Cumberland Brews

Cumberland BrewsCumberland Brews

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1576 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, Kentucky, 40205-1154
United States

(502) 458-8727 | map

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.2%

The bar is nice and cozy with appropriately dim lighting. The bathroom has a great beer can collection and this part of Louisville is simply awesome. The beers are varied with a good selection and a very nice staff. I didn't try the food but the menu appeared eclectic and interesting, though not my style. The beers were all very good but finished watery and weak. Overall, I'd go here again and if I lived nearby would certainly hang out here often.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

A pleasant brewpub situated in the heart of the Highlands district in Louisville, KY. Highlands is a great place to check out if you want quality-made local beers, and you want to pair it with some delicious and rather inexpensive pub-style fare.

Walk inside and to your right you can get an inside look at the brewing operations and see their fermentation tanks through a large glass window. The bar is a little further down on the right hand side while the left has about a half dozen tables with seating for 4-5 at each table. There is also an upstairs room that you can reserve for parties and gatherings. There are also a couple of tables on the sidewalk outside, allowing you to take in the sights and sounds of Bardstown Road when the weather is nice out. If you go, you may want to get there early (especially on the weekends) or plan on going later in the evening after the regular dinner-time rush has moved through, as seating can sometimes be a little tight. But for good reason - Cumberland has fantastic beers and food on offer.

The beer menu features only Cumberland's in-house brews, all on draft - no bottles and no guest taps here (if you want those, you can check River City Drafthouse which is literally 5 steps next door). Cumberland typically has 5 or 6 regular beers on tap, including their famous Nitro Porter, and a further 1 or 2 seasonal taps (showcasing such offerings like their Slewfoot Amber, a housemade mead, a yerba-mate style beer, and, on special occasions, even a cask-ale offering).

Their food menu showcases standard pub fare, but with a nice kick of flair. Sandwiches, salads and burgers are the regular options, but Cumberland always has weekly/nightly food specials that trot well off the beaten path - fried soft-shell crab sandwiches, anyone? (BTW - fantastic!) Some of the more memorable items on their menu include the house-made pale-ale beer cheese (try the Habanero version - it's got quite a bit of heat!), the sweet potato fries with cinnamon dip, the black-bean nachos (it is a huge plate so plan to share), the Bison burger, their fried chicken cordon bleu sandwich, a fried bologna sandwich with American cheese on a toasted bun (a Louisville classic), and their fish tacos. Wide variety of menu items, everything tastes fantastic, and prices are reasonable to boot.

All in all, if you find yourself in Louisville and you venture out to the Highlands district, Cumberland is definitely a place worth stopping along the way. It's right near the heart of the craft beer scene in Louisville, with many other beer-bars within walking distance, as well as all the eccentric shops, clubs and eateries that the Highlands district has become famous for. Whatever you do, just remember what the say in the Highlands: "Keep Louisville Weird."

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Photo of nickfl
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Small place, kind of a dive bar located in what seems to be a big time hipster neighborhood, brewery area is visible behind the bar. They had about 8 house beers on tap we tried them all and were not impressed. Most were ok, but nothing was especially good, just old school-sketchy brewpub stuff from back when almost no one would have known better. The food actually looked promising from what I saw but we didn't eat. Service was good, even though they were packed.

Bottom line: don't be fooled this place is seriously overrated by the locals. Don't bother unless you are looking to tick every beer in Louisville.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The atmosphere at the place had a kind of artsy vibe but we did not spend too long inside as we chose to sit outside and people watch.

Beers were properly served at the right temperature and in the proper glasses.

The service was good though we did go to the bar and get our beers from the bartender and did not have table service - we were served out beers quickly.

I did not have any food so I am not able to comment - I did not see any others getting food either while I was there. To be fair, we were there in the middle of the afternoon between lunch and dinner.

I thought the prices were slightly lower than other bars/brewpubs in the area. The beers were pretty good so I would consider it a good value.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Cumberland Brews is sort of a Louisville mainstay. It's been a fixture of the Highlands/Bardstown Road area for years, and definitely has that sort of artsy college hipster joint meets small, friendly neighborhood brewpub kind of vibe.

