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Brick Store Pub
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 185
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
125 E Court Sq
phone: (404) 687-0990
Beer and cheese tastings 1st Monday of every month starting at 6pm. 5 beers and 5 cheeses for $25.
Sometimes special beers are not on the menu. Ask and you shall receive.
Occasional cask tappings, gravity poured. Vintage beer room is now open - ask to see the list.
Limited parking out front, but there are two garages only a short walk away. For public transportation, the Decatur Marta train station entrance is only about 50 yards away.
Want a cellar tour or to meet the publicans? Any beer advocate planning a trip should beermail pghlee or Brickstoredave in advance.
(Place added by: aracauna)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 186 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of the most outstanding pubs that I've ever been to. A warm relaxing atmosphere created with rustic wood and stoney brick combined with a world class beer selection, served in appropriate glassware, with artisan sausage and cheese offerings by gracious and generous hosts.
Parking in the immediate vicinity was a bit of a challenge the because the building is tucked back at the end of a small plaza off the main drag in a quaint section of Decatur. Inviting double story lofted ceilings. The main bar is a classy u-shaped hardwood feature that extends out from the back wall. It's topped with earthy olive colored slate sections and will seat twenty pintmen in front of 15 well selected taps. There are a handful of booths and about a dozen tables downstairs, but don't end your experience on the ground floor. The stairway leads to a Belgian bar, with 8 more taps, in a more intimate setting yet substantial capacity. Both areas are very comfortable and lend themselves well to conversation.
If you're planning a trip to Atlanta I highly recommend shooting Lee an email. They have amassed a considerable collection of some of the finest ales and glassware on the planet and have them socked away in a variety vaults and custom temperature controlled spaces throughout the building. A truly memorable experience. Thanks Lee!!!
10-09-2011 16:48:39 |
More by jjayjaye
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
With as much vareity and quality packed into a medium-sized and rustic bar, it's no wonder The Brick Store pub claims such lofty honors. An evening that starts with a downstairs pint of Terrapin and concludes with a St. Bernardus nightcap at the upstairs Belgian bar.
Tucked into a courtyard parking commons right off of a main drag in trendy Decatur, the Brick Store Pub takes on an understated yet gentlemanly stature in a rustic historic brick building. Once inside, the double-height space with a mezzanine extends a centered earthen bar that partrudes into the main space with seating for about 25 and several booths along the left and freestanding table tops scattered within. The after work crowd boasted a collection of burly and bearded men with mortar coated boots and carry a delicate boquet of marajuana and cabbage.
Lots of dusty woods, bark motif, and overall mountain lodge feel, it seems that a chadelier made of antlers and a few moose heads would fit right in. A quick ascent to the upstairs Belgian bar delivers a much more quaint, charming, and intimate feel that transports the mind right to Belgium. Dave, Lee, Thomas, and a host of others enjoyed a cellar raid of Allagash Dubbel from '08 and a Terrapin Side Project Imperial Belgian Stout. A Vicardin Gueuze on draft only added to the majestic session.
A quick tour of both the beer cellar and the 'vaults' were both awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping. The upstairs display looks and feels like the most well-constructed humidor or wine cellar, except with a very beery attitued. Perfect lighting, temperature, humidity were all carefully controlled for optimal presentation and quality. Litterally thousands of bottles are potential candidates for the future consumption. A leather bound cellar beer list properly lists the beers available for immediate ordering.
Appetizers of perogies and peminto cheese followed by a bratwurst hotdog with sauteed peppers and onions were a perfect complement to the Belgian beers that seemed to become the focus of the evening.
At the end of the night, we realized that we had been rewarded with a tremendous beer drinking experience with a comfortable laid-back setting that's both sophisticated and without an ounce of pretention, and with new friends and great conversation. Any visit to Atlanta must include this bar!
09-25-2011 18:05:23 |
More by BEERchitect
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
09-24-2011 02:05:55 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited the Brick Store a couple weeks ago on a trip down to FL. As per the BA listing I messaged the publicans, and it was WELL worth providing the forewarning of my journey down.
First, the basics:
Brick Store is nestled in a little culdesac near some other small shops near the University in Decatur. From the outside it looks somewhat small and unassuming, but when you get inside it is actually very sizable.
