Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BEER AVG
3.71/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
167
Reviews:
761
Ratings:
5,399
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
174
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
5.34%
 
 
Taps:
9
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

401 E Main St
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202-1110
United States

(502) 515-0174 | map
www.atgbrewery.com

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Added by brian44556 on 09-25-2011

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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 174
Reviews by mynie:
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ohiou84
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.75

I thought the food was exceptional. Beer selection was a bit lacking. They had a few of their cans for sale. They offered a flight that included six beers without names, just a porter, golden pilsner, IPA, etc. They had three other beers on tap with names, but one of the kegs had kicked.

I like brew pubs that offer beers that I cannot otherwise get, or do that I wouldn't expect see. I would have liked more variety. Or,at least name the beers that are on tap so they can be rated.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of GregSemenza
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of vikinghorn
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Alexbeeler
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I work here and think this is a great place for beer and food. The lowest score I gave was in service because depending on the server or bartender you will either get great service or hardly any service.

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Photo of BlueDawg
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Visited here September 2014. Cool location downtown and right inside the beautiful Louisville Slugger Field. The food was great, some good bbq choices. Beer was good.

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Photo of jakestuart303
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Great hangout, but pricey.

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Photo of TVail
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of JustinSparks
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of tripledbrew
3.5/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Paige88
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of jrs3994243
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Cycolac
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Photo of jdunnfla
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Went there for the large selections of beers. . . .did not realize that all they serve is THEIR brews. Tried a few but none were hoppy enough to suit me. But they DO have some very interesting flavors so most folks will be very happy. And the selections are always changing.
I did notice they had approx 60 different bourbons and that is what we ended up drinking.
The one lady behind the bar (Celeste I think) was very knowledgeable and sweet. The place is very cool and located right on the heart of the downtown Main St area of Louisville.
Food looked great although we had lunch elsewhere and did not eat here.

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Photo of C_Adams
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We stopped here with the family when we in town over the 4th of July after going to the Louisville Slugger Museum. We had tickets to the Bats game and a few hours to kill. They were not very busy when we arrived around 3:00. Very cool atmosphere. They had a chalkboard list of beers on tap on the wall. I really enjoyed the music because it included some Phish & Grateful Dead. We ordered the pub pretzel with cheese, beef jerky, and some fries. Beef jerky was excellent and ended up placing another order. I had two different IPA's. Both were pretty good. The beer was priced pretty good. I am going to be stopping her every time I am in Louisville!

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Photo of Warren2621
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

I have only sat on the patio, never in the pub. Pretty neat place with a location right in downtown louisville attached to the minor league baseball stadium. The food is pretty solid and priced between fair to a little expensive. The beer is nice.. I had an oyster stout during my first visit and some IPA I cant remember.

This isnt the biggest deal to me since i'm pretty easy going, but my waitress splashed my stout all over my sleeve on a white shirt. It wasnt enough of a spill to warrant bringing me another beer, but I didnt like that I still had to pay for it. "Let me ruin your clothes and charge you for it." I even mentioned that it should have been free. It was one of my roommate's friends so I thought she would comply but still charged me the $5 for the beer. I didnt really care, but the right move in that situation was to comp my beer.

Its worth checking out. Nothing mind blowing and I dont make frequent visits despite living 10 minutes away. Their stuff is solid, not extraordinary.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Incrediby fast service...big spacious place

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Photo of johnyb
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
1.81/5  rDev -56.1%
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.

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Photo of mjforres
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of scottspencer
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of montybugg
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
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