Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(502) 515-0174 | map

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Added by brian44556 on 09-25-2011

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 198
Photo of scruz
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Beercentric brewpub. Food is a smokehouse fare, with a twist. Very good. Beers are world class and service is good. Its located downtown near most other beer destinations in Lville. Definitely a must see for any visitors looking to get a breath of KYs thriving beer culture.

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Photo of rden4654
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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!!!

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Photo of Braden
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place was great and the people were friendly and the food was great. Spoke with one of the brewers cool guy talked for about 20 minutes. Bartender was super nice. The beers we tried were great especially the 70k. I loved the food had ribs and pork risotto. They were both great.

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Photo of ShanaRae
4.91/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I absolutely had a wonderful time here, the flight beers were impressive. I am not a stout fan but I loved theirs. Everything had unique flavor. I will go back. The service was impeccable. The server was super friendly. The music was punk rock and we loved it. The food was absolutely delightful. There was even an outside patio to sit on.

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Photo of brotherwheels
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

In the old Browns location. Opened up two months ago. Staff is knowledgable on both food and beer! Two on cask! Tried all, all were above average if not exceptional. Hybrid belgian/IPA was a cool twist. Cashed 35k stout was great!

Really cool three story brewery located at Louisville Field. Found conflicting info on the web but it is no longer Browns. Nine of their own beers on tap. Swazi ALS, two cask plus the standards. Something for everyone.

We had aps and entrees, all were way above average and a great value!!

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Photo of themind
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to this place about 4 times now and it had never disapointed.

They always have ureal draft selections, most of their own, but also guest taps from around the world. I have had Mikeller 1000 IBU, Three Floyds BooGoop, etc.. on tap plus most of their high gravity beers. The service is great!! Will, the bartender, is always willing to give you nice samples of anything you want and shoot the shit about beer.

The atmosphere is great with the high ceilings and the brew tanks viewable in a nice window above.

The food is really good as well. I am a vegetarian, and their mushroom burger is epic, but they also have a ton of meat entrees that would be very nice if I ate meat. They have a ton of sauces that are homeade as well that are killer! The hot sauce is brutal.

By far the best all-a-round brewery in the Ville.

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Photo of rodney4130
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A little nicer atmosphere than you often find in brewpubs. All of the beers are tasty, and different from the normal reds, hefs, etc that you find at most places. Definitely geared to the craft crowd.

Food is very, very good. I had the beer can chicken, and others in our party had the turkey burger and tacos. All looked good and all were spoken of highly.

Service is great. Attentive, but not overly slow. Was really impressed that the burger was overheard to be shared by two people and they took the time to plate each half separately without being asked to.

I second the recommendation of the Belgian IPA and Biere De Garde. Some of the names are a little odd and unappetizing (Who Sharted?) but that's a minor quibble. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of jdunnfla
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of CocktailJunky
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I visited ATG for the Bo and Luke release on 01/06/2014. Walking into this place you can tell this is a place you wanna be,very clean. The people that work here are amazing and let me tell you about the Pork Fat Belly on a stick ( WOW ) We had a couple samples of the beers and was very impressed with them all. I will tell you if you can get a Bo and Luke do it and don't let go this is one for the cellar.

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Photo of KevinmusPrime
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Cool set up. Very spacious, lots of room at the bar. AtG does a lot of different styles well. Their barleywine, London Balling, is superb. Very tasty fare. I am excited to see the beers that come out of this place. Highly recommend a visit if you are in the Ville.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

If you're wondering where to go for a real brewpub in Lousiville, look no further. Built inside a minor league baseball stadium, everything inside is major league.

The food, no matter what you order, will be excellent. The weekend Brunch So Hard menu is highlighted by my favorite, the chorizo biscuits and gravy.

The beer selection is somewhat limited in quantity, but the variance of what will be on tap is wide. AtG operates their taps based on style, so there's a session, a hoppy, a whimsy, a smoke, and their wild offerings are often wonderful.

Beer prices are not listed, so you will occasionally order one that will grab your attention when you're ready to pay the tab. Most are reasonably priced.

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Photo of klyph76
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Expansive main dining area with very high ceilings. Awesome local art work for decor. Delicious bbq and in-house brew. Located in downtown Louisville right next to the Louisville Sugger's stadium. Highly recommended for foodies and beer lovers alike.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere was great. Brewery/restaurant is located in the structure of the baseball for Louisville's minor league team, the Louisville Bats. Simple layout, good job of decorating, great patio. Live music outside on a Saturday night.

Quality was top notch. Everything was professionally made/done.

Service was a bit slow, but it was at night after the Bo & Luke release, so I can sympathize. Staff was very friendly even though they had been getting slammed all day.

