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Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 56
Beer Ratings: 2,262
Beer Avg: 3.58

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
very good

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by Buschyfor3:
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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, it was fantastic. 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 killer, 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 selection, being a brewpub, they only serve their own beers on tap, but they did have quite a nice selection of bourbons on their menu. But I'll grade selection while keeping in mind this is a brewpub, they want to push their own beers, and they had many tap-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.

Definitely a place to check out. A great way to kick off the weekend. For sure a place to go and enjoy good food and great local beer. Next visit, I plan to sit outside and catch a breeze with my beer. I can't wait!

07-15-2009 04:08:56 | More by Buschyfor3
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2.18/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

10-22-2012 12:10:06 | More by aMillionDreams
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

07-10-2012 14:57:21 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of mulder1010


3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

07-06-2011 22:23:02 | More by mulder1010
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4.13/5  rDev +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.

06-19-2011 01:00:49 | More by Chaney
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Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's in Louisville, KY
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