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4301 Towne Center Dr
phone: (502) 426-4222
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Reviews by Buschyfor3:
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
The granddaddy of Liquor Barn stores in the state of Kentucky. Growler Heaven, baby. That is really all I have to say. A liquor store with 40 tap handles, more than most beerpubs in the city. Locals (BBC, Alltech/Lex, Cumberland, Sheltowee), nationally distributed crafts (Bells, Stone, DFH, New Holland, Founders, Ommegang, SN, etc.), and then imports including two of my favorite, Young's Double Chocolate Stout on a nitro tap and Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel. Ridiculously awesome.
Not to mention that this store has a huge aisle of American Craft, and another aisle (both sides) dedicated to European imports. A huge selection of vintage beers within those aisles. A great section of nothing but Belgians. They also have a cold section that has many of their craft and import varieties chilled and ready for immediate consumption. It really is like being in a candy shop. Hard to not spend way too much at this store.
There is also an aisle dedicated to homebrewing needs, including a selection of ingredients, books, DIY kits, etc.
As for staff and service, I've always had good luck at this store, but I know it can be hit or miss because not only is the store huge - meaning you can walk for a few minutes through multiple aisles before running into an employee - but the craft beer section is about the furthest section from the registers and the counter where you can place orders for cases or hard to find brews. Nonetheless, I've met a couple of friendly clerks, one of whom was quite the craft beer enthusiast and engaged me in a 10 minute conversation about my favorite crafts and suggested some new beers I might like.
This is my beer mecca in Louisville. While its not the closest store to my house, I typically make the extra 15 min drive to go to this store when I'm looking for something in particular, such as seasonal releases or rarer releases - this store seems to be better about keeping those seasonals in stock, not to mention that they probably stock at least a good 30-40 beers that you can't find at the other Liquor Barn store on Hurstbourne Lane. Just bigger and more comprehensive. Plus this store is closer to some of the more affluent neighborhoods in the east end, and as such, it triest to appeal to more affluent clientele. You can tell too, because the store itself is nicer - cleaner, better organized aisles, well lit. Even in light of this fact, the prices remain quite reasonable and comparable to the Hurstbourne Lane store. A great place to check out. Do it, just for the Growler Heaven alone.
07-14-2009 04:21:54 |
More by Buschyfor3
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
GROWLER HEAVEN!!! Wow, this is the mecca for filling a growler with great craft beer. I'm not talking about normal shit either, they have some semi-rare and solid rotating craft beer from everywhere + locals. The price is a little high, but where else are you going to get a growler of BCBS, Heine Bros Imperial Coffee Stout, 90 Min, BCS, New Albanian, BBC, lots of DIPA's, Porters, etc..
No one in the area can compete with the taps they offer.
The bottle selection is money too. They usually have all the hard to find beers on the shelf after they are gone at other stores.
I live in Naptown, but love coming back home to grab a few good growlers to take back.
11-19-2011 03:32:55 |
More by JDizzle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have always enjoyed this place. They offer wide selection of beers on tap to-go called "Growler Heaven". They have always had an above average selection of regional brews such as Three Floyd's, Founder's, Bell's and Southern Tier. But know, this place has moved up the scale for me recently. I managed to score a bottle of Founder's CBS and DFH 120 Minute. This place was definitely above average, but now they are amazing in my opinion. Not too many places in Louisville had CBS. Cheers to Drew, the beer guru at Liquor Barn!
10-05-2011 23:49:40 |
More by scrizo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - 4.5 The Liquor Barn is a fun place to shop for me because it makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. The people are mostly friendly and it is usually busy because it is one of the most comprehensive stores in town.
Q - 5 Everything here is kept clean and organized. The products are definitely top-notch.
Ser - 4 Usually the staff has been friendly but they aren't always the most experienced or knowledgeable. Generally helpful nonetheless.
Sel - 5 I don't know that I've been to a better store all-around as far as total selection. The growler station has at least 30-40 taps and generally a great mix of locals, imports, and micro brews. There are a great supply of bottles as well, not to mention wine and liquor being just as competitive.
F - 4.5 There's a nice selection of good food here also, all of which I've had is of very good quality.
V - $$ Given the selection and availability of most products this store has a good value. It is very fair in price. The growlers are borderline inexpensive depending on what you want. Most bottled offerings are about what to expect for a store of this size. I wish they had more sales, however, but it won't keep me from going back when in town.
04-12-2011 13:55:47 |
More by KYBrewgrass
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I live about 2 hrs. from this store and I have made the trip twice now I can tell you that I can see myself making a run over there about once a month.
The service is second to none. Very friendly people and very willing to help us out. Both times we've gone were because we've called ahead to see if they had something in stock and both times they were willing to set back what we were going after so we would be assured that it would be there when we got there.
Variety of selection is outstanding in the craft brew department. I've seen several cases of mainstream items so one can get more than a 4-pack if they want. They have an excellent assortment of micro-brews as well as imports. Not many west coast selections but then again who does (outside of the major micro breweries).
Growler Heaven is just that, HEAVEN!! Utterly amazing. Probably 25-40 different offerings at any given time. Both major labels like Bells, Avery, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Founders, and local offerings like BBC, New Albanian, Upland, and Sheltowee. It's great to see them giving good store space to local companies.
They are only slightly on the pricey side but they are in a major market therefore they can afford to be. All in all they are a fair value priced store. They make up for it with their service and dedication to customer satisfaction.
