ContemplateBeer (153) Louisville, Kentucky | August 5, 2015| Updated August 18, 2015
- AMBIANCE 4/5
- SERVICE 8/10
- SELECTION 11/15
- FOOD 7/10
- VALUE 5/10
- OVERALL 12/20
Overview: Stout Burgers and Beer is the first offshoot of this chain outside of California, where it has three locations. It’s located in the heart of the Highlands, very close to other local favorites like Za’s, Cumberland Brews and River City Draft House. I visited at open on a Wednesday, so I was fortunate enough to come before the lunch rush. Upon entering, I was quite surprised at how small the place really is; I’d guess no more than 60ish seats, including the bar. The bar area is quite attractive, and features a nice copper backdrop. There are two TVs, one near each end of the bar. Classic rock makes up most of the soundtrack.
Service was friendly, attentive, and was eager to answer any beer related questions. You are handed a food and alcohol menu (including up to date taps) as you sit. The tap and bottle list seems to be geared towards the food, and about a quarter of the beers offered are from KY or adjacent states. For lunch, I had the Six Weeker burger (Arugula, Brie, Fig Jam, Caramelized Onions) and thought it was a pretty tasty offering; the seasoned fries ($4 separate order) were acceptable, but pretty standard. In terms of value, several beers are $1-2 dollars more than I’d expect to pay elsewhere; 12 oz. pours and 4 oz. samples are the only pour options.
PROS: Attractive place; attentive service; thoughtful beer selection; above average food. CONS: Would have liked more of a regional focus beer-wise; prices are a little California; a half pint or some other measures would be nice. OVERALL: I think this is a solid place overall; I’d still take a guest to Holy Grale for a gastropub experience, but this is an acceptable alternative. Parking is on the street in the area; if you park on Duker Ave., you can be at the front door in about two minutes.
tmongoose (116) Louisville, Kentucky | July 4, 2015| Updated July 5, 2015
- AMBIANCE 4/5
- SERVICE 7/10
- SELECTION 12/15
- FOOD 7/10
- VALUE 6/10
- OVERALL 13/20
Made the inaugural visit yesterday 7/3. four of us sat at the bar. it was lunch time and crowded. behind the bar is all copper very stylish and easy on the eyes. the tap station which I think there was 29 are broken down by style to pair with the burgers. solid selection just a bit pricey for me. The bartender took good care of us even though she was busy. The food is mainly burgers I tried the goombah and my daughter had the morning after burger. thought both were very good, cooked to order and lots of flavor. I really enjoyed the lemon basil aioli sauce on mine with paired perfectly with the slice nectarine ipa from moody tongue. the venue is smaller than what I thought it would be. just on row of tables down the one side and a couple up front and maybe 2 tables outside. overall it was a delicious burger, the beer was very good and the fries were fries. didn’t try the sweet potato ones though but wish I had. they do come with chipotle ketchup which is a nice touch. park however you can you are on in the highlands. the only detraction was the price of the beers, this is just my opinion but when you are double the cost of most everyone else its hard to make sense of it.