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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Reviews by Slatetank:
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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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More User Reviews:
Photo of montybugg
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of jakestuart303
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of neckbracesub
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Brewshound
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of JustinSparks
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Nuggetz
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of unimatrix1
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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 MaseFace
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of gspeicher
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev -2.2%

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dsgarvin84
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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