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Brick Store Pub

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4.69/5
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286 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(404) 687-0990 | map
brickstorepub.com

Notes:
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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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
286
pDev:
6.82%
 
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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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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have to admit, it was love at first site.

The selection couldn't be better, and somehow they tend to get things that I don't find anywhere else in Atlanta. The tap selection rotates and is amazing. Seasonals and limited releases can often be found on tap.

The staff is amazing. Their knowledge and love of beer is second to none. At many restaurants you get "servers" here you get quality service from lovers of beer. My guess is most if not all are lurking around on here somewhere.

The food is great. There is nothing I have ordered that I didn't enjoy. That said my biggest recommendation goes to the Pretzels. Something about them, and that mustard.

I never feel rushed, I always get a hand with selections if I want it, and if I am unsure about something they always offer a "tasting", but I have yet to take them up on it.

Everything about this place including location are great. Very close to Marta, it is right on the square and you can take the rail to and from.

Favorite place in Atlanta for a beer.

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5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The most fantastic shrine to good beer I have ever visited in the United States. It almost brings a tear to my eye when I think of this magical place, and that's saying something considering my father taught me men only shed a single tear when hit in the balls, totaling their truck, or burying their hunting dog who died valiantly in battle. The upstairs Belgian bar, with its cozy wood accents and low, low ceiling, will sap your will to ever leave this bar as quickly as it will drain your wallet. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly, aside from abruptly correcting me the first time I mispronounced Scaldis. My bad, John.

Why aren't you there now?

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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I used to go the Brick Store for lunch before I really got into appreciating beer. Man, all that time I wasted there drinking Coke.

If you live in metro- Atlanta, love beer, and have not been to the Brick Store, you need to apologize to yourself.

Their selection rivals anything available at any package store in the area. The have a whole room dedicated to nothing but Belgian Ales!!! For god sakes, man, if you live in metro Atlanta and haven't been there, why are you still here reading this?!?! Go!!!

I went there for lunch today and had two Belgian brews. My first was an old favorite: St. Bernardus ABT 12. Much to my surprise and pleasure, it was brought to me in a St. Bernardus goblet, just like the one I have at home. :-) Not only did they bring me the right TYPE of glass, they brought the brewer's glass!!

After finishing my lunch, I decided to stick around longer and try another brew. The waitress, who complimented me on my first choice, recommended Kasteelbier Bruin-Brune. She seemed friendly and knowledgeable, so I trusted her. Good call!!! What an outstanding brew!! To make it even better, she brought me the little bottle along with the Kasteelbier Bruin-Brune goblet! Again, not only do they bring you the right glass, but they have the brewer's glass!!!

The waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly. During my lunch, I noticed a waiter wearing a Great Lakes Brewing Company shirt. I got his attention and asked, "Hey, do you have Elliot Ness here?" Sadly, he said, "no." He told me Great Lakes beers aren't available in GA. :-( I've been trying to get my hands on that one for a while now. But he and I chatted for a while about micro-brews. We made a few recommendations to each other. Nice guy, very knowledgeable.

I must say, I was very impressed with the selection, attention to detail, and the knowledge of the staff. These aren't just people who worked at Outback last week, and TGI Friday's the week before. They definitely know their stuff!

I wish I lived closer. My hours are changing at work next week, so I might be stopping by there after work on a regular basis.

Hope to see some of you all there too!

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

Similar to the last review (ChuggyMcBeer), I recently graduated from Emory University where I was lucky enough to live just a mile from the famous Brick Store Pub. I am plagued by the fact that I unintentionally compare every beer bar to this haven. I learned more about beer from frequenting the BSP and interacting with the staff than most people learn in a lifetime. As stated in the previous review, Lee, Dave and Mike have a passion for beer shared by many, but the way in which they execute every aspect of the Brick Store is simply unparalleled. The tap lines are CLEAN...you can taste it; I always knew this, but having sampled many "great" beer bars in Philadelphia, I now know how much care is taken by the BSP and it is reflected in the quality of their product(s). I have made it to a number of the "best" beer bars in the country and Brick Store blows the rest out of the water. The tap list is varied, rapidly rotating, expansive and just delicious. No one will ever serve you a beer in the wrong glass. Your beer (if bottled) will never anything but fresh (if the style requires.) Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, they also have phenomenal and extremely fairly priced food (I recommend the Corned beef sandwich). I do not write all of this to flatter the owners , Mike and Dave, and beer manager, Lee, because I know them and they know how much I will miss the Brick Store, but I do have a point: BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR. Simply put, the Brick Store is the best beer place (be it brewpub, brewery, bar, retailer, what have you) I have ever entered. If you have not yet gone, go, if you have gone, go again because they rotate the taps enough that it's like going to a new bar every week (except for the ever-present Guinness on the draught menu.)

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

I visited the pub with my girlfriend three times over the past week while I was on spring break visiting in Atlanta. I contacted Lee and Dave and set up a cellar tour on our first visit. Lee was an amazing guy and I highly recommend getting a tour from him if you go. With the background out of the way...

A--This is a fantastic beer environment. There are no TVs anywhere (admittedly missed because of the NCAA Tourney). That means the whole pub is more focused on conversation and the environment than on what team is winning the game. We sat in the upstairs Belgian Bar two of the times and downstairs our last time. The Belgian Bar felt older and like an actual place in Belgium. It was a great place to sip on a Rodenbach.

