Louisville Beer Store

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52 Ratings
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: n/a
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746 E Market St
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202-1008
United States
phone: (502) 569-2337

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(Place added by: Brent on 11-17-2009)
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Photo of Sfred
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of themind
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%

This place rocks! killer selection of brews I cannot get in Jersey. The staff was top notch and knowledgeable. I will absolutely visit this place again. I can't stress enough the cool staff when I was there in October 2014. Recommended!

Photo of sefus12
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

Photo of jhp40219
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

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!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of HopsMatt
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of centennialman
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

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!!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of pigpen892
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

This is what a beer store should be. Great staff, great beer, great location. I enjoy that the staff are just as knowledgeable as they are friendly and helpful so I'm almost always sure to get a delicious beer that I may have never known existed. If you love beer and are in Louisville, you want to go here.

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I thought this place was going to be the typical craft beer spot, but man it wasn't what i expected. You want to pop a top the moment you walk in. Staff was friendly and very knowledgeable, patrons were friendly and the beer selection was ridiculous. If you ever make it to KY, I suggest you stop by and have a brew and perhaps walk away with a bag full as well. Nice Place.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jgagne
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of ohtheguilt
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Bourbon
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Wow. The selection here can make me squeal like a schoolgirl. With only one exception, noone around brings an A-Game selection like this. No need to pick and choose, just grab a bottle. If you like the style, you'll like what you grabbed.

Almost constantly squeezing things onto their schedule in love of beer, you never know what tidbit they'll come out with next.

It can be a little difficult grabbing someone's attention, but often because someone's got them raving over a brew they just got in.

Bring a thirst for great beer (and a thick wallet.)

Photo of sjccmd
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

I had some free time today, so I decided to take a trip downtown to see what this place was like. It just opened a couple of weeks ago, so it felt kinda disorganized but in a "charming" way.

The space is a little cramped, which could be a problem if the place was any busier (there were about 7 people in there at the time).

The staff was friendly. The guy I talked to was casual and more like a friendly stranger than a salesman.

I went in this place hoping to find a pint glass (which is oddly one of the only types of glass I don't have...it's also odd that I haven't really seen many in other liquor stores around here). To me delight, they had some nice brewery specific pints from Dogfish head, Founders, and several others along with other specialty glasses that I haven't seen anywhere else in the area.

The beer is displayed across a large wall and there's a refrigerated section towards the back of the store. The selection isn't huge but it's very nice. They seemed to have everything that's generally available in the area, but this is the first place I've seen Stone's 09 Double Bastard.

The guy I was talking to said they've been getting more and more beer as if he had to apologize for not having something... not necessary.

They also had a small but impressive selection of beers on tap.

The prices were generally what's expected.

This is probably going to become my number 2 go-to place, after Keg Liquors in Indiana, particularly if I don't feel like making the trip across the border.

Photo of ToddBeans
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY
92 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.