The Wrecking Bar Brewpub

The Wrecking Bar BrewpubThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30307
United States

(404) 221-2600 | map

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I have been here twice, only once for dinner. The tap list is nice for a brewpub, they had some casks at the bar that were not publicized at all, you just had to know about them. If you like hot beer the casks are for you. The venue is nice, it is just always packed. There is nowhere to wait, so you get really crowded. We got a table within an hour and sat in the back cellar area. I tried several beers, all of which were average or slightly above. The food tasted good and they have lots of choices. The next day me and a buddy both had food poisoning from eating the hamburger. I would recommend against it as a food choice. I will honestly probably never return based on my experience.

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Photo of hopheaddeluxe
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This place is awesome, great quality brewpub. I was leaving town on a flight that day as I walked in on a work party. Even though they weren't open the owner still allowed us to sit down like it was. He provided great service and took time to answers my question about the brewpub business. This place really turned me on to smoked porters, highly recommended.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A beautifully restored old mansion. Upstairs function room, downstairs restaurant, outdoor bier garden. Stone, wrought iron, somewhat of a medieval feel. Great vibe.
There were a dozen beers on tap. My wife is a sour fan, so she had Dr Funke's Sour Pale Ale, which she enjoyed a lot. I had Atlanta Altbier, a good alt, and Victor UPS, very piney.
We both had the Vegan Korean Sandwich. It was very good, but I make a better Raritan.
Service was excellent on a busy Friday night.

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Photo of tjs1885
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This was my first stop in the Atlanta beer scene on my recent trip. I found the atmosphere, service, and food to be excellent. What impressed most was that the beer was of good selection and above average and comparing to other brewpubs in the area, this one stood out with the best beer (I also went to Twains and Park Tavern). They had a great variety and it was tough to choose what I wanted next. I had a beer that tasted like straight liquid basil and was tough to get through but they said it is a favorite, especially with ladies. I could barely get past an 8oz. I did think it was an interesting beer but moved on to other good ones.

The only thing I did not care for is that when you ask for a sampler, you can not pick you beers, they have a set of beers that they insist you try. Otherwise I have nothing bad to say about this place and plan to return again and again when coming back to Atlanta.

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Photo of Zach136
4.63/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Had dinner with a few friends the other night here and had a great experience.

Our 4 top was seated on a busy Friday night within about 10-15. Ordered a few drinks - all of which are top notch and they do half-pours which I really appreciate.

Service was knowledgeable and attentive. Menu had something for everyone including a super picky person we were with. As far as food quality, there might have been some nit picky things with some of the food, but it's really splitting hairs and not worth mentioning. I just got the house burger and it was awesome.

I grabbed the ticket for everyone since they do AHA discounts and I was the only member at the table. Talk about sticker shock - the good kind. Drinks, appetizers, and a meals for four was $100 before the discount. Total, absolute steal. Was fully expecting a $150-$200 check.

I'll absolutely be back, many times.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I’ve been here numerous times. The service is always very good, as is the food. They have a revolving selection of beers brewed on site. Both table and bar seating available. No TVs. Valet parking some (or all?) evenings, but free parking usually available nearby on the streets.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

V: Basement of a house built in late 1800s, lots of granite walls and exposed joists in the ceiling. The up stairs must be used for social events or something but the door was open and my wife and I walked through the old house before discovering the entrance to the brewpub was around on the side of the building.

Q: Superb, Food and Beer were crafted with quality in mind. You can really tell that they enjoy what they do.

S: Service was good but we were in for lunch on a Friday on the way to North Georgia and the place wasnt very busy. Waiter was nice and seemed to be knowledgeable about what he was serving.

S: Selection was great. Had a wide variety of different beers they brew and a pretty extensive menu. I really liked the idea of a cheese or meat tray that they offered. I would love to come here and hang out with a buddy and share one of these trays as we sample several of the beers.

F: Wood was delicious. I had a fish sandwich and my wife had the bbq sandwich. The buns were were a little bulky and the texture was kinda crumbly. Both my wife and I wound up taking the bottom half of the bun off of the sandwiches and eat them open face. Rest of the food was great and the sauces were more than your run of the mill condiment.

