Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Against The Grain Brewery & SmokehouseAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
BA SCORE
3.73/5
6,963 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:
176
Reviews:
1,199
Ratings:
6,963
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.16/5
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
204
pDev:
12.98%
 
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Photo of LXIXME
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Incrediby fast service...big spacious place

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Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My family and I stopped into Against the Grain while visiting Louisville.

The building is fantastic with authentic wood floors, high, wooden ceilings, two levels of brewing equipment above the bar and an artistic flair mixed into the warehouse foundation. They have TVs, probably to cover the baseball games, but they don’t detract from the overall atmosphere.

They offer six beers that are all brewed on the premises. Based on the website, I expected the beer lineup to be geared to the masses and not craft beer fans. But they manage to pull off both. The menu presentation simplifies the descriptions so a beginner can easily make a decision. But having tried them all, they’re substantial and interesting. They’re much more balanced and mainstream than over the top but they’re flavorful and interesting.

The food is fantastic as well. They have smoked BBQ including pulled pork, brisket and chicken. And they have several options for sauces. Two came with the meal and we added a sauce sampler for $1.50. It was great to try all of the different meats with the different sauces. We also had the smoked wings, hash and salad. If there was any flaw, the meats were a bit dry. But the sauces help mask that and there were no disappointments.

Against the Grain is surprisingly good for a commercial, touristy place in a minor league ballpark. It’s well worth a visit.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of seanchai
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped here to do a quick flight. Beers were hit and miss, some great some only ok. Facility was nice and service was good. Didn't try the food. Might stop back here again because I've heard good things about this place as I might have not been there on a good day or I was in a hurry because of an incoming blizzard.

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Mantooth
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Fantastic bar & brewery in downtown Louisville. The vibe is wonderful, the brewery can be seen through glass behind - and up above - the bar. Big fan of the massive mural painted on the wall - illustrating the process of all grain brewing. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Don't think twice, check them out. If you're in the area also hit the Louisville Beer Store and Holy Grale. You're welcome.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Lots of genuine character at AtG. I like the vibe, the design, and pretty much everything about the place. Selection and quality was on the mark, with an interesting variety of different kinds of beers. I took a growler of Shart Pants with me. Food was pretty good. The brisket was nice and the corn on the cob was a good touch. The green beans were cooked to oblivion though, but 2 out of 3 ain't bad. When I am in Louisville again, I would definitely come back. I imagine that AtG will continue to put out a lot of interesting brews for some time.

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Photo of mynie
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BeerOps
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of mklisz
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, KY
Brewery rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 6,963 ratings
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