Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
BEER AVG
3.72/5
Based on:
113 Beers
3,239 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 132
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.23
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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(Place added by: brian44556 on 09-25-2011)
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Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

Great beer, but uninspired food.

Photo of rden4654
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A first class operation with first class people, First Class Food and First Class Beer. The two things in Louisville one should not miss is ATG Brewery and Churchill Downs. Hint the pulled pork tacos were the bomb I can't wait tot try the brisket chili and the brisket burger!!!

Photo of italianstallion
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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2.4/5  rDev -43.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Williaar
1/5  rDev -76.4%

Photo of psoriasaurus
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Expensive, sub-par, pretentious. Move along.

Photo of nicole309
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Mikemcc99
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev -5.4%

This place was pretty quiet but it was Monday. Looks like a rather nice place, waitress was very nice did not eat any food. It is unique to sit at the bar and look at the tanks. The beer on tap was really average though. I was blown away when I had Rico Sauvin on tap somewhere else so I was pretty disappointed in the beer. They are really brewing unique beers there with smoked malts and Brett but the problem is they are really average.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of McMatt7
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Photo of themind
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

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1.72/5  rDev -59.3%

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.71/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
94 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.