Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 138
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Slatetank:
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I got directions from google and ventured on over to Cumberland Brews after a quick trip to Liquor Barn. It was slightly tricky get parking nearby, but within a few minutes I was in the door and seated at the short bar inside the pub.
I sat down next to a guy dirinking sake which I noticed was a new menu item according to the blackboard. The menu board was large and decorated with colored chalk. The food specials were listed along with prices and the list of available draft offerings. There was bison chili and chicken w/ wild rice soup, tater tots w/ roasted pepper and garlic aoili, Bbq chicken and blackbean quesadilla as well as soda floats. The drafts were the regulars: Nitro Porter, Matt's Read, Cream ale, Nut Brown, Meade, and seaonals: Dortmunder, Mock Bock, Celtic stout, and Yerba Mate Pale ale.
I found the general atmosphere to be above average in that I felt right at home almost immediately. I started to chat it up w/ a Teacher who lived in the area about politics, local news and sports as I checked out the decor and NCAA final four on the tube. I thought the diagram of the brew system was interesting to look at, it covered the wall oposite the bar. There are concert posters of the Grateful Dead, Widespread panic and even the 'Testical Festival' on display. The details are special also: Blown glass tap handles w/ gold pyramids on top, A nice collection of Breweriana including beer trays and signs from Fehr's, Falls city and Sterling on display. They have displayed the art on bierdeckls from artistic patrons on the wall behind the bar with quite a range of talents and styles - I asked to have mine added to the collection. They have a nice upstairs with a small bar and can collection displayed as well as one in the men's room with Van Lauter, Ortlieb's, Narangasset, and Castlemaine represented among the several hundred.
The food is well made and fresh. I could't help but order some Jamaican jerk wings after enjoying the aroma they created when I sat down at the bar. The neighbor at the bar had ordered some. They had a great mix of ginger, citrus, pepper, rosemary and honey in the sauce and I devoured them leaving some sauce under my fingernails.
The quality overall was excellent and the service was quick and cheerful even when the place went from close to empty to packed in a short period of time. My questions about the beer offered were answered and the general knowledge of the seasonal offerings was good. I considered the selection to be good even without a Belgian on the menu, ales, lager and mead were well represented. Overall I loved it here - I couldn't have asked for much more.
04-07-2008 01:50:35 | More by Slatetank
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4.16/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
The atmosphere at the place had a kind of artsy vibe but we did not spend too long inside as we chose to sit outside and people watch.
Beers were properly served at the right temperature and in the proper glasses.
The service was good though we did go to the bar and get our beers from the bartender and did not have table service - we were served out beers quickly.
I did not have any food so I am not able to comment - I did not see any others getting food either while I was there. To be fair, we were there in the middle of the afternoon between lunch and dinner.
I thought the prices were slightly lower than other bars/brewpubs in the area. The beers were pretty good so I would consider it a good value.
05-29-2012 23:01:30 | More by dbrauneis
Cumberland Brews in Louisville, KY
92 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.