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Sergio's World Beers


37 Reviews
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Sergio's World BeersSergio's World Beers

Type: Bar, Eatery

1605 Story Ave
Louisville, Kentucky, 40206-1739
United States

(502) 618-2337 | map

This Sergio's World Beers location features the same establishment, ownership, and senior management team as the location that recently closed in Shelbyville, KY.

Added by EricSWB on 08-11-2009

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Photo of Rodosman
3.07/5  rDev -29.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Place looks like it's closed down from the outside. Nice selection of beers. Prices are inflated by about 25%. 1 month old zombie dust for $10. 6 month old Alpha King. I understand why they have old bottles still on the shelf, because everything is overpriced. Service was nonexistent. I get more courtesy from strangers out on the street. Only accepts cash.

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Photo of jakestuart303
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is a beer lovers dream come true. I know there is a lot of beer in the world now, but to see so many options all in one little dive joint is amazing. Sergio's is a must on all true beer lovers bucket list.

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Photo of aogarza
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Amazing selection of beers. Service sucks when it gets busy, but otherwise it's a very legit beer destination. Food is pretty great as well. Try the ceviche.

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4.72/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Another stop on our tour of Louisville and another must try. I am sure I will mirror much of what others have said. This place is very easy to walk bye if you blink as you pass. Very unassuming from the front entrance. The initial entrance is a door no bigger then you would see on a small budget apartment. No sign out front to mark this place, almost like they are happy being a little hidden. Beer coolers run along behind the bar as you enter. I didn't count but I bet this place has something like twenty beer coolers. The building is four times deeper then it is wide and the adventure of beer runs the entire length of the building. I have been a lover of craft beer and have been to many establishments that claim a huge selection. Sergio's delivers on this with easily over a thousand beers available and countless ones that I had never seen before. If you are going with a retail perspective, you may find that the prices are a bit high. The idea here is that it is more of a bar focused on great beer and with that in mind the prices are not all that bad. They do offer any of their bottled beers for carry out. It is very cluttered and in need of a clearance event to free up some space. I would love to spend a day just going through all the miscellaneous boxes they have in the back of this place. I would imagine there is nearly a hundred of those. They do have a nice tap list as we sampled rare Belgium's as well as 2014 BCBS. They do offer a small menu as well, but none of us tried the food this night. I will definitely be back and next time we may spend a whole day.

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

The widest variety of beer I think I've ever seen. Filled to the brim with beer, taps and decorations the likes of which I've never seen before. Had a great time and found my new favorite beer, Delirium Noel.

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Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Difficult to find unless you know it's there already. However, there are quite literally a thousand beers or more available at Sergio's. The un-initiated could easily find themselves overwhelmed. But Sergio is very helpful and very enthusiastic.

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Photo of tonafernandez
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Ok, so the place and entrance its pretty much non descriptive, the area its more residential than anything else, you open the door and your senses will be overwhelmed by the amount of stuff basically everywhere, taps handles, beer signs and many more things.
The beer in the front its good and nice, the draft list is pretty great, but the real gems are when you go to the back of the store, coolers everywhere and some beer you might have not seen ever before anywhere else, really boxes and boxes and more boxes of stuff piled up high, it cant be unseen, prices are high as they are not to go prices but to drink there.
Sergio was great willing to know and befriend people, we had a good talk and showed a particular room where he has aged versions of really hard to get beers, prices are quite higher for those beers, just to give you an idea Sergio was enjoying a westvleteren 12.
Only downside is that its chaotic and not too tidy, i did not try the food but with that type of beer who cares

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Photo of claytron
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Bottles of beer line the entirety of the whole establishment. Coolers, refrigerators, boxes and who knows where else they are hiding it. I've never seen so many beers in one place. They also have a nice tap selection. Last time I was there (about a year ago), they had 2008 Bigfoot and the current Devil Dancer on tap. I was certainly in beer geek heaven.

The food was decent, but nothing to write home about. The only real negative are the prices. Quite a bit overpriced, but that is what you get with that much selection. Go for the fun of it if you aren't on a budget!

