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5 Seasons Brewing Company--Atlanta

Gregg S | Aug 13, 200110:51 AM

I realize the difficulties a US brewpub would have being "houndish", but this is not an ordinary brewpub. It actually has really good, well thought out food. One of the owners (Dennis Lange) previously owned and ran (with his wife) Yakitori Den Chan, an Atlanta favorite, though a well kept secret. He sold out to the bar next door about a year ago.

He along with his wife and another working partner opened 5 Seasons with the original Phoenix Brewing brewmaster. Phoenix was considered the best brew in town until their close in 2000. Here's my recap of dinner this weekend:

7 Sisters Münchner—Best beer I’ve had in Atlanta (but we can't get the best bottled beer due to outdated alcohol content laws so this is a little limited). Smooth but tasty
Lionheart Pale Ale—Good, but not great.
Big Blonde Hefe-Weizen—Best Hefe I’ve had. Great tastes of bananas, without being cloying. This was my "dessert".

Tasted the Helles too. It was really good and it will be hard to choose between the Helles and the Münchner next time.

Calamari—good and different than other calamari apps in town. Really good orange-chili sauce.
Crab and cheese dumpling—my favorite app (table agreed) not too rich, with a soy based sauce. (The sauce was good with the calamari too.)
Grilled rice balls—if you ever visited Dennis at Yakitori Den Chan, you know these. If not, you need to try them (they’re only $3).

Seafood pasta—good, but no raves
Halibut and chips—if you are going for real pub food to go with your beer you will not be disappointed
Duck Two Ways—One duck leg confit, one breast grilled/roasted and sliced in a sweet/wine sauce (better than it sounds). It was a little overcooked (but still remained very tender)

They serve illy espresso/coffee (which seems to be rare here in Atlanta for some reason, even though I think it’s the best). Can some other knowing hound comment on illy? Is it the best?

The tab for all 4 of us (3 starters, 3 entrees, 6 beers and 2 cappuccinos, no dessert) was around $90 pre-tip. Beers are $4 (great deal) and no entree is over $18.

One fear is the service. We had a great server—Brian. Get him if you can. His story is interesting and he has great knowledge of the beer and menu. Apparently other servers are less experienced. This seems to be their biggest issue—getting experienced servers. Dennis spends a lot of time taking care of customer service (which is good).

Link below. Online menu appears to be outdated as they are serving halibut rather than cod. Website is also a little annoying with the fade transitions.


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