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Brick Store Pub

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Brick Store PubBrick Store Pub

200 Reviews
Reviews: 200
Visits: 271
Avg: 4.67
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: 185
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

125 E Court Sq
Decatur, Georgia, 30030-2521
United States
phone: (404) 687-0990

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @brickstorepub

Place added by: aracauna

Beer and cheese tastings 1st Monday of every month starting at 6pm. 5 beers and 5 cheeses for $25.

Sometimes special beers are not on the menu. Ask and you shall receive.

Occasional cask tappings, gravity poured. Vintage beer room is now open - ask to see the list.

Limited parking out front, but there are two garages only a short walk away. For public transportation, the Decatur Marta train station entrance is only about 50 yards away.

Want a cellar tour or to meet the publicans? Any beer advocate planning a trip should beermail pghlee or Brickstoredave in advance.
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4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was in Atlanta with my krewe this past December for the SEC Championship Game, and we wanted to stop by the Brick Store Pub to see what the buzz was about. After taking a slight detour due to inaccurate information (thanks, Google Maps!), we hopped on the MARTA and headed for downtown Decatur, GA. The pub is right off of the main square when you exit the train station, which is also a good thing for when you're leaving. Don't drive drunk, just take the train!

Atmosphere - We went on a Friday night during the holiday season, and the place was packed to the point of spilling out onto the street. The pub is divided into two floors, with the downstairs being the main bar area and the upstairs being the Belgian bar. Mild, rich wood paneling and moderate to low lighting created a more relaxed mood in the otherwise bustling pub. There is seating both downstairs and upstairs, although there is definitely more room downstairs. The crowd ranged from families with young children to elderly patrons, and there was no visible separation of drinkers and eaters in the establishment. Not quite a restaurant and not quite a bar, the "pub" from the name fits quite appropriately. There was a long wait for a table, so we decided to wait in the Belgian bar upstairs. The area was slightly crowded, but we met some friendly people and passed the time with some enjoyable conversation. It was a little loud and a little too crowded to be the completely ideal situation, but it was an altogether enjoyable experience nonetheless.

Quality - We started off drinking draft beer from the Belgian section, expanded into the domestic draft choices, and made it into a few bottles before capping off the night. All of the beer was fresh, draft and bottle, domestic and import alike. Everything we ordered was not only served in the appropriate glassware, but was also poured to perfection by the various members of the bar staff.

Service - The service was amazing, especially considering the crowd. When we couldn't find room to get up to the bar, someone from the staff came out into the crowd to take our old glasses away and take the orders for the next round. All of the glassware was clean, all of the beers were poured well, and the turnover between drinks was fast even for a regular crowd, let alone a busy Friday night. There wasn't much of a delay in ordering drinks from the downstairs bar while drinking in the upstairs bar. The bartenders were all very knowledgeable about their craft, and they had some excellent suggestions to make while we were there.

Selection - The downstairs bar had close to 20 American, English, and German beers on tap and a nice selection of bottles at reasonable prices. The upstairs bar had 8 Belgian beers on tap and three coolers with close to 100 bottles to choose from. A nice touch is that you can order beer from the downstairs bar if you are at the upstairs bar, and vice versa. According to the bartenders, the draft selection changes at a decent pace, and the turnover on a given keg is fairly quick. I'd definitely like to make a return visit to see how accurate this statement was.

Food - The menu was not particularly extensive or expansive into any particular culinary area, but it was certainly adequate to meet the needs of the average pub occupant across a decent range of sobriety. Appetizers, salads, burgers, and sandwiches, with some pasta dishes, grilled meat dishes, and other fare filled out the menu. The prices may have been slightly high for food as compared to beer, but what we sampled was worth the price.

Value - The overall value was really good. We spent four or five hours in the place, had several good beers a piece, tried a few little bits of food, and met some interesting people, and we weren't out very much change at all. The recovery meal we ate at a diner in downtown Atlanta cost each of us almost half of what the entire evening at the Brick Store Pub did. The next time I am in Atlanta, I'll definitely try and fit in a repeat visit.

