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Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Place Score: 86
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.8
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3929 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, Kentucky, 40207-3120
United States
phone: (502) 899-7070

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bbcbrewstmatts

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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 33
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Had a great time, food was delicious, and the Berliner Weisse was suprisingly good, being that i ususally am not too big on BBC's offerings. I was impressed.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of obarryrules
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

The wife and I stopped by after visiting the Louisville slugger museum. Great Beers! I especially enjoyed the Bourbon barrel stout.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Retroman40
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Stopping in with my family for lunch during a shopping trip. The atmosphere is as much a sports bar as a brew pub. College football was playing on several big screen TVs throughout the place. We sat in the indoor dining area. You can see the on site brewery from this area. There is also a large bar area as well as a large outdoor (covered) section. I could picture myself sitting in the outdoor area on a nice day trying one of everything.

There were a number of BBC beers available. I started with a sampler of 7 (IPA, APA, Wheat, Porter, Alt Bier, Bourbon Barrel Stout and Malt Liquor (yes, craft malt liquor). All the beers are very good. Some may complain that some are served too cold however it's a lot easier to let a beer warm than to cool it! My wife chose a Dark Star Porter and I had a Alt Beer and American Wheat. At 4.50/pint they are quite reasonable. You can also get half-pints for 2.75. Growler fills area available and we took home one of the Dark Star Porter and the "Urban Nomad" Malt Liquor. The place also has a full bar.

The food was standard "pub grub". Between us we had pizza, wings, crab cakes and quesidillas. All were decent enough and reasonably priced also. Our server was enthusiastic and knew a good deal about the beer and the whole place. We never felt rushed.

Overall this is a decent place with decent enough food and beer all at very reasonable prices.

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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of aMillionDreams
2.18/5  rDev -42.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I'm a long time fan of BBC but this location in particular has gone down hill of late. All of the beers are flat except the occasional beer that is over-carbonated and the bartender has to pull three pints to get you one proper beer. Specialty beers have been unimaginative. There used to always be a bourbon barrel aged beer and a cask on Thursday, not anymore. I keep checking back, hoping things will change back to the good ole days of BBC, but it's getting worse and worse. With craft brew and microbrew on the rise in Louisville and all around the country, BBC can't keep calling it in.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A: BBC on Shelbyville Road has a spacious interior with a large bar, several televisions, an outdoor seating area, and shelves containing decorative glassware line the walls. The back of the building is full of wooden tables and generally appears to be more restaurant-like, save for the view of the fermenters. The place feels cozy and welcoming despite its size, and would be appropriate for all ages.

Q: The quality of offerings is generally rock solid.

S: I've been in here quite a few times recently and the service has always been outstanding. The bartenders are polite, friendly, and knowledgeable and the servers are prompt and courteous. I've never had any complaints with the service here.

S: The liquor selection is quite impressive and they tend to do some solid cocktails. The beer selection is limited to the brewery's own offerings, but they always seem to have virtually every major style represented. One great thing about this location is that the brewers have more freedom to experiment, so they generally have 4 or 5 brewpub exclusives that you can't get anywhere else.

F: The food can be hit or miss, but is generally good, solid American pub fare.

V: Prices for pints are great and their growler prices aren't too shabby either. For the most part food prices are more than reasonable.

O: BBC-East is a great spot in which to spend an afternoon. The beers are usually pretty good and so is the food. It's worth stopping by, especially if you don't mind a place that tends to fill up quickly.

Photo of mulder1010
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A-- Went to the tap room first and then to the other location on Main, as the other had food. Mostly brick and wood. Big bar, lots of seating and very trending looking. Very casual but hip feel. Lots of parking in the area, on and off street.

Q-- quality wise was not over impressed really. Have had the bourbon barrel stout and it was average. Had their Black IPA on tap and could only drink half the glass. No hops and very alcoholic. Was warned by others their beer is average.

S-- All bluegrass beers. 9 total taps with 2 seasonals. Had a few of their 750 ML bottles. Not too shabby.

S- Decent service. Never asked for a second beer but water and soda's were refilled well. Nothing outstanding and had better service elsewhere.

F-- Average. Cuban sandwich was cold, salads were good and the mashed potatoes were good. Garlic fries were decent.

V-- On this trip Bluegrass has been the most disappointing so far. Good prices but average beer and average. Venue is very nice thought.

Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'm originally from Kentucky, have been into craft beer for a while, but have never been here before until now. I stopped in here the night before my cousin's wedding. Heck, we didn't even go to the hotel first. We all have our priorities I guess....

Atmosphere: Impeccably clean, cozy, and spacious. In the bar area near the front, there are layered shelves housing decorative BBC glassware. The back area is much more restaurant-like, with tons of tables, and of course the obligatory view of the tanks where all the magic happens.

Quality: The beer ranges from sub-par to pretty good. It's kind of a shame, because the beer themselves taste good overall, but they are consistently thin in the mouthfeel area. The gift shop area near the front sells brewery swag as well as bombers of their latest creations.

