Very cool place in Decatur. Gorgeous, roomy place, really the antithesis of Porter in this sense; big huge room is the main bar, with a small, more cozy (Belgian oriented?) second bar up the stairs. A bit Southern hipster, with art skateboards and such on the walls, but killer list, food looked legit... not much to complain about. Good things.
Visited 03/11/15. This place left me scratching my head a bit. The ambiance is warm and inviting. Brick Store’s housed in a tastefully restored brick building with handsome wood features. The bar’s split over two levels and feels quite spacious and airy. The beer menu and service let this place down a bit. The draft selections went pretty light on locals. Tasty but ubiquitous stuff like Sculpin dominated the taps. The bottle list wasn’t particularly impressive. Maybe they keep all their cool stuff off the menu for regulars. My bartender was pretty transaction-focused and impatient. Food was decent but not outstanding. Overall, this place has great bones, but I was expecting more from a place with a top 50 ranking. Brick Store’s good, not great.
really great space in a trendy neighborhood. Large downstairs area with a u shaped bar and tables. The decor is really nice with lots of wood. As you climb the stairs, you see another bar area that is smaller and more intimate, again with lots of hard wood. Take a look into their beer cellar on the top floor through the window ... Pretty impressive. Their vintage beer list is expansive and definitely the best I’ve seen in the states. I ordered a 2009 founders old curmudgeon and loved it. It was served in a founders tulip with the empty bottle to accompany it. They had lots of good stuff on tap both upstairs and downstairs and if I lived around here, I would have explored that more. Being that I was only there for a short period of time, it was all about the vintage list. Service was friendly and quick.
Great ambiance, great service, great food, and decent beer. Most of the taps were taken up with the Beer Camp release so I can only imagine what the real lineup is usually like. The server was friendly and talked about each beer they had with passion. Food was spectacular. Pricing was not out of line.
Visited on a recent trip to Atlanta. Located in Decatur about 6 miles East of Atlanta Downtown. Nice location in heart of this small suburb. The bar ambiance and setup were the typical "pub" look and feel. They had about 25 taps which were a decent selection however there were only a handful of locals to choose from. With Terrapin and Sweetwater that are well distributed outside of Atlanta, you can’t even get one on tap unless you go to the breweries. Typical Belgian styles for many of the beers which is a great concept but many are already doing it and we have enough good beer of our own in local markets to have to push the "Belgian" concept. Extensive beer list that had a lot of "vintage" beers but who wants a 7 year World Wide Stout as what you are seeking as your vintage beers. They did have some cellar worthy beers but they were over priced that aren’t affordable for your typical beer nerd but ones who just have money to blow. The prices of the drafts and general bottle list seemed reasonable and food was being enjoyed by many (didn’t eat here) but overall doesn’t live up to its rating by my standards. The location and atmosphere were great but not worth the 6 mile taxi ride outside the city with Porter Beer bar within the downtown area, it will suit your needs just fine. However, if you find yourself in Decatur its worth a visit to form your own opinion.
The owners of the pub write how they visited Kulminator and had a life changing experience and wanted to re-create that experience back in the states. I similarly visited Kulminator and Akkurat around the same time and had the same idea, how cool would it be to have a bar with a true vintage list. The answer is not very cool in America, especially when executed like this. You can make this work overseas because you can basically sell any beer you want, from any distribution source, hold onto to them forever, and have greater access to harder to find lambics that deserve to be aged. In America, we lack the depth of these beers and thus the result is Brick Store, where 99% of the beers being aged either suck, shouldn’t be aged more than a year at most, or so widely distributed they make the whole point of cellaring moot because you can do it at home with more ease and bang for your buck. Who wants a 2012 Oude Tart, or a vertical of Moohoo, or any of the other several weak Terrapin or Sweetwater beers. Yes, they have some KBS, an absurdly priced CBS, and a little Cantillon. The rest of the list just doesn’t cut it. If you’re going to do this concept do it, age 10 plus years or chimay, westmalle, Rochefort, have sick BCS veritcals, more drie than 3 varietes, several years of older viscosity. There are some US beers to do this concept with, shorten the depth of your cellar and stick to beers that matter. Enough railing on this poor execution. There are other areas of need. The draft list only had 8 semi local beers, (NC, SC, GA). The rest were commonly distributed beers. 1 beer and you leave disappointing. I did like the atmosphere of the place, but I was gone in 30 minutes.