New Realm Brewing in Atlanta Georgia

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.

Moon River Brewing: Toast with a Ghost!

Founded in 1999 by Gene Beeco and John Pinkerton, Savannah’s Moon River Brewing Co has a great atmosphere, great food, amazing beer, and is located in one of the oldest, and most historic buildings. It was built in 1821, and was not only the first hotel in Savannah, but it also housed the first US Post office in Savannah, and a branch of the Bank of the United States.

The building changed hands many times and sat empty for 20 years until it was finally purchased in 1995, remodeled, and reopened in 1999 as the Moon River Brewing Company. The brewery has all the character that you would expect from a building that is nearly 200 years old, with a warm, relaxing, and inviting atmosphere.

Some of Moon River’s year-round brews include:

Captain’s Porter– a rich, slightly sweet porter with notes of caramel and chocolate
Yoga Pants Pale Ale– a light golden color, light malt, not too hoppy session ale.
Wild Wacky Wit– a witbier, Belgian wheat ale, with a cloudy pale golden color and a mildly fruity aroma with a hint of citrus and breadlines in the taste.
Swamp Fox IPA– a cloudy amber orange color, citrusy aroma with a hint of pine. Not as hoppy as you might expect from an IPA, but still very enjoyable.

In addition to some great beer, this brewery also boasts a full restaurant with menu items that range from simple comfort food to eclectic gourmet. Items such as the classic fried green tomatoes, Creole style chicken and sausage, St. Louis style ribs, and a sausage and potatoes platter made with chargrilled kielbasa and andouille sausages, and grilled onions with smoked Gouda escalloped potatoes and southern coleslaw- just to name a few.

But there’s another side to Savannah’s most popular brewery. In 2003 the American Institute of Paranormal Psychology named Savannah the most haunted city in America. This building is widely considered to be one of the most haunted places in Savannah. The brewery has also been featured on tv’s Ghost Hunters and the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventurers.

During its long history many people have been said to have passed away there. The building was used as a makeshift hospital during Savannah’s numerous yellow fever outbreaks, and hundreds of people were reported to have died on the upper floors of the building during these outbreaks.

Numerous guests and employees have reported encounters with the building’s living impaired inhabitants. According to Ghost City Tours one woman claimed she thought her date was squeezing her thigh under the table, at least until she realized both his hands were on top of the table.

If you ever find yourself in Savannah GA, you owe it to yourself to stop by and sample the excellent beers and table fair at Moon River Brewing Co. While you’re there, raise your glass, and offer a silent toast to the unseen patrons who sadly can no longer enjoy the simple pleasures Moon River has to offer.