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Photo of jaqo4
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is quite possibly the best beer selection I have ever seen! You can spend hours looking through Sergio's selection and you would run out of money before you ran out of beers that you would like. Definitely recommend to anybody that comes through the area.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

If you didn't know it was there - you'd never know it was there. No signage to speak of. Very strangely laid out joint - stuffed full of coolers - everywhere - all full of a pretty incredible variety of beers from all over the world, even different vintages. The owner is an introverted beer geek - he showed me his private stash, amazing stuff. Fantastic draft list. We didnt eat - though I was told they put together some great beer/food pairings. IMO this is a bit of a bucket list spot. I hope to visit it again. Very odd. Very different. Very good bottle shop and bar. It's cash only - and pricey - but a must do. Awesome beer experience.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

The place looks like it is out of business from the outside as there is minimal (if any) signage and the windows are covered by flags of the world. The inside has one of the most bizarre layouts of the space which seems to have just been what was leftover after all of the coolers and walk-ins were put down. Kind of dark and not overly clean... Also, the place is cash only and has one of those high fee ATMs in it. You can basically go into any walk-in or look in any fridge/glass case for beers.

Beers were well poured at the correct temperature, in proper glassware, and with an appropriate amount of head. Draft beers tasted like the kegs were changed very frequently and the lines were well maintained.

Service was OK - the bartender was friendly enough and certainly knew the beers but there was a huge delay with the food as he forgot to have the kitchen prepare it (not the most organized system they had going).

Definitely one of the best selections I have seen anyplace - a large variety of craft beers from all over the US and the world. Lots of hard to find beers and multiple vintages of some beers as well. Very few things that I was looking for that I could not find...including a couple that had sold out very recently (that week). Huge amount of beer available as well.

The menu was large and very discombobulated - all different types of cuisines and the place did not inspire a lot of confidence in the culinary creations. We tried a little of the food, just appetizers. Nothing special there as everything seemed to be frozen items that were just heated up in the microwave/deep fryer.

I thought the prices at Sergio's were rather high - guessing that you are paying the premium for the great selection but the prices on fairly easy to find things were high as well (example, a single 330ml bottle of Chimay Blue was $9).

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Photo of redman84
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Sergio's is a great bar. It's dark. It's dirty. It's oddly shaped (because Sergio is more interested in using the space to store his outstanding selection of beer). My wife is from Louisville, and I always love going to visit because every single time, we go to Sergio's at least once.

He's always got some special stuff on tap in addition to the outstanding selection of bottles. Xmas eve, for example, he had Zombiedust on tap.

Don't listen to the Sergio haters. Dude likes to talk beer if you engage him. Usually he's busy working though - not a whole lot of staff every time I'm there.

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Photo of VanBeer
2.39/5  rDev -45.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4

Sergio's could be soooo much more, if only Sergio had a personality. Good beer needs good talk. I've chatted with him on a couple of occasions and came away feeling somewhat empty twice. I realize I am reviewing the place. And in this instance the owner is an intrinsic part of the place. If you want to kiss his feet he's all for that. Otherwise, keep to yourself and take your wallet for a tremendous selection of beer. When you're done there drive around the corner to Apocalypse Brewing Co. It's cool and sooo unpretentious. They even had a lobster truck.

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Photo of phlyingpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

What can I say about Sergio's? It's a hidden gem accessible to those who really want good beer. The restaurant is simple, unassuming, and massively dominated by refrigerators of great beer. Regularly, beers unavailable anywhere else are imported into Kentucky of all places to be sold at Sergio's. Many beers of which only a few cases even come to the US are available to the every day consumer who stumbles in and out of Sergio's.

As far as a menu goes, the Hispanic focused cuisine vies for the best in its category in town. Some of the other menu items are half-hearted, but I give the restaurant a 4 for its focus on great Hispanic food.

Sergio himself is a world traveler who goes to the source to find the beers he wants to sell. He travels with some of the best names in the beer industry and regularly leads trips to Belgium, exposing disciples to the behind-the-scenes goings on at the heart of great beer. The man knows exactly what is in stock and can readily direct visitors to the beers which they will love.

The bar tenders are all trusted sources and know their beer. They care about beer and want to expose visitors to the best beers available.

Come with lots of cash, you won't regret it.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Sergio's is a really modest, super casual, down to earth establishment. When I stopped in, a couple of employees who were off that day were hanging out drinking. When employees spend their days off at work, you know that's a good sign. They love talking beer and even shared some of their own with me, pretty cool. Sergio himself is a pretty low key guy who likes talking beer as well.

