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Brick Store Pub

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4.69/5
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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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Reviews:
206
Ratings:
286
pDev:
6.82%
 
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Of course I had to go the famous Brick Store in my one and only visit to Decatur. It was rather busy in a weekday evening, but the wife and I found a seat at the bar... she had been there a couple of nights before and the friendly bartender remembered her.

The atmosphere is cozy and warm, kind of dark, feels like a place frequented by locals... it's got that hunting-lodge feel. Tables at the front, then the bar and an upstairs area with more tables.

I counted 15 taps (not the 25 BA lists): Allagash Interlude, Brooklyn Black Choco Stout, Bruery 5 Golden Rings, Founders Backwood Bastard, Westbrook IPA, Mikkeller From Via To... plus a bunch of Belgians.

Servers are sort of hipster-ish/hippie-ish, what with their beards and plaid shirts, but they're all approachable and cool. Ravi Shankar playing on the stereo to boot! Weird and cool.

I wasn't super impressed with this place but I'm glad I stopped by and checked it out. Next time I'll go to Leon's and see what's up.

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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 Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A very nice pub in a good neighbourhood. Seats outside and lots inside. Clean and decently appointed wood seats. Very good selection of beer, particular Belgians, though most are available at Green's, the best local store. Service is good, but the staff outside of bartender do not know their beer, however they do have the patience to ask. Much better than average bar. Had a good time, courtesy of impromtu Beer Advocate sharing with dano213, smchnsgy, blitz134. Great place to meet in late Northeast's winter, when it's clearly spring in Atlanta.
UPDATE: Went back in early 2008 and was happy to find a new dedicated Belgium bar, and even more great beers on tap. It's getting better not only older.Worth going out of the way to Atlanta for.

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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.

HV

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.71/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited the Brick Store at 2pm on a Tuesday afternoon. Finished work a bit early and decided to drop in for a pint and finish some computer work. I wish I lived upstairs!

The downstairs bar is somewhat small but very cozy and comfortable. There are no tv's or entertainment otherwise, but with the beer selection, who needs entertainment. The lady working the bar, I think she is part owner maybe, said "We dont really have anything to connect anyone to the outside world". Perfectly fine with me.

The draft beer selection was very nice. Ayinger, Franziskaner, Sweetwater, Lagunitas Cappuccino stout, and about 15 others. More Belgian drafts as well. About 400 or so bottled beers to suit anyones fancy. I have never been to a bar with such a selection.

Service was awesome. I was promptly greeted and given the specials and new arrivals. Beer may be a bit expensive but with the selection, I would not argue. If within 30 miles of this place, check it out.

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Photo of GJ40
4.7/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped into the Brick Store Pub a couple of times while in Atlanta; most recently while visiting the area with my family.

This place has one of the most authentic feeling interiors of any pub I've visited in the US. You walk into a deep and fairly narrow room with worn woods, high ceilings, exposed brick and an inviting U shaped bar facing you. This initial room is impressive enough but when you head upstairs to the loft-like second floor, it gets even better. The second floor has low ceilings with exposed beams and wanders with 4 - 5 separate areas. It includes a second bar and lots of aged but solid wooden tables, chairs and booths. It's as relaxing and peaceful as can be. I'd really like to spend a long night there some time.

They have at least 40 beers on tap including Americans downstairs and Belgians upstairs. I had a Reissdorf Kolsch, a Hebrew Jewbilation 12 and a Rogue Imperial Porter. They have lots more beers in the bottle (including just about every Belgian you could find in the US).

The food is very good as well. I loved the Brick Burger and my family enjoyed the Brie appetizer. Everything we got from the salads to the fries to the burgers was excellent.

The area around the pub is pretty impressive too. There's a huge, historic courthouse across the street and lots of little shops and restaurants. It's got something for everyone.

This place has lots of character and some damn good beer. It's one of the best pubs in the US.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

What a cool place to have a drink or dinner. Very easy to get to, a short walk from the E6 stop of the MARTA. When I stopped by the tap list included:
DFH Aprihop
DuPont Cidre Bouche
French Broad Rye Hopper
Fullers London Pride
Oskar Blues Gordon
Reisdorff
Schneider/Brooklyner Hopfen
Smuttynose Finest Kind
Sweetwater IPA
Terrapin Rye Squared
Victory Hopdevil (cask)
Weihenstephaner
Weyerbacher Insanity
Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel
Alagash Black
De Ranke Guldenberg
DuPont Foret
McChouffe
Ommegang Rouge
St Bernardus ABT 12
Unibroue Terrible
and more...

