The Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Active Beers: 63
Beer Ratings: 278
Beer Avg: 3.94
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by coreyfmcdonald:
4.55/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm going to completely re-review this establishment. It has steadily become better over the past year or so and is now the best brewpub in Atlanta in my opinion. Over the past few months, I've found myself coming here around once a week or so. EDIT - I'm going to re-re-review this place as it has steadily become world class.
Located just a couple blocks south of Little Five Points, this bar is in the basement level of an event space. As I walk up to the bar, it has an upscale rustic feel. There is a nice outdoor seating area, and also a large barn-like biergarden. As I walk inside, I feel like I am in a wine cellar. There is exposed stone everywhere and an intimate bar area that separates itself from the restaurant. There is also a lounge in the back where they do live music on Sundays. The place is small and intimate.
The beer has steadily improved and is now very good. Their Sauvation Pale Ale is tremendous, as is their Jemmy Stout and the majority of their one-off and seasonal beers. Cask beer is served at appropriate temperatures with great carbonation. The beers are in general pretty true to style, but they are all still interesting. Beer is served in appropriate and room temperature glassware. They tend to serve styles typically served closer to cellar temperatures too cold, but I've noticed an improvement in the temperature of their beer. Their beer quality has steadily become better and better and the majority of their styles I consider the best brewed in Atlanta.
Service has steadily become very good. Bartenders are able to discuss in detail each of the beers on tap. Most of the time one of the brewers or the beverage manager is available, in which case you can get even more information about what you are consuming.
The beer selection is very good. They typically have around 8-10 beers on the menu, the vast majority of which are rotational and/or seasonal. They have a different cask every Friday. They have recently done interesting styles such as: Smoked Porter, Rauchbier, Breakfast Stout, Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, and Kolsch. They have done fairly extensive barrel aging, including wine, bourbon, port, and Manhattan barrels. They have also done beers with cocoa nibs, cherries, and cedar chips. At any point in time, they have at least a few one-off interesting beers to try. This is one of the best selections I've seen in a brewpub anywhere in the US.
The food here is fantastic bar food. Their sandwiches are extremely good, and the few dinners I've had have also been great. They also have weekly specials which have all been quite nice. I have yet to have a miss in the food I've had.
Prices are quite reasonable. Beer servings (pints or snifters depending on style) tend to be around $5, with half pours around $3. Food is a bit pricey, but sandwiches are under $10.
02-20-2012 22:20:43 | More by coreyfmcdonald
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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.
04-24-2014 18:32:11 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.83/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
03-19-2014 11:13:29 | More by JamesBell
The Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta, GA
98 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.