Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3929 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, Kentucky, 40207-3120
United States

(502) 899-7070 | map

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Reviews by Buschyfor3:
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by BBC last Friday with a couple friends for their 3-7 Happy Hour beer specials and a meal to kick off the weekend right.

Inside, the restaurant is quite spacious. When you walk in, the hostess' station is directly ahead; to your right is a cooler with the latest bottled BBC selections available for carry-out; to the left is a nice, square shaped bar with seating on each side - easily seats for 25 patrons. The rest of the seating consists of large, comfortable booths and square tables spaced out across an open floor plan that offers unobstructed views of the brewery through large, vertical windows on the far wall to the right. There is also a large, covered outdoor beer garden, but on a hot sticky evening like it was that night, we opted for the comfort of a/c. The decor was light and casual - some posters and framed pieces on the light, pastel colored walls; nice decorative lamps hanging down over each booth; nice, dark, sealed wood flooring and trim. A couple large projector screen tvs showing sports around the room. Pretty pleasant atmosphere. I hear on the nights they have live bands playing the beer garden, it gets quite lively; otherwise, tonight was relaxed but pleasant as everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, even the dozen or so youngsters who were playing in the kid-pit area that was set aside with a good number of toys and trucks to keep them entertained while their parents socialized. You could make the argument that the indoor seating section provides a family-friendly environment.

As for the food and beer, I was very pleased. I had a huge chicken salad sandwich made with fresh toasted almonds, cranberries, mandarin orange and green onions on texas toast with their homemade potato chips. Drink-wise, 3 dollars happy hour drafts are great! I tried the Raspberry Meade and the Bourbon Barrel Big Brown (a barrel aged version of their Nut Brown, aged in local favorite Knob Creek bourbon barrels). The food was delicious, the portions were a pretty good value for the price - $7.99 for a huge sandwich and a plate full of chips) and the beers were fresh of the tap, delicious and conveniently cheaper!

As for the beer selection, if you're interested in supporting the local scene in Louisville, then you'll do we'll to give BBC a look. However, if you aren't keen on their beers or are looking for another brewery's offerings or macros to pair with your meal, then you'll want to look elsewhere - being a brewpub, they only serve their own beers. But what offerings they did have on tap ran the gamut, from their most popular beers that you can find on the shelves at local bottle shops (i.e. their Altbier, Nut Brown Ale, Darkstar Porter) to a handful of taproom-only beers on offer the night we went.

Service on the night was prompt and friendly. Quick to check on the quality of our meals and if we needed another beer, plus they let us get away with happy hour prices for about 10 minutes after happy hour actually ended. That was nice.

If there is one downside to the BBC experience, however, its that it can be a challenge to get to on the weekends. I would recommend going on a weeknight. On Friday and Saturday nights, this particular block of Shelbyville Road is absolutely hopping and parking will be an issue unless you get there before 5pm - there are a lot of restaurants/bars/clubs in the area, but simple not enough parking spaces.

Regardless, this is for sure a place to go and enjoy good food and local beer. Next visit, I plan to sit outside and catch a breeze with my beer. I can't wait!

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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of target88
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jimmyd8386
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of neckbracesub
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Had a great time, food was delicious, and the Berliner Weisse was suprisingly good, being that i ususally am not too big on BBC's offerings. I was impressed.

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Photo of scottspencer
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of obarryrules
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

The wife and I stopped by after visiting the Louisville slugger museum. Great Beers! I especially enjoyed the Bourbon barrel stout.

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Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Retroman40
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Stopping in with my family for lunch during a shopping trip. The atmosphere is as much a sports bar as a brew pub. College football was playing on several big screen TVs throughout the place. We sat in the indoor dining area. You can see the on site brewery from this area. There is also a large bar area as well as a large outdoor (covered) section. I could picture myself sitting in the outdoor area on a nice day trying one of everything.

There were a number of BBC beers available. I started with a sampler of 7 (IPA, APA, Wheat, Porter, Alt Bier, Bourbon Barrel Stout and Malt Liquor (yes, craft malt liquor). All the beers are very good. Some may complain that some are served too cold however it's a lot easier to let a beer warm than to cool it! My wife chose a Dark Star Porter and I had a Alt Beer and American Wheat. At 4.50/pint they are quite reasonable. You can also get half-pints for 2.75. Growler fills area available and we took home one of the Dark Star Porter and the "Urban Nomad" Malt Liquor. The place also has a full bar.

The food was standard "pub grub". Between us we had pizza, wings, crab cakes and quesidillas. All were decent enough and reasonably priced also. Our server was enthusiastic and knew a good deal about the beer and the whole place. We never felt rushed.

Overall this is a decent place with decent enough food and beer all at very reasonable prices.

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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's in Louisville, KY
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