Parking sucked, but after driving around for 10 minutes we located a small lot offering parking all night for $5.
Inside there is plenty of seating and a large bar downstairs, and a second bar upstairs. The draft list seemed a little unimpressive to me at the time, though there was plenty of good beer that is available in OH that I kind of dismissed. Apparently I had just narrowly missed a cask of 40 year Ola Dubh which the Brick Store had cellared for three years. Fuck dude... Lee told me the keg cost them around $800, so you know at that point they're in it for the beer, not profit. We settled on Evil Twin Soft Dookie and Terrapin Hopsecutioner.
It goes without saying that the cellar list here is second to none.
The food was good. My wife ordered some fries and soft pretzels, and later Lee served us with an amazing cheese plate my wife is still drooling over.
The atmosphere is as good as it gets, beer geeks run the place, and the building is warm with good lighting and wood everywhere.
The service was about average for regular bar staff. Mildly attentive and not as well informed as you'd like. I was instructed that a tasting was going on the day I was to arrive, so I walked in with a growler and a couple bottles of Jackie O's to share. The hostess nearly sent me packing before I was able to drop Lee's name and have him take me away.
The other local BA's at the tasting were great guys, and they knew I was coming and so saved me a pour of some stuff the likes of Black Hole Whiskey Aged, Kuehnhenn Summer Solstice, Blushing Monk, and Neilsbhorium.
Afterward Lee took me on the cellar tour starting with the upstairs cellar. The bottles inside were awesome, many of which (and the glassware housed inside) were the personal property of the beer managers. Lee was so kind as to crack a bottle of Avery Sui Generis. Also, check out the slabs of meat hanging from the rafters aging - bad ass man. The room smelled of sweet cedar and smoked bacon.
Later Lee was nice enough to show us the private storage cellar in the basement. I won't elaborate too much, but needless to say that Lee's generosity was enough to coax me into grabbing my second growler of Jackie O's to share.
Overall one of the coolest beer experiences abroad. Thanks to Lee and all the local BA's for helping Brick Store live up to my insane expectations!
07-22-2011 19:51:04 |
More by Spider889
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Was lucky enough to get to go to Brick Store when I was down in Atlanta a few months ago. I went with my girlfriend and met a another friend there on a Saturday afternoon and the place was pretty empty, much to my surprise and delight.
The bar is impressive with the Belgian bar upstairs and regular bar downstairs. They have a great tap list that is always rotating and and an impressive bottle list. We sat at a table downstairs and were given the days tap list. It took me a good while to decide what to order and I finally decided on Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial since I had not had anything from JP up until this point. I followed it up with the De Dolle Dulle Teve and a Terrapin Rye Squared. We ordered some pretzels which were amazing and hit the spot. The rest of the food menu looked great, but we had a large brunch that morning so I can't speak for how any of it tastes.
I was ready to hang out here all day as the atmosphere was great and everyone was extremely friendly. I also happy with the prices, as the few beers they had on tap that I can get at home were cheaper and bigger pours. I wish I had a place of this caliber where I lived!
07-22-2011 19:39:02 |
More by mdaschaf
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
During my three days in Decatur, I visited the Brick Store three separate times, but wish I had time to go more. The selection of taps (of which there are only a moderate number, but all are extremely well-selected) and bottles is both exceptional and mind-boggling large. My friends and I sat in the upstairs Belgian bar during our trips to the pub, which was nice as it is somewhat quieter and more intimate than the downstairs American bar. Service was excellent. Their system seems to be that all of the servers pitch in serving your table. This is fantastic, as your beers tend to arrive quickly and you benefit from different recommendations from the knowledgeable staff. The food was good - standard pub fare. The highlight of my visit, of course, was my trip down to the cellar. The Brick Store apparently has two cellars - one upstairs in the Belgian bar, another downstairs in an old bank vault. It is apparent from viewing both that this is a place that truly cares about building an extensive, quality collection of cellared beers. My mind was blown by the sheer number of rarities they have on offer. Plus, it was quite interesting to hear Lee's, their beer buyer, take on how the cellar collection is built. After viewing it, I naturally had to order something off the cellar menu, which is perhaps longer than the regular menu. It is true that there are a number of very pricy items, but there is something for every budget, especially one-offs and other limited beers. The collection also offers a good number of verticals on imperial stouts (such as Ten Fidy) and belgian ales. 10 more days would not have been enough to scratch the surface. I will definitely be back here when next I am in Georgia.
