Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

401 E Main St
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202-1110
United States

(502) 515-0174 | map

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Frivolously_Wasted from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Connected to the Louisville Slugger Museum and baseball field, which was unfortunately closed when I was there. Nice brewery and bar, which also has a decent selection of bourbons, which comes as no surprise in the heart of bourbon country. As it also has a restaurant, it can get be fairly bustling. The food in said restaurant is very good. Get the pork belly.

Jun 11, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

It ls located near a minor league ballpark and along with Angels Envy probably the biggest draw for the area. The inside is standard exposes duct work warehouse feel. Plenty of seats. The quality of the food and beer is above average. The service was very kind and attentive. There is plenty of different types of beer to choose from. The food menu is smoke meat leaning. The food is very good....brussel sprout by far was the best I had.

Mar 22, 2018
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ChilliHeights from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

The smoke house is attached to the Louisville Ball Park. The place was not busy due to the off season, I bet it is hopping' on game day. The on tap selection was small when we were there in December 2017. One brew f each type of beer. The beer is go though. Stop by if in Louisville. Right downtown.

Jan 07, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I visited this brewery on the Sunday night before Labor Day. The brewery is located in a baseball stadium on Main Street. Open, with plenty of room, it was busy when we arrived. We had a flight and enjoyed nearly all the beers. The place was decorated with unusual art, swag from the local soccer team and a few hidden references to 'Silance of the Lambs'. Worth a visit. We didn't have any food.

Sep 04, 2017
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TheBrewWarrior from Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The beers here are pretty standard. They're well made, but not much to write home about. They get a lot of hype, but I think it's just good marketing. The food is pretty good, and it's definitely worth dropping by if you're going to a ball game.

Aug 31, 2017
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jrnyc from New York

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Had an enjoyable time here. Service was great. Atmosphere was OK, a bit sterile for a brewery. Board with beers on tap was very hard to understand. Citra Ass Down was excellent. Will try food next time.

Feb 18, 2017
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

(#48 of 49) Our visit here was for lunch and to try the beers. The pub is located in the belly of a baseball stadium (with their own entrance off the front street through the patio), thus the pub area seemed cavernous. We sat at the bar and ordered a sampler flight of 6 beers (9 were available). All of them were brewed very well to style s that we graded them from a B-minus to a B-plus. We liked the BBA Belgian Imperial Stout the best.

The food was also very good so that we gave a B-plus grade based on our two selections. There is also a full bar along with wine also being offered here. The beers were great, and it would be an experience to come here for a beer and to take in a baseball game. Highly recommended.

Sep 17, 2016
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

A very cool, wide open tasting area. Came in before noon so not many there. Very weird that they only have experimental beers on tap. Have to buy cans of distro beers. Bery dissapointed in this. Bar tender couldn't get to me for about 10 mins because making a bunch of mixed drinks, but did get me a water before I could ask after flight came. Got a flight of Kolsch, India Black Ale, Sahti, American strong ale, tropical stout, smoked Weissbier. Beer was good. Nice parking out front.

Jun 29, 2016
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98green from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by at 6 on a Sunday. Quite busy at first, but it thinned out a bit soon after. 9 of their beers on tap and another 10 in cans for purchase. Vibe was eclectic, but energetic. Didn't have any food but it looked solid going by. Being attached to the stadium, I wonder if it gets crazy on game days. I'd be happy to stop by when I'm in town

May 29, 2016
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Ohiou84 from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.75

I thought the food was exceptional. Beer selection was a bit lacking. They had a few of their cans for sale. They offered a flight that included six beers without names, just a porter, golden pilsner, IPA, etc. They had three other beers on tap with names, but one of the kegs had kicked.

I like brew pubs that offer beers that I cannot otherwise get, or do that I wouldn't expect see. I would have liked more variety. Or,at least name the beers that are on tap so they can be rated.

Apr 10, 2016
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Alexbeeler from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I work here and think this is a great place for beer and food. The lowest score I gave was in service because depending on the server or bartender you will either get great service or hardly any service.

Mar 09, 2016
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BlueDawg from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Visited here September 2014. Cool location downtown and right inside the beautiful Louisville Slugger Field. The food was great, some good bbq choices. Beer was good.

Jan 11, 2016
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Chances are, if you live outside of Kentucky, this is the Kentucky brewery you've heard about. Big beers, over the top beer names and can art. The taproom is nice and the food is tasty. It's attached to a minor league baseball park, which is cool for me. The beer is great, but they only have a limited number on tap, which is confusing to me. Either way, it's the spot you've gotta hit in Louisville.

Nov 08, 2015
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jdunnfla from Florida

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Went there for the large selections of beers. . . .did not realize that all they serve is THEIR brews. Tried a few but none were hoppy enough to suit me. But they DO have some very interesting flavors so most folks will be very happy. And the selections are always changing.
I did notice they had approx 60 different bourbons and that is what we ended up drinking.
The one lady behind the bar (Celeste I think) was very knowledgeable and sweet. The place is very cool and located right on the heart of the downtown Main St area of Louisville.
Food looked great although we had lunch elsewhere and did not eat here.

