Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
BA SCORE
3.75/5
Very Good
7,210 Ratings
Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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:
180
Reviews:
1,290
Ratings:
7,210
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.16/5
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
210
pDev:
12.74%
 
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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 59
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1/5  rDev -76%

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1.72/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
1.81/5  rDev -56.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 1.5 | food: 1

Could not get waited on. Beer disappointing and overpriced. Not a good experience.

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Photo of coopdujour
2.4/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of psoriasaurus
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Expensive, sub-par, pretentious. Move along.

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Photo of Ickiwotog
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Shockey
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of ShawnL
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Enochase04
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Vczk2t15
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I had samples of their whim, smoke, and watermelon kolsch. I wasn't really interested in any of those, so i went with the session.

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Photo of djhowell
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The location itself is fantastic; attached to Slugger Field, they have a big outdoor patio and the indoor seating has great views of the brewing equipment. However my experiences at Against The Grain can be summed up in one word: inconsistent. The service we had varied from attentive to non-existent and several of their beers are just too gimmicky. The food and the atmosphere have brought me back but the service has kept me away on more than one occasion.

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Photo of tonafernandez
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Bourbon
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

First, the service was excellent. Among the best I've ever had.

Second, The atmosphere tickles me. Having been to Browning's (the previous brewpub at this location), I expected the high ceilings and visible brew equipment. What changed was the diagram of the brew equipment in Street Art-style, the huge portraits of the (assumed) proprietors in their mohawked and hoodied glory and every listing on the On-Tap board is its' own piece of art. The place is brash and arrogant. I like it!

Third, the food was good to excellent. The low score I gave reflects the lack of options and the menu that manages to not make anything enticing.

And now, the beer: meh. I had a Triple IPA that i would describe as "meek" and "inoffensive." There was an Irish Dry Stout that was comparable to Kaliber in flavor. I was so disappointed! I gave as high a score as i did for the ambition of having every tap rotating, but I think they need to knuckle down and just make good beer. It almost feels like they can't be bothered with such a thing.

I'll go back in a few weeks. My fingers are crossed.

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Photo of joe1510
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Located in the Louisville Slugger Stadium downtown Against the Grain has a cool space that's anything but little. You enter next to the large outdoor seating area, all covered in case of rain. The interior space is large with high ceilings and a lot of brick. A huge chalkboard tells of the days offerings. Tanks can be seen through a long window directly above the bar. Although the space is large it still seems intimate and cozy. Nicely decorated.

Service was friendly and prompt although I did have to ask for a couple of items. Against the Grain labels themselves a smokehouse so the menu is loaded with delicious smoked meats. The pulled pork sandwich, though a little pricey, is smokey, savory, and moist with a good helping of char and pickled onions to boot. Good stuff.

The beer was actually my least favorite aspect of Against the Grain. I don't know if this is normal but the day I stopped in for lunch they seemed to be serving all beers in plastic cups. Strike one. Strike two was that my beer was so cloudy and sediment filled that it was as close to chewing a beer as you could get. As it was served I was told it was that way because the keg was just recently moved. With that said the beer was mediocre at best and my only drink of the visit because of said issues.

I would give Against the Grain another try if in the immediate area but I wouldn't go out of my way to stop through again.

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3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of vikinghorn
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

Great beer, but uninspired food.

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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of TheBrewWarrior
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 7,210 ratings