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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:
134 Beers
546 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 46
Visits: 160
rAvg: 4.25
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: 46 | Visits: 160
Photo of TheBiercast
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Go! (441 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of Vegasbeer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.74/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of niall
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Pamalama
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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)

Photo of anhigdon
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Been a local and visit here frequently. One of the best things about this place is you never know which of their beers will be on tap! They do have a handful of different guest beers tapped as well.

Food is okay. Nothing to write home about, but a great place to grab a beer and appetizer. That being said, they have a fair selection on their menu. Their playfulness with their beers also shows with their food. They have a second chalkboard (first for beer of course) with their rotating sauces for BBQ and other meats.

Staff is always very friendly and knowledgeable about their beers. On more than one occasion I've talked to the brewers while filling up growlers just because they seem to enjoy connecting with their customers.

This is located on the corner of the local minor league Bats stadium. With an outside entrance, they hold regular hours without the need for there to be a game going on. They typically draw a decent afternoon/after work crowd, but I've never had a problem getting a seat. For those interested, they also have outside seating available.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend dropping by. If you're a local and haven't been yet, you're missing out. And if you're just passing through, it's definitely worth at least a couple pours of whatever you're in the mood for! (1,296 characters)

Photo of ShanaRae
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I absolutely had a wonderful time here, the flight beers were impressive. I am not a stout fan but I loved theirs. Everything had unique flavor. I will go back. The service was impeccable. The server was super friendly. The music was punk rock and we loved it. The food was absolutely delightful. There was even an outside patio to sit on. (339 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

A - Wonderful looking place. Art all over the walls. I was there on a Monday night so there wasnt much of a crowd. I can imagine it being a fun place!

Q - Decent beers. I had 3 of the 8 they had on tap. One of the was one of the best beers I have ever had. Another was one of the worst. Wish I could have tried them all!

S - I cant say enough about the service. Very friendly staff that went out of their way to make me feel welcomed

S - Hey they had 8 beers on tap and said they keep them rotating. The last one I tried was 13.0 ABV, so I couldnt handle anymore!

F - I had the special which happened to be ribs. They were pretty good. They were very tender and had a nice flavor. A little greasy and fatty, but I was happy

V- I spent 40 bucks including the tip and had the special and 3 craft beers. I feel that was fairly priced (835 characters)

Photo of KevinmusPrime
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Cool set up. Very spacious, lots of room at the bar. AtG does a lot of different styles well. Their barleywine, London Balling, is superb. Very tasty fare. I am excited to see the beers that come out of this place. Highly recommend a visit if you are in the Ville. (264 characters)

Photo of scruz
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Beercentric brewpub. Food is a smokehouse fare, with a twist. Very good. Beers are world class and service is good. Its located downtown near most other beer destinations in Lville. Definitely a must see for any visitors looking to get a breath of KYs thriving beer culture. (274 characters)

Photo of klyph76
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Expansive main dining area with very high ceilings. Awesome local art work for decor. Delicious bbq and in-house brew. Located in downtown Louisville right next to the Louisville Sugger's stadium. Highly recommended for foodies and beer lovers alike. (250 characters)

Photo of craftbrew502
3.91/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

Not a very wide selection of beer, the atmosphere is really nice, the food is descent but not great. Not my favorite spot in the ville, but cool place to go every now and then. Their house brews are pretty basic nothing really stands out to me, watery porters and week IPAs (273 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Lots of genuine character at AtG. I like the vibe, the design, and pretty much everything about the place. Selection and quality was on the mark, with an interesting variety of different kinds of beers. I took a growler of Shart Pants with me. Food was pretty good. The brisket was nice and the corn on the cob was a good touch. The green beans were cooked to oblivion though, but 2 out of 3 ain't bad. When I am in Louisville again, I would definitely come back. I imagine that AtG will continue to put out a lot of interesting brews for some time. (549 characters)

Photo of JDizzle
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to this place about 4 times now and it had never disapointed.

They always have ureal draft selections, most of their own, but also guest taps from around the world. I have had Mikeller 1000 IBU, Three Floyds BooGoop, etc.. on tap plus most of their high gravity beers. The service is great!! Will, the bartender, is always willing to give you nice samples of anything you want and shoot the shit about beer.