This might be enough for the review, but the bottle list was really long too. The atmosphere is just about perfect too, well laid out. If you're in Atlanta you should stop here at least once. I'll be back again in the future.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.66/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

So I finally, and seriously finally get a chance to stop into the Brick Store. I have been down in the Atlanta Metro about 3 times in the last coupel months, but just did not make it over here, schedule, location, traffic, whatever the reason, I am a slacker and should have been here sooner. This trip I made sure I would be able to get in here. Very easy to find, right across the mall like thing from raging burrito, I noticed some nice patio seating. Walking in to a nice cozy place. Horseshoe shaped bar downstairs with maybe 10-20 taps of various seasonals, BCS, Anchor OSA, Sweetwater Festive, among others. Got to hang out and chill with Ding, bonus there as well. Bottle selection is insane and really just too many too really list. The upstairs wasnt open yet, but the beer list, I have never seen anything close to this in the SE before, wow.Overall this place was about the top of its game, I havent yet seen its equal since I left the NE. I will make it a point to stop in here nay chance I get. Only downer was the 4 hour drive home if rush hour traffic in Atlanta, no fun. Next I go earlier and leave alot later!

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.81/5  rDev +2.6%
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 dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

kind of an infamous place - leads to pretty excessive expectations.

located in Decatur - not a fan of Atlanta in general but Decatur shows some signs of life and culture that are encouraging. The brick store is located in a pretty cool little area with live music filling the air and dark bars spilling onto the sidewalk.

cool exterior, cool interior - dark, lots of brick and wood, old casks and barrels.

tap selection was strong, but for a #2 rating in the US, you'd have to expect more. The bottle list was pretty great too, but there are a handful of places in NC that would win out on both accounts. I dunno - I suppose its all relative.

great service - got some samples and some pointers. I would come back anytime I was in Atlanta, but expectations need to be benchmarked against the state

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

The atmosphere is great. Well decorated, well lit, and just the right level of noise to allow for easy conversation without being uncomfortably quiet. The menus are well designed and informative, with just enough information about each beer. Everything was high quality, with all the beer served at a reasonable temperature in the proper glassware.

The service is excellent. The staff was, of course, knowledgeable and service was reasonably quick as well. I have to say, I was very impressed by the way the servers seemed to only show up when someone needed a beer. They never bothered us when we didn't need anything, but my glass was never empty for more than about 30 seconds before someone showed up to ask what I wanted next.

Selection is very good, with about 30 taps (the ideal number IMO) and several pages of bottle listings, including half a page of vintage bottled beers. All of the draught beers were unusual and/ or classic. Among several draught beers, I enjoyed an Allagash black, and Avery Czar, and a Victory Old Horizontal.

Prices weren't cheap, but reasonable considering the exceptional beers.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.95/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Brick Store is pretty easy to find on a little turnaround called Court Square in Decatur. What is not easy to find is parking. The deck that is off church street is the closest and had nightly parking for $3. There are meters in the turnaround and on the street, but I never saw an empty one.

I walked in and the sign was sit anywhere so I plopped down at the bar. Very quickly the barkeep gave me a beer menu and a menu. The beer menu was filled with the 25 tap selections and hundreds of bottle selections mostly Belgians. The downstairs tap selections were imports and micros while the upstairs, an area not really noticeable from downstairs, was Belgians and was even called the Belgian bar.

I settled in with my selection, a micro served in a 20 ounce glass for $4.50, and asked for an appetizer. It seemed I had only mentioned it when it appeared from the kitchen. When I order my food it came just as fast. The only slight delay was when I ordered a beer off the Belgian menu and had to wait for it to be fetched from the mysterious upstairs. The roasted red pepper hummus was very good and the chicken salad melt was magnificent.

The interesting thing about the place is that it was 100% smoke free...none, nada, zilch. The downstairs was noisy and busy. I finally ventured upstairs and found a much more quiet environment with a Belgian beer bar where they rinse the glassware and then pour the beers. The glass assortment in and of itself is quite a site. Darn near every beer is served in the proper glass. The only outliers I saw were Skulsplitter and some Sweetwater beers. They got some small beer glasses instead of dedicated glassware. The pours were generous and the service spot on.

I knew I was home the minute I saw the Old Foghorn kick and then the barkeep went to the back and produced yet another keg...I'd go back in a heartbeat!

Here are the drafts tonight:
Dowstairs
Old Foghorn
Adventinus
Celebrator
Boddingtons
Blackthorn Cider
Guinness
Highland Oatmeal Porter
Hoegaarden
Paulaner HefeWeizen
Pilsner Urquell
Red Seal
Dead Guy
Sweetwater IPA
Spaten Maerzen
Terrapin Rye
Warsteiner
Weihenstephaner

Belgian (upstairs)
Hennepin
La Chouffe
Cinq Cents
St Bernardus 12
Corsendonk
Gulden Draak
Brooklyn Abbey
Delerium Tremens

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Photo of Squire123
4.48/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of crossovert
4.86/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

It is hard to rate this one on value since I didn't actually buy anything form it.