Side note: the owners of the Brick Store also own Leon's just down the street. I found that, while their list of taps and bottles was obviously smaller, they nevertheless had some excellent beers on offer, including some rare items that were not at the Brick Store. Just FYI.
07-05-2011 16:16:10 |
More by bcdees47
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was in town for a conference and I stopped in here twice. I have to say I was blown away both times and I wish I could have come again. I chatted with brickstoredave and he told me to ask for him when I came in, but sadly I wasn't able to meet up with him.
Anyways, I'll start with the food. I got this curry/sweet potato dish that was amazing the first night and I paired it with a 2008 Garadin geueze black label - fantastic combo! The beer was superb and the dish was both tasty and unique. The second night I had a Turkey sandwich with a breakout stout. Again, both were tasty and delicious.
I had a handful of other beers on tap while I was there, a really solid variety and very good prices on all their draft beer. I went thought their cellar list and it is epic as well. The prices on the cellared beers are a bit high - however they are beers you couldn't find anywhere else so I don't think they're overpriced at all.
I will certainly go back next time I'm in Atlanta, and I'll plan to bring some more cash so I can pop some killer beers!
06-03-2011 15:28:27 |
More by kingcrowing
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Brick Store Pub is definitely a must-stop destination for those spending any time whatsoever in the Atlanta area. It is conveniently located next to the MARTA train terminal, though I cannot say how convenient the MARTA itself is, as I've not ridden it much. Anyhow, it is always nice to have a public transport option when you are having a bunch of drinks.
The atmosphere is quaint, and the place is usually quite busy from what I've seen. The beer selection is fantastic, and the taps can be stunning. I happened upon a secret tapping of Devil Dancer one time, and another time CBS was secretly on-tap, but I was oblivious to that fact and proceded to guzzle Jolly Pumpkin all night. The Brick Store does a good job of keeping stylistic variety on the handles; i.e. there are not a redundant 7 IPAs and 5 Hefes, say, as is the case all too often. Between the beer here, and the food at R. Thomas Deluxe Grill, I cannot see myself going anywhere else in ATL.
05-13-2011 19:17:56 |
More by ktrillionaire
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
On a recent trip to Atlanta I was excited to see I was staying a scant 5 miles from the Brick Store Pub. Located in downtown Decatur, parking can be a challenge, but can be had if you are willing to walk a little.
Got there early on a Friday night and it was already busy. Went upstairs to the Belgian Bar which was much smaller and quieter. No empty tables to be found, but found a couple of seats at the bar. You can order from either tap menu from either bar, which is nice.
Bar staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Tap list is solid, Founders, Victory, Lost Abby, Jolly Pumpkin to name a few. No TVs or loud music here, so conversations can be had without going hoarse.
Food is excellent and very reasonably priced, nothing over $10. Our party had the Pierogies, Roast Beef sandwich and Brunswick Stew. All were excellent.
Only complaint was on the site here it says "Want a cellar tour or to meet the publicans? Any beer advocate planning a trip should beermail pghlee or Brickstoredave in advance." I did and received no response.
I had high expectations coming here and was not disappointed. Worth going out of your way for if you find yourself in Atlanta.
05-13-2011 02:15:14 |
More by FLBeerGuy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
On a recent visit to ATL with the family, I wanted to find a family friendly, yet beer friendly place. After looking it up on BA, this was a no brainer. Made the 20 minute drive from Buckhead to eat here. Beer list is second to none. Food was outstanding. And location is hip in the middle of eclectic downtown Decatur. Where has this place been my whole life? Wish I could take it home with me. Only negative was the service. I'm sure if I had sat at the bar, it would have been better. But had to sit at a table (I have two small children) and it seemed like servers constantly walked by without looking our direction. Maybe they thought I wasn't going to drink much beer with my family there, but on the contrary I would have ordered at least a couple more if I had a server to order from. Anyway, it being a Saturday night and it being very busy I can't let that detract too much from the experience. It is truly a one of a kind place.
05-10-2011 05:07:03 |
More by dmbsteve
Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA
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