Louisville Beer Store
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3.34/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4 | $$$
The place is small but there are some good beers inside. The service is BAD and I have gotton the impression on my four trips that the crowd here is a bit snooty and smug. Price here is the biggest obstacle, however they do have some excellant selections albeit a little off step. Its a good place to be able to run in and out on your way out of town, assuming you can get waited on.
12-12-2013 22:53:35 | More by target88
2.98/5 rDev -26.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
A - I've been once a Friday night during the "Trolley Hop" and downtown Louisville calls it. that was a pretty chill and groovy scene, but other than that it's pretty empty and boring. Feels like an antique shop.
Service - pretty terrible. I've been there several times and scene 2 different guys there. Both pretty much ignored me. I asked questions and asked for their suggestions, they gave short answers that didn't lead to any kind of convo. You work at a beer store, you'd think you;d enjoy talking about beer!
Selection - This is a strange one. It's almost like they are trying so hard to be hipster that they do not have some beers that are easily accessible, but still renowned as good craft beers. I won't start listing some of what they don't have but should, because all that is debatable and subjective I guess.
But at the same time they have a crap ton of beer that even someone like me who has dived into the craft beer world and scoured the internet for the biggest, best, rarest, and most popular still hasnt heard of!
No food served here.
Value - pretty expensive! but they just carry alot of expensive beers. But there prices are definitely higher than Liquor Barn
05-10-2013 02:50:47 | More by TastyAdventure
4.6/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nice place. Pretty small once inside. If you stop by on a weekend night, expect a crowd and not much room to get around. Nice rotating selection on tap. Huge selection of American craft and Belgian. Prices are okay. They are higher than large retailers but not by much. I dont feel I am getting ripped off by paying a dollar or two more to a local business. Just pay attention to what you are getting and know your area. If you want "Brand X" in a 6 pack, it can be had less, but if you just want a bottle, give it a shot.
There is no food here other than some nuts at the bar, so eat before you come. The best time to come is during the day. You're likely to be the only one or one of a couple of people there so its easier to ask questions and look around. Of course, the website says they open at "3ish", but of the two dozen or so times I have been there, only once have they been open at three. And that was because they had opened at 2 that day as I was told. Most times I sit in my car until as late as 3:45 waiting for them to open. This is my only major complaint. Other than that, visit this place and visit often!
05-02-2013 03:35:21 | More by HopsMatt
2.56/5 rDev -36.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$$$
The first time I went into the store was about a week after my 21st birthday. I had previously encountered beer before, but rarely found something I actually enjoyed (College parties exclusively feature PBR and "Lite" beers). I heard of the store, and also heard that it had great selection and knowledgeable staff.
I came in knowing I was going to spend some money. I'm not stingy. I will pay good money for good beer. The prices were not my problem with the store. My problem came when I was looking at the beer selection, and, as any new 21 year old, I was overwhelmed in trying to find the proper beer best fit to my tastes, or even a good recommendation. I waited for the staff member to finish up with the previous customer, and when he was finished I walked up to him. I politely tried to ask questions about beer, what beer he would recommend for me, and explained the flavor profile I was looking for. He replied, he was acting like I was an idiot, and I'll concede, I was. That was the point of asking for help. If I knew what I wanted or everything about beer, I would grab it and pay for it and leave. I left with nothing, as the man was of no help and made me feel like less of a person.
I came back a year or so later, figuring "Hey, I'll give them another chance. It's probably something I said. I have bad days at my customer service job too!" but again, I was met with the same attitude in a different staff member. I left, again empty handed.
Many people do not have a problem, I am just trying to support a local business, and would gladly pay more to support such a business. The concept is really awesome, but I am afraid I have to give it only one more chance to wow me. If it does, I will gladly change my review. It is possible I came in on two bad days, but I do not appreciate being treated like an idiot. I ask questions because I want input, not to annoy said staff person.
08-01-2012 23:25:51 | More by AgentK
4.14/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I did not get any draft beers while I was here but I did have a good time shopping.
This store had a pretty laid back vibe though I went in the middle of a Saturday afternoon so that might be different than it is on a weekend night. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable.
The place has a really nice selection including lots of bombers, singles, and even drafts. I was impressed that they had some rare or tough to find ones as well. I liked that there were lots of beers both on the shelf as well as chilled.
05-29-2012 23:07:34 | More by dbrauneis
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
so this review is a bit late...my apologies...