But I attended their big beer gathering event and it was amazing. The atmosphere is perfect for a beer bar. The metal music downstairs was also a nice touch.

The story goes that me and my friend attended this event and there just happened to be 2 bombers of some pretty good beer (Sierra Nevada 30th Grand Cru and Hopfenstaark Altbier [thanks to whoever left it]) that we each had.

Eventually some ladies wandered up and sat with us and what they were ordering was impressive. The waitress came out with perfectly chosen beers one after another. Now the prices seemed fair, but of course i wasn't buying them.

The cellar is amazing and cool.

Just a kick ass place.

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5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of shivtim
4.72/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Edit: I've been back to the Brick Store multiple times now that I live in Atlanta. My review below is still pretty accurate. I bumped up the service score by a half point, because at less crowded times the service is actually really good and the servers are all quite knowledgeable about the beer lineup, how much is left, and whats on deck. The selection is better than I thought because they get some amazing rotating casks and kegs. They also have events with absolutely fantastic tap lists, like the Hop Harvest Festival and annual "Holy Mother of Gatherings." So selection gets an a solid 5.
Food is variable- I've had some really good stuff and some-what average pub grub, but it tends to be good, and the price is right. Certainly the best beer bar in the Atlanta area, if not all of Georgia or the South.

***
Hit this place up while I was visiting Emory University for a day. It was crowded on a Thursday night, but I found a spot at the upstairs bar. Atmosphere was pretty cool, the downstairs is big and open with brick walls (although none are for sale... what a misnomer), and the upstairs is almost maritime themed, with a low ceiling, wood panels, and ship-like lanterns. The selection is great, with a focus on Belgians (and quite a few on tap), but also some great USA brews. Service was decent, nothing special, but I got my beers. The crowd didn't seem to be beer focused, quite a few people were drinking wine and/or mixed drinks. They did use proper glassware for everything though, down to the brand name on the side of the glass. Some of the stuff was a bit pricey, but not too over the top. I didn't try the food as I'd already had dinner.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

I have been there a couple of times now, so I thought it time for a review.

Every time that I have walked in, the place is buzzing and you can just sense that people are having a good time. The place is small, but not so much so that it felt crowded...I would say that it was inviting and comfortable. The service has been good every time that I have been and the staff is knowledgeable about the beer, both on and off the menu, and they are willing to help you find that right beer. For instance, my wife is a huge fan of the IPA and Double IPA and she knows what she likes, while the menu did not have many IPA's on the menu, the ones that they had, our waitress offered to bring her samples so she could get what she liked. Our waitress asked what IPA's my wife liked and tried to find something that she would enjoy. Ultimately, she did find the one that she liked.

I am not sure that the beer selection can be topped and I have not found a place that has the Belgian offering that BSP has. Not to mention, all of the offering that they have that don't make the menu (I had the Ola Dubh 12yr and the DeDolle Dulle Teve last evening...yum). Sure, they could have more bottles, but I think the emphasis is more on quality than quantity. The quality of the beer is excellent, never over carbonated and served in a proper glass and presented as a beer should be...with a head.

The only disappointment for me is the food. It always seems to be a little bland. I understand that it is a pub and we go for the beer, but it could be kicked up a little.

I could go on, but overall, BSP is a top beer destination and I will be back as often as possible.

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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I didn't eat much here, just a pretzel with some pimento cheese that was delicious. I just have to throw that out there before I talk about the beer.

Some locals drove me out here as a must-visit when in Atlanta. I couldn't agree more. If you like beer, or better yet, love beer, than you must pay homage.

Downstairs is a spacious hall packed with folks stuffing their faces and enjoying some good craft beer. I made my way by all these folks and headed upstairs where people were mingling more freely and the space seemed much more dedicated to the beer drinker. This area is their Belgian Bar, where beer from or inspired by Belgium reigns supreme.

St. Bernardus Abt 12 caught my eye immediately, as it's a beer I've always heard good things about, wanted to try, and does not distribute to New Mexico. I ordered one for a reasonable price (>$10) and sat back enjoying it while admiring the tavern-like atmosphere of the Brick Store Pub. The walls were indeed brick and the wooden posts running across the ceiling made the place feel much like drinking in a dim-lit attic.

Ordering another round, I opted for a local option, newcomer 3 Taverns that operates right down the road, and their A Night in Brussels Belgian IPA. The beer was downright impressive and I made several comments about how much I liked it to my local hosts. Little did I know the head brewer/owner of 3 Taverns was sitting at the next table overhearing my convo (good thing I liked the beer). He came over and introduced himself and talked beer. Cool stuff.

