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Liquor Barn

Not Rated.
Liquor BarnLiquor Barn
BA SCORE
95
world-class

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
[ Store ]

4301 Towne Center Dr
Louisville, Kentucky, 40241-4148
United States
phone: (502) 426-4222

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Photo of tburus
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Having visited pretty much every Liquor Barn in Louisville and Lexington I can say that this one is by far the best on a day-to-day basis. Always plentiful stock of domestics and imports and the first Liquor Barn to receive any special releases. Plus, they don't do any silly limits or hide the beer anywhere. It's first come, first serve. Walked in the other night and saw 8 bottles of Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout on the shelf. Bought three of them and no one raised an eyebrow.

If you're interested in sampling beers they have a great collection of taps/growler fills and a nice wall of singles. This is not the most convenient Liquor Barn from my house, but I still make the drive out here regularly just because of the quality of this location.

tburus, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of kylehayworth
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%

I came to visit a friend in Louisville, and made him aware we were in fact coming here. Knowing he had no choice, we drove the 20 miles from his place. I read the reviews online before I even left, and they were pretty well spot on. They had an amazing selection. Even better then the selection were the prices. They were across the board 2-3 dollars cheaper on everything. I saw Apt 12 for 9.99 there, normally 12.99 in Indy. Even there everyday 6pk's like: Sierra Nevada, Founder's, FFF. The tap selection was what most intrigued me, a multitude of choices and again, well priced. The way it is set up is pretty awesome. You can buy a 2oz or 5oz sample to try before you buy. That way you don't have to pull the trigger blindly on a 15-40 growler. (Yes, 40 bucks for some BCS, seems fair, or Vertical Epic 10-10-10)

I enjoyed everything about this place except the service. I don't know if it was because it was rainy/snowy/cold and dark outside or what, but the cashier was pretty off putting. Even so, I can just chalked that up to a bad day. If your're in the area...check this place out, it's worth it.

kylehayworth, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
4.7/5  rDev +9%

Stopped in this place on my way down form Chicago to Naples FL. I pretty much only came here to get a growler filled with something interesting, mostly because growlers can only be filled at a brewery in IL.

This store is very massive, easily rivals most Binny's in Chicagoland which is saying a lot. It looked very clean, and well organized. The 12ish or so growler taps were right near the entrance and a guy helped us right away. My goal was to get something local and they had some good stuff on. I went with the BBC Brandy Barrel aged Old Ale for $10.99. Seriously, a growler of a barrel aged high gravity beer for $11? I will take it!

The beer isle is wide and organized mostly by brewery. They had a fairly large local section, most of which I was unaware of. I didn't want to waste all of my vacation beer money on my first stop (although I easily could) so I just picked out a 750mL of a BBC reserve beer.

Overall a gem of a place in what seems like a high traffic area of the city. If I was a local I would be proud to call this my local store.

weatherdog, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of claaark13
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

Q: Clean, big store. Party supplies to the right and back, Wine/booze in the middle (with some scattered cases of beer on sale) and beer in the middle/back. Oh, and a small wall of handles to get growlers from on the right....pretty much lead to them from the entrance.

Svc: No real problem with the service. The guy stocking didn't know too much, but he was helpful in finding things for the other people around me. I prefer to wander first, ask questions after my mind is brewing. He gave me a heads up on when they get shipments so that I could call back looking for a couple gift sets. The guy at the growler station seemed to know what he was doing and talking about.

