Brick Store Pub

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Brick Store PubBrick Store Pub
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Brick Store PubBrick Store Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

125 E Court Sq
Decatur, Georgia, 30030-2521
United States

(404) 687-0990 | map

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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Reviews by MbpBugeye:
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4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

In what can really be best described as luck, I was able to stop here for dinner while passing through Atlanta.

The outside is very old world rustic, but new and in good upkeep. There are a few tables outside, some of which are high tops made from old barrels. Inside is pretty small and the tables end up being very close together. The bar is not very large and all the seats were full. There is a decent number of taps on the downstairs U-shaped bar. There is more seating and another bar upstairs. Its my understanding that the upstairs space is full of Belgian offerings.

It was a Friday evening so I feared that the place would be packed, and indeed the place was pretty busy. We didn't have to wait for a table though, and the service was very prompt. The food came out much quicker than I could imagine. The waitress even took the time to take me up to the cellar for a very quick peek around, because she knew I was very interested in beer.

I've gotta say that cellar is impressive! Some of the stuff in the cellar is for sale and featured on their cellar menu. Things like 07-10 Cantillons, Struise, De Cam and lots of other Belgian names are found on this list. Prices on the cellar list can get high, naturally. Their standard beer menu is HUGE. Page after page of bottles. Its split up by country, I believe. There is a huge selection of American craft but this is primarily a Belgian bar. Lots of Lambic, Gueuze and Abbeys. The tap list was strong but not a lot of stuff really jumped out at me. The downstairs bar, which is American craft, had about 50% things I can get here in OH. There was The Bruery Saison De Lente, Lost Abbey Carnivale, Sweetwater IPA, Founder's Coney Island and others. Upstairs had things I've never really seen on tap. Some Cantillon, St Bernardus, Boon Kriek and other Belgians.

The thing that struck me the most was that there were no generic pints. Everything was served in its brewery's specific glassware. They have a FANTASTIC range of glassware. Aventinus glasses, Large Weinhenstephan weizens, DFH signature glasses, Lost Abbey tumblers, Kasteel and St Bernardus chalices were just some that I saw.

I was nonplussed to hear that they can't offer bottles to go. This is perplexing because they have a few 5L bottles for $300 on the cellar menu. Because of this one trip to Brick Store is not enough to get the full experience.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Abe_Froman
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of sunderwood123
4.84/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Sat at the bar starting about 9pm on a Tuesday night. Place was crowded. Would have had to wait for a table.

Great place, but legendary probably goes too far. Maybe I'm jaded, but I have 3 or 4 establishments within 15-30 min that have similar or better tap lists, a bottled/can/vintage list, great food and awesome service. Frankly, I'm not sure Brick Store is better than Porter Beer Bar.

V - Beer vibe, no doubt about it. A bit dark (bring your reading glasses). 4.75

Q - Correct and often labeled glassware. 4.5

Ser - Bartender was appropriately attentive. Good knowledge of beer and even gave me a half pour free after I order two different beers that had just recently kicked. 4.5

Sel - Great but no awesome. A good range of styles, but maybe a little light (on my visit) with respect to the heavier darker stuff. Would have loved to see a imperial stout, RIS type beer on the draught list during my visit. A nice bottle/beer list. Yes, they do have a vintage list as well, but unimpressed. Most bars do not have a vintage list, but I thought Brick Store's was a bit thin. Could have had a broader range of brewers and some beers we all might consider whales. 4.5

F - I had the chicken pot pie. It was excellent. The field greens salad was just average. 4.25

When I visit Atlanta I almost always stay in midtown, which makes Decatur and the Brick Store Pub a bit inconvenient (though using the MARTA is relatively quick and gets you within two blocks). I will come back, but other establishments may catch my attention and divert me.

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Photo of ha-sheem
4.44/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of sholland119
4.97/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It's not easy for a legendary beer bar to live up to the hype. In fact, quite often in our experience, places such as this often wind up resting on their laurels while newer places pass them by, using their reputation as an invitation to snobbery and arrogance. No so here, though. An amazing place in a really nice town. Great vibe, wonderfully welcoming and friendly people, and a beer list that matches any I have ever run across.

BSP really is all that. Don't miss it.


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Photo of Squire
4.48/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jmichiel
4.23/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I know I should like the Brick Store more as it's right down the street from my apartment and has one of the best lists of cellared beer (not to mention rotating taps!) in the world, but I've gone several times and never really enjoyed it. I have two main complaints:

* It's got a pretentious vibe. It's a destination bar (and rightfully so), but it doesn't do well as a neighborhood pub. By that, I mean I feel out of place walking in without a brewery t-shirt, ordering an Ayinger Brau Weisse and having a quiet conversation about something besides the cellar list with a friend or two. Is it a worthwhile destination bar? Absolutely! Is it a great place for a low-key pint? Not in my opinion.

* The food. While their specials are always delicious, I've stopped ordering off their standard menu after one too many over-cooked burgers and slightly-beyond-fresh salads.

I don't want to trash the place, but I had hoped it would be a great place to regularly visit for a relaxing snack and a pint, and so far have left disappointed almost every time.

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Photo of winehead247
4.83/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of waterbud
4.9/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of acmurphy696
4.94/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The Brick Store is a great place for beer, food, and just hanging out. I've had an introduction to plenty of great brews here, including Wild Heaven's White Blackbird saison, Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye, and Wicked Weed's Lieutenant Dank.

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Photo of 3-Ball
4.89/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.01/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

I had heard great things and was really looking forward to this stop on the last guys beercation we did. I was very disappointed. We arrived after 9pm on a Saturday and were told a two hour wait. We decided to eat at the Mexican place around the corner and it had a great tap list, I was quite impressed. We went back to Brick Store just before 11pm and were able to sit upstairs in the back. Tap list was weak, lots were blown. The bottle list was like a bible, but they were out of everything we asked for. Why have a 50 page beer menu if it is not accurate? It was a joke. We left very disappointed and will not return. Don't waste your time on this place Seriously hit the Mexican place around the corner if you want a good draft list (Hopslam, WW Pernicious, CC Trop, CC Athena, etc.)

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Photo of chiefbender
4.95/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of WilliamIrwin
4.58/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I travel very often on business, and I rely on Beer Advocate for good beer and food places (mainly beer, let's be real).

This place had everything from great food to great beer at a reasonable price. I'm a powerlifter, so I'm always looking for a great burger when I find a good beer place. This place has just that. One of the best burgers I've ever had.

I suggest the $12 burger with their fries, and try anything local for beer on draught.

They have nearly 40 draught choices, 100 fresh bottle choices, and probably close to 500 beers in their cellar from American to Belgian to any imports.

Definitely check this place out if you're anywhere near Atlanta! Cheers!!

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Photo of Omonigan
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of slander
4.71/5  rDev +0.4%
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 a 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 +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
5/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.98/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +5.1%
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 +5.1%
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%
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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Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA
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