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11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.37%
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 25
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

107 Larrimore Ln
Danville, Kentucky, 40422-1674
United States
phone: (859) 209-4211

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Open since March 2011, Beer Engine is "Danville's Oldest Brewery". A nano brewery equipped with a 40 gallon system, four flagship brands and eight guest taps - all on rotation. Head brewer: Brian Holton.

Open Thursday - Sunday: 4:00pm 'til 12:00am.

(Place added by: BEERchitect on 04-16-2011)
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Photo of Alpar
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Alpar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%

If you can find it, Apple maps took me about a block away, this is a great little place. I enjoyed the ambience with the art, decor, architecture and cozziness, though I'd hate to be there if there's a crowd. The prices were very cheap, $3 pints 4-7pm, and not too much more at other hours. They had four of their own beers, which were average, and 8 guest taps that had some good quality brews. Beertender was very nice and accommodating. If I lived nearby I'd visit a couple times a week.

KYGunner, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of IMFletcher
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%

My wife and I had been keeping an eye out for Beer Engine to release its barreled sour ale, so this week was our chance to make the drive down.

(Note: unless dealing with outbound rush-hour traffic from Lexington, the route down using Nicholasville Rd/US 27 is quite pleasant now that it's 4 lanes most of the way)

The establishment is quite small, but very nice and cozy. We have been in other small locales that have tried to cram even more seating into a small space with unpleasant results. The beer selection is good, 4 Beer Engine brews and 8 guest taps, with an additional beer (Dragon's Milk) on cask. Their offerings during 4-7 happy hour are all $3, an outstanding deal for a craft brew and very reasonable growler prices for the items available to take home.

Our only gripe is a sizable one, and that is having a bartender that does not know his own product. We asked a question of the barreled sour (what's it barreled in?) and not only did he not know, he didn't know enough to get us a complete answer. At the very minimum, I feel that a bartender in a craft brewery's taproom should know about the beers being produced on site.

However, the barreled sour ale is good enough that we will likely return the next time it's advertised as being on tap, since there does not seem to be any other outlet to obtain it.

IMFletcher, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of PassMeAZima
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

PassMeAZima, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

Reviewed based on three visits over two months.

A: Small, cozy, and an interesting blend of traditional (e.g. molded copper ceiling, solid wood bar and stools) and eclectic (e.g. local art on walls, recycled slates used for sampler trays). The crowd has varied from very small and welcoming to very large and loud, even on a single night. It's a very small space, so when a group of a couple dozen Centre kids comes in together it fills up in a hurry.

Q: The taplist isn't terribly extensive, but does rotate fully and regularly (only 1 carry-overs between my visits a month apart, and that was the house flagship APA). Solid mix of ABVs, styles, and local/regional/national/imports. Nothing extremely rare or limited the times I went, but lots of beers I'd never tried before, and the 4oz sampler option for all beers, not just house brews, was a terrific way to test the waters. Unfortunately, I have to downgrade them a bit here because most of their house beers just weren't very good. I loved their Barrel Aged Sour, and enjoyed Brett Saison, but found all their American-style beers to be distinctly flawed - under-hopped and under-attenuated, with the distinct essence of mediocre homebrew. I hope they get things dialed in a bit better on the fermentation side of things, but still recommend going for the Belgians and the guest taps.

S: Friendly and attentive, but not at all knowledgable about beer in general or even the house beers in particular. Questions like "what's the hop bill for the house Pale Ale?" were met with complete befuddlement. They seemed genuinely interested and eager to learn more, though, so I hope that in time the knowledge level of the bartenders will increase markedly.

F: They have charcuterie and tapas-style small plates, which sounded great, but I didn't order any. Free pretzels on the bar, which was nice.

V: Coming from CT, this place seemed absolutely dirt cheap. Even compared to other places in town, though, it was still a great value - all beers $4-5.50, including Belgian imports and high-abv craft specialties (more expensive beers come in 13oz pours), with a daily $3 happy hour on house beers. 4oz samplers are available for all beers, and range from $1 to $2 depending on strength and style.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brewpub, and look forward to becoming a regular there. Between here, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, and Jane Barleycorn's, Danville is an impressive craft beer destination relative to its size, and I'm very excited to be moving there.


woosterbill, May 18, 2014
Photo of mabmab67
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mabmab67, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Nordbier
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Nordbier, Dec 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

TravisApplegate, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of planet_rob
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

For a small town such as Danville, KY, Beer Engine is a unique find! I know of no other place within many miles of Danville that offer what has become for me, required beer. Spending most of my life drinking what I now can't help but regard as tasteless, terrible beers, the Beer Engine has opened my eyes to a whole new world of craft (excellent) beers I never knew existed. My first experience was a beer my son brought home to me, telling me that I MUST try this beer. It was Three Floyds Moloko, and from that point on, I was hooked; changed; enlightened!

Beer Engine offers 4 of their own brews, with a rolling selection of 8 craft beers, the list of which is ever changing. It's a craft beer lover's paradise. A noob to craft beer, such as me, gets an education in great beer by patronizing Beer Engine. My palate is ever expanding.

The interior is warm and inviting, with smooth golden colors, peaceful barkeeps and a general camaraderie among patrons. Plenty of light munchies are free (nuts and pretzels) and the atmosphere lends itself to both intimate conversations and jovial chatter. It's as if one leaves the "bud" world and enters a place that always seemed missing in the past, but is here now!

The location is between roads, between 2nd and 3rd streets, and the picture listed on their website is a bit misleading (due to Google Street View). But this place is worth seeking out. I am so impressed that this place exists, especially in my little home-town of Danville, KY. Danville only recently went wet, being dry since waaay back (went dry during prohibition, and stayed that way!)

Beer Engine is absolutely worth driving to if you live in a small town in Central Kentucky. I highly recommend it.

planet_rob, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

After hearing all the hype and following their updates on Facebook, I stopped by Beer Engine on the way home from a trip to Herrington Lake. I had a bit of trouble locating the place. The entrance is actually in a parking lot, a little ways from Larrimore, and it's marked only by a painted logo on the wall of the warehouse. It was mid-evening on a Sunday, and there were 5-10 people in the bar area at the time.

On tap were his nanobrewed stout, nut brown, and APA, as well as Breckenridge 471 IPA, Belhaven Wee Heavy, and several other reputable craft beer offerings. I opted for a sampler of his in-house beers, as well as a pint of the Wee Heavy. I found his beers to be very well crafted (so much so that I couldn't resist grabbing a growler of the nut brown to take home). And it was nice to revisit a good Scotch ale, as well.

I lucked out and found Brian, the owner, working behind the bar while I patronized the establishment, so I got a chance to ask a few questions about his beer and his business in general. The interior of the brewpub was crafted from remnants of various buildings, one of which was a bowling alley (noted by the narrow strips of wood with the small arrow-shaped brown markings). It gives the interior a somewhat familiar, intimate vibe. As I watched him pour my growler, I noticed that his resourcefulness extended even further when he attached a rubber tube to the tap spigot and placed it into the growler to fill the bottle. Cuts down on beer waste due to foamover. This resourcefulness makes sense, considering the fact that Beer Engine is not his day job. He also works a full-time position!

I definitely recommend a stop at Beer Engine whenever you're up for a short road trip in central KY. You won't be able to resist the souvenirs, though. I had to have a shirt. Oh, and the chalkboard advertised a bottle opener (think it was $18). I had to see what such a pricey bottle opener looked like. Only makes sense the Beer ENGINE would have a wrench for a bottle opener! Nice.

I can't wait to revisit Beer Engine. My only advice to Brian would be quit your day job!

barczar, Jul 01, 2011
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