Love Handles: The Brick Store of Decatur, Georgia

From our Love Handles department featuring top beer bars around the world, here is an ambitious, atmospheric must-do for any beer enthusiast visiting the Atlanta area. (Speaking of ambitious—here’s to sketching out those post-pandemic travel plans.)

Ale Sharpton Jan 13, 2021 - 2 min read

Love Handles: The Brick Store of Decatur, Georgia Primary Image

Photo: Courtesy Brick Store Pub

What it is: Brick Store is the vision of business partners Tom Moore, Michael Gallagher, and Dave Blanchard, who saw 23 years ago that Atlanta would eventually become a respected craft-beer metropolis. Breweries in the United States and abroad covet spots on the honor roll of 30 taps, including two cask engines, plus a bottle/can list loaded with current releases and “whales” for page-turning pleasure reading. Chill vibes, knowledgeable staff, eccentric events (such as an annual imperial stout breakfast), constant beer debuts, and an array of delectable pub fare justify the establishment’s global fame.

Why it’s great: Brick Store strictly adheres to Brewers Association guidelines regarding what they serve; any brewery not officially classified as a “craft” entity gets no pub love. The first floor—boasting exposed brick, wood floors, local art, and no TVs—proudly pours American ales and lagers, while the more intimate second tier remains dedicated to Europe’s finest offerings, with more than a nod to Belgium. Kindly ask to see the jaw-dropping cellar for hard-to-find labels with dates going back for decades. Simply put, this is bucket-list level for beer lovers.


Hours: 5 p.m.–10 p.m., Tuesday–Friday; 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday
Address: 125 E. Court Square, Decatur, Georgia

Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, the Brick Store currently offers outdoor seating, limited indoor seating, an alleyway stroll-through window, and beer and food for takeaway.