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Photo of slander
4.71/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Outside Atlanta, after a comedy of hotel reservation errors. Finally checked in, and while some will stay and sleep, Alex & I will venture out to Decatur. An easy breezy ride down the road some on the heels of 6+ hours in the car today up from Florida. It’s Sunday night, I think we’re going to do time and close whatever wherever is…

In the square on the strip there. Box room, with mad vaulted high ceilings. One wall of big brick, with flower boxed windows and mounted candle play. The opposite wall done splotch gray painted something. Slat wood floorings, and a gray painted ceiling with ductwork. A few spinnys, drop pan lamps over the floor seating, and spots & drops otherwise.

To the rear, a ‘U’ shaped poured concrete topped bar with a wood trim, copper panel base, & a foot bar. Seating for a dozen and a half on rounded and squared stools. 21 taps down here in 3 sets of 5 singles (steel knobs on light green glass plastic ceramic pint-like bases with small baseball sized tap labels on black handles), and then 2 sets of 3 nondescript on the far side. Handpump currently unused on the end of the bar and glassware shelved below. Barback unit at the end of the bar rear, with countered booze tiered over mirror backing, and glassware dangling above from the underside of a horizontal wine rack above. Pieces atop the barback; barrels, a big clock, lamps, an accordion, bottles, mugs, & growlers. Smaller unit sections of the same to both sides. Wine coolered below and a bottled beer cooler standing up on the end.

Corner blackboard with colorful event info (Halloween costume contest & Atlanta craft beer week). Local art cartoon cut outs on one wall, a looooong horizontal framed soweth/reap 5 panel mural on the other, ‘Ein Prosit’ checkered flaggings from the ceiling, a drop ornate pear shaped stave chandelier over the bar, a lantern lamp post up front, barrels and a bike over the front vestibule, and a cool branch handle front door.
Seating forward the bar, 15 in all; booths on 1 wall, tables on the other sharing bench play, a crescent booth in one of the blinded front windows, and some raised barrel table roundys in the center.

Upstairs, a slight seating area with a handful of wine case tables, and then the Belgian beer bar to the rear. A small ‘L’ bar seating a bakers dozen, a 7 tap tower (Chimay Doree, Duvel Single, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, St. Bernardus 12, Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus, Tripel Karmaliet, Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel), glassware dangling from above, and a cooler to the rear with Belgian bottles. Bar counter space and pillar wrap around, too. Space to the rear with 4 tables & booths. Local art, a few of them owls; it’s a different scene to be sure.

But back at the main bar, 21 taps. 16 of them are Georgia craft beer (Monday Night Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, Orpheus Barrel Aged The 12th Labor, Red Brick 20th Anniversary Ale, Three Taverns Sour Asylum, Wild Heaven Ode To Mercy, Burnt Hickory Public Animal #9, Cherry Street The Grateful Frenchman, Jailhouse 4 Deep Undercover IPA V20, Jekyll Big Creek Kolsch & Pineapple Habanero Hop Dang Diggity, Reformation Cadence Reserve Dubbel, Creature Comfort Athena Paradiso, Service SBC 1, Southbound Loving Cup, Southern Wild Azalea Tart, Terrapin/BFM Spike & Jerome’s Collaboration Ale), a regional Gluten Free (Wicked Weed Gluten Freek), a few non regional craft (Bells Best Brown, New Belgium Hoppy Stout), a single import (Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier), and a Georgia cider (Treehorn Dry Cider). I drank the Three Taverns Sour Asylum, Creature Comfort Athena Paradiso, & Southern Wild Azalea Tart. That Creature Comfort Athena Paradiso was fantastic.

And a phone book of bottle list. Wait. The fucking list holds 400 fresh & 900 vintage items? There’s some sick shit here. Orval runs $9 fresh, and $22 for an ’07. I could mad peruse but I’m about the local craft tonight.

