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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 127
Beer Ratings: 1,698
Beer Avg: 3.74

Taps: 9 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

401 E Main St
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202-1110
United States
phone: (502) 515-0174

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @atgbrewery

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(Place added by: brian44556 on 09-25-2011)
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Photo of bilhelm


4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

I walked in early in the evening on a Saturday night with my wife and we sat right down. The atmosphere is funky and laid back and the staff was welcoming and genuinely interested in our experience there. We left having tried 7 excellent beers, an appetizer and two very good entrees. London Balling is the beer for which one would pray when ordering a barrel aged barleywine. The overall level of creativity and the execution of their beer left me fired up about our growing craft community in Louisville and appreciative of their efforts. If you are passing through on I-64, this is an outstanding excursion along the way. If you live in the area and haven't been, tarry no longer.

02-24-2014 14:32:24 | More by bilhelm
Photo of CocktailJunky


4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$

I visited ATG for the Bo and Luke release on 01/06/2014. Walking into this place you can tell this is a place you wanna be,very clean. The people that work here are amazing and let me tell you about the Pork Fat Belly on a stick ( WOW ) We had a couple samples of the beers and was very impressed with them all. I will tell you if you can get a Bo and Luke do it and don't let go this is one for the cellar.

01-06-2014 13:44:43 | More by CocktailJunky
Photo of Braden


5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

This place was great and the people were friendly and the food was great. Spoke with one of the brewers cool guy talked for about 20 minutes. Bartender was super nice. The beers we tried were great especially the 70k. I loved the food had ribs and pork risotto. They were both great.

12-29-2013 22:26:23 | More by Braden
Photo of fleurdelou


4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

Against the Grain has been one of my favorite Breweries/ restaurants. granted, I have not been to a ton. This one I have, however, had the pleasure of visiting on many occasions. The feel is overall very spunky casual. It is nestled inside of a baseball stadium. There could be more seating, but the small stature adds to the local feel. The décor is awesome. Many reflections of their bottle art found throughout the place. Wicked cool view of the vats over the bar. One of my favorite parts about the place is their chalkboard. They always have a beer list up on this giant chalk board in the center of the restaurant. It displays the style, flavor, rating, and ABV of each beer listed. The best part, however, are the hand drawn art pieces associated with each brew, not to mention their ever cleaver names. The atmosphere is great, but the food....the food is something to be experienced. I had a personal favorite in their bangers and mash dish. Sausage, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes topped off with bier mustard (that is to die for). I have tried a few of their other dishes and never been disappointed. I will have you know they emphasize quality over quantity here, so don't expect outrageous portion sizes. I walk by everyday on my way home from work and wish I could bottle the aroma of brew and smoke that oozes out of this place and take it home with me. The staff is very knowledgeable. I have never run into a server/ bartender who didn't really know their stuff. Everyone there seems to really appreciate their product and allow others the ease of knowing what they will appreciate in it as well by answering questions with detail and excitement. Lastly, but certainly not least....the beers. I have never been disappointed by a brew here. I have my favorites of course, but they are all fantastic. Very flavorful creative brews given to us by Against the Grain. They are reasonably priced (somewhat pricy for specialty items), but you aren't going to waste your dollars here. Highly recommend to anyone who is visiting Louisville, KY and looking for a great local brew. Don't take my word for it...go out and give them a try for yourself.

11-11-2013 02:03:58 | More by fleurdelou
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4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$

One of my absolute favorite places to grab a beer and a mandatory stop when I drive through louisville. The atmosphere and ascetics of the brewery are second to none in my opinion. The placement and visibility of their fermentors and brewing equipment which are located on two floors above the bar behind a glass wall are perfect for every customer to see the brewing process in action while they take down one of their delicious beers.


10-28-2013 18:07:03 | More by TheBiercast
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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $

Atmosphere was great. Brewery/restaurant is located in the structure of the baseball for Louisville's minor league team, the Louisville Bats. Simple layout, good job of decorating, great patio. Live music outside on a Saturday night.