The selection is huge and really sprawled out, arranged by region. The American beer takes up two or three window coolers up front where the bar is. Walking towards the back you'll find the dining area and a small walk-in cooler for Belgians. More window coolers towards the back house many of the other regional beers and there are a couple of refrigerators with more beer. Like, actual refrigerators, the kind in your kitchen, pretty random. Sergio is a glass collector and he has some really nice pieces up at the bar. Some are for sale, some are not, you just kind of have to ask. Like I said, super casual.

They had around 20 or 30 taps and the draft selection was incredible, lots of sours. I was able to get Cuvee Freddy aged in Belgian Owl Whisky barrels, and also a BFM 2012 Saint Bon-Chien. They had more modest offerings, too, like Kilkenny nitro ale and Pumking.

I didn't get to try any of the food, the staff raved about it, though.

I love the vibe here, you could spend all day trying new stuff and just chatting about beer. The emphasis on sours and other international beers should be noted; it is called Sergio's "World Beers" after all. With craft taking off in the US, I would have liked to see a stronger American contingent, but regardless, they have something for everyone. My only real gripe is the pricing. They are understandably higher than most places you'll go to, but considering the amount of inventory they have, you can see why. If they competed in price while having that amount of stock, they'd go under. If you've never been, this is a must visit for any beer geek, at least just so you can say you've been to Sergio's.

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Photo of neckbracesub
4.59/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Went with a group to see a Drive-By Truckers show at Headliners Music Hall. We made sure to arrive into Louisville several hours early to make a stop at Sergio's World Beers. The acclaim was impossible to ignore and I was curious to see how the place stacked up against other craft bars I love.

When it comes to quality and selection, this place remains one of the absolute best I've ever been to. We visited on a cold afternoon in February 2012, and were lucky enough to get 6 oz. pours of BrewDog's Tokyo. This was before any of us had ever heard of this amazing stout. We were fortunate enough to have a friendly and knowledgeable bartender that was more than happy to give us a crash-course on some of the offerings they currently had on tap. He highly recommended Tokyo, which we all had and loved. It's been one of our favorites ever since. I will always associate Sergio's with BrewDog Tokyo for that reason.

The only negative mark I can give Sergio's is the atmosphere. For the time of year we went it was uncomfortably cold inside. The temperature outside was almost exactly as it was inside, which was around 35 degrees. We never took our coats off and were shivering almost the entire time. It was a bit odd to not have heat for your customers, but the high ABV of the beers we were consuming did a sufficient job warming us up a bit.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

I located this place thanks to beer advocate and wanted to add my two cents. Iv never seen a selection this vast and Corey was a great bartender. Sergio helped me pick out one of my beers, although truth be told I appreciated Corey's advice more. If you're withibg twenty miles you have little to no excuse for missing this place.

And the food is fine. Not great, but who goes to Hooters for the wings. Also, the patrons here love talking beer.

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Photo of HopsMatt
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5

Okay. This place has me in a love/hate situation. I LOVE the fact that they have so many beers to choose from. I LOVE the beer signs, tap handles and other beer "eye candy" that is EVERYWHERE. (think back to your teenage years and how your bedroom looked).

Now, the food sucks. Honestly. Its horrible, so eat somewhere else and then come here. Or drink here and order the food to sober up. The only good thing is the pretzel. Then we have the actual prices on the beer. The tap prices are fair, but the bottles are STUPID! Why would I pay $20 for a bottle that I can get for $7.99 at any other liquor store in Louisville? (Read Hoptimus by NABC). Oh and lets not forget that this place is cash only. Really? For what reason?