Caught Lee tending, a friend of a friend, and the Plantation ‘Stiggin’s Fancy’ Pineapple dark rum for the tasting, all burnt Pineapple cake incredibleness. It’s closing time, we must go, oh, shots for all, I see. Some people are curious about my scribblings. No, you cannot participate and write in my book. Because it’s not yours, that’s why. I will share my art with art girl, though. Good crowd of playful kids. Wish beer was like this when I was in school. And speaking of beer, another is in order I suppose. Okay, it’s now waaay after hours. They do food here, not that we could entertain after that bizarro family style place we caught off the highway on the way up. But the beer thing they do here, it's just fantastic. This is a good damn house. I could do some serious time here. Whose idea was this again? Alex, it was you.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.7/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I will be forever greatful to the Atlanta BAs for suggesting this place. It was a memorable visit.
Great vibe the minute we walked in. Brick, wood. Downstairs bar and tables, and an upstairs bar and tables. Promptly seated and given menus.
Great tap list. Georgia beers, domestic beers, and Belgians. My wife had a Stupid Silly Sour and I had a quad from Wild Heaven, Eschaton. Great beers. But probably the most interesting find at The Brick Store Pub is its cellar. Over 15,000 bottles!
I had Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2009, and was blown away. And that's only one from the cellar. I think if you name it, they've got it. Even 3 and 6 L bottles. An amazing collection!
We thought the food was excellent. We were having difficulty choosing a meal. The manager asked our preferences, and made us custom-ordered vegan sandwiches.
So what can I say about an establishment with a phenomenal beer list, personalized service, and an attentive wait staff?
1: I wish I lived in Atlanta.
2: I'll be back.

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Photo of hopsrus
4.95/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.98/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wow! This place is a treasure.
Let me start by saying that I drove from Baton Rouge to Atlanta. I was hungry when I got there. I ordered the butterbean hummus. The freaking bread had sausage in it! The hummus was really good and was served with some pickled green beans and green tomatoes. Onto the beer
I started with an Allagash Victor Ale and followed with some local IPAs.
Now, let me tell you where the Brick Store exceeds other places...their cellar room(s). A smorgasbord of vintage gueuzes, lambics, stouts, wild ales and other stuff are available to purchase by the bottle. I popped a bottle of 2010 Lost Abbey 10 Commandments.
Overall, the staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. This place is a must check out.

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Photo of VinceMig
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

If you enjoy good beer, then it is a must.

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Photo of matgrat2422
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The best beer selection, bar none. Just today, I had a cbs and mexican cake for brick stores' 20th anniversary. Tap selection rotates a lot, but always great beer. Highly recommend it if you can make it to Decatur while visiting Atlanta.

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Photo of Tralemix
4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Incredible selection. A second bar of only Belgian beers, plus delicious food. The only problem is parking, but there is a paid lot fairly close. An Atlanta classic, definitely one of the best beer places I've ever been to.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.81/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

setting a gold standard for craft beer hospitality - and in a bad-ass building too

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Photo of Theaudiblesigh
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The only downfall of this place is that if you try a beer you like it could be gone this next day due to constant rotation of taps. The level of quality beers that they have is second to none. Everything that they have is good.

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Photo of evergreen_machine
4.98/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

In a word Heaven. The selection of beer is incredible, the servers all knowlagable and happy to help and the food a perfect compliment.

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Photo of richj1970
4.28/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of gatorlove
4.29/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of chuckcurrin
4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Genie
4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Their Allagash Curieux tripel and Victory Hop Ranch are what I tried and paired really well with their food. Highly recommend trying their chicken pot pie and fish n' chips entrees! Check out their beer menu beforehand as there was a special beer on tap directly from the cask that night, but it sold out early in the night so get their early if you want to try that.

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Photo of Dil_thebeerdrinking_do
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of zest4itall
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of AdamTebbs
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Used to live down the street from Brick store and it is still one of my favorite bars. Great selection, great vibe, great service. If you are in Decatur you must visit.

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Photo of ElvenAngel81
4.98/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Wicketsmusik
4.86/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.71/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jpskydawg
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Always great beers and good times here. Can be crowded on certain days, but its worth it. The Cellar list is ridiculous... Great menu.

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA
100 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.