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Best beer selection

The Brick Store Pub in Decatur was your pick and our pick for best beer selection in and around Atlanta.

The Brick Store Pub in Decatur was your pick and our pick for best beer selection in and around Atlanta.

YOUR PICKS

1) Brick Store Pub

You say, “They have the best selection in the state of Georgia and possibly the Southeast! GQ ranked them the 10th best place in country to have a beer. Their employees are all very knowledgeable and eager to talk beer with you. They always use the right glassware and serve everything properly.

2) Taco Mac

3) The Porter Beer Bar

4) Summits Wayside Tavern

5) Ormsby’s

6) BookHouse Pub

OUR PICKS

1) Brick Store Pub

Food and beverage writer Bob Townsend says, “Thousands of beer geeks on sites such as beeradvocate.com and ratebeer.com can’t be wrong: Brick Store Pub is one of the best beer bars in the world, with the Belgian bar upstairs, a growing cellar collection downstairs, and an abiding dedication to American craft beer.”

2) The Porter Beer Bar

3) The Fred (at Taco Mac – The Prado)

4) Young Augustine’s

5) The BookHouse Pub

For more on beer and other tasty beverages, check out our Drink blog.

143 comments Add your comment

snb

June 7th, 2010
11:38 am

That’s easy – Brick Store Pub!!!

Rachel

June 7th, 2010
11:46 am

The Porter in Little Five Points! A good Belgian is so good with their goat cheese fritters.

T. M.

June 7th, 2010
11:46 am

Brick Store Pub

drew

June 7th, 2010
12:57 pm

Brickstore by far!
Porter #2
Taco Mac has a lot of beer but the selection is more pedestrian than the previous 2

Buford Highway Exile

June 7th, 2010
1:00 pm

Love everything about THE PORTER!!

Sara

June 7th, 2010
1:01 pm

greybrave

June 7th, 2010
2:31 pm

Brick Store Pub is great. The Vortex also has a broad selection.

Martin

June 7th, 2010
3:01 pm

Tap on peachtree in midtown is a great place for beer selection! plus a great location for the weather this time of year.

P

June 7th, 2010
5:18 pm

Brick Store is the best by far. Taco Mac is hit and miss. Some of their locations (Lindbergh) have great selections and other locations (midtown) are out of 75% of what I order.

BROCKETT REGULAR SINCE 1987

June 7th, 2010
5:19 pm

BEST KEPT SECRET BY FAR IS BROCKETT PUB HOUSE AND GRILL IN CLARKSTON GA. BEER SELECTION IS HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE I’VE SEEN IN ATLANTA AND YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW IT BECAUSE IT’S NOT A REALLY BIG PLACE. BUT THE FOOD. OH MY GOD, TO DIE FOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knucklehead

June 7th, 2010
5:20 pm

Ok, we know everyone is going to be boringly predictable and say Brick Store so let’s attempt to come up with some new places. Check out the Midway in East Atlanta. Pretty impressive selection…

Mike V

June 7th, 2010
7:50 pm

The Porter! Best beer selection & bar food in town and my man behind the bar Ty always appreciates a good Michael McDonald impression.

Susie

June 7th, 2010
11:24 pm

Shawn

June 8th, 2010
5:43 am

Brick Store and The Porter are my two to votes. No to Taco Mac only because it doesn’t have the ambiance to support the selection. Need for Brick Store or The Porter to open a second location in the Buckhead area.

iRun

June 8th, 2010
5:46 am

OK the Brick and Porter ARE great but can we hear it for Manuel’s Tavern?

smokey

June 8th, 2010
6:41 am

Jabber all you want about selection. The real question is who has the best beer prices. Most places in ATL will look at you stupid if you ask what the beer special is.

Message to bar owners the internet boom is over, people are out of work stop chargin outrageous prices for a pint of beer.

Matlanta

June 8th, 2010
7:12 am

The Porter has a great selection and the lowest prices I have seen anywhere in town. I really enjoy going there because the beer is served without pretense.

SABrewer63

June 8th, 2010
7:25 am

Brick Store by far followed by Taco Mac.

Greg

June 8th, 2010
7:30 am

Brick Store Pub of course. Porter has an excellent selection. Book House has a really good selection, but it’s smaller than the previous two. Still great though! I hear Leon’s Full Service in Decatur has a great selection, but I haven’t been there yet. There’s tons of awesome beer places around town.

AtlNole

June 8th, 2010
7:44 am

Brick Store, for the unrivaled quality, the regular rotation, and the proper glassware for all the brews!

OWW!! My bloated liver.

June 8th, 2010
7:56 am

I’m a huge fan of Brickstore, however the premise of this query is for selection. Based upon that, I have to go with Taco mac Metropolis. If it were just Belgian beers, then BSP wins. If it is for the overall experience, then BSP wins again.

Steve

June 8th, 2010
8:04 am

Melton’s App and Tap on N. Decatur Road.

Mark

June 8th, 2010
8:08 am

McCray’s in Vinings, or any Taco Mac.

Nola_dawg

June 8th, 2010
8:13 am

Trapeze in Athens.

jc_atl

June 8th, 2010
8:16 am

No contest – the Brick Store Pub in Decatur.

Georgia Mom

June 8th, 2010
8:18 am

You are right about Trapeze in Athens! My favorite pub and bartender-Aaron! Also, they have super food.

Cooter

June 8th, 2010
8:20 am

Arm’s Pit Stop off Hwy 39 near Slapass Ga

Katie S

June 8th, 2010
8:22 am

Brick Store Pub!

