Valu Market - Bardstown Rd.

Mayor: tmongoose (2) | Taps: 8-10 | Bottles: 400+
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Travlr  (2340) Washington, Washington DC | November 18, 2012
Large grocery still, half a dozen or so taps for growlers fills. Bottle selection is very small, bit there was a large cooler. Of course it wad locked, because to shop for beer at noon on a Sunday violates some religious principle that I have yet to discover or understand.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
theisti  (730) Kansas | February 20, 2014| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited just before dinner on a Wednesday. Thrift store looking place from the front, though fairly normally laid out grocery store once you enter. The beer selection is in the back corner, selection is located in an open cooler featuring singles, a warm rack, and a walk in beer cooler with the remainder of the selection. Selection is below the other stores I have visited in Louisville, though still way above average compared with most grocery stores. Import selection in particular was solid. Certainly worth checking out, just not at the top of my list for Louisville bottle shops.

70 = ★★Ĺ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
76
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
chibuck  (526) Chicago, Illinois | August 31, 2013
Grocery store with a pretty big beer selection. Walk in cooler with mostly main stays, some local West Sixth and New Albanian ticks. Singles selection which is nice to tick but not a ton of local stuff. The reason to come here is the growler station. 12 taps that are awesome and cheap as can be. $9-$12 including glassware for great stuff like Maharaja, Gumballhead, etc. Worth a stop.
62
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen  (322) Charleston Area, West Virginia | July 31, 2012
This is a grocery, nobody around to ask questions about their selection at the time. Most of the beer is in the back, in their beer cave. There are a few end caps near the beer cave that have some american cases and six-packs. There are some good Belgian singles, a few Germans, some American bombers, but the singles of american brew was lacking. Even in the middle of the summer the beer cave was freezing. I saw a bottle of Abbaye des Rocs Blanche des Honnelles which had a best by date of March 2011 (only 16 months too late). I picked up a couple bottles, but expected a little more based on the other ratings.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
b3shine  (316) Indiana | January 6, 2013
Stopped in while in town with my wife. They have a good bottle selection with a growler station to boot. The grocery section was solid too, as was the value. Worth a stop if youíre in the area; Iíd just avoid IPAs, as Iím not sure how quickly their stock turns over.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85  (309) Greenville, Indiana | April 25, 2012| Updated January 2, 2015
Grocery store with a nice walk-in cooler and growler fill. Extremely nice selection of beer for a regular grocery store. Not really worth going out of your way for but a quick stop between Holy Grale and Cumberland/Great Flood.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
savnac  (284) Anchorage, Alaska | November 7, 2012
Nice grocery store with a decent beer selection. Walk-in cooler with lots of bottles and 6 packs, ect. Had a few things not seen elsewhere in Kentucky and the prices were good. Worth checking out. Grocery store looked nice too.
60
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Ernest  (206) Boulder, Colorado | February 21, 2015
Surprisingly large beer selection for a grocery store with such a plain exterior/interior...youíd never guess by its appearance. Make sure you go back inside the beer room, too, thereís more than just whatís out on the back wall. Stacks and stacks of the new batch of Hopslam when I visited. Sadly most beer is near or beyond their best-by dates (some are literally years old). So, avoid the imports for the most part (unless you like stale beer) and be weary even with midwest micros. Some taps here for growler fills as well. Certainly worth checking out, but yeah...beware the dust-covered old stuff.
68
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick  (168) Cincyucky, Kentucky | August 1, 2014
how have I never rated this place? went in with low expectations and that made it better. good to great selection with taps for growlers if I remember correctly. probably the most unassuming place to buy beer in Louisville.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer  (143) Louisville, Kentucky | December 22, 2015
Overview: Iíve been coming to Valumarket on Bardstown Rd. since I moved to Louisville, and itís had a really good beer selection for as long as I can remember. Pretty much any beer ticker in town probably cut their teeth here. Itís a grocer, and the beer is located near the back right of the store. Thereís a "beer cave" section, along with a few end caps full of beer. Thereís a singles cooler outside the beer cave, and theyíve expanded the amount of discount beer they offer- some of it on a single end cap across from the singles cooler, and some in a cylindrical wire rack very close to the singles rack. In terms of selection for a grocer, only Whole Foods competes with it locally, but itís far away enough to have itís own turf. A good amount of beer from the classic cultures (mostly in the beer cave), but American beer and modern craft get the most visible shelf space. Growler station features about 8-10 taps, much of it local/regional.

Service has a classic case of the "Highlands Disease" (Iím too self-important to do my job) and asking for any help from anyone will be a chore. Selection has already been mentioned above, but it should be mentioned that their previous problems with old shelfies has been improved (though not snuffed out) by putting most in discount racks. Anyone reading this likely checks dates before buying anyway. An above average grocer in regards to food selection, though some of their fresh made stuff looks less than stellar. Beer value is pretty great, considering the competitive prices of new bottles/cans combined with discount beer.

PROS: Huge selection; competitive pricing. CONS: Service needs an attitude overhaul; too much old beer to be considered a top tier place. OVERALL: A place I used to frequent, and one I will continue to pop into from time to time... but not a place Iíd recommend any longer as a beer destination. Still, if you have time to kill, you might find a few pleasant surprises. Located in a shopping center (Mid-City Mall) so thereís parking on site.

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