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Photo of excalibur
3.44/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Sergio's is a unique Louisville pub that reminds me of a dive bar serving excellent beer. But it seems to me that the place needs someone to help keep it cleaner. There are many different glasses displayed high above the bar that are hazy with dust and grime. However, the list of beers offered is indeed amazing, there must be 30 plus taps including many Belgians and other quality beers plus hundreds of bottles from all over the world. He does have some descriptions of the beers on his list, but there are many others not listed. He has probably 6 or more coolers that are full of exotic beers which you can open and help yourself. I don't know how he prices those beers; I suggest you ask before opening the bottle. I visit Sergio's about 3 or more times a year and it is both great and disappointing. This last time it was a bust. Sergio wasn't there and his minion behind the bar was very unwelcoming. This is a serious beer bar with little extraneous talk with the bartender other than about beer and this guy didn’t want to talk. The beers that we had were priced between $7.50-$9.00 for a small pour of I guess about 8 oz in a small tulip glass, and the bartender went to great effort to keep the beer level in the glass to more than an inch below the rim while trying to get a nice head which either didn’t work or didn’t last long. And the beers weren't even served in appropriate glassware, which was surprising as I saw so many different glasses all over the place. I was tempted to request another round but with these pricy beers that are cash only (there is an ATM inside, but no checks or credit cards), I had to pass. Regrettably, the beer I came for, Klokke Roeland, tasted off to me and I mentioned this to the bartender who ignored my critique. I don’t believe samples are offered and once the beer is poured, it’s yours. I have enjoyed Klokke on two separate occasions while in San Francisco at La Trappe, (a wonderful Belgian pub), and was very impressed with this beer, not so at Sergio’s. Perhaps the line wasn’t cleaned well from the last keg or two. I will be back but my taste for the place has been soured

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Photo of patrickmw
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The first thing people notice about Sergio's is that it's tough to find. As you're traveling into town on Brownsboro road, the bar is on the right after it turn into Story Ave, 2nd building from the corner of Frankfort. There are international flags covering the window. There is plenty of on-street parking whenever I've gone.

Sergio has been behind the bar every time I've visited. It is a cash bar, and I love that he trusts everyone to bring up their bottles and glasses at the end to tally up the cost. It's like going back in time to when people were less paranoid. He is incredibly friendly so I had to give the "service" a 5, not because they are doting but because they are friendly, knowledgeable, and genuine.

This is a pub, not a restaurant, so the food is basically just there to sop up the beer in your belly, and it does that just fine.

I've always thought the prices were reasonable, and I have tried a new beer every time that I have been to Sergio's. If you have a couple beer nerd friends, take them with you for an unforgettable experience. I'm getting ready to move back to Louisville and I can guarantee I'll be making Sergio's a regular experience. I totally agree with the other reviewers that called this place a "beer library." This place is like the beer Library of Congress.

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Photo of uts1
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I thought the location was great. The atmosphere was perfect, not to tight. Safe building and parking terminal with supervision. The food was good, just about everything on the menu is above average. Selection is of course the best thing you'll notice. Blows everything away in Louisville, and automatically anything in Kentucky. The representatives were very friendly, helped above their duties, and quite knowledgeable. I have been a "member" at Sergio's for over a year now. Just learned about BeerAdvocate through their staff. I will check it out thoroughly. RateBeer has been around a little longer so I got used to it.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I hope you know someone who has been here before, or you're fucked!! It's not like there is a sign that says "Sergios"!, but once inside the atmosphere is messy with a lot of bottles on the bar with coolers full of great beer and a shitload of taps that are not the norm.

The bartender is full of knowledge that will lead you in the right direction. They have like 40 taps of unreal craft beer that no matter your style, they have something for you.

Prices are reasonable considering what they have. The bottle selection is f'n unreal if you can find what you want-you may need to look hard to find a gem-but don't worry, it's probably there.

The best place to drink in Louisville, and maybe the Mid-West! I hear Sergio is there a lot and will converse with you about beer until you go home.

World Class!!!!

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Photo of Bung
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped on the way from Chicago to Asheville NC. On the top 25 places on that other site, in Louisville KY???
My wife and I drove by the place 3 times, no signs and from the reviews on said other site, I figured there'd be some flashing neon sign I could see 5 miles away. Interesting older looking neighborhood, but then pretty much everything we drove through looked that way. Flags cover the windows, as others have said, is what you're looking for.
One of the strangest places I've ever walked in to. Chaos of bottles and glassware on a wood bar with ornate backing. Glassware covering the walls behind and beside the bar. Like some uber beer geek just turned his entire house into his cellar and drinking area. The building is long and there is seating in the back, follow the stream of coolers.

Counted 43 on draft. Prices were marked on a menu, semi up do date but had hand written updates on it. Bottle shop selection of bottles, almost all coolered. Huge selection, prices were a bit high otherwise would have brought some home. I would seriously wonder if he has some stuff he probably shouldn't, but certainly was not complaining. Sergio is a true beer lover, seemed to love talking beer and travel. Apparent he didn't want every idiot in the city in there, really catered to those who appreciate the craft.