Sep 14, 2015
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C_Adams from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We stopped here with the family when we in town over the 4th of July after going to the Louisville Slugger Museum. We had tickets to the Bats game and a few hours to kill. They were not very busy when we arrived around 3:00. Very cool atmosphere. They had a chalkboard list of beers on tap on the wall. I really enjoyed the music because it included some Phish & Grateful Dead. We ordered the pub pretzel with cheese, beef jerky, and some fries. Beef jerky was excellent and ended up placing another order. I had two different IPA's. Both were pretty good. The beer was priced pretty good. I am going to be stopping her every time I am in Louisville!

Aug 14, 2015
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Warren2621 from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

I have only sat on the patio, never in the pub. Pretty neat place with a location right in downtown louisville attached to the minor league baseball stadium. The food is pretty solid and priced between fair to a little expensive. The beer is nice.. I had an oyster stout during my first visit and some IPA I cant remember.

This isnt the biggest deal to me since i'm pretty easy going, but my waitress splashed my stout all over my sleeve on a white shirt. It wasnt enough of a spill to warrant bringing me another beer, but I didnt like that I still had to pay for it. "Let me ruin your clothes and charge you for it." I even mentioned that it should have been free. It was one of my roommate's friends so I thought she would comply but still charged me the $5 for the beer. I didnt really care, but the right move in that situation was to comp my beer.

Its worth checking out. Nothing mind blowing and I dont make frequent visits despite living 10 minutes away. In the big picture of beer, theirs is average. I've probably spoiled myself with trades and hype beers but nonetheless I've never been blown away here. Good place to grab a beer though for the casual drinker

Aug 11, 2015
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macher0 from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

They brew some crazy good beers - 70k, Bo and Luke, Brett the Hop man - but they are rarely available. I typically find something on b the menu I'm pleased with.

The vibe is cool and staff are great.

This place has excellent food. Lots of smoked goodies.

Jan 30, 2015
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LeeEvolved from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I stopped in back in October and loved the overall feel of the place. The location is awesome as it backs up to Lousiville Slugger stadium. I can imagine this place is even cooler during baseball season.

The seating area is wide open and you get a great view of the three-story brewing setup from anywhere in the place. The staff was nice and well versed on the beer and food offerings, but our server was pulling double duty as the bartender and waitress. This really only delayed us when we were trying to settle up and leave.

The food was pretty good overall, but the beer on draft seemed to be so hit or miss. I've found this to be the case with all AtG beers. You never really know which beer, other than Bo&Luke, is going to be a home run.

Overall, it's a cool place that I'd definitely like to try to hit up again when I'm in the area. I just hope the randomness of the beer takes a turn for the better.

Jan 21, 2015
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rden4654 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A first class operation with first class people, First Class Food and First Class Beer. The two things in Louisville one should not miss is ATG Brewery and Churchill Downs. Hint the pulled pork tacos were the bomb I can't wait tot try the brisket chili and the brisket burger!!!

Dec 25, 2014
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.6%

This place was pretty quiet but it was Monday. Looks like a rather nice place, waitress was very nice did not eat any food. It is unique to sit at the bar and look at the tanks. The beer on tap was really average though. I was blown away when I had Rico Sauvin on tap somewhere else so I was pretty disappointed in the beer. They are really brewing unique beers there with smoked malts and Brett but the problem is they are really average.

Dec 03, 2014
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themind from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

This place makes some excellent beef brisket! the overall feel of the place is relaxed and hip. The staff was pleasant with good knowledge of the breweries beers. The home made rootbeer is a must try but the available tap beers that can also be purchased by the bottle steal the show. If your in Louisville, this is a must stop place for some awesome food, beer and staff.

Oct 14, 2014
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Hands down my favorite place to go when my work calls me to Louisville. It's a mandatory stop before I head home.

Beerwise, this is one of the best places I've found, as the on tap lineup changes completely nigh weekly. If you're familiar with the Bluegrass Brewing Company, this place is founded and run by some of the original brewers from there. ATG is all about experimentation and having fun with their creations, and while they churn out the occasional miss, they also hit some beautiful homeruns out of the ballpark (literally, they're in the stadium for the Louisville Bats). I've been there at least half a dozen times, and seen about three dozen different beers they've brewed - many of which have been delicious.

While some of the staff aren't exactly beer savants, you will find at least one of the brewmasters working behind the bar most any time you're in, and they don't mind chatting about the beer. The food is all phenomenal, particularly the (market price) local smoked chicken wings with local honey and your choice of their barbecue sauces (which are whipped up by the chef in much the same way the beers are whipped up by the brewers).

I'd be here far more often if I actually lived in Louisville. As it stands, I'm glad they ship kegs and bottles to some of the local stores near me.

Oct 08, 2014
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was a pleasant surprise in Louisville. The selection was great ~ there must have been about 10-12 different offerings when I was there. The beer quality ranged quite a bit but nothing was world class. The food was excellent ~ perhaps the best brisket I have ever had.

Oct 04, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

The food was fantastic and affordable and the beer was varied and odd. I've had several ATG in bottles but this was my first visit to the brewery. The wait staff was incredibly nice and accommodating but seemed to be less beer geekish than expected. I love this area of Louisville and I love ATG beer so this was a very good time and a great experience.

Sep 22, 2014
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tonafernandez from Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Food is great, good space, nice bar, the beer was kind of on the mild side not really what i was expecting, more trending towards non impressive beers, at least on the draft side, i will probably take out a couple of bottles of stuff not available on draft, they do have Alpha King from 3 floyds.
Most beers trend towards a medium light body and substance.

Aug 19, 2014
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
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