S/V: Great prices on the growlers, good selection on tap. It's not the BEST that I've seen in KY (kinda hard to beat a place serving Gulden Draak, Maudite, 90 minute and Double Bastard at the same time), but I was VERY happy with it. Picked up an $8.99 Raison d'etre, and I think that the DuganA IPA and Flying Dog Double Dog were both $12.99. I'd like to see someone try to beat that. At first I was pissed that I forgot to bring my growler bottles for the trip. Then, for $3/each, I was pleased to see 3 brown glass growlers with this nice plastic cap with some sort of suction inside the cap. Then the electrical tape (state law?) that added to the good capping.
The bottled section was great. I think this is the "best" of the Liquor Barn stores, but I'm convinced that you can't go wrong with any of them. I don't know where to start with the bottles...uh....I guess Belgians since that's where I went first. Good selection, decent prices. Unibroue 4 packs of 750ml for $19.99...sweet. St. Bernardus gift pack too, which I had no choice but to include in my purchase. Micro's were also great....like most KY stores, there were a lot of things that I just don't see in Indiana. Big Dogfish Head selection, good 3 Floyds, I mean if they can get it I think they've got it. I didn't make it inside the cooler due to time constraints, but I can say that it looked pretty big. Would've been a good idea, though, since a lot of times that's a good place to find some hidden treasure.

All around, this place is another MUST STOP in KY. I would suggest either packing a cooler or buying a cheap one at Meijer across the street, because if you can make it out of there without a growler, you're a stronger man than I.

claaark13, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of BigJim5021
4.7/5  rDev +9%

Stopped in this place a few weeks ago. I haven't ever seen anything like it as far as liquor stores go. I work at a decent sized liquor store, and you could fit about ten of them in this place.

The walk-in cooler is a solid 25 yards long. The craft and import aisles were stocked with a myriad of phenomenal beers. Plenty of vintages (Samichlaus, Ommegeddon, etc.) and harder-to-find items. I was really pleased to find Great Lakes represented, as we have no access to it in Southern Indiana. I made sure to pick up some Edmund Fitzgerald. Just a killer selection.

And then there is Growler Heaven. Holy shit. The tap selection blew away 99% of the bars I've ever been to (still can't touch the Heorot in Muncie). Not only are there ridiculous amounts of great beers on draft, but the pricing is beyond awesome. They range from $6.99 to $12.99. I got a growler of Bigfoot, and it was $12.99. You can't beat that. I can't give an accurate list of the entire selection at the time, but some standouts were: BBC Jefferson's Reserve, Bigfoot, Old Rasputin, SN Southern Hemisphere, Terrible and Two Hearted.

I live a solid two hours from this place, but you can bet your ass that I'll make that drive again. The store is beyond phenomenal. Oh, and a great bourbon selection too. For what it's worth.

BigJim5021, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Brent
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

I've visited most, if not all, of the Liquor Barn locations. They run the gamut from well-stocked but a bit grungy to downright opulent. This location hits the top of the scale. The "growler heaven" wall rivals the best area bars for tap selection. The bottled selection is excellent and there is a great deli and gourmet and specialty grocery offering. A very good regional representation and they seem to keep up with timely rotation of seasonals. The store staff is quite helpful. When the person I spoke with could not answer a question, he searched out someone who could and reported back.

Brent, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of EricSWB
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%

Easy to find the location of the store.

Great selection of bottles.... Most bottles seemed to be from American micro breweries. Had some international bottles too. You can order kegs from them. You can special order kegs from them as well.

Also had a lot of taps but they seemed to be closed at the time was there.

Large store with pretty good organization throughout the whole store. Staff usually does not know all the beers, where they are, kegs, etc.

Had a small selection of glassware, and other goodies.

EricSWB, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

Stopped in on a day visit to Louisville. Liquor Barn is similar to the mega booze stores in Northrn Kentucky...which is good.

The one upside of the Liquor Barn is their massive tap selection and it appears you can order flights of beer and drink them in the store at one of many tables. With the stellar tap line up, this makes Liquor Barn a great beer bar with a warehouse atmosphere.

I picked up a bunch of high alcohol Dogfish Head (World Wide Stout, Olde School, and 120 Minute) that I can't get in Ohio because of the ABV limit. All prices were reasonable and I'd recommed it if you're passing through town.

