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Bluegrass Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.38/5
Based on:
2 Beers
5 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: n/a
Taps: 7
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

300 W Main St
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202-2945
United States
phone: (502) 584-2739

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Place added by: Cresant on 10-04-2006

Moved to this location from 636 E Main St in 2010.
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

It was about 2:30 on a Tuesday. We were already two hours behind schedule and in desperate need of alcohol, so thank god this only two minutes off of 65. It was sunny and chilly--one of those tease days in the early spring--and downtown Louisville was eerily quiet.

The bar is easy to miss, seeing as it's down in a basement. There was a cheap parking right next door. Inside, the bar's real basementy--low ceiling, exposed ductwork, pleasantly chilly. The crowd was small and laid back; there was a guy who looked like Will Oldham if Will Oldham really got his shit together.

The staff were very much on top of things. Like, I think there were two employees for every customer. The bartender was friendly and treated me like an adult--when I asked when a beer was, he told me the style. He didn't say "it's kind of like Guinness;" he said "it's an altbier." He might have just assumed that anybody drinking early on a weekday probably knew a thing or two about beer. Hmm... maybe that's a sign of a problem. Anyway, I really appreciated it.

In spite of the relaxed atmosphere, the place still felt kinda touristy. Basement bars usually have more of a worn-in feel, but this was a little too well polished and tightly run. The faucets were fancy, the napkins were made out of cloth, and the bar had several plasma screens hanging right above it. Granted, there's nothing *wrong* with being a little touristy--some people might even prefer it--but I generally like bars that feel more comfortable.

The beers were solid, and there were a few offerings that BBC doesn't bottle (or at least I've never seen them). The food was middle of the road pub fare, but it was reasonably priced and the selection was wide.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cferg88
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Nice place in downtown Louisville. Been several years since I was there but it is a great location.

Photo of Mitchill
1.13/5  rDev -69.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

I live in Louisville and go to New Albanian Brewery across the river for local beer and recently to Against The Grain Brewery which just opened here in Louisville. That pretty much says it all when it comes to BBC for me. Everytime I have had they're beer I was greatly underwhelmed and everytime I have been to the Main St. location the service was terrible and the servers extremely rude and obnoxious like they were put out when I asked for something. One instance literally sent me to the conclusion that I had to write this review. They're motto is don't buy beer from strangers, I say don't buy beer from acquainted ignorance

Photo of dcsoke
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Location:
Bluegrass Brewing Co & Taproom
3929 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40207

A: Being an out-of-towner, this place was very welcoming. The environment seemed like the perfect place for a local who had a love for craft beer and supported their brewery. Personalized mugs lined the walls and were the property of the drinker who could come in and take their mug off the wall for the day's drinking experience. (a mug club type of fee obviously applied)

Q: The beer speaks for itself, large selection of quality craft beers.

S: The waitress we had was a bit green and didn't know the beers on the chalk board as well she should have. With the support of a fellow employee I was able to get all the information necessary to order some very tasty brews.

F: Food selection is quite wide, great for a family or a group of people with different likes. Only downside is that there is not a specialty that stands out.

V: Decent prices all around for both beer and food. Although, coming from Chicago the prices were good but for the area they may actually be the same if the cost of living is taken into effect.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went to this newer location for BBC after catching a Louisville basketball game at the new YUM! Center across the street. It's in a great spot downtown on the corner of 3rd and Main.

A - 4.5 The place sure was jumping after the game, mostly filled w/ UL fans who had come over from the game like my party. Everyone generally was smiling and seemed to be having a good time. I'm sure it helped that the Cards won. :)

Q - 4 The beer was solid and the appetizers we had were well-made. Nothing was over-the-top here but we didn't have a full meal experience, either. Just drinks and apps for us that day, but they were good.

Ser - 3.5 I'm not sure if it was because they were so busy or because they were still "new" and trying to work all the kinks out, but the staff was a bit slow at times. My wife's water was forgotten multiple times, and we'd be empty before given the chance to re-up. They were pretty friendly, though. Could've been a lot worse.

Sel - 4 There are a good selection of regular and seasonal brews on tap. I'd like to see more guest brews offered, though. The rest of the bar appeared to be pretty solid. The food selection was good, about what you'd expect for a brewpub.

F - 4 The apps were good. Again, I didn't have a full meal but the offerings appeared solid and the meals I watched being carried past me definitely looked appetizing.

V - $$ The prices are about what you'd expect for a place like this. A brewpub serving quality beers, decent food, and in a downtown setting... not bad considering. Overall a good place that I'd probably hit up again if in the area or going to more UL games. They have specials on early game days as that would be a seemingly good value also.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This one is like a quiet neighborhood bar. There was a small crowd on a Tuesday, a couple of TVs, a decent sized bar and a few tables. There were a few groups of people, all talking amongst themselves, and the bar was a decent place. The beer was good, and since it's made at this location, you know its fresh and about as quality as it can get. The bartender was actually very nice, showed me around the brewery in between pours, and also comped me the beer, which added up to a pretty good tip from me. There were only really 5 beers available, which means there were quite a bit more on tap at the other locations, but I'm not sure how they compare to this in other aspects. There is no food, but the prices are all about as low as they can get here.