The place is small and is located along a busy stretch of Bardstown Road, but the intimate setting actually suits it. Parking can get really hairy, especially during peak hours, but fortunately I live within walking distance. Park on one of the backstreets if you get overwhelmed by the idea of having to search for a parking space along a narrow, busy road. The upstairs dining area and curbside tables are always great options.

Unlike some other Louisville bars/eateries, the service at Cumberland Brews is always great; the servers are neither inattentive nor intrusive, and no one there has ever been snobbish or rude. The place seems pretty tightly run, as wait times tend to be very short. It's good to see such a small establishment emphasize efficiency.

The selection is pretty limited. In terms of beer, they just carry their stuff (as far as I know). Their regular offerings range from mediocre to quite good. I particularly like their pale ale, and I have friends who swear by the Nitro Porter. Unless you're an oddball cream ale fanatic, you may want to avoid theirs, as it's very average. The limited production/small batch offerings tend to be both very tasty and very unique. The coffee stout that was recently on-tap was fantastic. If you like solid, near sessionable beers, you'll probably dig what Cumberland is doing. If you like strong and/or "extreme" beers, then this place will likely bore you.

The food is decent for the most part. I haven't really tried enough of their offerings to form much of an opinion. Their salads are basic and filling. Everyone I know says that the burgers are good, but I have yet to try one.

Overall, prices are decent. My only gripe is that I find their growlers to be a bit pricey, especially when compared to Against the Grain and some of the local stores. Everything about this place is solid. It's not really all that adventurous or innovative, but Cumberland fills a necessary niche really well. All in all, it's good at what it does. Isn't that the most one can really ask of any place?

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Photo of ndolover
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Cumberland is located in an artists corner area. Cumberland itself is like a worn shoe. The Brewer answered the phone when I called to inquire about the location. We talked when I arrived and he gave me a few stickers. So this review could be biased! =)

The beers were good and the service as better. They have a Mead on tap that is a bit dry, but very nice. I liked what they were doing for such a small brewery.

This seems to be the place in Louisville for craft beer and a cool scene. My only reservations would be the parking and I'm guessing the seating situation would get tough on a busy night. Must hit!

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Been going to this place for years.

Decorated with plenty of music related memorabilia and awards they have received, as well as brewerriana and some other knickknacks. A half dozen or so flat screens throughout the place usually with sports on. Laid back staff and usually some good music playing. I think they also have live acts occasionally but I haven't seen one there in awhile. Typically something like a small bluegrass or folk band. The place is pretty small but it's more cozy than crowded.

It seems to be run pretty efficiently, and is in a nice building. There's a few tables outside on the sidewalk to sit at, a bar downstairs with about 8 or so tables and then a smaller bar upstairs with a small lounge area with leather chairs and about 5 more tables. Upstairs always seems a little less crowded and easier to get a table at during peak hours. A bathroom both upstairs and downstairs as well.

Their beer is okay. Everything is mediocre to good, and I've only had one beer there that I could say was a great beer, which was a porter they made a few casks of and put out in February of this year. I believe it was a vanilla coffee porter aged on cocoa nibs, or something like that. They have specials everyday including things like $5 growler fill Monday, $3.25 pint Tuesdays, and I think a cask on Wednesdays. As well as happy hours everyday besides Saturday and all day on Sunday I believe.

The food can be pretty hit or miss. I suggest sticking to their burgers, sandwiches and quesadillas, or chili and soups. I've been pretty disappointed with some of their other entrees. Their appetizers are good. And they have some food specials as well, and deals (like order a pint and burger for $10). I'm pretty sure they have a different quesadilla special every day too. Their menu can vary a lot day to day and the variety works in their favor because their specials and deals are usually where it's at for a bite to eat while there.

The beer selection isn't stellar but they have a good line up of regular beers (a pale ale, cream ale, nitro porter, an amber/red ale, and I believe a nut brown). I'd suggest the nitro porter or pale ale, but the others are still worth your time. They also typically have some seasonals like a stout, IPA or witbier, they also had a sour brown ale for awhile that wasn't bad for a sessionable sour ale. They also make a mead that's okay, as well as have some wine and a couple beer selections to fill the flavor gap between the styles they don't offer on draft.