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Photo of Tralemix
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Another wonderful beer place in Little Five Points. Every beer of theirs I've tried has been good, they make beers in many different styles so there's always something for everyone. They also have some unique beers, I had a bourbon barrel aged Baltic porter with Brettanomyces yeast that was almost beyond words. Valet parking only unless you want to walk a bit. Incredibly attentive waitstaff who are just as crazy about beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of JamesBell
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tonafernandez
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place, small a bit dark good atmosphere, friendly bartender and waiters, they brew their own and have a couple of local options as well, food its good for a bar of this type, good flavor and good presentation.
Their beers are a good interpretation of what they describe and will go back soon
Parking there its pretty much a pain, but a pain worth going thru

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great selection of on-site brewed beers, and a staff that knows their product. The food was amazing, and the attention to the details, and pride in the product, service and experience was awesome. Great cozy atmosphere, with a fun energy. Will definitely come back!

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Photo of ari32
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great food with a pretty solid beer selection. Their best beer is Siberius Maximus, hands down. If you ever get a chance to try their Barrel Aged varieties, do it! They also have some other good beer selections available, but I'll admit that some are just average. I've never had anything that I wouldn't drink again, but some aren't that impressive. Siberius Maximus more than makes up for it though.

I've never had an issue with the service here. They're all friendly, personable, and attentive. I've never waited longer than was acceptable, even when they're busy.

The food is really good and some of the best stuff you'll find at a brewpub in Atlanta.

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Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Decided to check out the Wrecking Ball at the last minute for a late lunch. Very impressive brewing operation. A great selection of American and European styles. I ordered a flight of six beers. (ESB, Kolsch, Alt, RyePA, IPA, and stout). It was only 7 bucks!

None of the beers stood out significantly from the rest. All of them were very well brewed. Incredibly consistent - especially for a such a diverse array of styles.

The food might have been better than the beer. We only ordered apps - tartar, cheese and pickled veg, pork 3 ways, and chicken pate. All were delicious. Very fresh vegetables and beautiful presentation. The house-made pickles were delicious.

If you're in the area, or even a little bit of a drive away, the Wrecking Bar is worth a trip for any foodie or beer lover. Oh, they also have delicious cocktails. I tasted a great gin drink that I can't remember much more about. It's obvious the staff knows there stuff. I saw them squeezing fresh fruit juice and making very attractive drinks.

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Photo of cottington
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Had my first beer here! Jimmy Dean Breakfast Stout - really liked it. Really cool atmosphere and a great building too! They were quite busy when I went with a small group of friends on a Friday night in early April, but the service was still top notch. Would go back for sure.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Our last beer stop in Little Five Points, and what a stop!

The Wrecking is stunning, inside and out. The old bank building is beautiful and imposing, so monumental you don't expect the underground cave-like maze of dining spaces that make the bar and restaurant. This is place to bring a date, a friend, your mom or your boss. Everyone will be impressed by how cool, classy and intriguing The Wrecking is.

We were greeted and served by friendly bearded hipsters that knew so much about their beer and food and were so happy about their stuff it was contagious.

There are 10 taps plus 1 cask, served in shorty (8 oz) or pint (16 oz). Kolsch, Mild, Amber, Bock, Victor IPA (had), Jenny Stout (had), Jenny Breakfast Stout (had), Border Patrol American Strong Ale (had) and Denamelizer DIPA (had).

They also play with wood-aged brews (oak, wine, whiskey) but none were ready yet during our visit.

The food is even better than the beer, very local- and pork-centric. We had the Moonshine Meats Beef Cheek (amber braised local grass fed, caramelized onion and blue cheese gratin, crispy kale, baby carrots and fennel-beer jus), pimento cheese (house mustard, local pickled veggies and spent grain crostini) and mac-and-cheese with crispy pig ears. All unbelievable, expect for the pig ears that were crispy and crunchy but flavorless.

Prices ain't bad for food and beer this good, but the bill will quickly add up after a couple of shorties and small plates. It doesn't matter, you must come here!!

