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Cumberland Brews

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Cumberland BrewsCumberland Brews
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.41%
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 166
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1576 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, Kentucky, 40205-1154
United States
phone: (502) 458-8727

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Reviews by dstc:
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Stopped for dinner here while driving through town. It is in a small building in a trendy part of town. We were lucky to walk in on a Friday night and find an empty table. All the smokers were at tables outside so the pub itself was delightfully smoke free. Service was good and attentive.

Excellent menu with typical brewpub food plus some interesting dishes. I had the veggie burger with sweet potato fries, it was basically a thick falafel patty with grilled portabella on top, served on a bun with all the fixin's. Really delicious.

I drank the seasonal brew which the waitress tells me is a steam beer. It was good enough to have three. One of my companions told the waitress he liked brown ales and she offered him the IPA. Maybe the staff isn't too knowledgeable about the brews but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. He ended up getting the seasonal too BTW, which he enjoyed.

Nice dinner at a pretty decent brewpub. I guess I should have tried more beers but looking at the board nothing sounded as good as the one I was drinking so I sticked to it.

dstc, Nov 23, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

A pleasant brewpub situated in the heart of the Highlands district in Louisville, KY. Highlands is a great place to check out if you want quality-made local beers, and you want to pair it with some delicious and rather inexpensive pub-style fare.

Walk inside and to your right you can get an inside look at the brewing operations and see their fermentation tanks through a large glass window. The bar is a little further down on the right hand side while the left has about a half dozen tables with seating for 4-5 at each table. There is also an upstairs room that you can reserve for parties and gatherings. There are also a couple of tables on the sidewalk outside, allowing you to take in the sights and sounds of Bardstown Road when the weather is nice out. If you go, you may want to get there early (especially on the weekends) or plan on going later in the evening after the regular dinner-time rush has moved through, as seating can sometimes be a little tight. But for good reason - Cumberland has fantastic beers and food on offer.

The beer menu features only Cumberland's in-house brews, all on draft - no bottles and no guest taps here (if you want those, you can check River City Drafthouse which is literally 5 steps next door). Cumberland typically has 5 or 6 regular beers on tap, including their famous Nitro Porter, and a further 1 or 2 seasonal taps (showcasing such offerings like their Slewfoot Amber, a housemade mead, a yerba-mate style beer, and, on special occasions, even a cask-ale offering).

Their food menu showcases standard pub fare, but with a nice kick of flair. Sandwiches, salads and burgers are the regular options, but Cumberland always has weekly/nightly food specials that trot well off the beaten path - fried soft-shell crab sandwiches, anyone? (BTW - fantastic!) Some of the more memorable items on their menu include the house-made pale-ale beer cheese (try the Habanero version - it's got quite a bit of heat!), the sweet potato fries with cinnamon dip, the black-bean nachos (it is a huge plate so plan to share), the Bison burger, their fried chicken cordon bleu sandwich, a fried bologna sandwich with American cheese on a toasted bun (a Louisville classic), and their fish tacos. Wide variety of menu items, everything tastes fantastic, and prices are reasonable to boot.

All in all, if you find yourself in Louisville and you venture out to the Highlands district, Cumberland is definitely a place worth stopping along the way. It's right near the heart of the craft beer scene in Louisville, with many other beer-bars within walking distance, as well as all the eccentric shops, clubs and eateries that the Highlands district has become famous for. Whatever you do, just remember what the say in the Highlands: "Keep Louisville Weird."

Buschyfor3, Aug 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

MaseFace, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

juicebox, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

gspeicher, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

rapayn01, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

RANSDELL, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

dsgarvin84, Jun 06, 2014
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3.41/5  rDev -15.8%

Small place, kind of a dive bar located in what seems to be a big time hipster neighborhood, brewery area is visible behind the bar. They had about 8 house beers on tap we tried them all and were not impressed. Most were ok, but nothing was especially good, just old school-sketchy brewpub stuff from back when almost no one would have known better. The food actually looked promising from what I saw but we didn't eat. Service was good, even though they were packed.

Bottom line: don't be fooled this place is seriously overrated by the locals. Don't bother unless you are looking to tick every beer in Louisville.

nickfl, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Bhoward0698, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Nolen12, Mar 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

psmith161, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ToddBeans, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

target88, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

cwd, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

end_27, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

crbnfbr, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

tmneyer, Oct 20, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

dbrauneis, May 29, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Cumberland Brews is sort of a Louisville mainstay. It's been a fixture of the Highlands/Bardstown Road area for years, and definitely has that sort of artsy college hipster joint meets small, friendly neighborhood brewpub kind of vibe.

The place is small and is located along a busy stretch of Bardstown Road, but the intimate setting actually suits it. Parking can get really hairy, especially during peak hours, but fortunately I live within walking distance. Park on one of the backstreets if you get overwhelmed by the idea of having to search for a parking space along a narrow, busy road. The upstairs dining area and curbside tables are always great options.

Unlike some other Louisville bars/eateries, the service at Cumberland Brews is always great; the servers are neither inattentive nor intrusive, and no one there has ever been snobbish or rude. The place seems pretty tightly run, as wait times tend to be very short. It's good to see such a small establishment emphasize efficiency.

