Louisville Beer Store
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +20.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The Louisville Beer Store is one of the best places in Louisville to drink a beer. They have a great variety of bottled beers as well as 8 taps. They also have a nice patio out back where you can enjoy a cigar with your beer. Smoking is banned at all indoor facilities in Louisville.
The staff knows their beers and is always willing to give a recommendation. They offer many activities and tastings which allows you to try a variety of beers without having to buy the full bottle.
Also, many of the patrons are beer lovers. This leads to great conversation. The atmosphere is perfect for drinking and meeting beer lovers.
11-09-2010 20:33:32 | More by Sfred
4.85/5 rDev +17.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Louisville, despite it's location in the middle of bourbon country, has quite a developing craft beer scene and nothing shows that more than the Louisville Beer Store. Lori and Tyler (owners) are almost always on hand behind the bar and both know a ton about beer, especially imports.
The store is a bit small and can get cramped on weekend nights and during some of their tasting events (more on that later) but there is a nice patio area out back to enjoy when weather permits.
Their selection is as good as you will find in the city and the ability to buy singles of everything makes it even better for those who enjoy trying new beers. There is also an 8-tap system which always has a great selection of both American and import craft brews on. Currently they have DFH Burton Baton, Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper, and Gouden Carolus Noel 2008 Vintage on draft, amongst others.
The store also has a ton of tasting and educational events as well. Within the past few months Sierra Nevada, Upland, and DogFish Head have all had tap takeover events there and Upland even had a keg of their barrel-aged Teddy Bear Kisses for the patrons to enjoy.
Price is a touch higher than the local Liquor Barns but you expect that in a bottle shop. I'm a big proponent of growing the Louisville beer scene and the Louisville Beer Store has certainly helped with that. It's a treasure for the city and a place I recommend any beer fan visiting Louisville to check out.
12-09-2010 16:50:36 | More by sefus12
4.85/5 rDev +17.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Great little place tucked away in the artsy end of Main Street in downtown Louisville. I have been out here several times since they opened not long ago and should have reviewed this place awhile back.
On first look upon entering, you'll see a rather small store stocked with beer...all beer...nothing but beer. And no macro brews either, all craft brews. One long shelf full of six packs, bombers and singles, followed by a couple coolers stocking even more beer. Very nice selection of microbrews from the US, some standards, and many rarities. But their specialty lies in their import selection. Crazy stuff from all over the world that I've never heard of or seen anywhere else. I'm sure you won't find most of these anywhere else within hundreds of miles. You'd just have to see it for yourself. They encourage you to mix-and-match, so grab yourself an empty six-pack box and go to town!
And you can't overlook the bar. Off to the side there is a small serving bar where you can try samples of different micros and imports that they have on tap. Prices start at $1.00 for a 2oz. sample and go up from there depending on the sample size, (you can get pints too), and rarity of the beer. And they generally have 8 or so different beers on tap, many of which are usually rare and damn near impossible to find anywhere else around here. They also do growler fills as well.
You'll also be greeted by owners Tyler and Lori. Great people who are extremely knowledgeable of the beer they serve/sell. And they could not be any friendlier. Seriously, strike up a conversation with either of them. By the time you leave, you'll feel like they're old friends.
They have events going on pretty much every week, (beer tastings, specials, ladies' beer club, vinyl records nights, etc.). So keep your eyes on their website for special events.
If you are in the Louisville area, the Louisville Beer Store should be a required stop for the craft beer connoisseur. You will not be disappointed!
05-21-2010 02:39:39 | More by jhp40219
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
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
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I visited this place shortly after they opened and their selection was understandably limited at the time. This place is poised to blow up in popularity!! Located in the hip, up-and-coming NULU area of east market street downtown, The Louisville Beer Store adds a new type of business and is perfectly suited for this area. Its kind of a blend between a bar and a small boutique beer store. You can walk in and buy a rare belgian bottle, create your own 6 pack, fill up a growler, and stand at the bar for a tasting of their rotating tap. It's really unique and provides a great place to stop after eating dinner at one of the wonderful nearby restaurants.
I spoke with the owner on both of my 2 visits so far and he ensured me that the bottled beer selection will continue growing. They were only opened for a month or so at the time. Zoning/liquor law issues prevented them from adding seating but I think the standing-only aspect strangely positively adds to the ambiance. It's not really a place to hang out for hours but a wonderful place to get advice, sample some uncommon beers, and pick up a 6er. I LOVE the concept of this place and can envision this type of hybrid bar/store will do very well. Please check this place out!!
02-15-2010 17:40:50 | More by centennialman
Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY
92 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.