Overall, a good small brewpub with quality selections and food. The prices on beer is pretty middle of the road, as well as the food. A friendly, accommodating staff and decent vibe too. Located in an area with plenty of things to do after you eat, or other bars and restaurants to drink/eat at. If you're looking for a laid back, cozy brewpub in Louisville I'd suggest this place.

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Photo of RTJakarta
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I'm currently visiting town, and my fiancee and I were trying to kill some time and try out some local brews before going out to dinner and we swung by here.

Coming in, the outside was packed, as well as inside. After standing around awkwardly for a minute, we were informed that the upstairs had just opened, and we were welcomed up there. Since we were the first up there, we had our seating choice. Since we weren't going to eat, we just grabbed a few cozy seats next to a table in a sort of lounge area. Was really nice.

We tried samples of the cream ale and scotch ale, and they were both okay. I drank a pint of cream ale during Happy Hour, which was a reasonable $3.25 (compared to $4.50). Also had a 1/2 pint of a rich, lovely meade.

I forget our server's name already, but she was highly attentive. Always coming by when one of us was running low.

Selection was limited to just their own stuff, which was to be expected.

The beer was pretty average, but the people there are nice. One day I'll probably go back and try the food.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a very cool little brewpub in the heart of the action on Bardstown Road in Louisville! It is a small place and you may find yourselves waiting for a table or spot at the bar, but there's a reason for it. Their brews are all quite tasty and I felt that the food was also very good. Their jerk wings are amazing! It's a slow-going, laid-back atmosphere that is a lot of fun if you have the time (just don't go if you're in a hurry). Definitely worth a visit if you're in town. It's a favorite of many locals.

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Photo of Bourbon
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I finally got to pop into Cumberland for the first time in many years last week. I have to say I may be coming back a lot sooner next time.

I always love walking up and seeing brew equipment in the front window. After that, the atmosphere could be described as "intimate." Not cramped, but cozy.

My server was very attentive. About as good as I'd come across, really. Everyone at my table enjoyed their food, which was served quite quickly.

Now, you won't find racks of beer here. Largely pushing their own product, the beer list put on the table seems a bit scant. The beer they make, though, does not disappoint. I won't say that it's earthshakingly good, but fine beer nonetheless.

I quite look forward to coming back to see what else I can discover about this nice little pub.

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Photo of Gouxman
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Cumberland Brews is a tiny little micro brewery nestled in the heart of the Highlands. The only downside to the place is the size. It can very easily become super crowded especially on beer special nights.

The food is outstanding. I usually order whatever the special of the day is. It is always tasty. They also make a mean Bison Burger (pair it with the Nitro Porter).

The beer is always quality. The main stays are always good as well as their rotating seasonals. The price is very reasonable and the the food portions are huge.

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Photo of dstc
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped for dinner here while driving through town. It is in a small building in a trendy part of town. We were lucky to walk in on a Friday night and find an empty table. All the smokers were at tables outside so the pub itself was delightfully smoke free. Service was good and attentive.

Excellent menu with typical brewpub food plus some interesting dishes. I had the veggie burger with sweet potato fries, it was basically a thick falafel patty with grilled portabella on top, served on a bun with all the fixin's. Really delicious.

I drank the seasonal brew which the waitress tells me is a steam beer. It was good enough to have three. One of my companions told the waitress he liked brown ales and she offered him the IPA. Maybe the staff isn't too knowledgeable about the brews but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. He ended up getting the seasonal too BTW, which he enjoyed.

Nice dinner at a pretty decent brewpub. I guess I should have tried more beers but looking at the board nothing sounded as good as the one I was drinking so I sticked to it.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

After a tough early flight in to Lexington via Chicago, a gut busting lunch at a BBQ joint, a distillery visit in diluvian rained Frankfort, hitting the batting cages at the Louisville Slugger factory and driving around in circles because my GPS was shotty at times (happens when too many roads are sandwiched together), I was finally due for a brew. I picked this brewpub somewhat at random, remembering that the reviews were pretty positive.