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Photo of Georgejt
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Wrecking Bar is an authentic brew pub in the Little Five points area of Atlanta. I've visited numerous times, and I have yet to be disappointed. They have a nice selection of house brewed beers, and they seem to always have a unique concoction on draft, such as the most recent vanilla bean infused IPA.

I tend to order the BBQ or burger, and I always leave satisfied. The atmosphere is great as well with it's rock walls and location in the basement of a historical mansion that was restored.

Overall, if you are in the area, this is a must try!

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Photo of mcrowther
4.63/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

New Brewpub in Little 5 points. The brewpub is tucked down in the lower level of a restored old mansion and is very cozy. Usually at least 6 beers on tap with a cask firkin on most Fridays. There some unusual styles like German IPA and a California Common. All beers are spot-on style wise but the real star is the west coast style IPA- the brewer Chris Terenzi promises that eventually there will be at least 2 IPAs on at all times which should be great. Food is basic upscale bar food but well-executed. Along with the Porter L5P is now maybe the prime beer neighborhood in the ATL.

Uodate: As most know, owner Bob Sandage is now the brewer, and the beer selection and quality are even better. A creative cask beer is on almost every Friday, there "regular" beers rotate pretty often and all so far are very much spot-on style wise. I have visited a lot of brewpubs worldwide and this stacks up pretty well with just about any of them.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of Vierenner
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a fun place! Had a few hours to kill while waiting for a flight out of Atlanta ... thanks to BeerAdvocate for guiding me here!!

I certainly expected to find an interesting beer selection, but a very pleasant surprise was their interesting food selection. Highly recommend the Schweinshaxe ... comes with kale and pablano grits. The rest of the menu is equally intriguing.

The staff was oh so friendly. They sat me down in my own private living room area to get a little work done. Beautiful setting.

I love passion for craft beer. It's infecting America!

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Photo of shivtim
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Wrecking Bar is a very welcome addition to Little Five Points, and to the Atlanta beer scene as a whole.

The space is great - a historic building that has been beautifully renovated. Unfortunately parking is somewhat of a nightmare in the area, but they do have valet parking, and there is a MARTA station within walking distance (although it is not the most pleasant walk).

The atmosphere is just a tad upscale while still being cozy. Granite and wood. Kind of like a hunting lodge meets a fancy basement. It gets loud when it's crowded.

Beer is solid. I haven't yet had anything that's fantastic, but everything is good to great. The recent double IPA is very nice. Overall a good selection, and beer-wise it's easily one of the best brewpubs in the Atlanta area.

Food is the highpoint here. It's mostly simple and straight forward, but extremely well done. Some of my favorites include the pork shank, poblano grits, and the artichoke dip. You really can't go wrong.

Service is good, the wait staff knows what they're doing.

This place is already probably too popular for its own good - beware the 90 minute waits for tables on Saturday nights. For the best experience, try to go at an off-time.

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Photo of DWolf
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Everything about the Wrecking Bar is a little unique. The building's facade (not where you enter) is unique - reminiscent of a bank. The food is also unique, offering some tasty selections. This, we appreciated the most. The food was thoughtfully prepared and served. The wait staff was helpful and offered suggestions. The beer ... the reason we and most people will come to the Wrecking Bar was very good. I stop short of calling it great, but the creativity and craftsmanship was apparent. My only gripe ... not being able to put together your own flight of tasters. Really? C'mon! Overall, it was worth stopping in if you are in the area.

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Photo of barleywiner68
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I was here for the grand opening last Father's Day and this is probably hard to imagine if you have become a regular of the WB, but the beer has actually gotten better and better over the past several weeks! What I like most about the brewing here is that they are willing to take risks, they introduce bold styles, all nicely hopped, and based on what I have tried they hit their mark every time! The Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Dubbel is a must try and the 13 minute Amber was also excellent. I would describe it more as a traditional English ale reminiscent of Fuller's London Pride. The Wee Heavy ale was also very good, not as sweet as other Scotch ales, but with subtle hints of cinnamon and cloves. While here one should definitely partake in WB's mainstays - the Victor west coast style IPA and the Nelson ale. The hop nodes and flavor on this one is unlike that of any ale I have tried! Finally, the menu has improved exponentially since last June. Try the Rainbow trout and/or the risotto!

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