The city of sits 25 miles northeast of Atlanta, a city whose streets once overflowed with cotton and depended on the power of the steam engine. Their motto, “Pride in Old and New” is visible as you drive through the city and notice architecture that harkens back to Duluth’s past.
The city has worked to maintain its historic integrity, including their downtown area, which looks older than it really is. Downtown Duluth has become a gathering place for families in the area offering shopping, fun, food, entertainment, and relaxation, making it the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway with the family.
Where to Stay
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta on Satellite Boulevard has spacious two-room suites and provide free cooked-to-order breakfast. In the evenings, enjoy complimentary light appetizers and beverages. The hotel seeks to give you the feeling of home with the luxury of being a guest.
Good Word Brewing
Once your family settles in, head to Parsons Alley in historic downtown Duluth. There, you’ll find Good Word Brewing and Public House, a local brewpub whose goal is to foster community. “A true public house is a great place to celebrate and commiserate,” says owner and head brewer Todd DiMatteo. Which is why on a regular day you won’t find TVs sitting around unless Atlanta United is playing.
DiMatteo and his team are committed to fostering community through their charitable actions and dedication to being involved in what’s going on in Duluth. DiMatteo moved his family to the suburbs after living in Decatur for several years. He worked at Brick Store Pub, a beloved watering hole in Decatur, where he met his partner, owner Ryan Skinner, a fellow former Brick Store Pub employee.
The duo started to dream about owning their own place. After looking in the Atlanta area for a location, they decided to start looking in the suburbs. DiMatteo admits he was skeptical—moving outside the perimeter of I-285 is like a New Yorker moving to New Jersey—but after attending a concert in the area, he was ready to call Duluth home.
Originally, downtown Duluth comprised a few shops in a strip mall; but mostly, the area where Good Word Brewing sits was a dirt lot. The building is less than four years old, but the exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows makes it look 100 years old. The modern and welcoming furnishings are a great contrast to the antique feel of the building. Each item is carefully selected to honor their mission of fostering community, from the painting of Brick Store Pub to the mural of the owner’s daughters playing with a string telephone. A visit to Good Word Brewing is like stepping into the home of a good friend.
As a brewpub, DiMatteo wanted Good Word Brewing to be strong on all fronts—from their food and beer to their cocktails, wine list, and service. Executive Chef Brian Crain elevates traditional pub food by using fresh ingredients from local farmers and growers; and a few items on the menu give a nod to DiMatteo’s Puerto Rican heritage, including the empanadas with smoked pork shoulder, charred tomatillo salsa, and crema.
Good Word Brewing strives to have a beer list that caters to the surrounding community; and whether someone’s a beer geek or simply a casual drinker, they’re sure to find something they love from one of their 16 brass taps. The tap list contains a diverse range of styles, including IPAs, stouts, saisons, sours, and English-style bitters. DiMatteo has plans to add barrel-aged styles to the list along with lagers.
While the beers and food are fantastic, the key to Good Word Brewing’s success is their hospitality. DiMatteo has assembled a staff that exudes the warmth and friendliness the South is known for.
Good Word Brewing is releasing their first cans—Never Sleep and Die Todd Die, with plans to release Anna Fantastics, Moose Traxxx, The Universe Says, and Sleepwalker. And while you can easily buy their beer in the store, a visit to their brewpub is well worth the trip.
Trunk ‘n Tap
Good Word Brewing isn’t the only stop you should make while in Duluth. A few steps away, you’ll find Truck ‘n Tap, a food truck and craft beer bar. With over 19 beers on tap and rotating food trucks daily, you can experience something different each day you visit. Their tap list includes a range of styles, from IPAs and pilsners to dark beer and sours. The open-air space allows you to look out into the Town Green, a gathering spot for free festivals, concerts, movies, and other entertainment provided by the city. Town Green also features a fountain so kids can cool down while their parents enjoy their preferred source of refreshment from Truck ‘n Tap.
Whether you want a quick getaway or a peek into the suburban beer scene, Duluth is the perfect place to visit; and a short drive from Atlanta will put you in the heart of a vibrant downtown committed to the community.