The atmosphere is great with the high ceilings and the brew tanks viewable in a nice window above.

The food is really good as well. I am a vegetarian, and their mushroom burger is epic, but they also have a ton of meat entrees that would be very nice if I ate meat. They have a ton of sauces that are homeade as well that are killer! The hot sauce is brutal.

By far the best all-a-round brewery in the Ville. (833 characters)

Photo of Bourbon
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

First, the service was excellent. Among the best I've ever had.

Second, The atmosphere tickles me. Having been to Browning's (the previous brewpub at this location), I expected the high ceilings and visible brew equipment. What changed was the diagram of the brew equipment in Street Art-style, the huge portraits of the (assumed) proprietors in their mohawked and hoodied glory and every listing on the On-Tap board is its' own piece of art. The place is brash and arrogant. I like it!

Third, the food was good to excellent. The low score I gave reflects the lack of options and the menu that manages to not make anything enticing.

And now, the beer: meh. I had a Triple IPA that i would describe as "meek" and "inoffensive." There was an Irish Dry Stout that was comparable to Kaliber in flavor. I was so disappointed! I gave as high a score as i did for the ambition of having every tap rotating, but I think they need to knuckle down and just make good beer. It almost feels like they can't be bothered with such a thing.

I'll go back in a few weeks. My fingers are crossed. (1,082 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My family and I stopped into Against the Grain while visiting Louisville.

The building is fantastic with authentic wood floors, high, wooden ceilings, two levels of brewing equipment above the bar and an artistic flair mixed into the warehouse foundation. They have TVs, probably to cover the baseball games, but they don’t detract from the overall atmosphere.

They offer six beers that are all brewed on the premises. Based on the website, I expected the beer lineup to be geared to the masses and not craft beer fans. But they manage to pull off both. The menu presentation simplifies the descriptions so a beginner can easily make a decision. But having tried them all, they’re substantial and interesting. They’re much more balanced and mainstream than over the top but they’re flavorful and interesting.

The food is fantastic as well. They have smoked BBQ including pulled pork, brisket and chicken. And they have several options for sauces. Two came with the meal and we added a sauce sampler for $1.50. It was great to try all of the different meats with the different sauces. We also had the smoked wings, hash and salad. If there was any flaw, the meats were a bit dry. But the sauces help mask that and there were no disappointments.

Against the Grain is surprisingly good for a commercial, touristy place in a minor league ballpark. It’s well worth a visit. (1,382 characters)

Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We passed through Louisville this past Friday around lunch at the end of a week-long brewery tour. We figured we'd catch the downtown location of Bluegrass Brewing, and I saw that this was just 7 blocks away or so, so we figured we'd give it a shot, too. I did not expect much from a brewery located in a minor league ballpark in Kentucky, honestly, so this place blew away my admittedly low expectations.

You'll forget about the ballpark angle pretty quickly. Unlike most brewpubs in well-traveled entertainment districts, these guys are focused on making beer, not money. Each of the six beers they had on that day had bite, character and class.

We only split an appetizer since we were still planning on lunch down the street at Bluegrass, but the app was unique and tasty and huge for the price. The crowd was light and we had the bar area to ourselves, so our server was always right there when we needed her.

Everything here was surprisingly good. We were glad we were able to stretch a single into a double when we went looking for lunch and brews in downtown Louisville. It will be on our list for places to go back to when traveling. (1,145 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My night in Louisville ended up being amazing, it also helped that two of my favorite events have combined into one perfect place; Louisville Slugger Field.

A: I had bought tickets to a Bats game and had some time to kill, so to my surprise there was a Brewery attached to the stadium. Located near the Ohio River and adjoined to a beautiful baseball field. You can access just the brewery from the street. Has a nice outdoor patio area where you can watch all the fans stroll into the game, much like MLB Ballparks. A nice setup, I did not spend much time inside as I opted for the nice weather.

S: Great service. Sitting outside I had a waitress regularly visit me to see if I needed anything or another beer. Fast, prompt, and polite.

S: A basic offering of beers didn't have me thrilled, but they did have I believe eight mainstage beer styles. What had me thrilled was how good their beer was. I had the dark and IPA beer which both impressed me.

