Bob Sandage – Head Brewer
New to the Atlanta, GA beer scene is a brewpub in the Little Five Points and Inman Park area of town called The Wrecking Bar Brewpub. The brewpub opened on June 19, 2011 and is run by owners Bob and Kristine Sandage who are home brewers themselves. It was their dream to open a neighborhood brewery and restaurant and The Wrecking Bar Brewpub is the culmination of those dreams.
The house was built in the early 1900s by Victor H. Kriegshaber, and is a great example of Southern architecture. Bob and Kristine opened the pub in the basement of the old building, but before they were able to commence operations the location took a lot of renovating. Bob did a lot of the work himself as can be seen from the pictures on the sites Facebook page www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.270904482937124.80493.106972972663610
The building was covered in graffiti that had to be removed, and the lower level granite exterior walls were covered in paint that was removed as well to expose the fine craftsmanship of the original building. Windows had to be installed, the flooring had to be redone, an entire renovation of the building. It is spectacular to see the difference from when Bob and Kristine purchased the building and then the finished product. Bob did most of the interior painting, and a color analysis was done to ensure historical accuracy inside and out.
Local Atlanta artist Susan McCracken was hired to restore several beautiful glass transome that top a number of the windows Once the renovations were completed the Wrecking Bar Brewpub took over the fabulous space in the basement of the building, and the upstairs was named the Marianna and is used events. The space can be rented for an event by emailing Kristine at email@example.com .
The brewpub offers a whole lot more to the community than just great food and beer. There is a ballet class for children ages 3 ½ to 5 that is offered in the beautifully redone main floor of the building. As a way to assist the Inman Park neighborhood security patrol the brewpub set up a dinner where proceeds were donated to help funding for the patrol. The Wrecking Bar even set up a shuttle to take the folks in the neighborhood to and from the dinner safely.
The brewpub has opened to rave reviews by locals and beer lovers. The menu is centered around beer and features specials such as Mussels steamed in their Belgian Wit beer, a Beer and Cheese Soup made from house brewed beer and Tillamook extra sharp cheddar, a Roasted Chicken brined in Belgian Wit, short ribs braised in Belgian Dubbel, and Pan seared Salmon served sautéed spinach, sweet potato strings and a golden ale-grain mustard sauce. Also on the menu an Heirloom Tomato Salad, Wild Mushroom Flatbread, and then there is Sunday Brunch. Munich Malt Pancakes, and other creations await you in the pub or on the patio every Sunday. These and many more delights can be enjoyed from the kitchen – check out the full menu at www.wreckingbarbrewpub.com/food/food/ .
The brewing operations are handled by owner, Bob Sandage who started as an avid homebrewer and learned much of what he knows through doing it on his own at home.
One of the locals favorite beers is the Golden Nelson. The beer was inspired by two things- The Mikeller Single Hop Nelson Sauvin IPA, and a Nelson Sauvin IPA crafted by Atlanta brewer Crawford Moran at 5 Seasons Westside.” The Nelson Sauvin hop is the featured hop in the Golden Nelson Ale. The duel purpose hop has been described as adding a white wine fruitiness, and with Alpha Acids in the 12 to 13% range. It can be used for making big hop forward ales or because of the complex blend of oils it can be used to make bitter yet subtle lagers. The Wrecking Bar uses the hop in this American style Golden Ale with “German pilsner malt, a touch of Canadian Honey Malt and fermented with American ale yeast. Beer specs – OG 1.045 IBU 25 ABV 4.5%” from the web site.
The Wrecking Bar has seven beers on tap. Some of the offerings are Grand Esteemer San Francisco Lager, Madame Von Schtupp Hefeweizen, Jemmy American Stout, Wheelie Popper Summer Kolsch, The Victor IPA, Golden Nelson Ale, and Das Hopfen German IPA. Other beers that are in the rotation are Abbey Dubbel, a full-bodied Belgian-style Dubbel brewed full of malt flavor with traditional Belgian Abbey yeast flavor profile, King Louie IPA, and a Belgian Wit. On Fridays, The Wrecking Bar taps a firkin and does beer the old English way, so be sure to stop by and see what’s on tap.
Click on the picture of Bob to be taken to Wrecking Bars “Brewday” photo album on Facebook to see him in action!
At The Wrecking Bar Brewpub, they utilize a seven-barrel DME brewing system with five fermentation tanks and six serving tanks located in a walk-in cooler. The have up to 12 taps available to pour the creations that they have brewed up for Atlanta! One full year prior to opening, the team flew out to Scottsdale, Arizona to dismantle the brewery from a brewpub called Oggi’s Pizza. Wrecking Bar owner Bob Sandage along with original brewer Chris Terenzi and Arizona craft brewer Gabe Wilson, who is now with San Tan Brewing, dismantled, packed, and shipped it back to Atlanta in just 3 days.
The brewery is located in the basement area of the building, and is very open to the public. Scheduled tours are on Saturdays at 2 and 4 pm. The staff will gladly discuss beer styles and brewing techniques with home brewers and beers fans alike that visit this fabulous little gem “Located 1.1 miles north of I-20 on Moreland Avenue – a cornerstone of both Little 5 Points and Inman Park. Parking on-site and across the street between Tijuana Garage and Sherwin-Williams (please don’t park at Sherwin-Williams!)” from their web site.