Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

BEER AVG
3.74/5
Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(502) 515-0174 | map
atgbrewery.com

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Added by brian44556 on 09-25-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
176
Reviews:
1,067
Ratings:
6,520
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
197
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
5.08%
 
 
Taps:
9
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by mynie:
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Against the Grain is Kentucky’s buzziest brewery. I’ve had a few of their beers in Indy and they’ve ranged for solid to very good. And—take notes, kids—they have the good sense to directly distribute their kegs. Meaning they are generating hype in Indy and Cincy and even Chicago, which is very good for their brand.

Their set up was adorable. Way new brewery-y, with lots of exposed ductwork and warm track lighting, but it makes sense seeing how the brewery is physically is a part of a fucking AAA ballpark. I drove past the place 3 times before I realized the “BREWERY” written on one of the park’s enclaves wasn’t some Captain Morgan’s Cove-type bullshit. So, even without attending a game, I guess it’s safe to assume that the Louisville Bats have maybe the best beer selection of any baseball team in the states? That’s not fair.

The place is long, wide, and nicely ventilated. 5 15-barrel tanks sit well illuminated above the dining area, and bearded men paced about them intently. The crowd was southern mixed race-—meaning the black people came in diverse forms, but the white people were all fuzzy and car-shaped. The TVs showed sports and the music was innocuous.

I can’t gauge the south. The little aesthestic tics that signal coolness up north here can be meaningless. My first time in Louisville I came across a heavily tattooed youngster with gauged earlobes. He knew where the weed was, of course, but he also very deeply hated gay people and damn, he said, if we wanted to get out of this economic mess we was gonna have to stop spending so goddamn much on foreign aid. You know how much that takes outta his tax dollars? Too goddamn much. Then he said some slurs.

Anyhow, this place had some legit vegetarian options. Overall it was friendly, but I can’t tell if it was for-real friendly or that weird, perfunctory southern friendliness that’s actually just a thin patina they pull down to mask their pressing hatred of outsiders. It also looked like it could get real busy real quick, but it might be in the kind of area and appeal to the kind of people where it ain’t likely to get too awful busy at any given point.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pixarnick
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of crow
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of kreg02
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of jrnyc
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of tommy5
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerOps
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of TargaFlorio
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of ha-sheem
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of ShawnL
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of kbuzz
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Shockey
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Shawnadams330
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of puftdank
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of seanchai
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of 98green
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of mklisz
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of JKitchen23
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Ohiou84
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
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