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Liquor Barn


26 Reviews
Liquor BarnLiquor Barn

Type: Store

4301 Towne Center Dr
Louisville, Kentucky, 40241-4148
United States

(502) 426-4222 | map

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Photo of Spidey13
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%

Liquor Barn is where I go to most for beer. The selection of beer is very good, though their selection of everything seems to be good considering how big the place is. I think the size may hurt a bit on the service side, considering I've had better experiences at smaller stores. However, it is the closest place to me and they seem to have pretty much everything that is distributed to this area. Since you are allowed to buy singles, that really helps for a guy trying to taste as many beers as possible. They also have homebrewing supplies and glassware.

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Photo of jkrich
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%

This is the liquor store I frequent the most in Louisville. I am most impressed with the variety of imports, especially English ales. Unfortunately, I have discovered many of these ales past their prime either by a freshness date or the amount of dust accumulated. Having said that, the selection is wonderful, just be careful. The domestic micro selection is also impressive with many west coast and mountain brewers present - Anchor, Anderson Valley, Left hand, and Sierra Nevada among others. The midwest is represented with Great lakes and Bell's, but strangely no Three Floyds. Again, some beers are clearly past their prime. Almost everytime I have been at this outlet, an employee has asked if I needed assistance. This is probably the best place in Louisville to purchase beer because of the selection; just be careful about the freshness.

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Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

I would have to agree with several others this is the better of the three Liquor Barns in the area. The selection is very good and they have all the beers organized very well in and outside the beer cooler. The staff is very friendly and some of them have a pretty good knowledge of beer. I was there once and I was trying to make a decision on what beer to get, he made a great suggestion to get some Stone's beers, which I had not tried before, I was surprised by his recommandation. Not only do they have good beer selection they have some homebrewing supplies, not extensive, but desent enough to help out beginners.

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Photo of eb003
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%

I have to agree with Jim. I've been to all 3 Liqour Barns and also like this one the best. All 3 are good, don't get me wrong, but this one just seems to appear less warehouse-like (as jim said). I have never had to ask for help because usually an employee will walk by and ask if he/she can help. That's a big plus with me. I always like it when employees offer to help...even if I don't need it. I just consider that great customer service.

The selection is by far better, in comparison, to other liqour stores and retailers of beer. The store is always nice and well-kept. The walk-in cooler is also very organized. I also like how the beers are organized according to country and style. They are organized the same way in the reach-in/ walk-in coolers.

For me, it's hard to beat Liqour Barn. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the smaller/independent stores too, but they don't have the selection.

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Photo of JiminKY
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%

I've visited all three of the Louisville Liquor Barns, and found this one to be the best, by far. It's the best beer selection I have ever seen (although my experience is somewhat limited, as I've been 'into" craft beer for less than a year). This location had lower "supermarket like" shelving, giving it less of a "warehouse" feel than the other two stores. And the walk through cooler was also well kept. Beers were nicely grouped according to country of origin, and there were significantly more choices from each brewery, than I had seen in the other stores.

Prices were the same as at the other stores. I did not have occasion to request any help from the staff, so I can't comment on the service, other than to say checkout was quick and easy.

The store was easily accessed, less than a mile from the highway exit, in the Towne Center shopping plaza, with ample parking.

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Photo of oracle
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

The last of the three Liquor Barns in the Louisville Area for me to review. I went there yesterday, looking to pick up something special for New Years Eve.

I have to admit that this is easily the largest of the three stores in Louisville. In fact, it's about twice the size of the other two stores. It also has a much larger micro and import selection. I saw stuff there I've never seen at the other stores, most of them being American micros. Very nice selection of Belgians and English Ales as well.

The have a small section dedicated to homebrewers, with some basic supplies and extracts.

The growler fill station has 8 taps of micro brews ($5.99 for refills as of this writing). On tap was Smithwicks, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Kentucky Ale, Widmer Hefeweizen and Goose Island Octoberfest.

Where this place kind of falls apart is in the service department. I asked three employees three different questions and got two blank stares and one wrong answer. I asked the first guy where the draft beer to fill growlers was located. Got a blank stare and a reply of "What is a growler?". Not a good sign. Asked another guy where I could find a Duvel glass. After explaining that Duvel is a Belgian beer, I promptly got pointed to the wrong aisle (halfway across the store from the correct place). Finally, I asked whether or not the store carried Old Pogue (a bourbon I've been wanting to try). Now, remember folks, this is Kentucky. Birthplace of bourbon. A state that prides itselft on its bourbon. Hell, 90% of the bourbon made in the US comes from this state and a LOT of it never makes it out of the state.. You'd have thought I asked for fermented Yaks milk. This guy wasn't even sure where the bourbon aisle was, much less if they had Old Pogue.

so, go for the selection, but plan on finding it all yourself.

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Liquor Barn in Louisville, KY
96 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.
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