People were eating, but we tried none. Eclectic, eccentric, if you find you way you owe it to yourself to stop here, if not just to say you've been and tell others about your experience.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

One of the most eclectic and best beer bars I have ever been to. It is seriously more like a beer library and study hall than a pub or bar.

The atmosphere is like no other. First off, it's in a building with no signs or a logo on the awning. The windows are covered with flags and tapestries, and the door doesn't even have the name on it. It's seriously like a speak easy for beer nerds. An absurd amount of breweriana all over the place. Tons of beer coolers throughout the establishment filled with beers you simply pick out yourself. A smaller bar up front, as well as all the taps and about 5 or so beer coolers. A hallway that leads to seating for guests who are wanting to sit or eat at a table rather than the bar. More coolers there, and plenty of booths. Rare beer bottles, both unopened and consumed strayed about. As well as magnums, jeroboams, and other strange bottle formats on display. Truly a unique beer bar atmosphere, and almost like drinking at an old friend's house who really loves beer rather than an established business.

The bartenders are knowledgeable and more than willing to make a suggestion for you, or talk beer. But the wait staff in the back wasn't too great the last time I was there. I had to get my own beer a couple of times, and he wouldn't even bring me a water. But as a whole, their employees are good. Also, the owner Sergio is basically the ultimate beer geek. He loves to talk beer, and drink with customers. He's always there either working or drinking with friends or customers (one in the same for him, I'm sure).

The selection is out of this world. Tons of fresh beer on tap, with kegs being constantly rotated. Also, I've seen some vintage kegs and rare beers on tap before while there. They don't even have a beer menu simply because I'm sure a dozen times a week, a keg will be kicked and they'll rotate the tap to something new. There are some regular beers that always seem to be on tap there though, like Rodenbach Classic and Bell's Two Hearted. Also, their bottle selection is unbelievable. Tons of vintage beers, imports you've never heard of and American craft and micro you can't get anywhere else. Hell, Sergio will even serve you something a bit rarer from his personal stash if he is in the mood. I've had sour ales from Belgium that were almost a decade old or older, and vintage barleywines and stouts by American brewers from years ago from the coolers. It seems like they have a deep cellar and just put out beer at random. I've also seen some pretty rare things there that I didn't even think an American beer bar could have. Sergio goes out of his way, and travels to get these beers to serve at his bar and it really shows.

Overall, an outstanding beer bar. One of the best, if not the best I have ever been to. Tons of beer (vintage bottles, in season and current bottles, and like 40 taps that are constantly rotating), a vibe unlike any other, an owner that loves beer and wants to talk beer with you as well as drink with you, and plenty of things for customers to look at and discuss while they drink their beer. Like I said, it's seriously almost like a beer library rather than a pub or restaurant. Once I try their food, I will add that to the review and score. My only complaint is I wish they would develop a chalkboard system like most beer bars have so you could know what was on draft without looking for an up to date beer menu or having a bartender list off forty or so beers. But the selection process they allow the customer to do with bottles they have more than make up for the absent minded waiter I had once and the lack of a proper beer menu. The prices can vary from cheap to expensive too. Vintage beers will cost you a bit more, as well as some things on tap. But the prices seem justified.

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Photo of scrizo
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Sergio's features over 1,400 bottles (yes 1,400), and over 40 taps. Sergio, the proprietor is a beer lover and a snob, in a good way. Be sure you talk to him when you visit, he's full of good beer stories that usually involves his travels to Belgium.

You will not find anything that resembles a Budweiser, Miller or Coors unless you go to the men's restroom, because frankly, that's where these beers belong anyway. Ask for a water, and Sergio may jokingly offer you a Coors.

The selection is quite amazing. If you're lost, just ask Sergio. Tell him what you like, and the price range and he'll lead you to one of the many refrigerators and pull out the winner. This place even stocks rarities like Beer Geek Weasel, and some hard to find Belgians, which are near and dear to Sergio's heart.

If you want a mind-numbingly huge choice of Craft Beers, Imports and rarities ,this is the place for you. Remember, no credit cards are accepted here, kids, though there is an ATM on site.

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Sergio's World Beers in Louisville, KY
96 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.