With signature pours like the Invocation, a Belgian-style golden ale (nice and dry with a touch of fruitiness), and their imperial brown Ode to Mercy (brewed with coffee from Athens’ 1000 Faces), Wild Heaven has become a beloved destination for its neighbors in Avondale Estates. If you’ve tried the originals, be sure to taste barrel-aged varieties (Bordeaux-aged Invocation; tequila-aged Ode to Mercy) as they can go fast. For a bright, light, super drinkable ale, ask for Emergency Drinking Beer (the hints of lemongrass come from produce purchased at Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market).
Check for new offerings like the wild ale Southern Brewing Company collaboration, Swan Swan Hummingbird, made for perfect summer imbibing. Depending on the day, you might catch head brewer Jake Adams slicing up fresh fruit for a new batch of something sure to be divine. And since we’re in heaven, don’t miss the Pearly Gates—Johnson’s one-barrel pilot batch system offers brews that won’t be found any place else.
Good to know: A short hop away from its Belgian-style cousin Three Taverns, an R.E.M song inspired the name for Wild Heaven, which launched in 2010. With Nick Purdy at the helm (Paste magazine publisher) and Eric Johnson (owner of Trappeze Pub in Athens) as brewmaster, the former warehouse location didn’t actually open for tasting until June 2014. During that in-between period, the team contract brewed in Greenville, S.C. until they were able to break ground. Still, they managed to keep the Atlanta area flush with their go-to brews.
Address: 135B Maple Street, Decatur
Hours of Operation:
Thursday and Friday 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2-6 p.m.
Sunday, 2-5 p.m.
Kids: OK, Sundays only
Pets: OK, leashed and in designated areas only