Quality was top notch. Everything was professionally made/done.

Service was a bit slow, but it was at night after the Bo & Luke release, so I can sympathize. Staff was very friendly even though they had been getting slammed all day.

Selection was great. Brewery makes a varied assortment of styles of beer. Menu had many choices that did not include just the normal bar food stuff.

Food was banging. Had the homemade chorizo hash. Very tasty and really hit the spot after a long day of drinking.

Value overall was great. Beers and food were priced very well.

09-25-2013 23:40:27 | More by tsauce2
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4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

Went to Against the Grain in Louisville with friends for the Bo and Luke Release on September 14th. I really enjoyed this place. Atmosphere is great, lots of energy in this place without being over bearing. A two story windowed tower brewing fermenters and mash kettles overlooks the bar. Very cool to see the brewers going in there to do their thing. Found that they had a great selection of delicious beers, and the food was very tasty as well. Service was a little on the weak side, but it was also incredibly busy that day. Overall a great place, and I look forward to visiting again on my next trip back to Louisville.

09-19-2013 03:56:53 | More by Vegasbeer
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3.74/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5 | $$

Located inside Louisville Slugger Field stadium, the seating area isn't all that big, but the ceilings are huge so it looks much bigger. There's a good sized patio for outside enjoyment as well.

Staff is friendly and they seem to love working there, lots of camaraderie. The food is awesome! Get the tacos, you won't be sorry. Love the hummus and the pulled pork sandwich, too. I haven't had a bad thing from their menu. It's a tad more expensive than you'd expect, but well worth it.

They make a lot of different beer, feels like they're pumping out a new one every damn day. Because of this experimental mindset, you'll find a lot of mediocre stuff, but a lot of good stuff as well, and every once in awhile, you'll strike gold. Obviously, Bo & Luke has been their main attraction lately, but many will argue 70k is even better. They have 5 or 6 offerings on tap at any given time and it's a great place to always find something unique or different. You won't find any other brewery's beers here, at least not from the times I've been. So go to try something different, or go to get something you've been waiting for them to release, but also definitely go for the food.

09-15-2013 16:34:13 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$

I try to stop here every time I visit Louisville, and my experiences have been mostly positive. It's hard to judge a brewpub by its selections, but ATG's self-conscious anti-style beer descriptors cover a lot of bases, and I like that they always have a smoked beer (a must for a BBQ town) on tap.

The space looks like your typical, cavernous brewpub, but there are so many details - the cool portraits (the Col Sanders one rocks) and that beautiful brewing area behind the class come to mind - that make it memorable.

The food and beers have always been quite good, though they're rarely truly outstanding. One exception is the smoked, then grilled chicken wings - those are the best, easily the best I've ever eaten. Hell, the wings alone are worth the nudge to "4" for the food. They also have some talented bartenders; the Manhattan w/ a smoked cherry is a delicious treat before a meal. Anything they call a "whim" on their food and beer menus is worth checking out.

For me, it's nearly a must-visit in Lulzville. I can't imagine visiting the city without stopping to share some wings, beer cheese and a few pints at least once.

09-05-2013 17:00:22 | More by niall
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New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$

I was pleasantly surprised to find this diamond in the rough while walking around Louisville for the first time. Nice, mellow, brewpub with delicious food and even more delicious beers. (I wasn't there on a game day so it might not always be that mellow.) A refreshing change from the typical brews elsewhere. They had some exceptional entrees, including house-smoked pork belly with Kentucky sorghum and house-smoked red pepper hummus served with delicious, chewy pita. It was wonderful to see that anything could be made vegetarian, which didn't cut off most of my menu options like in most other restaurants. It was very affordable, especially for a traveler on a budget. I had the sampler and was pleased with all the beers I tried. I still talk about it months later, and will absolutely return next time I visit.

08-13-2013 01:40:27 | More by Pamalama
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
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