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30. The Porter Beer Bar

Do yourself a favor and play beer roulette with the Porter’s menu of vintage beers, which goes on for page after page.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Bar Snacks: The Porter Beer Bar

Nick Rutherford and Molly Gunn’s narrow tavern in Little Five Points gives bites like salt and vinegar popcorn, hushpuppies with organic applesauce, and fried pickles with pimento cheese serious thought.

Porter Beer Bar owner Molly Gunn gets “the worst hangovers”

The Porter's Molly Gunn discusses beer trends, pinball, and her favorite hangover cure.

Orpheus Brewing to open taproom overlooking Piedmont Park Memorial Day Weekend

Orpheus Brewing is easily one of Atlanta’s most anticipated new breweries, set to open next their taproom overlooking Piedmont Park next weekend. The founders credit The Porter Beer Bar for helping bring their idea to life, so it’s no surprise that the latest member of the Orpheus family is Rebecca Royster, a familiar face to anyone who frequented The Porter over the past five-and-a-half years.

Barley + Rye: Molly Gunn of The Porter offers tips on starting a beer cellar

This might come as news to novice beer drinkers, but it’s true. Beer, like wine, has the ability to age gracefully, developing deep flavor notes and complex aromas far beyond what’s initially bottled. I spoke with Molly Gunn, co-owner of The Porter Beer Bar and purveyor of their extensive vintage beer list housed in a custom-made cellar, about starting up a personal collection.

22. Drink up at our defining bars

Start easy with a sherry cobbler—the subtly sweet, low-octane cocktail of the moment—at H. Harper Station, housed in a former train depot in Reynoldstown. Head over to Poncey-Highland to eavesdrop on the journalists and politicos at Manuel’s Tavern and sip a SweetWater 420.

The Porter Beer Bar

Atlanta’s ultimate hair-of-the-dog destination, located (where else?) in Little Five Points. On early weekend afternoons, the customers usually fall into two categories: the bedraggled, often leaning on the long bar solo or in brooding pairs, and the perky, who tend to congregate in the pub’s cavernous back room, growing noisier as they imbibe.

Porter Beer Bar

The Little Five Points digs may be funky, but husband-and-wife owners Nick Rutherford and Molly Gunn preside over a refined, comprehensive beer program of 500 brews.

Good for What Ales Us

For many people, myself included, beer is an acquired taste. Compared with wine, whose familiar fruitiness caresses the palate, beer brings bitterness to the forefront. As a child in Paris, I was occasionally given beer diluted with carbonated lemonade while the adults around me drank thin Alsatian drafts I thought were just awful. Known in England as shandy, in Spain as clara, and in Germany as radler, beer cut with citrus-flavored soda is something I still love. Snakebite is a strong variation made of hard cider and beer in equal proportions that most respectable bars (including Manuel’s Tavern in Poncey-Highland) will pour into a tall pint glass for me.

L5P’s The Porter

There are more than ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall behind the bar at The Porter (I counted). There are tap handles by the dozen. The bar could overwhelm even the most dedicated beer drinker with the depth and breadth of its inventory. But instead of just playing a numbers game, the young owners display a curatorial finesse. Better yet, without gloating about running a “gastropub,” they serve pretty remarkable casual food to go along with the lagers, pilsners, Belgian whites, and, of course, their favorite porters.

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