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Brunch and Honey Brews 🍯

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Liz Utkina. Liz is an Atlanta-based tech professional who enjoys a good brunch, tasty cocktails, and artsy festivals.

This weekend is going to be a good one! If you’ve never been to a meadery, now’s the time you do. Mead is an alcoholic drink fermented from honey. They're gluten-free and delicious so the first two drinks are on the house. Keep reading to learn more!

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Folk Art Restaurant 465 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

You’ll start your day at the Folk Art Restaurant, which is only a short walk or drive from Monks Meadery. Folk Art is a cozy diner serving southern comfort food and mixing cocktails with a stylish twist. From the second you walk into Folk Art, you’ll feel right at home with its quirky yet welcome interior.

Touted by many as the “Best Brunch in Atlanta”, the Folk Art Restaurant is the perfect way to start your day. Liz says they’ve got the best grilled cheese in the city. The cinnamon pecan pancakes are a local favorite (if you’re in the mood for breakfast). Also, try the apple cider or flavored mimosa they’re both amazing.

There will likely be a wait at the Inman Park location, especially on the weekends. You can call (404) 537-4492 to learn about the wait times. Either way, you’ll want to show up early.

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Image by @artfuleats on Instagram

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Monks Meadery 579 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

Next up, you’ll head to Monks Meadery, the first meadery in Georgia! Mead actually predates both beer and wine. Where grapes are fermented to make wine, grains are used to make beer. Meanwhile, honey is fermented to make mead! Flavors can vary widely, but if it’s fermented from honey, it’s always known as “the nectar of the gods”.

Monks Meadery will be serving the first three Wise visitors a free flight of mead on the house! Any other Wise visitor will get their first two sample pours for free. With 12 different options on the menu, you’ll see how dynamic meads can be. For the full menu, click here.

How to redeem your Wise discount? You redeem your discount by showing the team at Monks Meadery your Wise text.

The meadery has a tasting room where you’ll get to try out their meads or some of their experimental flavors. There are lots of great mead options to taste. Liz highly recommends Sriki Tiki, Dragons Nectar, Peachin' to the Choir, and Abstinence. Either way, you won’t be short of options. There’s also a retail store, where you can grab bottles of mead to go.

After a fun day at Monks, you’ll finish off with a quick walk. Luckily, Monks is adjacent to the Carter Center where the Stone Mountain PATH connects with the Beltline. You’ll start your walk on the Freedom Park Trail, which is just outside of Monks. This trail connects to the Atlanta Beltline, the Stone Mountain PATH Trail, and more!

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Image by @monksmead on Instagram

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Freedom Park Trail Freedom Park Trail, Atlanta, GA 30307

Monks Meadery is just a short walk from the Freedom Park Trail, which connects into the Atlanta Beltline and the Stone Mountain PATH Trail. This greenway through Freedom Park and Candler Park is a continuous 19-mile paved path that connects Midtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain.

If you were to walk from Monks to Stone Mountain, it would take you 4 hours one way. This might be a lot for this weekend but you can still enjoy the warm weather and get a bit of exercise on the Freedom Park Trail. The Beltline is also accessible from here, which you can take if you prefer that.

The Stone Mountain Trail on the eastern end leads towards the greater Clarkston’s Industrial Lots, which has scenic views of Stone Mountain. If you had the time, you can bring your bike or rent one and make the trek to Stone Mountain. It’s a beautiful ride, which allows you to see diverse scenery.

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