Sixteen years is a long time to do something, let alone do it well. Which makes the Brick Store Pub's Sweet 16 anniversary party on Tuesday just that much more impressive. During the last decade point six, the Decatur Square establishment has doggedly worked to become one of the finest craft beer watering holes in the world. Before there were breweries popping up all over the metro area, BSP was here, serving up the best beer from the Peach State and far beyond. In honor of the pub's achievements, below are 16 reasons why you should celebrate with them on Tuesday, June 25.
1. Starting at 11 a.m., they'll be pouring the original 14 draft beers from opening day June 27, 1997. In addition to 6%-ABV-cap-era staples such as Warsteiner, Bass, Anchor Steam, and Hoegarden, a few locals will recreate past Atlanta-area craft offerings from Dogwood Brewing Co. (Pale) and Blind Man Ales (Pale, Blind Man Espresso Stout). All of these beers will be served up in 20-ounce pours at their 1997 price of $3.75.
2. Starting at 6 p.m., they'll tap several rare beers, such as 16th anniversary offerings from SweetWater, Weyerbacher, and Red Brick, and other hard-to-find, notable, and aged selections such as Founders Doom, Allagash Thing 1, Great Divide 2010 Chocolate Yeti, Dogfish Head 2009 Palo Santo, Thirsty Dog Red Rocket Sour Cherry, and many more. These will be $6 each for 10-12 ounce pours.
3. It's ever-so-conveniently located right next door to the Decatur MARTA station, just in case those nostalgic prices and rare brews seduce you into having one or three too many.
4. "...maybe a cake." Maybe a cake! Sure, maybe there won't be a cake, but imagine if there is a cake, and you don't go. Who likes missing out on cake? Nobody, unless you're a goddamn monster. Just something to consider.
5. "It is a neighborhood bar in a neighborhood that appreciates a simple, high-quality experience." -Jeff Holland, in his Creative Loafing write-up of BSP's 10-year anniversary
6. Brick Store and Decatur Beer Festival co-founder Dave Blanchard promises "New takes on old, original food items, and $16 food features." It's "gonna be fantastic," he says. "Rian and Wes in the kitchen have really stepped it up lately with all the features they put out," beer buyer Tim Ensor adds. "It's above and beyond what you'd expect at a pub, and they have been working extra hard on some tasty treats for Tuesday."
7. You heard they have an insane cellar there. Maybe now's the time to finally try something from it?
8. "The Brick Store has been a longtime home away from home." -AJC beer writer, Bob Townsend, in Creative Loafing's October 2012 First Draft column
9. It'll definitely be more "super" than this Sweet 16.
12. If you show up in the early evening and look toward the beer cooler just to the right of the downstairs bar, you might spot Creative Loafing's beer guy! OMG.
13. Ensor says they'll be blasting "good tunes from 1997 all day." (For some context, here's what was popular that year.)
14. @RicanDudeHoo29 thinks you should shop there, and when has he ever led you astray?
15. "WIth the original lineup on draft plus a collection of new gems, you've got the history of Georgia beer right in front of you. You can taste how much has progressed since these guys opened. The Brick Store Pub is largely responsible for the ABV lift back in 2004 and the proverbial flood gates that have opened since, unleashing amazing craft beer into our state. They're not just a pub, they're advocates of the community and great beer." -Blake Tyers, Creature Comforts
16. Because it's pretty funny that the Brick Store is now old enough to drive but not old enough to purchase beer, right? Get it?!? Ha ha ha. Ha. Phew. Wow. Yeah. All right, I'll show myself out...
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