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The Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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The Wrecking Bar BrewpubThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub
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63 Beers
347 Ratings
Place Score: 98
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
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Cask: Y
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[ 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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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

From their outstanding food selection to great list of rotating beers. You cannot beat a food experience here.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Incredible food, incredible service and most importantly, incredible beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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The Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta, GA
98 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.