Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Ave NE
Visited on October 12, 2013
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.
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