Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse | Louisville, Kentucky
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Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Excellent based on 61 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

401 E Main St
Louisville, Kentucky United States 40202 [ print map ]
502 515 0174 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: M-Thur: 11-12 am; Fri-Sat: 11:00-2:00 am; Sun: 10-10

Mayor: shrubber85 (13) | Taps: 10-11 | Bottles: 8

Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Beer Available At Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse (arranged by most recent)
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down 97, Against the Grain Marty McFly PA , Against the Grain Gimme S’more , Against the Grain Schlaffen Zum Funften , Against the Grain Gust Alt , Against the Grain Little Hop Of Horrors , Against the Grain / De Molen Bo & Luke 100, Against the Grain 70K 100, Against the Grain Screaming Mimi’s , Against the Grain Kümmerspeck , Against the Grain Sho’Nuff 34, Against the Grain London Balling 98, Against the Grain Jacque’s Trappe 69, Against the Grain Do You Have Your Tickets...? , Against the Grain Smoky Wicket , Against the Grain Saison Of The Witch , Against the Grain I’d Wit That , Against the Grain I’ll Be Black , Against the Grain Hop ’N Fresh Out The Kitchen , Against the Grain Jim’s Porter
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61 reviews for Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  83%
 Selection  78%
 Food  81%
 Value  78%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  95%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
want1DIPA  (20) , | December 30, 2013
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
sptuk00  (10) Mount Washington, Kentucky | October 18, 2011
I visited AtG the first week it was open and I was very impressed. The food was very good. The pulled pork nachos were delicious. I also got the 6 beer sampler so that I could try all 6 of their own beers. The sampler was I believe only $6 too...great deal. The beers were delicious. I especially liked the 2 Wheel Death Machine, Fancy Lawyer Terms, and 35K. The prices for everything were very reasonable especially for being located where it is. I am fortunate enough to work only a few blocks away. I will definitely become a regular. Thank goodness for a new brewery in downtown Louisville.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
ultrashuai  (31) Bloomington, Indiana | January 24, 2012
Really good place and a nice addition to Louisville, particularly in Downtown. I really enjoyed the one trip here and will certainly be back. Selection-wise, they have six standard house taps, two guest taps, two casks, and a specialty tap that was brewed in house but with someone else’s recipe. The guest taps were Ommegang Hennepin and a New Albanian seasonal (good sign). House beers were excellent. My favorite was the "Whim" (Kentucky Ryed Chiquen), which was a little hoppy but also had this very subtle whiskey flavor, coming from the ryed whiskey barrels they aged it in. I was also told that the whiskey itself (they have a bottle of it, in addition to a number of very good whiskeys and bourbons) was aged in port barrels. I also really liked the ESB. Not as bitter as I like ESB’s to be, but it was very, very malty and almost sweet. Really smooth beer that would be excellent for a pint. The Black & Mild was on the "Smoke" tap, and that was also a favorite. Close to, but not quite smokey enough to be a rauch, it had a lot of malt flavor only supplemented by the smoke. They had this on cask. I tried that for my one pint but couldn’t really get a sense of the nuances. A very mysterious beer. But I also have to note the "Session" tap, which was an excellent session beer and was very drinkable. We did the pulled pork sandwich. It’s not served with fries, but comes with cole slaw instead. What I really liked about this place was that, even though they’re south of the Ohio River, they use a vinegar (really more mustard) based slaw. I asked about this, and was told that they don’t do any mayonnaise. This was backed up by the couple next to us asking for ranch dressing when they were unsatisfied with the light balsamic on their salad (which looked great). The bartender responded that there was no ranch but offered caesar. You stay classy, Louisville... The brewer came out and chatted with us and I got a little insight on the operation and beer styles. Very limited distribution right now as they build their base, but I can’t wait to get it up in Indiana. Really excellent beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
goodtimemom  (6) Louisville, Kentucky | August 7, 2012
Beer was good. I wasn’t crazy about the food or options.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (668) Denver, Colorado | March 12, 2013
Brownings closed and someone who knows what is up has opened up a brewpub in its stead. ATG brews beers in six smart categories. Rather than aim for specific styles, they have six general flavors in which different new brews constantly rotate such as malt, hop, session, and most awesomely: smoke. The bartender was so helpful and enthusiastic about the beer and food. Ambiance is eclectic with lots of hip artwork specifically created for the smokehouse. The food is absolutely excellent. They’ve got their smokehouse focus on. Nearly everything on the menu is properly smoked. I ate pork confit fritters with smokehouse hash and a side of smoked slaw. I repeat, smoked slaw. The beer titles are an added bonus. It is places like this with a commitment to great beer and cuisine that are giving Louisville a bit of a scene.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
gonzosauce  (19) Ann Arbor, Michigan | June 24, 2013
Interesting concept of offering one option for six different styles, plus some specialties. Great service on all fronts. Awesome food. Pricey all around, but a must stop. Louisville!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
coharahawk  (77) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | March 26, 2014
I have been looking forward to visiting ATG after having several of their beers over the past couple years. It did not disappoint. Very cool space within the minor league baseball stadium. The food was awesome. We had some pork nachos and smoked wings. The meat was so smoky and delicious. The beers were awesome, not surpisingly. Citra Ass Down is always a favorite. An Ale Pleasure was pretty tasty too. You gotta go if you’re in Louisville.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
shrubber85  (292) Greenville, Indiana | November 13, 2011| Updated April 28, 2014
Part of the Louisville Slugger Field complex so kind of impossible not to find - you can park in the huge parking lot of the stadium for free unless there is a game, and even then, parking is only $5.. Nice, open area with outdoor seating. Have a rotating selection of six different beers in specific styles (hop, smoke, dark, malt, session, and whim) along with some specialty beers (including cask ales). The food we had was very good (especially liked the pickled onions). Great place - looking forward to many more visits - especially looking forward to pre-gaming before a minor league game next year. This place is the King of Double Entendre beer names.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
UrbanCaveman  (15) Ohio | October 9, 2014
Hands down my favorite place to go when my work calls me to Louisville. It’s a mandatory stop before I head home. Beerwise, this is one of the best places I’ve found, as the on tap lineup changes completely nigh weekly. If you’re familiar with the Bluegrass Brewing Company, this place is founded and run by some of the original brewers from there. ATG is all about experimentation and having fun with their creations, and while they churn out the occasional miss, they also hit some beautiful homeruns out of the ballpark (literally, they’re in the stadium for the Louisville Bats). I’ve been there at least half a dozen times, and seen about three dozen different beers they’ve brewed - many of which have been delicious. While some of the staff aren’t exactly beer savants, you will find at least one of the brewmasters working behind the bar most any time you’re in, and they don’t mind chatting about the beer. The food is all phenomenal, particularly the (market price) local smoked chicken wings with local honey and your choice of their barbecue sauces (which are whipped up by the chef in much the same way the beers are whipped up by the brewers). I’d be here far more often if I actually lived in Louisville. As it stands, I’m glad they ship kegs and bottles to some of the local stores near me.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
drfabulous  (103) Lexington, Kentucky | June 16, 2013
My go to place in Louisville. Good food. Kid friendly. Easy parking on a Saturday afternoon. And I can get a sampler and try every beer on the menu. Plus, you have to love the names and the way they split up styles. ATG just needs to bottle some of their stuff...and brew a few things more than once.

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