Nice location on an area filled with indie stores sandwitched between a college campus and a well-to-do neighborhood. Parking was relatively easy on a side street, but it was Tuesday evening.

Crowd consisted of blue collar types having a post-work pint, co-eds/dropouts and a few families. One common denominator, just about every single dude in the joint had some form of facial hair, majoritively pretty badly groomed, taliban-like look. Not that it affected my appreciation of the place, I just thought it was out of the ordinary.

Decor is nice, very friendly neighborhood pub, with drawings of brewery equipment on one side, the actual setup on the other enclosed in glass behind the bar. Beer specials, seasonals and bottled selections were written on the glass itself, which I thought was nice. Washrooms were clean and had a display of old cans. Didn't check out the upstairs section as we sat in the table near the front door. TVs were in convenient locations, all tuned in to news coverage of the flash floods in the area.

Service was diligent and friendly, even though my co-worker's French accent was a dead givaway that we weren't locals. We got zero attitude from the staff or anyone else. The figured I have a goatee so I belong here.

Menu had a few interesting seasonal selections, including a Yerba Mate Pale ale, which was alright, not great but a nice brew. My second selection was the nitro Porter, which I also liked without blowing my mind. I should have went with half-pints to try at least one more, but the Tuesday special is 2.75$ pints, a hell of a bargain. Too bad, I would have liked to try the Hefe.

Food menu had the usual brewpub lineup of appetizers, chili, burgers and sandwiches. We were still a bit stuffed from lunch so we split a Bison burger with steak fries and a cup of chili which did the job.

Can't really say anything bad about Cumberland Brews. They aren't world class in any category, but I had a good, if short, time there.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First of all I have to say I was impressed not just with the beer scene in Louisville, KY but the overall city as well. This is a really cool place to visit.
Cool and kitschy little brewpub in a cool and kitschy section of town. Lots of pub/bars/and kitschy shops in this section of town. This brewpub is housed in a narrow / deep building off of Bardstown road. Entered the building through the glass front and noticed the windows showing off the brewing equipment to the right behind a long bar. We sat up front where we could watch traffic and people while sipping our beers. Cool hand drawn sketches on the left wall of the brewing process and hop leaves and cones. Very eclectic menu offers up some good dishes, many of them organic. The beers offered ranged from a Dortmunder (called the DorkMonster) to a pale ale with Yerba Mate. After trying a taster flight, I decided on the Nitro Porter, which had a nice smooth roasty cocoa flavor. On top of their own offerings, I noticed they offered three Jolly Pumpkin brews in the bottle. The crowd was varied in age but very eclectic and the bar / sidewalk was packed on a Sunday evening. Overall I'd give the beers a B. They varied a lot in flavor and profile. I'd do the taster option and then decide. Overall, this is a worthwhile stop in Louisville. The place has a down-home local feel and I love supporting the local brewers.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went here on a Tuesday night. The place was actually pretty crowded, all the tables and barstools were full - and I got a table and a beer as a few people were moving out. It's kind of a college bar, and as a relatively young memeber of this site, its kind of nice to see. Not a slow place where you can talk to the bartender about your life, etc., but it's not too loud to talk to whoever you're with. The beer is actually good. I liked what I had, and you can watch them brew it from the bar. Actually, while I was there, I think a tank had just been emptied, they were sanitizing it and heating up some water, though it seemed kind of late at night to start mashing - maybe I just didn't get a clear picture of what was happening, I was pretty far off in the corner. The service, as expected with only 2 servers was a bit slow, but still pretty good. The selection was decent, mostly their own beer on tap, and with a 2 BBL system, it's surprising they hadn't run out, but there were about 6-7 styles, a few bottles. My pint was only $2.75, which is pretty cheap by any standards. I didn't try the food, but it looked like normal pub fare as well. Overall, I'd say this is a good place to get a beer, in a pretty cool place in Louisville.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I got directions from google and ventured on over to Cumberland Brews after a quick trip to Liquor Barn. It was slightly tricky get parking nearby, but within a few minutes I was in the door and seated at the short bar inside the pub.

