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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Not Rated.
Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
BA SCORE
96
world-class

117 Ratings
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Active Beers: 166
Beer Ratings: 3,452
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 9
Bottles: 0
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

Notes:
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(Place added by: brian44556 on 09-25-2011)
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Reviews by mynie:
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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

mynie, Jul 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Went for breakfast before a day at Forecastle, nice pretty woman served me beer and eggs and pork, best day of my entire life.

McMatt7, Oct 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

This place makes some excellent beef brisket! the overall feel of the place is relaxed and hip. The staff was pleasant with good knowledge of the breweries beers. The home made rootbeer is a must try but the available tap beers that can also be purchased by the bottle steal the show. If your in Louisville, this is a must stop place for some awesome food, beer and staff.

themind, Oct 14, 2014
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1.72/5  rDev -60.2%

Adamshantz, Oct 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Hands down my favorite place to go when my work calls me to Louisville. It's a mandatory stop before I head home.

Beerwise, this is one of the best places I've found, as the on tap lineup changes completely nigh weekly. If you're familiar with the Bluegrass Brewing Company, this place is founded and run by some of the original brewers from there. ATG is all about experimentation and having fun with their creations, and while they churn out the occasional miss, they also hit some beautiful homeruns out of the ballpark (literally, they're in the stadium for the Louisville Bats). I've been there at least half a dozen times, and seen about three dozen different beers they've brewed - many of which have been delicious.

While some of the staff aren't exactly beer savants, you will find at least one of the brewmasters working behind the bar most any time you're in, and they don't mind chatting about the beer. The food is all phenomenal, particularly the (market price) local smoked chicken wings with local honey and your choice of their barbecue sauces (which are whipped up by the chef in much the same way the beers are whipped up by the brewers).

I'd be here far more often if I actually lived in Louisville. As it stands, I'm glad they ship kegs and bottles to some of the local stores near me.

UrbanCaveman, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

bsuedekum, Oct 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 04, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +9%

Mhgrant17, Oct 04, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%

Stryker5713, Oct 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

edhizdeid, Oct 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

Enochase04, Sep 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

unimatrix1, Sep 25, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

The food was fantastic and affordable and the beer was varied and odd. I've had several ATG in bottles but this was my first visit to the brewery. The wait staff was incredibly nice and accommodating but seemed to be less beer geekish than expected. I love this area of Louisville and I love ATG beer so this was a very good time and a great experience.

KYGunner, Sep 22, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +7.4%

Doublechar0517, Sep 15, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +7.4%

FatherDru, Sep 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Stinger80OH, Sep 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Good service, cool atmosphere, great food and great beer.

PBRmeasap1980, Sep 14, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

JustinSparks, Sep 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

MSandahl23, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

zbodnar1, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Highbury09, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

Food is great, good space, nice bar, the beer was kind of on the mild side not really what i was expecting, more trending towards non impressive beers, at least on the draft side, i will probably take out a couple of bottles of stuff not available on draft, they do have Alpha King from 3 floyds.
Most beers trend towards a medium light body and substance.

tonafernandez, Aug 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

freewill35, Aug 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Jasonchair, Aug 16, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -16.7%

KluberSociety, Aug 12, 2014
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
96 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.