Service: The waitress was very polite, seemed genuinely sincere in her support of the brewery, brought out the food and drinks promptly, and even gave me a stack of coasters to take home.

Selection: This brewery makes A LOT of beer, and tends to run the complete gamut on styles. However, I thought it was strange that they did not have an IPA on the menu.

Food: I ordered the shrimp and grits and it was just decent. My wife, on the other hand, ordered the Mushroom Ravioli and it was absolutely fantastic.

Value: $4 for a pint? Hot damn.... I'll take it! The food price was fair also, and was pretty much in line with standard upscale sports bar prices.

Overall, we had a great experience here and were impressed on many levels. If BBC could only tweak some of their beers (mouthfeel!), this place would be truly world class.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A - 4.5 The BBC on Shelbyville Rd is a fun place to hang out. There's a nicely sized bar and big deck/patio outside. It's good for people of all ages I'd say.

Q - 4 Everything is good quality-wise. The place is clean and well-kept.

Ser - 4.5 I've always had great service here. The staff is on top of things and friendly.

Sel - 4.5 I'd say the brew selection at this store is greater than at their others. More brews are offered on draft as I'd guess there's more capacity at this location. There's food selection for everybody also.

F - 4 The food is tasty here. It's good quality pub fare and there is plenty to choose from. I've not been disappointed.

V - $$ The prices here are very fair.

Photo of jneuff
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I ambled in after a long day on the road and had their barrel aged rye porter and the normal Dark Star porter. The barrel aged beer was delicious. I was also very impressed with the Dark Star, as most 5% abv Porters are iffy for me. The bartender was very friendly and helpful with advice about this bar and other worthwhile establishments in the area. The food was good. I had a nice filling black bean and chicken burrito. They do a cask tasting every Thursday, sadly I was there on a Monday. It is a nice circular bar with good TV's if you want to watch a game. Definitely a worthwhile visit.

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by BBC last Friday with a couple friends for their 3-7 Happy Hour beer specials and a meal to kick off the weekend right.

Inside, the restaurant is quite spacious. When you walk in, the hostess' station is directly ahead; to your right is a cooler with the latest bottled BBC selections available for carry-out; to the left is a nice, square shaped bar with seating on each side - easily seats for 25 patrons. The rest of the seating consists of large, comfortable booths and square tables spaced out across an open floor plan that offers unobstructed views of the brewery through large, vertical windows on the far wall to the right. There is also a large, covered outdoor beer garden, but on a hot sticky evening like it was that night, we opted for the comfort of a/c. The decor was light and casual - some posters and framed pieces on the light, pastel colored walls; nice decorative lamps hanging down over each booth; nice, dark, sealed wood flooring and trim. A couple large projector screen tvs showing sports around the room. Pretty pleasant atmosphere. I hear on the nights they have live bands playing the beer garden, it gets quite lively; otherwise, tonight was relaxed but pleasant as everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, even the dozen or so youngsters who were playing in the kid-pit area that was set aside with a good number of toys and trucks to keep them entertained while their parents socialized. You could make the argument that the indoor seating section provides a family-friendly environment.

As for the food and beer, I was very pleased. I had a huge chicken salad sandwich made with fresh toasted almonds, cranberries, mandarin orange and green onions on texas toast with their homemade potato chips. Drink-wise, 3 dollars happy hour drafts are great! I tried the Raspberry Meade and the Bourbon Barrel Big Brown (a barrel aged version of their Nut Brown, aged in local favorite Knob Creek bourbon barrels). The food was delicious, the portions were a pretty good value for the price - $7.99 for a huge sandwich and a plate full of chips) and the beers were fresh of the tap, delicious and conveniently cheaper!

As for the beer selection, if you're interested in supporting the local scene in Louisville, then you'll do we'll to give BBC a look. However, if you aren't keen on their beers or are looking for another brewery's offerings or macros to pair with your meal, then you'll want to look elsewhere - being a brewpub, they only serve their own beers. But what offerings they did have on tap ran the gamut, from their most popular beers that you can find on the shelves at local bottle shops (i.e. their Altbier, Nut Brown Ale, Darkstar Porter) to a handful of taproom-only beers on offer the night we went.

Service on the night was prompt and friendly. Quick to check on the quality of our meals and if we needed another beer, plus they let us get away with happy hour prices for about 10 minutes after happy hour actually ended. That was nice.

If there is one downside to the BBC experience, however, its that it can be a challenge to get to on the weekends. I would recommend going on a weeknight. On Friday and Saturday nights, this particular block of Shelbyville Road is absolutely hopping and parking will be an issue unless you get there before 5pm - there are a lot of restaurants/bars/clubs in the area, but simple not enough parking spaces.

Regardless, this is for sure a place to go and enjoy good food and local beer. Next visit, I plan to sit outside and catch a breeze with my beer. I can't wait!

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Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's in Louisville, KY
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