Yetiman420, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.7/5  rDev +9%

The granddaddy of Liquor Barn stores in the state of Kentucky. Growler Heaven, baby. That is really all I have to say. A liquor store with 40 tap handles, more than most beerpubs in the city. Locals (BBC, Alltech/Lex, Cumberland, Sheltowee), nationally distributed crafts (Bells, Stone, DFH, New Holland, Founders, Ommegang, SN, etc.), and then imports including two of my favorite, Young's Double Chocolate Stout on a nitro tap and Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel. Ridiculously awesome.

Not to mention that this store has a huge aisle of American Craft, and another aisle (both sides) dedicated to European imports. A huge selection of vintage beers within those aisles. A great section of nothing but Belgians. They also have a cold section that has many of their craft and import varieties chilled and ready for immediate consumption. It really is like being in a candy shop. Hard to not spend way too much at this store.

There is also an aisle dedicated to homebrewing needs, including a selection of ingredients, books, DIY kits, etc.

As for staff and service, I've always had good luck at this store, but I know it can be hit or miss because not only is the store huge - meaning you can walk for a few minutes through multiple aisles before running into an employee - but the craft beer section is about the furthest section from the registers and the counter where you can place orders for cases or hard to find brews. Nonetheless, I've met a couple of friendly clerks, one of whom was quite the craft beer enthusiast and engaged me in a 10 minute conversation about my favorite crafts and suggested some new beers I might like.

This is my beer mecca in Louisville. While its not the closest store to my house, I typically make the extra 15 min drive to go to this store when I'm looking for something in particular, such as seasonal releases or rarer releases - this store seems to be better about keeping those seasonals in stock, not to mention that they probably stock at least a good 30-40 beers that you can't find at the other Liquor Barn store on Hurstbourne Lane. Just bigger and more comprehensive. Plus this store is closer to some of the more affluent neighborhoods in the east end, and as such, it triest to appeal to more affluent clientele. You can tell too, because the store itself is nicer - cleaner, better organized aisles, well lit. Even in light of this fact, the prices remain quite reasonable and comparable to the Hurstbourne Lane store. A great place to check out. Do it, just for the Growler Heaven alone.

Buschyfor3, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Gouxman
5/5  rDev +16%

A candy store for Beer Enthusiasts. There is a great selection of Craft and Import beers as well as a new draft system where they have 40 tap handles to choose from. You can get a 2oz or 6oz Sample of anything on tap as well as 64 oz growlers to go.

There are also flights of beer, either four or six beers, that range between $3 and $4. They also have Stone 3 Liter Growlers that you can get filled with one of the two Stone Beers on tap. The taps are constantly changing with seasonal micros and imports...

Where else can you find a tap selection like this?

Gouxman, May 20, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.7/5  rDev +9%

I stopped into this Liquor Barn location for the first time on a recent trip to Louisville. Out of all the Liquor Barns in Louisville and Lexington I've been to, this is the best one for sure. A recent renovation made it so they now have 40 taps for growler fills. Yes, I said 40! They also have bottled/canned beer in both coolers and on the shelves. Liquor Barn has a great selection of craft, foreign and macro beers, along with a bunch of liquor, wine, and homebrew supplies as well. The pricing seemed reasonable, and the service is good too. Their selection is better compared to the other Liquor Barns in the area, so if you're planning on going to a Liquor Barn you should go to this one if you're looking for a great selection of beer. I'll be stopping in on all my future trips to Louisville!

bluejacket74, May 07, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

Liquor Barn is where I go to most for beer. The selection of beer is very good, though their selection of everything seems to be good considering how big the place is. I think the size may hurt a bit on the service side, considering I've had better experiences at smaller stores. However, it is the closest place to me and they seem to have pretty much everything that is distributed to this area. Since you are allowed to buy singles, that really helps for a guy trying to taste as many beers as possible. They also have homebrewing supplies and glassware.

