Owner Bob Sandage
Known to many for years as “Bob the Brewer” or “Doctor Bob”, Bob Sandage is a sociable owner and brewer who is passionate about beer and food. Visions of a future brewpub started in graduate school at Georgia Tech, when Bob's office mates would taste his homemade beer and pizza and swear that someday there would be a "Doctor Bob's Brewpub"! Then, after moving to Inman Park in 2006 with his family, Bob was indirectly marketing by consistently bringing homebrew to neighborhood gatherings.
Bob noticed that the historic Victor H. Kriegshaber mansion was falling into disrepair, although its potential was undeniable. After seemingly infinite hours investigating the structure, dealing with foreclosures and bank failures, finally in March 2010, he and his wife Kristine purchased and renovated the property, converting it to the nation’s sixth favorite brewpub and historically registered private event space, The Marianna.
As a son of an Air Force father, Bob moved quite often growing up, but settled in Omaha, Nebraska. There, Bob began his keen interest in the food and beverage industry as a pie maker at Pizza Hut for five years in high school and college, with a break in between for Marine Corps service. From there, Bob went on to graduate from Iowa State University and continued his studies as an electrical engineer at Georgia Tech. In 1994, Bob launched his own engineering consulting firm, DAQTron, acquired by Averna in 2009, which allowed him to pursue his true calling as Owner of Wrecking Bar Brewpub and The Marianna.
When not at work, Bob enjoys cooking, spending time with his two boys, and traveling (much of the traveling being beer-related!). Favorite destinations are anywhere in Europe, Asheville, and San Diego, where Bob is constantly seeking out new food and beer ideas.
Owner Kristine Sandage
For years, Kristine Sandage envisioned opening a neighborhood brewpub with their friends and family gathered under the roof of a quaint structure where beer brewed in house pours from the taps and delicious, high-quality pub food characterizes the simple menu. Now the proud owner of Wrecking Bar Brewpub and The Marianna events space, the vision has evolved to a much grander scale while staying true to the original objective. From the specialty brews and craft bar food to the hand-drawn logo and intricate hand-made fixtures throughout the space, Wrecking Bar is a spot for the community that took the support of a community to build.
Kristine was quite familiar with the long hours and perseverance it takes to lovingly restore a building even before beginning the Wrecking Bar project in 2010. With an engineering graduate degree from Iowa State University, Kristine is a structural engineer by profession and worked at Bob’s engineering company for approximately 12 years until it was acquired. However, Kristine’s true passions involve being the best mom possible to her two boys, exercising with Operation Boot Camp, scrapbooking, volunteering within her community and frequenting beer-centric restaurants like The Porter Beer Bar, The BookHouse Pub and Brick Store Pub.
Managing Partner Stevenson Rosslow
Though this native Floridian roots for the orange and blue, Stevenson Rosslow is a diehard fan of Georgia’s culinary scene. As a former member of the Georgia Restaurant Association Board of Directors, Recognized beer judge by the BJCP, Certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Specialist of wine and Spirits (CSW & CSS, Society of Wine Educators), Certified Spirits Professional by USBG and Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) certified mixologist, he simply describes dining out as a part of his lifestyle.
Stevenson’s career path took a turn after earning his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating from the University of Florida Stevenson traveled the country in search of his true calling and this led to the revelation that his time spent working in restaurants before and through college would inspire his ultimate direction. After moving to Atlanta in 1997, he started a remarkable career with the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. Over a 12-year period, Stevenson served as the general manager at Bluepointe, beverage manager at Nava and Atlanta Fish Market, and helped open two restaurants as the Corporate Beverage Director.
Stevenson and his wife Holly share a love for fine food and beverage, and live in East Atlanta with their three-year old son Lawson and a Maltese named Motley. With a cooking style defined by fresh, wholesome ingredients, Stevenson enjoys tending to his own organic garden and thrives on the simplicity of dishes. His perfectly seasoned soups and fresh-baked breads, both prepared in his trusty Le Creuset Dutch oven, are a family favorite.
Chef Terry Koval
As a teenager with an eye for extra spending money, Terry Koval washed dishes at John Paul’s Armadillo Oil Company in Greenville, SC, unknowingly setting the stage for a successful career that would lead to stints in some of Atlanta’s most recognized kitchens and to the prestigious recognition as the 2012 StarChefs.com Atlanta Rising Star Sustainable Chef.
Koval moved to the Georgia in 2000 and worked at the famed Buckhead Diner before accepting the position of executive sous chef under mentor Chef Gary Mennie at nationally acclaimed Canoe. He later joined Concentrics Restaurants as the sous chef of Lobby at TWELVE and then became executive chef at sister restaurant Room at TWELVE. After years of proving himself as a creative force in the kitchen, in 2010 Terry was offered the opportunity to conceptualize unique and seasonal grass-fed burgers at Farm Burger. He once again embraces local, seasonal ingredients now accented by house-brewed craft beer as the executive chef at Wrecking Bar Brewpub.
Terry and his wife Jenn live in Decatur, Ga., with their daughter, Olivia and son, Jackson and infinite source of farm-fresh eggs from their four chickens named Puffy, Poppins, Snowflake and Buttercup.
Brewmaster Neal Engleman
While attending Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina between 2004-2008, Neal Engleman developed a passion for craft beer thanks to the beer culture of western North Carolina. Upon graduation, Neal moved to Bend, Oregon for an internship in event planning and concert promotion. The prevalence of craft beer in Oregon drove Neal further to pursue a career in the industry.
Inspired by his time in Oregon, Neal then moved back to Atlanta to save up money, hoping to eventually move back out west. During this time, the craft beer boom was well on its way in Atlanta. In December of 2008, Neal began homebrewing. This hobby eventually grew into an obsession over the following years. In the spring of 2011, Neal heard about Wrecking Bar Brewpub opening. As such, he applied for a job as a server and was brought onto the team. He quickly worked his way down into the brewery by always bringing in fresh homebrew for the staff to try.
Since becoming a professional brewer, the beers at Wrecking Bar have won several local competitions such as Classic City Brewfest, Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting, and Wrecking Bar Strong Beer Fest. Neal would like to have Atlanta be known as one of America's top beer destinations and knows the continued growth of the local craft beer scene is imperative.