I sat down next to a guy dirinking sake which I noticed was a new menu item according to the blackboard. The menu board was large and decorated with colored chalk. The food specials were listed along with prices and the list of available draft offerings. There was bison chili and chicken w/ wild rice soup, tater tots w/ roasted pepper and garlic aoili, Bbq chicken and blackbean quesadilla as well as soda floats. The drafts were the regulars: Nitro Porter, Matt's Read, Cream ale, Nut Brown, Meade, and seaonals: Dortmunder, Mock Bock, Celtic stout, and Yerba Mate Pale ale.

I found the general atmosphere to be above average in that I felt right at home almost immediately. I started to chat it up w/ a Teacher who lived in the area about politics, local news and sports as I checked out the decor and NCAA final four on the tube. I thought the diagram of the brew system was interesting to look at, it covered the wall oposite the bar. There are concert posters of the Grateful Dead, Widespread panic and even the 'Testical Festival' on display. The details are special also: Blown glass tap handles w/ gold pyramids on top, A nice collection of Breweriana including beer trays and signs from Fehr's, Falls city and Sterling on display. They have displayed the art on bierdeckls from artistic patrons on the wall behind the bar with quite a range of talents and styles - I asked to have mine added to the collection. They have a nice upstairs with a small bar and can collection displayed as well as one in the men's room with Van Lauter, Ortlieb's, Narangasset, and Castlemaine represented among the several hundred.

The food is well made and fresh. I could't help but order some Jamaican jerk wings after enjoying the aroma they created when I sat down at the bar. The neighbor at the bar had ordered some. They had a great mix of ginger, citrus, pepper, rosemary and honey in the sauce and I devoured them leaving some sauce under my fingernails.

The quality overall was excellent and the service was quick and cheerful even when the place went from close to empty to packed in a short period of time. My questions about the beer offered were answered and the general knowledge of the seasonal offerings was good. I considered the selection to be good even without a Belgian on the menu, ales, lager and mead were well represented. Overall I loved it here - I couldn't have asked for much more.

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Photo of Cresant
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Cumberland Brews is a pretty small place but they maximize it well. A narrow downstairs bar is paralleled by 5-6 tables. Upstairs is a little less claustrophobic. There is a separate bar upstairs and 5-6 large tables. The decorations are old breweriana from from former Louisville breweries. The fermenters are visible behind the bar. The crowd is of mixed ages but most tend to be younger.

The beers are top shelf. Fresh, fresh, fresh. There are 6-8 on-tap, with a seasonal and a rotating offering. When I recently visited there was a maibock and a celtic stout in addition to the standards. Good pours with actual head were the norm. Pints are $4.25 and half pints are $2.25. Growlers are available.

Cumberland also serves wine and sake.

A weeknight visit and the place was full. There were no available tables so we sat at the bar for dinner and drinks.
The food was reasonably priced and tasty. Fresh and hot. Service was attentive and friendly.

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Photo of TJustice
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited this brewery for the first time a few months ago, and visit it frequently. There is a certain atmosphere there I have found unrivaled in the Louisville area. As you enter from the street facing the popular Bardstown Road area (as well as Za's Pizza Pub) you are greeted with a long bar to your right, there brewery equipment to your far right, and a long row of tables on your left. The walls are decorated with a brewing process, and chalk board with that they have on tap. Also a lot of old beers posters and ads are all over the place.

There menu has your average pub fare, which is moderately priced, and not lacking on the taste depo. They generally have 6-8 beers on tab, and change them quite frequently. They offer your average priced $4.25 pint, and $2.25 half pint.

One neat quality of the building is if you explore to the rear of the building you can go upstairs where another bar is located, and several more tables. It is also decorated with more of the same bar paraphernalia.

Go Here, Drink Beer!

The End

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was my 2nd visit to Cumberland Brews, I didn't review it on my first trip. It's very easy to drive right by it if you haven't been there before, so you have to look pretty hard on Bardstown Road to find it. It's a smallish place, with a few tables outside, a narrow seating area/bar downstairs, along with an upstairs eating area and small bar. If you go, I'd recommend to go early because it tends to fill up rather quickly. Pretty good atmosphere with a good crowd of people, and a nice place to enjoy some beer.

