Recently while on a road trip, I stopped in Atlanta for a bite to eat and a little sleep before continuing on my way. While there, I had dinner with some friends who live there. When asked where I would like to eat, my thoughts immediately turned to craft beer.
A quick internet search told me we had several choices if we were looking for a craft brewery with a dinner menu. After careful consideration, we decided on New Realm Brewing. Located less than a mile north east of downtown Atlanta, it was close by, and had good reviews.
When we got there it was a little difficult finding parking, but we managed. This placed was busy, with a Friday night crowd on a Thursday night. There was a bit of a wait for a table, so while we waited, we looked around.
This place was great! Located in an old industrial building, they spared no expense to create a fist rate venue that includes a rooftop bar with an amazing view of the Atlanta skyline, two event spaces, and a nearly 500 seat restaurant.
The food wasn’t your typical pub fare. While they did have Buffalo wings and giant pretzels, their menu also boasted items like she-crab soup, rice flour crusted trout, beer can chicken, and gourmet wood-fired pizza.
Of course we mustn’t forget the 20k barrel capacity brewery, making some of the finest craft beer on the east coast!
We got the spicy Korean pork cheek buns, Durham Ranch lamb sausages, the Meat Head pizza, and the wings, and I ordered a Rock’n Like Bock’n Mailbock and a Hoptropolis IPA to wash it all down.
Rock’n Like Bock’n was a little lighter in color than some bocks, a little less malty, and a drier finish, had a nice balance between toasted malt and the hop bitterness. This was a very good Mailbock.
Hoptropolis was an excellent American style IPA with a wonderful aroma of tropical fruits and citrus, and a flavor profile with a mix of hoppy bitterness, roasted malt, and hints of fruit and pineapple. Quite tasty.
I had a great time at New Realm Brewing. The service was good, the food was good, and the beer was really good.
If you live in the area and you’ve never been to New Realm you’re missing out. If you don’t live in the area, and find yourself passing through Atlanta, you owe it to yourself stop by. I think you’ll be glad you did.