Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Active Beers: 141
Beer Ratings: 2,653
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 9 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -19.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
First, the service was excellent. Among the best I've ever had.
Second, The atmosphere tickles me. Having been to Browning's (the previous brewpub at this location), I expected the high ceilings and visible brew equipment. What changed was the diagram of the brew equipment in Street Art-style, the huge portraits of the (assumed) proprietors in their mohawked and hoodied glory and every listing on the On-Tap board is its' own piece of art. The place is brash and arrogant. I like it!
Third, the food was good to excellent. The low score I gave reflects the lack of options and the menu that manages to not make anything enticing.
And now, the beer: meh. I had a Triple IPA that i would describe as "meek" and "inoffensive." There was an Irish Dry Stout that was comparable to Kaliber in flavor. I was so disappointed! I gave as high a score as i did for the ambition of having every tap rotating, but I think they need to knuckle down and just make good beer. It almost feels like they can't be bothered with such a thing.
I'll go back in a few weeks. My fingers are crossed.
09-04-2012 22:05:27 | More by Bourbon
3.72/5 rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped here to do a quick flight. Beers were hit and miss, some great some only ok. Facility was nice and service was good. Didn't try the food. Might stop back here again because I've heard good things about this place as I might have not been there on a good day or I was in a hurry because of an incoming blizzard.
04-24-2014 19:06:54 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.74/5 rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located inside Louisville Slugger Field stadium, the seating area isn't all that big, but the ceilings are huge so it looks much bigger. There's a good sized patio for outside enjoyment as well.
Staff is friendly and they seem to love working there, lots of camaraderie. The food is awesome! Get the tacos, you won't be sorry. Love the hummus and the pulled pork sandwich, too. I haven't had a bad thing from their menu. It's a tad more expensive than you'd expect, but well worth it.
They make a lot of different beer, feels like they're pumping out a new one every damn day. Because of this experimental mindset, you'll find a lot of mediocre stuff, but a lot of good stuff as well, and every once in awhile, you'll strike gold. Obviously, Bo & Luke has been their main attraction lately, but many will argue 70k is even better. They have 5 or 6 offerings on tap at any given time and it's a great place to always find something unique or different. You won't find any other brewery's beers here, at least not from the times I've been. So go to try something different, or go to get something you've been waiting for them to release, but also definitely go for the food.
09-15-2013 16:34:13 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
3.78/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
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.
09-05-2013 17:00:22 | More by niall
3.91/5 rDev -9.7%
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
01-11-2013 03:32:24 | More by craftbrew502
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
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