They usually have around 6-7 of their beers on tap there. I had a sampler of their beers and ended up getting a pint of their Nitro Porter. Their Nut Brown and "Mr. Bitters" (bitter) were pretty good too, although I thought all the beers in the sampler were good. They have a decent menu, I got a bison burrito/enchilada (a burrito served enchilada style) which was very good. Both beer and food are very reasonably priced. Service is very good too, the staff is very knowledgable and helpful. If you ever make a trip to Louisville make sure you make a stop at Cumberland Brews, it's worth it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Since Kentucky is considered "South" for the purposes of this website, allow me to begin by recounting this place's "Southern Hospitality". I showed up without calling ahead, under the assumption that they would open at 1100. Surprise, you big dummy! 1600! #!@~! And yet, hope sprang eternal as the place was manned and their brewer was hard at work in their brewhouse which sat in the right-facing window. At last, he recognized that I was nor just some yahoo looky-loo and came out to see what I was selling. I explained that I was a writer for Ale Street News and that I merely wanted to purchase an empty half-gallon logo growler to be displayed at LNCBC. He graciously complied with my request and bade me return during normal business hours. How could I not?!?

Entering on my return, it became apparent that this was a narrow, angular space with the brewhouse against the extreme right wall with the short, dark wood bar just inside of the door. The left wall was dominated by tables and chairs as well as an extensive mural of the brewing process. The washrooms were all of the way aft on the left hand side with the kitchen aft on the right side and in the centerline was a set of stairs leading up to the mysterious second floor. Chalkboards, in colored chalk, behind the bar were used to list both what was available on-tap as well as food specials. I was really impressed (blown away) by the hand-blown glass tap handles which had been made by a local artisan. There was lots of Falls City, Fehr's, and Oertel's breweriana throughout the space and in the Men's, they had several shelves of vintage cans behind plexiglass. I was even allowed upstairs to poke around and I discovered that the second floor had a separate bar plus cool laminated blonde wood short tables and stools as well as more breweriana. The atmosphere was very bohemian and I was told that the area is referred to as "Highlands".

Beer: I started with the sampler - Cream Ale; Matt's Red; Nut Brown; n2 Porter; Coffee Stout; Pale Ale. As usual, my pick was the Pale Ale with Matt's Red coming in a surprisingly hoppy second.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Really great stop at the tiny pub not far off campus in a artistic/alternative area of Louisville. Nice local neighborhood that has lots of off beat cafes, music stores, etc. Very small brewpub with one row of tables with just enough room between them at the bar to walk and have a chairs by the bar. Friendly place, good service, and a unique feature in the menu in which all of the waitresses background, hobbies, interests, goals, etc were outlined is a small paragraph for each. Different and I seemed to like it.

Nitro Porter was very good, along with the Nut Brown. The Summer Wheat was one of the few wheat beers I liked on this trip because it had a clean wheat bite and taste. The Cream Ale was more of their domestic clone, so that's maybe why the wheat beer, which seemed to be the domestic clone in many pubs, was better here. Also on tap was a very good Pale Ale and a Meade, though the latter was ok but needed some work yet.

Very small brewery--I've seen numerous homebrewer set ups that are the same size or bigger. It's just behind the bar and in the store window for all to see. Not sure how they keep up with demand--guessing they work a lot.

Several vegetarian options on the menu, and had the Veggie Burger on the recom of the bartender. Generally I would avoid the veggie burger, but in this case it was a comco of a falafel patty base with a portabello mushroom with pepper jack and guac cheese--things I love in isolation and are great together on a burger bun. Choice two that I want to have next time is the Cumberland Framers Potato Skillet--local veggies, potatoes and cheese baked together. Next time.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I don't know now
I just don't know
If I'm goin' back again

Cumberland Brews is a cozy little brewpub in the bohemian Highlands neighborhood of Louisville. Parking in the area is a bit of a pain, but once there, you’ll be greeted with a decent offering of beers and reasonably good pub fare. The beer selection on tap included a Nitro Porter, Summer Wheat, Matt’s Red, a Nut Brown, Cream Ale and a Pale Ale. The beers were all respectable and very drinkable, but the Pale, Red and Cream Ale seemed a notch better than the rest. Not great, but definitely decent.

