Such a great place- if it is a craft beer and is available in GA it will be here. All beers arranged by style, the new arrivals are on a separate shelf, the owner is usually there and has a fantastic knowledge of beer and will always give me some good advice. My new go-to spot.
This is a tiny store, although they are very selective with what they pit on the shelves so it’s a very beer geek-friendly store. Like Hop City, Ale Yeah! also fills growlers and has very knowledgeable and helpful staff. The only two drawbacks are that Decatur is kin of out of the way for out-of-towners passing through, although it is also the best beer per capita neighborhood of metro Atlanta. The other drawback is that limited releases go in a hurry here and at Hop City because they cater only beer geeks.
If there are any beer stores in Heaven (or the Elysian Fields, or whatever), they are like this. Small and cozy, stocked to the gills with outstanding craft brews and imports arranged by style - and there is not even so much as a drop of big-name industrial swill. That is a BIG plus in favor of this place. The people who work there are helpful and friendly, but not in-your-face or obtrusive. Jay, the proprietor, was delighted to see me going after so many fine beers and even helped me look for some. I enjoyed meeting him and talking with him, and I fully intend to go back!
In addition to all the fine beers, they have an impressive array of glassware - not just regular pint glasses, but lots of brand-specific stemware. They also stock homebrew supplies. Their prices may not be the best, but their selection leaves nothing to be desired; they had several beers I have never seen before, including a few from a brewery I had not known of previously. If you live in the Atlanta area, Ale Yeah is a must!
First visit this past weekend. Small shop in Decatur with a nice growler list and very impressive bottle selection for such a small place. Friendly folks behind the counter. If they had more singles to mix and match, I would have done that as well and spent more money. Great store.
Ale Yeah! has perhaps the best name for a beer store and it was a good stop. It’s not the largest selection in the area, but it has the essentials and enough new and rare stuff to interest me in a return trip. The beer is displayed very well in small divided sections comprised of one style of beer, including one section merely labeled "new". I like being able to easily find new stuff without browsing through everything. The salesman was absolutely helpful and one of the most knowledgeable of the product that I’ve encountered. Prices are pretty reasonable, not quite as low as Green’s, but in the ball park of some other beer retailers. I will more than likely be back.
Ambiance is a a hipster beer store (as opposed to industrial beer store). I’m talking wooden beer shelves vs metal. Local crafted foods and ice cream and stuff. Pretty cool.
Service was awesome. To me what sets a beer store apart is the ability to chit chat with the people that work there. People that work at a niche market store should love what they do. And the person who was working while I was there was this guy. We chatted about big beer vs craft beer. About what was local and hot. What was regional and hot. Talked about the area. To me, this was critical for an awesome store.
Selection is not huge but they have what you need. I was looking for devil dancer and there it was. For a small-mid sized store the beers they had were excellent.
Food was not really applicable but it’s worth noting they had other snackys and stuff. Like pork rind chips. And ice cream..... mmmmmmmm Ice cream.
Value was standard... which leads me to wonder: if prices are on point does that make it perfect or average or what? I gave it an 8 in case some day I find someone selling Founders limited release for like $15 or something.
Overall a really neat place. It has the makings to be somewhere that the staff will remember you and that’s really cool. I hope it will turn into that. A must if you are local, worth it if you are from out of town (thinking man is right across the street so you have no excuse!)
Visited later evening on a Monday. Easy to find, parking on the street in front or around the corner. I loved the layout and design of this store, the beers are shelved clearly and cleanly, and the draft selection was unique, with many local options. Due to local regulations, you can do a four beer taster, or growler fills; no pints at this point. The service was phenomenal, had a great conversation with owner of the place and felt perfectly at home here. The only two small quibbles I have with the store is the relatively small single selection, and the limited refrigeration. Overall, if I lived in Atlanta, this would most certainly be my store.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
icehawk (26) Mount Pleasant, South Carolina | October 6, 2013
Appears to be a smaller store, but packed with fresh, high quality stuff. Really love the layout, easy to navigate the manageable number of beers, while still finding some awesome stuff I can’t get back home. One of the nicer layouts for a bottle store I’ve ever experienced.
Small little store but packed to the gills with awesome beer. Service was great, were able to answer my questions, make a few suggestions, and point me towards another store that had something they didn’t. Selection was fantastic for the size of the store, easy to navigate too. They even had some beers on tap that you could take home in a growler. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in town.