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5/5 rDev +13.6%
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?
05-20-2009 15:57:33 | More by Gouxman
4.85/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
01-19-2010 21:26:35 | More by Brent
4.85/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
11-09-2010 21:16:21 | More by claaark13
4.7/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
11-28-2010 03:49:57 | More by weatherdog
4.7/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-14-2009 04:21:54 | More by Buschyfor3
4.7/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-19-2010 06:19:33 | More by BigJim5021
4.7/5 rDev +6.8%
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!
05-07-2009 21:20:54 | More by bluejacket74
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
A - 4.5 The Liquor Barn is a fun place to shop for me because it makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. The people are mostly friendly and it is usually busy because it is one of the most comprehensive stores in town.
Q - 5 Everything here is kept clean and organized. The products are definitely top-notch.
Ser - 4 Usually the staff has been friendly but they aren't always the most experienced or knowledgeable. Generally helpful nonetheless.
Sel - 5 I don't know that I've been to a better store all-around as far as total selection. The growler station has at least 30-40 taps and generally a great mix of locals, imports, and micro brews. There are a great supply of bottles as well, not to mention wine and liquor being just as competitive.
F - 4.5 There's a nice selection of good food here also, all of which I've had is of very good quality.
V - $$ Given the selection and availability of most products this store has a good value. It is very fair in price. The growlers are borderline inexpensive depending on what you want. Most bottled offerings are about what to expect for a store of this size. I wish they had more sales, however, but it won't keep me from going back when in town.
04-12-2011 13:55:47 | More by KYBrewgrass
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
All I can say is ... wow! Upon walking in there is a collection of 20 or so taps that feature everything from bells to FFF to a collection of locals. You can taste a 2 oz sample for .50 to 1.50 depending on the beer or get a 6 oz pour for a couple bucks or just get a growler to go. With California's laws this kind of thing would be impossible. This station coupled with the selection and the fact that you can split 6 packs makes this one of the best big block type beer stores I have ever been too. Although it might be a little large and corporate for some I would consider it a great stop if you are looking for craft brew in louisville.
01-17-2011 03:59:32 | More by Lothore
Liquor Barn in Louisville, KY
96 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.