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Monday, March 8, 2010

Young Augustine's

Sorry for the lack of activity.  I was hit by the flu for two weeks.  We did manage to make it out to Young Augustine's (327 Memorial Dr.) twice though, which is the reincarnation of The Standard in Grant Park (same ownership, just a change in direction).  The interior, the menu, and most importantly the beer list got major overhauls.  It's nice dark wood inside with cozy booths, big communal bar seating, and the old bar from The Standard.  There also seems to be a lot more outside seating, though I only made it the The Standard once so it's possible that was already there.  To respect the better food and beer it's also now thankfully non-smoking.

If you've been to Steinbeck's the food menu will look familiar, which is a good thing, as Steinbeck's has some of the best bar food in Atlanta.  Andy Gonzales is chef at both places.  There's almost nothing in the way of vegetarian options right now though, so Leslie and I haven't eaten there yet.  We're hoping that will change as the menu continues to develop.

What you really want to know about is the beer, and they don't disappoint.  The opening week list included Sweetwater 420, Left Hand Milk Stout, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, Sierra Nevada Glissade, Highland Oatmeal Porter, Dog Fish Head 60, Guinness, Oskar Blues Pils, Ayinger Brau Weisse, Rogue Amber, Ommegang Rare Vos, Terrapin Rye, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Sweetwater BSP Quad, Stone Pale Ale, Victory Storm King, Terrapin IBA, Bells 2 Hearted, New Belgium Ranger, Founders Dirty Bastard, St. Bernardus, Hebrew RIPA, and Duvel Green.  Yesterday they had switched a few out and had Delirium Tremens, Founders Porter, Great Divide Hercules, and a few others.  Basically, this is a list trying to compete with The Brick Store and The Porter.  We'll see if they end up getting some of the extremely rare offerings that set those places apart, but it's a great start.

We love the place.  We've already been here twice as many times as we made it to The Standard.