentored seven breweries in Georgia and look forward to working with many more. Red Brick Brewing Company has come a long way in its more than twenty year-lifespan, and today the team members are stronger and more passionate about what they do than ever before. Cheers!