Candler Rail’s opening lineup of eight beers, which will be served out of 7-barrel Brite tanks, include West Coast IPA Cander Rail Ale; Lil Cinco, a Mexican lager; the porter-style Pullman; Lake Claire, a light lager; Avondale, a Vienna lager; the Hulsey, a Hefeweizen; the Terminus, a Belgian tripel; and Highland, a hazy IPA.
While the brewery doesn’t have immediate plans to bottle or can its beers, it does fill takeaway growlers for guests.
Candler Rail Brewery co-owner and brewmaster Allen Porter with his wife, Jeannie. / Courtesy of Candler Rail Brewery
Beverage offerings also include two hard seltzers on tap, as well as more than 50 different kinds of tequila. A tequila-centric cocktail list features drinks including the Trainhopper, made with tequila, Topo Chico and lime.
Hungry customers will find a menu of Tex-Mex and Asian dishes. Starters include guacamole and salsa with chips and Bang Bang Shrimp with a chile glaze, slaw and green onions, while sides include street corn and Caboose Beans.
The 11 taco options include the Candler Korean Beef with bulgogi and gochujang cream sauce; Tikki Masala Chicken and Banh Mi Chicken; the Rail Yard with fried chicken and green chiles; Pullman Car with chorizo and green chiles; and Smoke Stack with smoked brisket, sauteed onions and jalapenos.
Candler Rail’s industrial-style space features an outdoor beer garden and two large garage door openings that face the rail lines across the way. Inspired by a hotel bar the McDonalds visited in San Francisco that featured container car doors throughout, Candler Rail uses a full container car as its fermentation room.
While Candler Rail Brewery will soon be open daily, for now its hours are 2-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and noon-9 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Masks are required for front-facing staff and guests when not seated.
1660 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta. 404-464-5035, candlerrailbrewery.com/