F: I did the Memphis Sandwich which consisted of slow $23, not bad for a brewery right next to the stadium. (1,066 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A: Occupying the space where Browning's Brewery once was, Against The Grain has a wonderful location at Louisville Slugger Field. The interior is spacious, clean, and well-lit with a great view of the fermenters in the brewhouse. Lots of clever little touches (regional artwork, large televisions, and lots of wood) make this a very comfy spot that fits in nicely with its surroundings.

Q: The quality of each of their offerings is superb, and the place always seems to promise a good experience. Really, everything here is rock solid all around.

S: Service is casual, friendly, and attentive. If you go in on a slow day, be prepared for some spirited conversation with the servers and/or other regulars. Despite its youth, Against the Grain almost has the character of an established neighborhood bar or brewpub.

S: Being predominantly a brewpub, the selection is limited, but extremely thoughtful. I particularly like their efforts to accomodate all tastes. There is always a session beer on-tap, as well as something for both the hopheads and fans of malt-driven ales. If you like dark beers and/or smoked beers, they've got you covered too. Unlike many American brewpubs, Against The Grain always offers a cask ale of some sort, as well as guest taps for national, international, and regional brewers.

F: The food leans heavily toward standard brewpub fare, so expect to see such staples as beer cheese and sandwiches employing smoked meats. The fried crawfish po' boy is a must. Portions are generous and prices are very reasonable.

O: This is an excellent new spot, and I hope it flourishes. It would be nice to have a brewpub in downtown Louisville that is in it for the long haul. If you ever find yourself passing through the area, stop by and kill some time. (1,773 characters)

Photo of KamaZootra
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I suppose you could call me a repeat offender at Against The Grain...absolutely love the cask-conditioned offerings! 35K is my personal fav...(if only they offered it intravenously)! The beer cheese is really good, smoked wings have a great flavor...love the smoked mushroom burger with fried egg, the crawfish po' boy is fantastic, the pulled pork bbq sandwich is really good, and the double smoked turkey burger is incredible (especially with the Black & Mild Smoked Porter on cask)...

In simpler terms, I have tried almost everything on their menu, and have not been disappointed!

Cheers! (594 characters)

Photo of rodney4130
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A little nicer atmosphere than you often find in brewpubs. All of the beers are tasty, and different from the normal reds, hefs, etc that you find at most places. Definitely geared to the craft crowd.

Food is very, very good. I had the beer can chicken, and others in our party had the turkey burger and tacos. All looked good and all were spoken of highly.

Service is great. Attentive, but not overly slow. Was really impressed that the burger was overheard to be shared by two people and they took the time to plate each half separately without being asked to.

I second the recommendation of the Belgian IPA and Biere De Garde. Some of the names are a little odd and unappetizing (Who Sharted?) but that's a minor quibble. Well worth checking out. (752 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Made a trip to Against The Grain last weekend, it's the newest brewpub in Louisville located in the old Browning's. They have around 6 brews of their own on tap along with some offerings on cask, and also a few guest taps too. I tried the sampler, and everything on it was quality. I ended up getting their 35K on cask and it's a very good brew. It seems that they're focusing their beers more towards the craft customers (some of their brews included a Bière de Garde and a Belgian IPA), which is definitely a good thing. Me and my friends ate there as well, I ended up getting the crawfish Po Boy sandwich which was good. Also tried the beer cheese appetizer that all of us liked a lot. The prices for both the food and beer seemed fair, the service was great and I have no complaints about the place at all. I'll certainly go back to Against The Grain in the future, and if you're in the area it's definitely worth the trip. (928 characters)

Photo of sefus12
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

AtG has been opened for about a month now and was opened by the two former brewers for the BBC brewpubs (not the bottling company) and two other individuals. The atmosphere is great with lots of exposed wood and cool artwork. The brewery stands behind two floors of full-glass windows above the bar, forming a damn-cool centerpiece to look at.

Their first batch of beers (the don't have year-round beers, but year-round styles such as Hoppy, Dark, Strong, and Session, among others) are all quality with the 35K (milk stout) being my favorite. The Smoked Oktoberfest and the Belgian/American IPA are both solid as well. The food can be described as upscale American/brewpub and the taste/quality/preparation are all well above the price-point, making it a great value.

Easily jumped to my favorite brewpub in the area and I'll certainly be hitting this place up frequently. (877 characters)

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
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