Spidey13, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of jkrich
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

This is the liquor store I frequent the most in Louisville. I am most impressed with the variety of imports, especially English ales. Unfortunately, I have discovered many of these ales past their prime either by a freshness date or the amount of dust accumulated. Having said that, the selection is wonderful, just be careful. The domestic micro selection is also impressive with many west coast and mountain brewers present - Anchor, Anderson Valley, Left hand, and Sierra Nevada among others. The midwest is represented with Great lakes and Bell's, but strangely no Three Floyds. Again, some beers are clearly past their prime. Almost everytime I have been at this outlet, an employee has asked if I needed assistance. This is probably the best place in Louisville to purchase beer because of the selection; just be careful about the freshness.

jkrich, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

I would have to agree with several others this is the better of the three Liquor Barns in the area. The selection is very good and they have all the beers organized very well in and outside the beer cooler. The staff is very friendly and some of them have a pretty good knowledge of beer. I was there once and I was trying to make a decision on what beer to get, he made a great suggestion to get some Stone's beers, which I had not tried before, I was surprised by his recommandation. Not only do they have good beer selection they have some homebrewing supplies, not extensive, but desent enough to help out beginners.

cameraman, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of eb003
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

I have to agree with Jim. I've been to all 3 Liqour Barns and also like this one the best. All 3 are good, don't get me wrong, but this one just seems to appear less warehouse-like (as jim said). I have never had to ask for help because usually an employee will walk by and ask if he/she can help. That's a big plus with me. I always like it when employees offer to help...even if I don't need it. I just consider that great customer service.

The selection is by far better, in comparison, to other liqour stores and retailers of beer. The store is always nice and well-kept. The walk-in cooler is also very organized. I also like how the beers are organized according to country and style. They are organized the same way in the reach-in/ walk-in coolers.

For me, it's hard to beat Liqour Barn. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the smaller/independent stores too, but they don't have the selection.

eb003, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of JiminKY
4.05/5  rDev -6%

I've visited all three of the Louisville Liquor Barns, and found this one to be the best, by far. It's the best beer selection I have ever seen (although my experience is somewhat limited, as I've been 'into" craft beer for less than a year). This location had lower "supermarket like" shelving, giving it less of a "warehouse" feel than the other two stores. And the walk through cooler was also well kept. Beers were nicely grouped according to country of origin, and there were significantly more choices from each brewery, than I had seen in the other stores.

Prices were the same as at the other stores. I did not have occasion to request any help from the staff, so I can't comment on the service, other than to say checkout was quick and easy.

The store was easily accessed, less than a mile from the highway exit, in the Towne Center shopping plaza, with ample parking.

JiminKY, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of oracle
3.75/5  rDev -13%

The last of the three Liquor Barns in the Louisville Area for me to review. I went there yesterday, looking to pick up something special for New Years Eve.

I have to admit that this is easily the largest of the three stores in Louisville. In fact, it's about twice the size of the other two stores. It also has a much larger micro and import selection. I saw stuff there I've never seen at the other stores, most of them being American micros. Very nice selection of Belgians and English Ales as well.

The have a small section dedicated to homebrewers, with some basic supplies and extracts.

The growler fill station has 8 taps of micro brews ($5.99 for refills as of this writing). On tap was Smithwicks, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Kentucky Ale, Widmer Hefeweizen and Goose Island Octoberfest.

Where this place kind of falls apart is in the service department. I asked three employees three different questions and got two blank stares and one wrong answer. I asked the first guy where the draft beer to fill growlers was located. Got a blank stare and a reply of "What is a growler?". Not a good sign. Asked another guy where I could find a Duvel glass. After explaining that Duvel is a Belgian beer, I promptly got pointed to the wrong aisle (halfway across the store from the correct place). Finally, I asked whether or not the store carried Old Pogue (a bourbon I've been wanting to try). Now, remember folks, this is Kentucky. Birthplace of bourbon. A state that prides itselft on its bourbon. Hell, 90% of the bourbon made in the US comes from this state and a LOT of it never makes it out of the state.. You'd have thought I asked for fermented Yaks milk. This guy wasn't even sure where the bourbon aisle was, much less if they had Old Pogue.

so, go for the selection, but plan on finding it all yourself.

oracle, Dec 31, 2004
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Liquor Barn in Louisville, KY
95 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.