Selection was great. Brewery makes a varied assortment of styles of beer. Menu had many choices that did not include just the normal bar food stuff.

Food was banging. Had the homemade chorizo hash. Very tasty and really hit the spot after a long day of drinking.

Value overall was great. Beers and food were priced very well.

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Photo of mynie
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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Photo of cagocubs
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My night in Louisville ended up being amazing, it also helped that two of my favorite events have combined into one perfect place; Louisville Slugger Field.

A: I had bought tickets to a Bats game and had some time to kill, so to my surprise there was a Brewery attached to the stadium. Located near the Ohio River and adjoined to a beautiful baseball field. You can access just the brewery from the street. Has a nice outdoor patio area where you can watch all the fans stroll into the game, much like MLB Ballparks. A nice setup, I did not spend much time inside as I opted for the nice weather.

S: Great service. Sitting outside I had a waitress regularly visit me to see if I needed anything or another beer. Fast, prompt, and polite.

S: A basic offering of beers didn't have me thrilled, but they did have I believe eight mainstage beer styles. What had me thrilled was how good their beer was. I had the dark and IPA beer which both impressed me.

F: I did the Memphis Sandwich which consisted of slow $23, not bad for a brewery right next to the stadium.

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Photo of sefus12
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

AtG has been opened for about a month now and was opened by the two former brewers for the BBC brewpubs (not the bottling company) and two other individuals. The atmosphere is great with lots of exposed wood and cool artwork. The brewery stands behind two floors of full-glass windows above the bar, forming a damn-cool centerpiece to look at.

Their first batch of beers (the don't have year-round beers, but year-round styles such as Hoppy, Dark, Strong, and Session, among others) are all quality with the 35K (milk stout) being my favorite. The Smoked Oktoberfest and the Belgian/American IPA are both solid as well. The food can be described as upscale American/brewpub and the taste/quality/preparation are all well above the price-point, making it a great value.

Easily jumped to my favorite brewpub in the area and I'll certainly be hitting this place up frequently.

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Photo of Pamalama
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I was pleasantly surprised to find this diamond in the rough while walking around Louisville for the first time. Nice, mellow, brewpub with delicious food and even more delicious beers. (I wasn't there on a game day so it might not always be that mellow.) A refreshing change from the typical brews elsewhere. They had some exceptional entrees, including house-smoked pork belly with Kentucky sorghum and house-smoked red pepper hummus served with delicious, chewy pita. It was wonderful to see that anything could be made vegetarian, which didn't cut off most of my menu options like in most other restaurants. It was very affordable, especially for a traveler on a budget. I had the sampler and was pleased with all the beers I tried. I still talk about it months later, and will absolutely return next time I visit.

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Photo of BlueDawg
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of bilhelm
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I walked in early in the evening on a Saturday night with my wife and we sat right down. The atmosphere is funky and laid back and the staff was welcoming and genuinely interested in our experience there. We left having tried 7 excellent beers, an appetizer and two very good entrees. London Balling is the beer for which one would pray when ordering a barrel aged barleywine. The overall level of creativity and the execution of their beer left me fired up about our growing craft community in Louisville and appreciative of their efforts. If you are passing through on I-64, this is an outstanding excursion along the way. If you live in the area and haven't been, tarry no longer.

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Photo of TheBiercast
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

One of my absolute favorite places to grab a beer and a mandatory stop when I drive through louisville. The atmosphere and ascetics of the brewery are second to none in my opinion. The placement and visibility of their fermentors and brewing equipment which are located on two floors above the bar behind a glass wall are perfect for every customer to see the brewing process in action while they take down one of their delicious beers.


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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 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 anhigdon
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Been a local and visit here frequently. One of the best things about this place is you never know which of their beers will be on tap! They do have a handful of different guest beers tapped as well.

Food is okay. Nothing to write home about, but a great place to grab a beer and appetizer. That being said, they have a fair selection on their menu. Their playfulness with their beers also shows with their food. They have a second chalkboard (first for beer of course) with their rotating sauces for BBQ and other meats.

Staff is always very friendly and knowledgeable about their beers. On more than one occasion I've talked to the brewers while filling up growlers just because they seem to enjoy connecting with their customers.

This is located on the corner of the local minor league Bats stadium. With an outside entrance, they hold regular hours without the need for there to be a game going on. They typically draw a decent afternoon/after work crowd, but I've never had a problem getting a seat. For those interested, they also have outside seating available.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend dropping by. If you're a local and haven't been yet, you're missing out. And if you're just passing through, it's definitely worth at least a couple pours of whatever you're in the mood for!

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