The place is long and narrow with a half dozen, or so, small tables along one wall and a 10 stool bar down the length of the other. Four, two barrel fermentation tanks are situated behind the bar and additional brewing equipment resides toward the large front windows. There is some limited sidewalk seating under the storefront awning and an upstairs area with another small bar and additional seating. Lighting is dim, the music was barely audible and the décor is beer themed with a sprinkle of Dead pics & poster art.

The food is mostly standard brewpub fare with appetizers, soups, salads, a few vegetarian dishes and a couple of interesting/unique items. The specials, for example, included a shrimp, feta cheese and spinach quesadilla, fried banana peppers with horseradish sauce, and a bison strip steak. I split an appetizer of Jamaican jerk wings that were very tasty and followed this with a BLT & steak fries that were also good. The service was friendly and the food came out quick.

Overall, the Cumberland Brewery is a nice little place to stop for a beer and a light bite. The beers are easy on the palate, if not a little bland, and the food was good. It’s a friendly place and I liked that the menu actually provided you with a short bio on the wait staff (mostly area university students or grads).

Given that my business interests in the area are drawing to a close, I don’t know that I’ll be back in Louisville again any time soon. When I do return, I would certainly look for an opportunity to stop by CBs again; however, it wouldn’t be my first choice if based solely on their beers.

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Photo of apfactor
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This place is tucked away off bustling Bardstown road. It is very small and cozy. You walk in to a bar on the right side and tables of 4 on the left. The vats are viewable behind the bar showing this is a small but legit brewpub. The brews were very good. They had:
A summer wheat with a distinct hop presence.
A light and smooth cream ale brewed with flaked corn (if memory serves)
A red ale which was a deep dark maroon in color
A well balanced pale ale
and a brown ale.

All of the ale's were good, the seasonal wheat was very good. Very complex yet drinkable, just on time for summer.
I must also say the can collection in the mens room is a site to be seen. Bring a camera for that one.

For food I had the seafood quesadilla which was very good and my friend had a bison burger.
There was a mix of young kids and seasoned locals and there were overtones of the "hippie vibe" with regards to decor.
Service was a tad slow but very friendly and helpful. Next time I am back in L'ville I will definitely pay another visit.

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Photo of Niniimaa
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Smokefree as of 02Jan07. Cumberland Brews only (6 regulars on tap); local wine available also. Come early as the shotgun bar with one row of tables next to it can fill up early. The upstairs opens at 6p with another row of sturdy round tables and a small bar area. In the summertime the outside four table are good if available to watch the Highlands' crowds walking past.

Pale Ale is a favourite, a little sweet and medium hops level. Matt's Red is a good. Nitro Porter is very respectable. They occasionally have one in a cask. And a season is sometime on tap: the Kolsh and Dortmunder were the best I have had, even in Koln; especially since its a six-block walk for me - detractor is they went fast.

Local culinary students do rotations here in the kitchen so food quality is high. Local KY products used. I prefer the BBQ pork and fried bologna.

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Photo of GimpyCane
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went to Louisville w/ wife and two friends for the UM vs UL football game and found this gem. Cumberland Brews had everything you can ask from a beer pub/microbrew. Good food, great service, warm atmosphere and great beer makes this place a great experience. We began w/ they beer sampler that included a pale ale, meade, nitro porter, nut brown, malt brew and a cream ale. We all decided differently and ordered our respected brew. All the brews were clean, crisp, and full of wonderful scent and taste. The food was also really good, we ordered around eight appetizers that included an awesome Greek Quesadilla, spinach and cheese rolls, huge fried mushroom, buffalo wings, chips and salsa and a bison steak w/ baked potato and corn. For dessert we has their homemade malt ice cream that was out of this world and their version of an ice cream sandwich. In the end for the quality brews, food and service this place is far beyond reasonable. Coming from Florida we would have paid three times the amount. Thank you Cumberland Brews and Louisville for a great time.

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