Patrice Eastham

June 8th, 2010
8:32 am

The Brick Store Pub in Decatur is THE preeminent beer bar in the city. The beer selection is awesome when it comes to both quantity and quality.

wayne

June 8th, 2010
8:34 am

Leons Full Service is a cool spot same owner as Brickstore

GeorgiaGrad

June 8th, 2010
8:42 am

Trapeze for sure!! For those of you who have not been to Athens, or have not been in the past year, go try Trapeze on Washington Street. It’s in the old Hot Corner coffee shop location. They have an amazing variety of beers, and the staff is incredibly knowledgable. It can get quite crowded on Thurs-Sat nights, but it also has great food, so try it during the day or earlier in the evening.

hdhd

June 8th, 2010
8:44 am

The Brickstore is great, but when you are in the mood for a change of pace or can’t wait 45 minutes for a table for two, head across the square to Mac McGee’s Pub. A better (in my opinion) selection without the crowd.

Jimbo

June 8th, 2010
8:50 am

Hands down, it’s Brick Store (deservedly). Taco Mac has a decent selection, but a fair number of those beers are crap. I like the Mac, but I’d put the Porter or Bookhouse ahead of it.

Road Scholar

June 8th, 2010
8:59 am

Does anyone know where I could get Rikards beer? It’s Canadian (made by Molsons), a higher alcohol content and sooooo good! They have a blond, red (best dark beer I have had), a wheat beer, and another one. It may not be distributed in the states, but I had to ask.

Kevin

June 8th, 2010
9:00 am

Brick Store and Porter are by far the two best in Atlanta; hands down. I love them both, but I find myself at the Porter more often (slightly cheaper, less crowded, and closer to my house).

The Dman

June 8th, 2010
9:21 am

Easy: Brick Store Pub in Decatur

stephgo

June 8th, 2010
9:29 am

Oh, I so want to be a follower of the trendy crowd and shout my love and admiration of Brick Store! Honestly, Brick Store is good, but not worth the wait, price, and drive to BFE from anywhere else in the city. I live in west midtown…so, it’s just not worth it. I’d take Taco Mac over a trek to Brick Store almost any day…also Book House does have a good selection. Octane even has a nice selection of beer…over-priced and over-crowded (also over-trendy), but good none-the-less.

What Atlanta needs is a good dive bar on the westside that is focused on nothing but good beer…anybody know of one of those?

DukeShanker

June 8th, 2010
9:29 am

Brickstore hands down…

Greg

June 8th, 2010
9:40 am

stephgo, not quite a dive, but Ormsby’s on Howell Mill has a nice selection and you can play darts, shuffleboard, and bocce ball for free. I haven’t played pool there yet, so I don’t know if you have to pay for that.

GoldenLady

June 8th, 2010
9:57 am

The DeKalb Farmer’s Market

Kevin

June 8th, 2010
9:59 am

Mac Mcgee’s in Decatur

Amanda

June 8th, 2010
10:03 am

Young Augustine’s by far has the best draft beer selection in the city.

rmink

June 8th, 2010
10:04 am

Mac McGee Pub in Decatur. Excellent rotating selection of beers along with some always available favorites, and the BEST bartenders in the area. Hesitate to mention it; don’t want it to get crowded!

robert

June 8th, 2010
10:04 am

Taco Mac Mall of Ga. tons on tap even more in the cooler.

smoke dope!

June 8th, 2010
10:08 am

gotta respect the BSP – they were really involved in changing the laws in Georgia to allow High Gravity Beer. The porter wasn’t even around then… and for that pub in clarkston ga i checked out their website, and if you are serious about beer you have to have an updated list of yer offerings online. boom, there’s no other option. for that reason alone brockett pub doesn’t even pass the smell test for consideration as ‘best beer selection’ in the big a. BSP seems such an obvious choice that I know the AJC critic will pick something else and I’ll be very interested in their selection.

John

June 8th, 2010
10:09 am

The old guy who serves beer from a can at turner field. That is the best man

Bacchus

June 8th, 2010
10:16 am

Brick Store cannot be beat. The place always has a wide spectrum of interesting beers and old favorites. They are always fresh. They are served in the correct glassware (Taco Mac just uses pint glasses for nearly everything). And the barmen/servers are great- they know their product and will encourage you to try something new. The atmosphere is inviting and the place just smells good….like a brewery.

Go at the beginning of the week to avoid the crowds. Tuesday nights seem to be when I have no problem sitting upstairs in the Belgian room with a friend.

The Porter, The Marlay, Hobnob, others come to mind. A visit to The Fred evades me up till now, but I imagine it’s also up there on some people’s lists too.

Eraserhead

June 8th, 2010
10:16 am

Taco Mac at any location!

Hungry Gringo

June 8th, 2010
10:22 am

Everyone knows it’s Brickstore, but there are a lot of new gastropubs and established taverns that deserve note: the Porter, Manuel’s, Bookhouse Pub, Leon’s, Ormsby’s. Taco Mac has massive selection, but it’s overpriced and over commercialized.

Big Daddy

June 8th, 2010
10:24 am

In the metro area, you have to include Summit’s Wayside Tavern, which split off from the Taco Mac chain about 10 years ago. The Cummings store has more than 200 taps, on top of its bottle selection. (Off topic a bit, it also has a book of single-malt Scotch sold there, among other premium liquors).
Longtimers lament the loss of the Roswell Road flagship. But Summits also is in Woodstock and Snellville.
Andy Klubock is the Sultan of Suds.