Photo of beerhobo22
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great facility. The tap room concept is great. A very cozy place to have a pint. Beer quality and selection is good. Staff and service is very good. Prices are reasonable with Happy Hours providing the best value. This location is the crown jewel of the BBC Brand in Louisville. They are very active with the local ale and homebrew clubs.
The offer their standards on tap: American Pale Ale, Dark Star Porter, Nut Brown Ale, Altbier, Bourbon Barrel Stout, IPA and a few guest beers. I always stop in for a pint when I come into town. Great staff with a friendly brewer.

Photo of notafood
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Very laid back, has become slightly more busy in recent years (especially Thursday). Was at one point practically uninhabited by patrons, its main purpose being bottle production for the BBC.

$5 growlers on Tuesday
$6 pitchers on Wednesday
$2 Imperial pints on Thursday

Probably the best value for a micro-brew in Louisville. Conveniently located downtown, taps include BBC stand-by's (Porter, APA, Hell for Certain) with some rotating taps (check out the Derby City Espresso or Boubon Barrel Stout if they have it).

Dog friendly, non smoking, free popcorn, carry out and delivery food are allowed. Two t.v.'s and (mostly) decent music. A good, cheap, short-list version of the St. Matthews location, but without food.

Photo of TJustice
5/5  rDev +34.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

While I have lived in Louisville for about 4 years now, I have only started to visit this place recently. A bit hard to find, its in an industrial region of downtown Louisville.

The "Taproom" is a very open air place. Two doors to enter (one from main, and one from clay). A few tables around the place, along with dart boards on the main street side. The walls are decorated with quite a history of local beers, very well done.

The bar is along the other side of the building with taps places here and there along the length of it. The tap handles are quite conversation pieces, as they are hand made ceramic taps from a local artist.

Every day pints are 3 dollars, except Thursday, that day they are 2, which makes this the best deal in town. They have the same bartender working every night, and he doesn't mind if you bring your own food in, why would he because they don't serve food there.

Beer is great. Always have flagships, and a seasonal or so. They even have a cider that I just recently discovered when I couldn't find out what the Worthog tap was at the end of the bar.

Your going to love it!

Photo of woodychandler
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Located on the corner of East Main and Clay Streets, the door was on Clay, just to throw me off. Once inside, the tasting room was the only publicly accessible part of an expansive space that extended well back along Clay Street. I was fortunate enough to be allowed to see the brewhouse and warehouse areas, including all of the barrels being used for the Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout. That opportunity probably would not be extended to everyone, however.

Fret not, since the tasting room also doubled as the "BBC Brewery Beer Museum" and sat as an homage to Falls City, Oertel's, and Fehr's ("It's always Fehr weather."). The short wood bar was covered in labels and coasters and then coated with a clear acrylic laminate. The same went for a center bar with swiveling Captain's chairs. It was impossible to look around without seeing some new, compelling piece of breweriana.

Eight (8) beers were available during my visit in December 2006: Bluegrass Gold; APA; Altbier; Nut Brown Ale; Dark Star Porter; Hell For Certain strong Belgian-style ale, named for a defunct coal-mining town in eastern KY; Barleywine; and Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout. My pick was the APA, but I was told that a one-shot IPA was in the tanks at the time of my visit.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

What beer would Jesus drink?

This place is a true gem of a brewpub located just a few blocks from Louisville Slugger Stadium, in downtown Louisville. I went looking for this place with a few friends from work, and almost drove by the place twice when a neon BBC sign caught my eye at the corner of S. Clay and E. Main St. The BBC Taproom is located at the BBC brewery and bottling plant where most of BBC's bottled beer, as well as most of the draft beer, is produced. The bartender, Rob, offered us samples of the Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout, and in short order, we had large English pints of it sitting in front of us. This was truly a great beer on tap, and when we left we took two four packs to split up and take home.

The Taproom is a cozy, medium sized room with some table seating and a small bar. The place is adorned with beer paraphernalia, including a unique collection of antique beer bottles, cans, openers and tap handles primarily from Louisville and the surrounding area. It has a couple of dart boards and a natural appeal to the beer geek in all of us. The bartender offered us a tour of the brew plant and distribution center, and we readily took him up on his offer. The highlights were the dozen plus bourbon barrels, the small scale bottling machine setup, the employee break room, and the full size replica of da Vinci’s Last Supper featuring BBC beers as the drink of choice.

Back at the bar we finished our stouts, tried samples of the IPA – which really made me wish I had room for another beer – and split a single bottle of a BBC barley wine, which Rob enthusiastically shared with us from his limited stash. Our visit to the BBC Taproom was at the end of a Wednesday night, when the place had few other customers. Yet, the bartender was super friendly and seemed to go out of his way to make us feel welcome. The beer was outstanding and the place itself, just interesting and inviting. A must stop place when visiting Louisville.

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Bluegrass Brewing Co. in Louisville, KY
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.