Hailing from LaGrange, Ga., Wild Leap’s Atlanta taproom is now open in the 50-acre, $5 Billion Centennial Yards development in downtown, the craft beverage company Friday announced. Wild Leap brings its beers, wine, and spirits, along with food offerings, to the multi-level, 15,340 square-foot space.
“We’ve had our eyes on this space since 2019, so finally see it come to fruition and open our doors is a dream come true,” Rob Goldstein, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer for Wild Leap, said in a press release. “This area of Atlanta is booming, and we’re very excited to be the first open tenants in this multi-billion dollar development. We look forward to building up our fanbase here in Atlanta and be a quintessential place to hang out for locals and visitors alike.”
Inspired by Atlanta’s storied railroad past, Wild Leap’s new Atlanta taproom is a “dynamic space juxtaposing historic elements with a modern architectural aesthetic,” according to a press release. The brewery and taproom “respect the building’s architecture and history while infusing the space with greenery, pops of color, and wood accents.”
The ceiling is detailed in a way that “references a decommissioned, overgrown railway, and vintage furniture and lighting furthers these goals.” Mural art and design elements throughout the space that harken to the building’s original architecture include an abandoned brick elevator chase, building awnings, and branded stamps from the original steel union that constructed the building in 1912.
The lower level opens to the “Canyon,” a subterranean retail experience resulting from Atlanta’s iconic raised viaduct system constructed in 1923, to separate pedestrians and cars from trains throughout sowntown. The Canyon offers 740 linear feet of continuous space, of which Wild Leap’s outdoor patios are a key component, connecting all the tenants of the historic Southern Railways buildings, including residents in the Lofts at Centennial Yards South.
The ground level is anchored by a central bar that’s wrapped by a monumental stair connecting guests to the second level. As guests move vertically through the brewery, spaces become more intimate including a speakeasy with a hidden entry.
To complement its beverages, Wild Leap has a food offering with a menu ranging from twists on classic handhelds, shareable appetizers along with sweet old-school treats at the beginning of Q2. In the meantime, Wild Leap will have rotating food trucks from fan-favorites from across the city including Gaston Street Eats, Cheezy Truck and more.
“We really customized this space to be the perfect destination for Atlanta natives, sport fans and travelers alike,” said co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Rodriguez, in the release. “We have areas where you can sit with your whole friend group, yet we have other areas that offer a more private and intimate setting.”
Since the brand’s inception five years ago, Wild Leap has expanded from a small-town brewery to a full craft beverage company with diverse offerings, such as beers, spirits, ready-to-drink cocktails and wine.
As a nod to their Atlanta taproom opening, Wild Leap will release its South Downtown specific beer, SouthDown, which is exclusively offered in its Atlanta taproom and select stores throughout metro-Atlanta while supplies last. SouthDown will have refreshing fruity and hazy notes for drinkers. This beer is a Piña Colada-inspired ale featuring coconut and citrus-flavored hops, sitting at an ABV 9.0%, IBU 44. Wild Leap adds toasted coconut to the mash and finished the beer with tropical flavors from a pineapple and lime puree.
Wild Leap will be open seven days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., at 125 Ted Turner Drive.