Very unique establishment. There’s few places that I look forward to visiting these days, but the Holy Grale is at the top of my list. I enjoy learning more about beer and this place fits the bill. Knowledgeable folks, great service and rotating selections.
One phrase comes to mind when I think about the Holy Grale, "world class". They serve world class beers and they couple that with a world class staff. Super informative beer tenders who have never made me feel stupid about not being able to fully pronounce the long Belgian names of some of the beers that are served. The food is out of this world good and they are quick to offer a pairing. This place is not just a bar its a beer nerds house of worship.
I cannot say enough good things about this place, its owners, its service, its selection, etc. This is by far my favorite place to go in Louisville. Many of you will laugh, and the haters will all make fun, but my fiance and I got engaged at the Holy Grale this summer because it is one of our favorite places to spend our time together. We are huge beer nerds and homebrewers. Not to be a hater myself, but I can only assume the negative comments made on here about the grale are by people that 1. are not open minded and 2. are not true beer lovers. How can you say the food is worth the price but not the beer?
I am not saying this to start anything, so don’t respect a response if you are the kind of person that spends your time deffensively answering everyone’s accusations on chatrooms, blogs, fb, etc.
I just want to defend my favorite place. Great environment, great people, great food, great beer, and all for the right price! Oh and to the person that loved the Dogfish event, they had one like that last year with Dogfishead, Three Floyds, and Founders, and it was only about a month ago that they had Cantillon Zwanze day, one of about 10 bars in the US to hold such an event. I’m sure they will have many more like that in the future!!!:)
After months and months of trying to figure out where to get the best craft beer in Louisville I stumbled upon the Holy Grale when screwing around on the internet. My fiances parents were in town from Chicago and we all love to drink good beer, so I was needing to find somewhere impressive to take them. We decided to get lunch out on Bardstown Road and to stop by the Holy Grale afterwards to see what it was all about. After stepping inside the front door I instantly knew this place was really cool. The decor is amazing and the fact that the place used to be a church but is now a craft beer bar is pretty awesome. The beer selection is incredible. Every time I have been there they have had on draft at least a few beers that are very hard to find. Yes, you will pay $4.50-$7.50 per beer, but that really is not unreasonable. If you go to any LiquorBarn, etc. around here and buy the beer yourself you might save a buck or two, but chances are you probably won’t be able to find most of their beers in liquor stores around here. Another thing i really enjoy is that the usually do have at least one or two beers I really like on tap. If they don’t then I am forced to try something new and probably never would have even tried...and that is what makes the place fun. I’ve only eaten at the Holy Grale twice, but the food is top notch and worth every penny. I would say the food is definitely high-end appetizers for the most part and the ingredients are top notch. I also attended an event there last week where a rep from Dogfish Head came down and took over the place. All twenty taps were Dogfish Head beers and the customers got to buy four beer flights so we could taste sevearl of the Dogfish Head products. This event was probably the best beer event I have ever attended. I only hope the Holy Grale will do this same type of event with other breweries in the future (e.g., Three Floyds, Stone, Sierra Nevada, etc.). What a great way to really get to experience beers you probably would never just go out and buy. In any event, this is a place that people "must" go visit if they have never been here. I can actually say I have a "spot" now. Keep up the incredible work and please don’t change a thing!!!
Visited both the day before, and the day of Zwanze 2016. Some street parking is available, but the parking lot right beside it is not. I guess the noodle place next door is very stingy with their parking lot, so don’t park there. It’s best to park in the residential area very close by. There are two floors to the place. Upstairs is called the Choir Loft, where they have about 25 more seats and another set of taps. On a normal day, the loft opens at 6 PM, where the rest of the bar opens at 4 PM. The taps the day before Zwanze were stellar. A draft lambik from Boon, a bunch of rarer Belgian beers, plenty of awesome Kentucky and other craft beer available. They offer 5 ounce pours of everything, too. Proper glassware goes without saying. The staff all know their stuff about beer, too. Service was a bit slow at times, but for the most part, I was able to walk up to the bar and have beer in hand within a couple minutes. This place is world class, and should be visited if ever in the vicinity. Both of my visits here were excellent.
Immediately fell in love with Grale the minute it opened, and the feeling hasn’t changed. Such care has been taken with ambiance - the attention to detail is extremely impressive. Beer selection is always exciting and exceptional. Food is delicious and well priced - a perfect way to enjoy (but not overwhelm) the beer. Service is is warm, friendly, and knowledgable. I recommend Grale to everyone I know.
I’ve heard there is some bad blood between these guys and Sergios. And while sergios has the rep and the bottle service to qualify as a truly unique beer destination, I still maintain that as of the day I visited Holy Grale until today, it is and has been far and away the best tap list I have ever seen. Anywhere. That alone should set it apart. Plus the vibe/ambiance and food are all top notch.