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The Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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The Wrecking Bar BrewpubThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub
BA SCORE
99
world-class

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Active Beers: 56
Beer Ratings: 326
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30307
United States
phone: (404) 221-2600

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(Place added by: ATLbeerDog on 06-17-2011)
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Reviews by Cyberkedi:
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4.45/5  rDev -1.1%

Located in the lower story of a former architectural salvage store, hence the name, The Wrecking Bar is a cozy brewpub that has now managed to hit its stride. I tried several of their beers and found them all enjoyable. Their food is excellent and reasonably priced. They have a private room for a party of a dozen or so, and an inviting sitting area with a sofa and soft chairs in addition to the usual tables, booths and bar. The servers are very helpful and knowledgealable, though I did have to wait a fair bit a couple times for a beer. However, they were rather busy the day I visited. They hope to have more interesting beers in the future, so I hope they make it and become a genuine neighborhood bar. Atlanta needs more good brewpubs!

Cyberkedi, Aug 01, 2011
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Incredible food, incredible service and most importantly, incredible beer.

NolanWilliamson, Oct 28, 2014
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doublewide, Oct 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

This place really impressed me and really set the tone for my visit to Atlanta in August of '13.

After taking the train out from the downtown area, heading way in the wrong direction as I walked through the greasy, muggy Atlanta air, I was in need of some craft beer goodness.

I made my way through a great number of beers, elegantly served in mini-snifters, something I've quite taken a liking too. As I drank my healthy sampler offering, I perused the menu and struggled to decide on something with so many options tempting me to no end. I finally settled on the beer and cheese soup and the Reuben sandwich.

The beer and cheese soup was to die for, the type of thing I could eat by those massive pot sizes that you see at Whole Foods and other markets. I must learn to make this.

As for the reuben, same thing. A massive, delicious sandwich bursting with flavor. The meat was tender, thick-cut, and peppery; just like I like it. If you live in Atlanta and haven't tried these foods, you should probably shout a toe off and continue doing so each day until you do try them.

By the way, the food here is all locally or regionally sourced and the owners went to great pains to share all the details on the menu. That's the type of stuff that makes me fall in love with a restaurant.

Now to the beer:

Kolquittsch: A simple Kolsch done well. This was easy drinking and ideal for the summer. It's not my favorite style, so I didn't love it, but I did sure enjoy it.

Victor IPA: This was so-so. If I remember correctly, not enough balance and far too much bitterness from the hops.

Denamelizer Double IPA: A 10.3% beast of a DIPA, this was everything the victor wasn't. Very well-balanced, bursting with hoppy, piney aroma and flavor. I'd drink this regularly, no doubt.

Ryezealand IPA: An excellent offering as well. The rye hits you on the nose, but the hops offer some subtle fruitiness that becomes more pronounced as you drink it.

Colin's Wee Heavy Scotch Ale: A beer I wish more breweries offered and a great representation here. A smooth, creamy malt treat. I went in for seconds on this beer.

Hoppy Hobbit Session IPA: Low ABV beers are fine with me, but I needed more balance again. I wasn't much of a fan of this.

Overall, mostly really good beer and outstanding food. This place was a hit for me while in the ATL. I hope I can return sometime in the future.

ONovoMexicano, Sep 22, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -4.4%

The place had a nice upscale feel to it which is nice at times but I initially got a condescending vibe from the server. On my second flight though all is well. Very good selection and beers ranged from good to a few great ones. It was a little pricey, but that might go with the territory. Definitely worth a stop for the beer tourist.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Apr 24, 2014
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sendbeer, Mar 20, 2014
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My wife and I love it here. We were just talking about it when we went last weekend, that we have never gotten any food here that we did not like. The staff is always friendly. It gets pretty crowded on Friday nights and the weekends, but if you go for an early dinner it's great, you can usually walk right in. The brew selection usually is not very large, typically you'll find about 5-7 different selections on tap, but they rotate weekly. I believe every Friday they tap a new keg of something special, and according to one of the waitresses it's usually gone by the time Friday is over. Last Saturday I was able to sample the keg, which was a barrel aged barley wine. It was fantastic. Although I have just really gotten into the barley wine selections, this was easily the best I've had yet. We would highly recommend anybody visiting Atlanta make this one of their must-see stops.

JamesBell, Mar 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Jshari223, Feb 14, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%

When a place has been named the best of anything for three straight years in a major metro area, chances are they’re doing things right. And I love it when places are doing things right.

The Wrecking Bar Brewpub isn’t just doing things right, they’re going above and beyond. Let’s start with the awesomeness of the building they’ve chosen to bring their delicious wares to. On the outside, it’s a neat, old, bank former 20th-century Victorian-style home, Methodist church, dance school, and antiques store, with a semicircle of columns out front seemingly inviting patrons inside. Except that’s not actually where the pub is. That’s just the event space. Disappointing, no?

Downstairs is no disappointment. It somehow manages to mix the comfort and hospitality of an old English pub (lots of wood, exposed brick, did I see a fireplace even?) with brand new contemporary design (everything is clean, shiny, and looks new). And while I was at first disappointed to not find any televisions available to catch the college football game schedule, I soon discovered the reason why. Within 10 minutes my wife and I had struck up a conversation with an interesting couple living in Texas around the corner of the bar from us.

Good beer draws good people.

And the beer is definitely good. I applaud the wide range of interesting and inventive styles and the long-term commitment to aging some of their concoctions for more layers of flavor. While the IPA was a little hop-forward for my palette, the dubbel, “Jimmy Dean” breakfast stout, and the double IPA were all right on point. Regardless of recipes or style preferences, everything was clean, crisp, and very enjoyable.

The food menu is just as creative yet based in traditional wares and with the same attention to detail. Perhaps my biggest disappointment was having had brunch at a famous Atlanta spot just an hour before and neglecting to return the next day to try the food. If the grub lives up to the descriptions on the menu and the smells wafting out of the kitchen, the Wrecking Bar would easily earn a spot in the “Outstanding” category if not the “Cream of the Crop” list.

It just goes to show that even the south can grow some good brewpubs, especially once the antiquated laws are changed.

bigkingken, Jan 19, 2014
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The Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta, GA
99 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.