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Beer Available At Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse (arranged by most recent)
Against the Grain Hamon Hamarth 94, Against the Grain Coq de la Marche , Against the Grain Ball Control , Against the Grain / Brew Dogs We Mint Well , Against the Grain HOP! Or My Mom Will Shoot , Against the Grain MacFannybaw 90, Against the Grain We Shuck On The First Date 59, Against the Grain The Brown Note 90, Against the Grain Bronan The Saladbarian , Against the Grain Blatz from the Pabst , Against the Grain Tropic of Pantser , Against the Grain Solipsistic Narcissistic Braggot 48, Against the Grain Kentucky Ryed Chiquen 92, Against the Grain / De Molen Bo & Luke 100, Against the Grain Korn íEís Query , Against the Grain / Country Boy Saladbarity Baltic Porter 90, Against the Grain Vienna Frothages , Against the Grain / Mikkeller Bloody Show 85, Against the Grain Wowzer Snake , Against the Grain Kamen Knuddeln 92
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ContemplateBeer (127) Louisville, Kentucky | April 20, 2015| Updated April 24, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Ambiance is pretty nice; a good sized space with fermentation vessels visible through the glass behind the bar, nice sized bar area, etc. some TVs if you are wishing to watch the game. Service is always pretty solid, I never get a "deer in the headlights" server who is completely clueless, and often they will refer questions to brewers, of which there always seems to be one present.Their beer selection included six of their own beers; there is a vast array offered here, and they change often; guest taps are also available, and hard to predict- some regional, some imported. The food can be excellent here- Iíve had some wonderful meals here (even the coleslaw is metal); I recommend anything smoked, especially any pork item. The value here is great- 6 3-4 oz. pours of their beers for seven dollars; full pours in the 4-6 dollar range. I consider ATG my local, and it never disappoints. Street parking is free after 6 p.m. (I believe, just read the meter). During the baseball season, the parking lot by the stadium is under guard supervision, and a no-go for parking (parking there is fine in the off-season). I can always find parking under the overpass leading up to the place, or just a little further back- itís never more than a five minute walk to the front door. Since youíre already in the area, check out Louisville Beer Store just a few blocks over on E Market St. You could probably walk there, but you should be able to find free parking in the area if you are driving.
***Updated 4/20/15: Went back for the first time in well over a year (got a little burnt out for awhile), and was somewhat disappointed. Though the joint was pretty busy when me and a friend stopped by, my main complaint is with the quality of the beer I had tonight, and also the generally diminished quality I have found in some of their beers when trying them at other local establishments: Iíve given more sub 3.0 scores to AtG beer over the last year than in my first two plus years drinking their beer combined. Out of the four beers I drank or sampled the other evening, I could only bring myself to rate one above a three. I think AtG usually shines on their hoppier offerings, but the ones Iíve tried (on tap) recently have been remarkably tame. However, recent bottles of Citra Ass Down and Rico Sauvin have remained excellent, which makes me wonder if the guys are focusing more on their bottle production these days. I hope they find the balance between production brewery and brewpub that will help them to continue their success. Not that thereís much competition, but AtG is still the best brewery in town, and should still be your first Louisville brewery visit. Food is still quite delicious, though I miss the smoked coleslaw.
willisread (27) Tokyo, Japan | April 8, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great location on the edge of NuLu and Downtown attached to the Louisville Bats stadium. Food was amazing and priced fairly. Great smoked theme going on. Staff was super friendly and helpful both times Iíve been. The beer selection was pretty fair with the tasting set being a real value. The atmosphere is very relaxing and welcoming. A really nice place to have a beer in the afternoon in Louisville or for dinner.
bytemesis (470) Sunnyvale, California | April 7, 2015
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I was really looking forward to this visit. Kind of a brew-pub feel with a "wait to be seated" sign out front. Extremely attentive and knowledgable staff. Tasting flights are fixed to the six "regular" styles (the beers themselves change often). But you can get tasters of any of the specials for $1.50 each as well. Loving the smell in the place; a true smokehouse. Food was solid if not exceptional. Beers were, honestly, a bit disappointing overall, but not bad. Definitely worth the visit. Its worth noting that they had a good number of bourbons at their full bar, as well as at least 8 beer bottles for onsite or offsite consumption.
tykechandler (14) Kentucky | January 1, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (782) Phoenix, Arizona | December 3, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I was kind of surprise to find this attached to the local ballpark. Someone has some good investors. Iíd had some AtG beers in the bottle and while not put off wasnít really that impressed. But this cavernous space and location is impressive enough! On our very brief visit, I was at first put off by the bartenderís complete disinterest in taking care of us. Instead he washed glasses and chatted up a young hottie at the other end of the bar. But when he finally did attend to us, he did so in proper fashion. We could only sample one pint, but it was quite good. Compiled with their interesting collaborations, interesting (but sometimes gross) names and labels, I can see this being the Louisville staple. Iíll be back. Brewery #688.
hombrepalo (145) Chicago, Illinois | November 25, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
edgallow (112) nashville, Tennessee | November 16, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stop 2 of my Louisville brewery tour. Had the sampler and it was very good. Food was also very good.
tectactoe (72) Michigan | October 13, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Inside Louisville Batsí stadium; decent sized place with a relaxed vibe. The waiter was very friendly, informative, & helpful. A few nice beers on tap, although the list was a bit small, everything was pretty enjoyable. Really good food, too. A touch on the pricey side, but not too far off. Enjoyable place to visit, will go back again when Iím nearby.
UrbanCaveman (15) Ohio | October 9, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Hands down my favorite place to go when my work calls me to Louisville. Itís a mandatory stop before I head home.
Beerwise, this is one of the best places Iíve found, as the on tap lineup changes completely nigh weekly. If youíre 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, theyíre in the stadium for the Louisville Bats). Iíve been there at least half a dozen times, and seen about three dozen different beers theyíve brewed - many of which have been delicious.
While some of the staff arenít exactly beer savants, you will find at least one of the brewmasters working behind the bar most any time youíre in, and they donít 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).
Iíd be here far more often if I actually lived in Louisville. As it stands, Iím glad they ship kegs and bottles to some of the local stores near me.
Chudwick (148) Cincyucky, Kentucky | July 27, 2014| Updated July 29, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Went for brunch on a Sunday. Ambiance was bloody Maryís, a DJ playing classic rock with various others, and brewpub. Service was friendly and helpful. Selection offered nine taps and eight bottles. Had all nine and bought one bottle for $26. Food was delicious. Will go again when the beer selection changes (which shouldnít take long). I recommend it overall but the beer was par. Parking is free on Sundays and thatís convenient. Updated the times per new Sunday morning drinking laws.
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