Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
BEER AVG
3.71/5
Based on:
136 Beers
515 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 43
Visits: 158
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 9
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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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Reviews: 43 | Visits: 158
Reviews by mynie:
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Against the Grain is Kentucky’s buzziest brewery. I’ve had a few of their beers in Indy and they’ve ranged for solid to very good. And—take notes, kids—they have the good sense to directly distribute their kegs. Meaning they are generating hype in Indy and Cincy and even Chicago, which is very good for their brand.

Their set up was adorable. Way new brewery-y, with lots of exposed ductwork and warm track lighting, but it makes sense seeing how the brewery is physically is a part of a fucking AAA ballpark. I drove past the place 3 times before I realized the “BREWERY” written on one of the park’s enclaves wasn’t some Captain Morgan’s Cove-type bullshit. So, even without attending a game, I guess it’s safe to assume that the Louisville Bats have maybe the best beer selection of any baseball team in the states? That’s not fair.

The place is long, wide, and nicely ventilated. 5 15-barrel tanks sit well illuminated above the dining area, and bearded men paced about them intently. The crowd was southern mixed race-—meaning the black people came in diverse forms, but the white people were all fuzzy and car-shaped. The TVs showed sports and the music was innocuous.

I can’t gauge the south. The little aesthestic tics that signal coolness up north here can be meaningless. My first time in Louisville I came across a heavily tattooed youngster with gauged earlobes. He knew where the weed was, of course, but he also very deeply hated gay people and damn, he said, if we wanted to get out of this economic mess we was gonna have to stop spending so goddamn much on foreign aid. You know how much that takes outta his tax dollars? Too goddamn much. Then he said some slurs.

Anyhow, this place had some legit vegetarian options. Overall it was friendly, but I can’t tell if it was for-real friendly or that weird, perfunctory southern friendliness that’s actually just a thin patina they pull down to mask their pressing hatred of outsiders. It also looked like it could get real busy real quick, but it might be in the kind of area and appeal to the kind of people where it ain’t likely to get too awful busy at any given point. (2,175 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Incrediby fast service...big spacious place (43 characters)

Photo of johnyb
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
1.81/5  rDev -57.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 1.5 | food: 1

Could not get waited on. Beer disappointing and overpriced. Not a good experience. (82 characters)

Photo of mjforres
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The service was a little weak -- our appetizer arrived after we finished our main course -- but the food was very good and the IPA was excellent. (145 characters)

Photo of scottspencer
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.51/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of montybugg
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Brewshound
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BlueMoon10
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of MikeyP502
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of tdetenber
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Get_Lowell
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 2Bstout
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of K-Creedon
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of neckbracesub
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Visited for the second time on 2015-03-07.

Had two very nice beers and a tasty lunch. Nice environment. All servers are Cicerone certified. (141 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Josette
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Good food and great beer (24 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

They brew some crazy good beers - 70k, Bo and Luke, Brett the Hop man - but they are rarely available. I typically find something on b the menu I'm pleased with.

The vibe is cool and staff are great.


This place has excellent food. Lots of smoked goodies. (259 characters)

Photo of PretzelCity
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
94 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.