The selection is pretty limited. In terms of beer, they just carry their stuff (as far as I know). Their regular offerings range from mediocre to quite good. I particularly like their pale ale, and I have friends who swear by the Nitro Porter. Unless you're an oddball cream ale fanatic, you may want to avoid theirs, as it's very average. The limited production/small batch offerings tend to be both very tasty and very unique. The coffee stout that was recently on-tap was fantastic. If you like solid, near sessionable beers, you'll probably dig what Cumberland is doing. If you like strong and/or "extreme" beers, then this place will likely bore you.

The food is decent for the most part. I haven't really tried enough of their offerings to form much of an opinion. Their salads are basic and filling. Everyone I know says that the burgers are good, but I have yet to try one.

Overall, prices are decent. My only gripe is that I find their growlers to be a bit pricey, especially when compared to Against the Grain and some of the local stores. Everything about this place is solid. It's not really all that adventurous or innovative, but Cumberland fills a necessary niche really well. All in all, it's good at what it does. Isn't that the most one can really ask of any place?

mrfrancis, Apr 25, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Cumberland is located in an artists corner area. Cumberland itself is like a worn shoe. The Brewer answered the phone when I called to inquire about the location. We talked when I arrived and he gave me a few stickers. So this review could be biased! =)

The beers were good and the service as better. They have a Mead on tap that is a bit dry, but very nice. I liked what they were doing for such a small brewery.

This seems to be the place in Louisville for craft beer and a cool scene. My only reservations would be the parking and I'm guessing the seating situation would get tough on a busy night. Must hit!

ndolover, Nov 01, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%

Been going to this place for years.

Decorated with plenty of music related memorabilia and awards they have received, as well as brewerriana and some other knickknacks. A half dozen or so flat screens throughout the place usually with sports on. Laid back staff and usually some good music playing. I think they also have live acts occasionally but I haven't seen one there in awhile. Typically something like a small bluegrass or folk band. The place is pretty small but it's more cozy than crowded.

It seems to be run pretty efficiently, and is in a nice building. There's a few tables outside on the sidewalk to sit at, a bar downstairs with about 8 or so tables and then a smaller bar upstairs with a small lounge area with leather chairs and about 5 more tables. Upstairs always seems a little less crowded and easier to get a table at during peak hours. A bathroom both upstairs and downstairs as well.

Their beer is okay. Everything is mediocre to good, and I've only had one beer there that I could say was a great beer, which was a porter they made a few casks of and put out in February of this year. I believe it was a vanilla coffee porter aged on cocoa nibs, or something like that. They have specials everyday including things like $5 growler fill Monday, $3.25 pint Tuesdays, and I think a cask on Wednesdays. As well as happy hours everyday besides Saturday and all day on Sunday I believe.

The food can be pretty hit or miss. I suggest sticking to their burgers, sandwiches and quesadillas, or chili and soups. I've been pretty disappointed with some of their other entrees. Their appetizers are good. And they have some food specials as well, and deals (like order a pint and burger for $10). I'm pretty sure they have a different quesadilla special every day too. Their menu can vary a lot day to day and the variety works in their favor because their specials and deals are usually where it's at for a bite to eat while there.

The beer selection isn't stellar but they have a good line up of regular beers (a pale ale, cream ale, nitro porter, an amber/red ale, and I believe a nut brown). I'd suggest the nitro porter or pale ale, but the others are still worth your time. They also typically have some seasonals like a stout, IPA or witbier, they also had a sour brown ale for awhile that wasn't bad for a sessionable sour ale. They also make a mead that's okay, as well as have some wine and a couple beer selections to fill the flavor gap between the styles they don't offer on draft.

Overall, a good small brewpub with quality selections and food. The prices on beer is pretty middle of the road, as well as the food. A friendly, accommodating staff and decent vibe too. Located in an area with plenty of things to do after you eat, or other bars and restaurants to drink/eat at. If you're looking for a laid back, cozy brewpub in Louisville I'd suggest this place.

auroracrisis, Aug 01, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

I'm currently visiting town, and my fiancee and I were trying to kill some time and try out some local brews before going out to dinner and we swung by here.

Coming in, the outside was packed, as well as inside. After standing around awkwardly for a minute, we were informed that the upstairs had just opened, and we were welcomed up there. Since we were the first up there, we had our seating choice. Since we weren't going to eat, we just grabbed a few cozy seats next to a table in a sort of lounge area. Was really nice.

We tried samples of the cream ale and scotch ale, and they were both okay. I drank a pint of cream ale during Happy Hour, which was a reasonable $3.25 (compared to $4.50). Also had a 1/2 pint of a rich, lovely meade.

I forget our server's name already, but she was highly attentive. Always coming by when one of us was running low.

Selection was limited to just their own stuff, which was to be expected.

The beer was pretty average, but the people there are nice. One day I'll probably go back and try the food.

RTJakarta, Mar 22, 2011
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Cumberland Brews in Louisville, KY
91 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.