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Ale Yeah! Craft Beer Market

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Ale Yeah! Craft Beer MarketAle Yeah! Craft Beer Market
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25 Reviews
Reviews: 25
Visits: 40
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: n/a
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

906 W College Ave
Decatur, Georgia, 30030-3506
United States
phone: (404) 371-4331

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Place added by: ciscov on 12-07-2010

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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Stopped in last night! Let's give'r a go, shall we?

Parking is directly alongside College Ave in Decatur, with several spaces directly in front of the building and a make-your-own parking gravel area on the other side of the road. I lucked out with a proper parking spot, but be careful, as you're backing out on a busy road. I suggest just gunning it!

A very cozy location, very boutique (beertique?) in size and scope. Along the walls are various wooden shelving dedicated to sections of styles - IPA's/DIPA's, Porters/Stouts, Sours, etc. A few coolers in the back house some scattered single bottles, as does a shelving unit beside the register.

A variety of glassware is available for purchase, as are some Ale Yeah! apparel and logo pint glasses. There's a small portion of the store dedicated to homebrew supplies and, if you're in need of a dairy-based snack, a variety of cheeses from Sweet Grass Dairy in southern Georgia.

Due to their size, it'll be hard for them to compete with the selection of Green's, which is only a few miles away, or Hop City on the other side of downtown. Same with the prices, which were a bit more than other stores. One complaint regarding the pricing is that a portion of the selection had no price tags on them whatsoever. I have no interest in carting around several unmarked bottles by the register to find out how much they cost.

This location will definitely need some love from the locals and hopefully benefit from their relatively close proximity to Brick Store Pub and Twain's. Best of luck to'm! (1,550 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of halo3one
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Not the biggest selection in the world, but the quality of the selection was great. The service was very helpful and knowledgeable. Awesome atmosphere, great place! (166 characters)

Photo of Hayden34
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped here on a recomendation of a fellow BA because I was in the area. I was definitely NOT disappointed! The place is rather small but I was very surprised at the vast selection of Ale Yeah! considering the size. The staff was also EXTREMELY helpful and made some decent recommendations based on what my style of beer was. I will definitely be back to Ale Yeah! when I'm in the area again. (397 characters)

Photo of chuckcurrin
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of zest4itall
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great little BEER store! Great service! Good selection and they sell singles, so you can make your own sampler packs! I got a great selection of porters and stouts the other day. (178 characters)

Photo of Abbbp
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Egg
5/5  rDev +15.5%

super cool staff very friendly and helpful knowledgeable on a vast level

small shop yes but packed with the best beers around

if you really take your time and have a close look you'll find things you cant at many places. (225 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%

A - A small shop in a small non-descript strip across from the MARTA tracks. Sort of out of the way, but probably very convenient to the local neighbor. Open, clean, bright. 4

S - Great service. Proper level of engagement vs. letting me browse uninterrupted. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. They allow you to break any six/four pack and pay the proportional price per can/bottle. 4.75

S - A fine selection of beer. Probably more US than international. Plenty of locals but not necessarily some of the hard to find beers distributed to the state but not nationally (Cigar City, Westbrook, etc.). 3.75

Q - Pay attention to the dates. I do not mind older beers that age well (e.g. stouts, high ABV), but a number of IPA bombers I picked up (e.g. Port City) were either right at the edge (5-6 months) to way beyond bottle date (12-18 months). Very few bottles in coolers, so I was not going to buy any hoppy beer that was just 4-5 months old. 3.5

F - No food, but they do fill growlers. A decent selection of about eight beers. They will clean and fill any growler. 4

Prices - Average $$

Hop City is better. But I have yet to find what I would call an excellent bottle shop in Atlanta. (1,189 characters)

Photo of pradipta
2/5  rDev -53.8%

Didn't feel too customer-friendly. When I asked to sample, they were more interested in pointing out the $1 charge than in describing what they had. I sampled only one draft (they had a pretty limited selection anyway) and decided to buy bottles instead - they were probably worried that I would walk out of the store without paying the $1 as I kept getting offered "help" by the guy at the counter every 2 minutes. Not a way to do business...I am not going back. And given that I bought 4 rather expensive bottles, I hope they realize it is their loss... (555 characters)

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of kjc111
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great Service. Always knowledgeable and helpful. I am a local and always walk in with my dog. They are super nice and have a great selection of bottle beers. Highly Recommended!! (179 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rickcrip76
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of JLSIV
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

A great east side option, second to Hop City in size and offerings but they are very helpful and knowledgeable. Good glass selection, growlers and some gourmet foods, although beer is their main game. My bet is they will have something you like. proximity to farmers market, Revolution Doughnuts, and Decatur area makes this worth a trip for entertaining foodies on a visit to ATL (380 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Ale Yeah! is a rather small operation. The beers are divided into "aisles" according to style (I say "aisles" because the aisles are only one shelf deep.) IPAs, Stouts, Belgians, etc. There is a good selection of product across the styles, but not an overly deep selection. For example, they have Stone IPA, Westbrook IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, and Jai Alai, but they don't have Ruination, Levitation, Enjoy By, etc. So, in general each brewery is represented by only 2 or 3 of their beers. The major exception to this is Terrapin, for which they seem to have every beer you don't want and none of the beers you do want (I'm looking at you Cinn Roll WnB). Prices are about 10-20% higher than what I am used to, resulting in a dollar or two more for a 6 pack. However, locally produced bombers were relatively cheap, most being in the $7-$8 range.
There is a growler station in the back. If I recall there was about 10-12 taps on. Samples available for $1. 32oz and 64oz growlers available for sale, though they will fill outside growlers as well. 64oz growlers ranged in price from $8 - $14.
Service is helpful and attentive, though limited in knowledge: my question as to whether a particular IPA was East Coast or West Coast resulted in a question back to me regarding the difference between an East Coast and a West Coast IPA. Oh well, I guess Georgia is still relatively new to the scene, so they're still learning.
Of note, I came here at the recommendation of a friend who lives in the area whom is into craft beer, but isn't a BA-using craft beer geek. My friend lives less than two miles from here and notes this is his go-to beer store, but also notes when he is looking for more, he heads up to Hop City (which I didn't visit). In the end, this store was more than sufficient for my needs as someone passing through the area, but really isn't a World Class destination. (1,882 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of khargro2
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

The Roswell location was so great that I had to check out Decatur... It seems a little bigger than Roswell, but with a slightly less interesting ambiance. Same setup as Roswell - beers sorted by style, about 12 beer taps, etc. I'm sure that if I lived in the area I would frequent the store. They do get distribution earlier in the week compared to Roswell. It is a pretty neat location with a small business feel - definitely, the type of place I like to buy from. (465 characters)

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Ale Yeah! Craft Beer Market in Decatur, GA
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