01-27-2011 19:57:22 |
More by heysuz
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
All I can say is ... wow! Upon walking in there is a collection of 20 or so taps that feature everything from bells to FFF to a collection of locals. You can taste a 2 oz sample for .50 to 1.50 depending on the beer or get a 6 oz pour for a couple bucks or just get a growler to go. With California's laws this kind of thing would be impossible. This station coupled with the selection and the fact that you can split 6 packs makes this one of the best big block type beer stores I have ever been too. Although it might be a little large and corporate for some I would consider it a great stop if you are looking for craft brew in louisville.
01-17-2011 03:59:32 |
More by Lothore
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Having visited pretty much every Liquor Barn in Louisville and Lexington I can say that this one is by far the best on a day-to-day basis. Always plentiful stock of domestics and imports and the first Liquor Barn to receive any special releases. Plus, they don't do any silly limits or hide the beer anywhere. It's first come, first serve. Walked in the other night and saw 8 bottles of Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout on the shelf. Bought three of them and no one raised an eyebrow.
If you're interested in sampling beers they have a great collection of taps/growler fills and a nice wall of singles. This is not the most convenient Liquor Barn from my house, but I still make the drive out here regularly just because of the quality of this location.
12-30-2010 23:31:40 |
More by tburus
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I came to visit a friend in Louisville, and made him aware we were in fact coming here. Knowing he had no choice, we drove the 20 miles from his place. I read the reviews online before I even left, and they were pretty well spot on. They had an amazing selection. Even better then the selection were the prices. They were across the board 2-3 dollars cheaper on everything. I saw Apt 12 for 9.99 there, normally 12.99 in Indy. Even there everyday 6pk's like: Sierra Nevada, Founder's, FFF. The tap selection was what most intrigued me, a multitude of choices and again, well priced. The way it is set up is pretty awesome. You can buy a 2oz or 5oz sample to try before you buy. That way you don't have to pull the trigger blindly on a 15-40 growler. (Yes, 40 bucks for some BCS, seems fair, or Vertical Epic 10-10-10)
I enjoyed everything about this place except the service. I don't know if it was because it was rainy/snowy/cold and dark outside or what, but the cashier was pretty off putting. Even so, I can just chalked that up to a bad day. If your're in the area...check this place out, it's worth it.
12-16-2010 14:46:28 |
More by kylehayworth
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
Stopped in this place on my way down form Chicago to Naples FL. I pretty much only came here to get a growler filled with something interesting, mostly because growlers can only be filled at a brewery in IL.
This store is very massive, easily rivals most Binny's in Chicagoland which is saying a lot. It looked very clean, and well organized. The 12ish or so growler taps were right near the entrance and a guy helped us right away. My goal was to get something local and they had some good stuff on. I went with the BBC Brandy Barrel aged Old Ale for $10.99. Seriously, a growler of a barrel aged high gravity beer for $11? I will take it!
The beer isle is wide and organized mostly by brewery. They had a fairly large local section, most of which I was unaware of. I didn't want to waste all of my vacation beer money on my first stop (although I easily could) so I just picked out a 750mL of a BBC reserve beer.
Overall a gem of a place in what seems like a high traffic area of the city. If I was a local I would be proud to call this my local store.
11-28-2010 03:49:57 |
More by weatherdog
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Q: Clean, big store. Party supplies to the right and back, Wine/booze in the middle (with some scattered cases of beer on sale) and beer in the middle/back. Oh, and a small wall of handles to get growlers from on the right....pretty much lead to them from the entrance.
Svc: No real problem with the service. The guy stocking didn't know too much, but he was helpful in finding things for the other people around me. I prefer to wander first, ask questions after my mind is brewing. He gave me a heads up on when they get shipments so that I could call back looking for a couple gift sets. The guy at the growler station seemed to know what he was doing and talking about.
S/V: Great prices on the growlers, good selection on tap. It's not the BEST that I've seen in KY (kinda hard to beat a place serving Gulden Draak, Maudite, 90 minute and Double Bastard at the same time), but I was VERY happy with it. Picked up an $8.99 Raison d'etre, and I think that the DuganA IPA and Flying Dog Double Dog were both $12.99. I'd like to see someone try to beat that. At first I was pissed that I forgot to bring my growler bottles for the trip. Then, for $3/each, I was pleased to see 3 brown glass growlers with this nice plastic cap with some sort of suction inside the cap. Then the electrical tape (state law?) that added to the good capping.
The bottled section was great. I think this is the "best" of the Liquor Barn stores, but I'm convinced that you can't go wrong with any of them. I don't know where to start with the bottles...uh....I guess Belgians since that's where I went first. Good selection, decent prices. Unibroue 4 packs of 750ml for $19.99...sweet. St. Bernardus gift pack too, which I had no choice but to include in my purchase. Micro's were also great....like most KY stores, there were a lot of things that I just don't see in Indiana. Big Dogfish Head selection, good 3 Floyds, I mean if they can get it I think they've got it. I didn't make it inside the cooler due to time constraints, but I can say that it looked pretty big. Would've been a good idea, though, since a lot of times that's a good place to find some hidden treasure.
All around, this place is another MUST STOP in KY. I would suggest either packing a cooler or buying a cheap one at Meijer across the street, because if you can make it out of there without a growler, you're a stronger man than I.
11-09-2010 21:16:21 |
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