Overall, I love the atmosphere, love the beer selection, the concept, and what I tasted of the food.

Plus, the vaulted "cellar" room full of white whales is enough to turn the hardcore beergeek into a Belgian diamond thief, pulling the ultimate heist to get at some of the rare and hard-to-find beers.

Great effing spot.

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4.9/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

With my wife and our two good friends, we visited for a solid 3 hours (5-8pm) on Friday, April 11th. Thanks to some very good advice, we arrived just before the after-work crowds filled the place, taking a 4-seat table just to the right of the front door.

With plenty of rave reviews and detailed descriptions lauding BSP, there's likely little I can add (but I'll try). Suffice to say, it's all true.

Atmosphere is terrific: lively and jovial, oozing 'comfortable' in all ways. One must choose between outdoor seating (all of which was filled this mild afternoon), the main dining room (several nook-like booths, the rest rustic wooden tables surrounding an elongated U-shaped bar), or the cozy upstairs 'Belgian Bar' (the look and feel of a centuries-aged wood trimmed, open beamed attic...could be Bruges or Antwerp in lieu of Decatur, GA).

The beer list here runs at least ten pages of small print; a couple dozen local/regional/rare taps and just as many Belgians. The bottle list is easily in the hundreds and includes a page of cellared and uber-rare stuff (priced accordingly). Plenty of whiskey/scotch options, too, as well as mixed drinks for the non-beer consumer. Every one of the beers we ordered was served perfectly: proper/logo'd glassware, appropriate temperature, promptly and accurately every time. Our server was Greg (or 'Gerg'?) and he did an outstanding job keeping glasses filled, making beer suggestions, etc. We also met Matt, who was managing and tending bar that evening; he gave me a brief tour of the place (before it got too busy) and a 'KAD' note on the tab, which was a very nice gesture indeed.

For the record, our beers were:
B - Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, Poperings Hommelbier, DFH Aprihop
SG - Allagash White, Reissdorf Kolsch, Gulden Draak
LK - Carnegie Baltic Porter, Flying Dog Oak Aged Gonzo
SK - Spaten (x2 - her new fave), Allagash White

We ate food sparingly, only enough to service the load of our beers (prior to BBQ at 'Daddy Dz'). The cheese plate was wonderful, with plenty of well-matched condiments and the pretzels/mustard was perhaps the best I've ever had. My food score is based on the quality of these and on the comments our hosts had about past meals here.

All in all, an amazing place - a gem of a beer destination, certainly worthy of its heaps of praise. If we lived in Atlanta, we'd be frequent patrons for sure...

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

***Update***

I first reviewed this place 2 and 1/2 years ago, and since then I think its become better than ever. Fantastic, extremely hospitable owners, amazing special selections, and increase in the cask programs, great gatherings, and just great people all around. The food keeps getting better. My favorite beer bar.

***Original Review***

Fantastic pub on Decatur Square, very close to public transportation. This place is the best beer bar in Atlanta, and one of the best in the nation for Belgian bottles, with a huge selection of these including all the available trappist beers, some very hard to find Belgians like the entire line of Cantillons, and several Belgian style beers from the US, France and the Netherlands. Their American craft brew selection is less special- This is not the place to go to drink a flight of rare double IPAs. They do have a small well chosen (and well kept) selection of drafts, usually including a middling intersting Belgian, a couple of Germans, something local, something interesting, and a couple if semi-schwag beers (but nothing totally bottom of the line). The servers are very nice, quite prompt, and reasonably well versed in beer (or will find out for you). The owner is amazing. Very, very passionate about Belgian beers and determined to track down every last rare Belgian to serve in his bar. I go here fairly often, but not so much that the staff knows me. On one ocassion I struck up a conversation with the owner about unusual Belgians, and he sat down and treated us to a mustard beer and and a calvados beer that we had never had- it really impressed me that he would both take the time and make the effort like that just because we had shared our passion for the brew with him. The food is really the only weak point. Its okay, but compared to pubs in California, Seattle, and Portland its really sub-standard. Some stuff is pretty good, but I recently had a chicken and biscuit dish that was like cream of flour soup with a few pieces of chicken in it and rock hard biscuits- not very appealing. Definitely think simple in the food department. The space itself is charming with exposed brick walls, cathedral ceilings and wooden booths and tables downstairs, and a snug belgium beer bar upstairs. Don't worry about where you sit, the Belgians are available everywhere. The glassware is always appropriate, and with so many Belgian styles that is saying something. Ignore the earliest posts about selection- the selection has vastly changed over the last few years for the better. This place is in a newly happening part of town and is a must stop for any beer lover.

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