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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
BA SCORE
96
world-class

105 Ratings
Ratings: 105
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Active Beers: 160
Beer Ratings: 3,115
Beer Avg: 3.73
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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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

djhowell, Jun 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

Bourbon, Sep 04, 2012
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3.51/5  rDev -18.9%

Located in the Louisville Slugger Stadium downtown Against the Grain has a cool space that's anything but little. You enter next to the large outdoor seating area, all covered in case of rain. The interior space is large with high ceilings and a lot of brick. A huge chalkboard tells of the days offerings. Tanks can be seen through a long window directly above the bar. Although the space is large it still seems intimate and cozy. Nicely decorated.

Service was friendly and prompt although I did have to ask for a couple of items. Against the Grain labels themselves a smokehouse so the menu is loaded with delicious smoked meats. The pulled pork sandwich, though a little pricey, is smokey, savory, and moist with a good helping of char and pickled onions to boot. Good stuff.

The beer was actually my least favorite aspect of Against the Grain. I don't know if this is normal but the day I stopped in for lunch they seemed to be serving all beers in plastic cups. Strike one. Strike two was that my beer was so cloudy and sediment filled that it was as close to chewing a beer as you could get. As it was served I was told it was that way because the keg was just recently moved. With that said the beer was mediocre at best and my only drink of the visit because of said issues.

I would give Against the Grain another try if in the immediate area but I wouldn't go out of my way to stop through again.

joe1510, Aug 01, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -16.9%

KluberSociety, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Apr 24, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

TheBeerAlmanac, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Danielr26, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

teledeluxe, Nov 21, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

niall, Sep 05, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -9.7%

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

craftbrew502, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

snansel, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

A_m_r, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

beergorrilla, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

vanbeer77, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

kylehay2004, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

NooseJustice, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

dbrauneis, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

PassMeAZima, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Vegasbeer, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Highbury09, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

ali1987, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

dsgarvin84, Jun 06, 2014
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
96 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.