I visited Louisville Beer Store this past x-mas eve (2011) while in town visiting family, and was immediately blown away by both the domestic AND euro selections.
The shop was off-and-on busy in the hour or so that I was there, so the guy working the counter's attention was at a premium. That said, he did a decent job...served my wife and father-in-law each a flight and was still able to help me while i stocked up on x-mas goodies for myself and the boys back home (if he was a bit more chatty, he may have even sold me another hundred bucks worth of beer).
At any rate, we walked out with several boxes filled with goodness from goose island, three floyds, pretty things, and various other beers that are either very difficult to come by in Georgia or not available at all...not to mention some fun glassware.
Overall, i was very pleased with my experience at the store and will be back again on x-mas eve 2012 during my annual trip to Louisville.
01-24-2012 20:17:19 | More by ohtheguilt
3.86/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been shopping at this place for about a year now, and have been in multiple times.
A: The store is always clean, well-lit, and well-stocked. To the best of my knowledge, it always seems to be open on time.
Q: The quality of the selection is very good, especially when one takes into consideration the area in which this store is located. They seem to take great pains in insuring that their offerings are stored properly and of the highest quality.
S: To be honest, the service is variable (as one would expect from about any place). For the most part, the staff are friendly, if not overly attentive. Generally, the individuals who frequent this store know what is available and know what they are looking for, so I suppose that the staff assumes that the customer will do the work. I should point out, though, it is never a good idea to call this place, as none of the staff seem to understand or care about proper phone etiquette.
S: The selection is very good for the Kentuckiana area. The store carries a number of reputable imports, as well as products from local and regional craft breweries. If you look around, it's not too hard to find something outstanding here.
V: It's a little pricier than some, but not as expensive as others. To be honest, I've never really had a complaint with the prices, and have even been able to find things at this store that are much more expensive elsewhere.
Overall, I would recommend this store. The selection is generally near excellent, the facility is nice and well-maintained, and the prices aren't horrible. One can do far worse than spending an afternoon here.
10-18-2011 14:54:25 | More by mrfrancis
4.46/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
First of all i love this place. Went for the first time yesterday while i was here in lousivlle. I am from Florida so having acesses to different brewaries is really nice. When i walked in i was immediatley excited to the left they have an extremely wide selection of imports, and also a very nice selection of glassware. Then to the right there was a wide variety of craft beer. I was excitied to see alot of the beers i dont have acesses to in Florida like Founders, Three floyds, Goose Island etc. The only issue i have with this place is the pricing is a little high, but nothing i wasnt willing to pay. I was able to pick up a couple of Founders, including KBS, which i was extremly happy about. I also was picked up some Goose Island. But the real suprise was Brooklyn Black Ops. I picked that up as fast as i could, never thought i would have been able to find that, extremely happy. Great place to have a beer and shop, very nice establishment.
06-22-2011 18:45:26 | More by jgagne
4.24/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is an outstanding beer store. In addition to having two coolers chock full of interesting selections, and several floor-to-ceiling sets of shelves full of crazy choices, most of which are imports, it also has 10 or so beers on tap.
I had a Three Floyds Rabbid Rabbit, which I had never tried. I enjoyed it, as well as chatting with the fellow who worked there and worked the taps. My friend had a porter he liked as well.
The store is semi-expensive, but considering the outlandishness of the choices, I'd say the prices were actually reasonable. They had stuff I've never even really seen. They also had three bottles of KBS listed at $6.95 a pop....
I'd highly recommend this place to anyone who's a beer fan and is looking for something beyond Budweiser-like choices.
05-06-2011 23:31:15 | More by cwcolby74
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is an interesting, unique little store. It is easy to find but there is only street parking that I'm aware of. Once you're inside, most of the brews there are stacked on bookshelves; it looks like a library almost! They have a very good selection of microbrews and imports, but the prices are somewhat higher than you'd find at larger retailers. That's OK, though, it's nice to support the 'little guy' every once in awhile. They were a friendly staff, although not overly attentive (it took awhile to get someone's attention but I wasn't in a hurry or anything)... One cool thing about the place is that they do have 6 or so rotating taps with great brews you can try in the store. All in all, a good resource for the town. It's a relaxing place to go browse for some good beer.
03-11-2011 20:42:54 | More by KYBrewgrass
Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY
91 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.