Q--Quality is high. All of the beers were served at perfect temperature, in the proper glass (Lee and Dave even go so far as to have a glassware collection so they can provide you with the glass corresponding to your brew), and the food was delicious. The quality of the tour we were given was exceptional. Lee made us feel very appreciated by taking the time out of his day to show us around. He showed us some of the most prized possessions the pub has, and he was able to answer all of our questions with a smile and an incredible amount of knowledge.

S--The service here is incredible. When we first got there there weren't many people, so we were constantly being tended to by different bartenders and servers. All of them seemed interested in what we were drinking. Also, I must comment on the fact that every bartender and server knew a great deal about the beer they serve. I cannot tell you how refreshing it was to servers who actually knew what was on the menu. Great addition to the place.

S--I wish I could give it higher than a 5. The cellared beer list they have is extensive and gives you the opportunity to try something you may never have again in your life! Also, the rotating taps offered a different lineup with each of our three visits. Then they have an extensive bottled menu that represented both seasons and year round brews from a multitude of breweries. I was able to beers from breweries I have only read about on BA. Great, great place.

F--Wonderful. I ordered the Shepard's Daughter's Pie and my girlfriend had the Volcano Stew (brunswick stew served in a sourdough bowl). We also (on separate trips) had the pimiento cheese appetizer, and the fries appetizer. Everything was cooked perfectly, served warm, and had incredible flavor. Also, at about $9/plate, it was an incredible value.

V--After living in Miami for law school, I pretty much consider anything under $10 to be a steal. Luckily, most of the items on the food menu were well below this cut off. As for the beer, you can pay as much as you like (if you want some rare cellared beers), or you can stick to the reasonably priced bottles/taps. It really comes down to a personal preference.

I feel hesitant giving any place all 5's (is there really any place that is "perfect?"), but this place really deserves it. I cannot say enough good things about it. Honestly, it was the kindness of Lee and the atmosphere that pushed me over the edge. This place is a perfect 5 for me. Guaranteed to be the only one I ever give.

Cheers, guys!

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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been here twice on two consecutive trips to Atlanta, and I will go back a third time as well. The beer selection is outstanding, and everything is served in its own unique glassware. The downstairs dining area and bar is great, no stupid crap on the walls, just brickwalls and wooden tables and great lighting. Upstairs in the Belgian bar you feel like you're in another world, the atmosphere is incredible. The beer and cheese pairings I got on my last trip were phenomenal. This is THE place to have a beer, better than any place I've been to.

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

Headed down to Atlanta for the Falcons/Dolphins game and decided to put a nice brew tour together with some friends. Ended up in Decatur and had no choice but to hit the Brick Store. What a great decision!

Atmosphere: Has an artsy/vintage feel to it without being too hipster. Some nice skateboard murals hang on the wall as well as a lot of cool paintings and the like. Everyone was friendly and talkative (which is Atlanta in a nutshell). Feels very muc like an every day hang out.

Quality: Everything was done very well. The beers were all served in correct glasses, etc (for those into that) and the food was presented well. Everything was done very well and gave a very nice impression.

Service: I normally LOATHE sitting at tables when I am drinking, but the waitress we had was exceptional. Friendly, knowledgeable, and a sense of humor. Everything came fast, and my glass was never empty. Great job! (Note: we sat in the upstairs table section overlooking the lower bar area).

Selection: The list of beers was endless and ran the gamut of any style you'd like. So many Belgians to be had and a lot of things I hadn't seen before and that were limited run. Just a phenomenal selection.

Food: I didn't eat, but those at my table did. Everything was presented very well and all of my friends raved about how good it was. The menu had a lot of different items.

Value: I gave it 3 "$"s only because there are some really rare things that push the upper limits of price. Otherwise, standard micros, etc are very reasonably priced.

Overall: The Decatur neighborhood was very nice. There's a MARTA station a few yards from Brick Store, and TONS of cool restaurants and shops around. We had a great time. This is one for those in the area to definitely seek out. It's a "must go."

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

Simply amazing!

Hands down the best selection in the entire southeast if not beyond. Good food. Nice atmosphere. Belgian Beer bar upstairs, are you kidding me?

Love the pretzels with horseradish mustard dipping sauce.

Often more beers on tap than their website lists. Very knowledgeable staff. Bells Beer is now available in GA. Called the other day and whoever answered the phone was able to give me an update on when some of their other beers will be distributed here.

I want to go to there.

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

I live 45 minutes from here and this is the go-to spot for any special outings (friend moving, bachelor get together, guy's night out, etc.).

I love the Shepherd's Daughter's Pie and I've heard nothing but good things about the Brick burger.

As far as beer goes, I love going to this place knowing I will find some stuff I'm not familiar with. Huge selection of Belgian brews. Also, the only place in Atlanta that I've found stuff like Well's Bombardier. Last time I was there, I tried some special Guinness only available in NYC and ATL.

Another reviewer mentioned how this place didn't have TV's (as a positive). It really is a positive thing to go to a beer spot that's not focused on TV/sports. It's a great pub environment.

My only gripe with the place is minute. The bathrooms are terrible, but who cares, right?

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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Went to the Brick Store on 11/23/07, a good way to start Black Friday. It would be fantastic if we could get a place like this in Charleston. The selection of beer was great, all of which was served in the proper glasses. The food was also very good. The staff was very helpful making recommendations to people and providing samples to help people decide. The atmosphere was very relaxing and I could see myself spending many long afternoons there. Looking forward to going back whenever I am in or near Atlanta.

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Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA
Place rating: 4.69 out of 5 with 286 ratings
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