Holy Grale | Louisville, Kentucky
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Holy Grale
World Class based on 46 ratings
Type: Bar

1034 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, Kentucky United States 40204 [ print map ]
502 569 2337

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Hours: Sun 1pm-12am; Mon-Thu 4pm-1am; Fri 4pm-2am; Sat 1pm-2am

Mayor: Brigadier (6) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~20

Holy Grale

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Beer Available At Holy Grale (arranged by most recent)
Struise Black Damnation III - Black Mes 100, Rochefort Trappistes 8 100, La Trappe Bockbier 94, Achel 8 Blond 98, Mikkeller Show Me Cuvťe 60, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%) 100, Pretty Things Baby Tree 95, Mahrs Bršu Kellerbier Ungespundet HefetrŁb 79, Rockmill Petite Saison 85, 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter 96, Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono (Autumn Fire) 98, Mikkeller Black Hole 100, Rodenbach Grand Cru 99, Uerige Doppel Sticke 98, Hitachino Nest Anbai 88, Chimay Triple / Blanche (White) / Cinq Cents 99, Three Floyds Jinx Proof Lager 85, Amager The Sinner Series Gluttony 99, Victory Wild Devil Ale 96, Off Color Apex Predator 94
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46 reviews for Holy Grale
 Ambiance  93%
 Service  83%
 Selection  90%
 Food  84%
 Value  75%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest  (186) Boulder, Colorado | February 18, 2015
An extremely worthy pub, even though I seemed to hit it on a somewhat less-than-amazing week...a friend who visited around xmas sent a list of what they had on draft at that time and my mouth hit the floor. This time there was only one or two things that were notable, but things rotate constantly so itís really the luck of the draw if you hit a good week (for your particular tastes). Fantastic staff, especially Tyke (sp?) and Lucy...friendly and very attentive/generous. Love that you can do 5oz pours of everything too, essential for a finicky / hard-to-please gent like me. Delightful ambiance and great food kept me coming back as well. On a week with some world-class German and Belgian tap offerings, Iím sure my score would be more in the 90+ range, but Iím sure Iíll be back, especially if I catch wind that theyíve resumed putting Taras Boulba on tap here!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
shrubber85  (251) Greenville, Indiana | January 1, 2015
Very interesting location - in old church (right next to the KFC11). Incredible tap list that is constantly changing with a nice bottle list (many that are unavailable elsewhere in Louisville). They keep their list updated so you donít have to guess what they have going in. Eclectic food selection - tasty. A great place. And have to give a place that has CBS AND FouíFoune on tap at the same time a perfect selection rating.
rondphoto  (130) Lakeside Park, Kentucky | January 1, 2015
Great ambiance, maybe the best service and knowledge Iíve ever experienced. I saw a few bottles, but mostly seems to be taps (20-30 of them). Solid selection of high-rated brews, but not a lot of original or new to choose from. Overall, really good, but not terrific.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99  (479) Cincinnati, Ohio | December 4, 2014
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo  (144) Chicago, Illinois | November 25, 2014
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe  (72) Michigan | October 13, 2014
Pretty dark, small, & crowded on the inside, everything made from wood & old fashioned looking. Friendly servers who were pretty knowledgeable about the beers. Awesome tap list & awesome bottle list. Had trouble choosing which beer(s) I wanted to have with dinner. Prices are not outrageous either - only a few dollar markup compared to what youíd pay at a bottle shop. Great food, although a little expensive given the portion size. Maybe Iím just a fatass. Really, really tasty, though...Stuffed quail was on point. Iíll be sure to stop here whenever Iím in town. Awesome place.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous  (83) Lexington, Kentucky | July 19, 2014
About as good as it gets. Always fascinating taps. Good food. Nice outdoor area. One complaint: you cannot bring your kids.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
ContemplateBeer  (126) Louisville, Kentucky | July 19, 2014
About time I updated my rating. Overview: Holy Grale, as is well-known by now, is in an old church building, and is styled as a house of worship for the beer lover. Mission accomplished. The main room downstairs is where most of the action takes place, but the Choir Loft upstairs offers additional seating for bigger parties, and the Grale Garten provides a nice outdoors place to sit. Both additional spaces often feature a separate beer/food menu from the main room, making this place like three locations in one. (See their facebook page for images/event information) Service is engaging and professional, and know their game without a doubt. Selection, in my experience, is unparalleled by most any place youíll visit: the variety here in regards to traditional, modern, experimental, odd, sublime never ceases to surprise. Food, though I donít order every time, is pretty tasty, and well worth the price. PROS: Just about everything. CONS: Can be crazy crowded, doesnít really have their own parking. OVERALL: A world-class beer destination. If youíre within a state, and love beer, you need to visit this place. NOTES: I have parking tips for this location on my Gralehaus rating; Gralehaus is also well worth a visit, and can be accessed during business hours through the Grale Garten or from the street (Baxter Ave.)
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jackl  (501) Charlottesville, Virginia | May 31, 2014
I visited at 11pm on a Friday night expecting to endure carnage to order a beer, but instead found the place to be nearly empty. Weird, but welcomed. Much smaller venue than I anticipated. I doubt you could fit more than 50 people in the downstairs area. The draft list was very interesting. Roughly 20 beers with a strong focus on stuff from Europe. Amager, Alvinne, Beer Here, De La Senne etc on tap. Basically nothing local. The bottle list had some nice stuff like vintage Orval, but certainly wasnít earth-shattering by any means. Prices were reasonable given the quality. The service was strange. Very transaction-focussed and impersonal. I was sitting at the bar for a couple of hours and was pretty much ignored by the staff. It wasnít busy, so Iím not sure what was going on. Overall, the continental selection is pretty unique for the region. Worth a visit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
jhp40219  (33) Louisville, Kentucky | April 6, 2014
Interesting place! Built in 1905 as a small Unitarian Church. Still retains a lot of the church visuals and feel, (vaulted ceiling, choir loft, stained glass, etc). A little cramped when busy, but still a good amount of seating. The main area has an L-shaped bar with seating for about 10 or so. Small tables line the walls. The upstairs Choir Loft features a small bar and additional seating. There is also an outdoor beer garden, although I havenít been out there yet. The beer list is absolutely top notch! 26 taps and an expansive bottle list, both of which are filled with an astounding number of rare and hard to find beers. Big focus on international beers, specifically Belgians, lambics and sours. But also more than enough American craft brews to choose from. Check beermenus.com for an up-to-date draft and bottle list. Typical beer pricing (generally around $5 - $8 for drafts and $8 - $25 for bottles). Unfortunately I still have yet to try any food here, although I hear itís world class. You will need to order at one of the bars, as I do not believe they have a wait staff that takes orders at the tables or outside. Depending on how many people they have working the bar, there may be a bit of a wait if crowded. But the bar staff was friendly and attentive on my last visit (4/5/14). The biggest downside is parking, which is scarce. You may be able to park in the KFC lot next door, although this is usually filled up early on weekends. DONíT park in the Walgreens lot across the street, they watch and will tow. So youíre limited to finding parking on the side streets, of which the majority of houses do not have driveways. So youíre battling not only people coming out to the bars and shops of this area of Bardstown Road, but also the people who live here for a parking space. But all in all, a unique place to have a beer and a definite must stop if youíre in town. Just try to avoid stopping by after 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays if possible, as thatís when itís most crowded.

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