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Sergio's World Beers
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 1200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1605 Story Ave
phone: (502) 618-2337
This Sergio's World Beers location features the same establishment, ownership, and senior management team as the location that recently closed in Shelbyville, KY.
(Place added by: EricSWB on 08-11-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
One of the most eclectic and best beer bars I have ever been to. It is seriously more like a beer library and study hall than a pub or bar.
The atmosphere is like no other. First off, it's in a building with no signs or a logo on the awning. The windows are covered with flags and tapestries, and the door doesn't even have the name on it. It's seriously like a speak easy for beer nerds. An absurd amount of breweriana all over the place. Tons of beer coolers throughout the establishment filled with beers you simply pick out yourself. A smaller bar up front, as well as all the taps and about 5 or so beer coolers. A hallway that leads to seating for guests who are wanting to sit or eat at a table rather than the bar. More coolers there, and plenty of booths. Rare beer bottles, both unopened and consumed strayed about. As well as magnums, jeroboams, and other strange bottle formats on display. Truly a unique beer bar atmosphere, and almost like drinking at an old friend's house who really loves beer rather than an established business.
The bartenders are knowledgeable and more than willing to make a suggestion for you, or talk beer. But the wait staff in the back wasn't too great the last time I was there. I had to get my own beer a couple of times, and he wouldn't even bring me a water. But as a whole, their employees are good. Also, the owner Sergio is basically the ultimate beer geek. He loves to talk beer, and drink with customers. He's always there either working or drinking with friends or customers (one in the same for him, I'm sure).
The selection is out of this world. Tons of fresh beer on tap, with kegs being constantly rotated. Also, I've seen some vintage kegs and rare beers on tap before while there. They don't even have a beer menu simply because I'm sure a dozen times a week, a keg will be kicked and they'll rotate the tap to something new. There are some regular beers that always seem to be on tap there though, like Rodenbach Classic and Bell's Two Hearted. Also, their bottle selection is unbelievable. Tons of vintage beers, imports you've never heard of and American craft and micro you can't get anywhere else. Hell, Sergio will even serve you something a bit rarer from his personal stash if he is in the mood. I've had sour ales from Belgium that were almost a decade old or older, and vintage barleywines and stouts by American brewers from years ago from the coolers. It seems like they have a deep cellar and just put out beer at random. I've also seen some pretty rare things there that I didn't even think an American beer bar could have. Sergio goes out of his way, and travels to get these beers to serve at his bar and it really shows.
Overall, an outstanding beer bar. One of the best, if not the best I have ever been to. Tons of beer (vintage bottles, in season and current bottles, and like 40 taps that are constantly rotating), a vibe unlike any other, an owner that loves beer and wants to talk beer with you as well as drink with you, and plenty of things for customers to look at and discuss while they drink their beer. Like I said, it's seriously almost like a beer library rather than a pub or restaurant. Once I try their food, I will add that to the review and score. My only complaint is I wish they would develop a chalkboard system like most beer bars have so you could know what was on draft without looking for an up to date beer menu or having a bartender list off forty or so beers. But the selection process they allow the customer to do with bottles they have more than make up for the absent minded waiter I had once and the lack of a proper beer menu. The prices can vary from cheap to expensive too. Vintage beers will cost you a bit more, as well as some things on tap. But the prices seem justified.
08-01-2011 05:40:26 |
More by auroracrisis
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
What can I say about Sergio's? It's a hidden gem accessible to those who really want good beer. The restaurant is simple, unassuming, and massively dominated by refrigerators of great beer. Regularly, beers unavailable anywhere else are imported into Kentucky of all places to be sold at Sergio's. Many beers of which only a few cases even come to the US are available to the every day consumer who stumbles in and out of Sergio's.
As far as a menu goes, the Hispanic focused cuisine vies for the best in its category in town. Some of the other menu items are half-hearted, but I give the restaurant a 4 for its focus on great Hispanic food.
Sergio himself is a world traveler who goes to the source to find the beers he wants to sell. He travels with some of the best names in the beer industry and regularly leads trips to Belgium, exposing disciples to the behind-the-scenes goings on at the heart of great beer. The man knows exactly what is in stock and can readily direct visitors to the beers which they will love.
The bar tenders are all trusted sources and know their beer. They care about beer and want to expose visitors to the best beers available.
Come with lots of cash, you won't regret it.
10-02-2013 23:05:45 |
More by phlyingpenguin
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Went with a group to see a Drive-By Truckers show at Headliners Music Hall. We made sure to arrive into Louisville several hours early to make a stop at Sergio's World Beers. The acclaim was impossible to ignore and I was curious to see how the place stacked up against other craft bars I love.
When it comes to quality and selection, this place remains one of the absolute best I've ever been to. We visited on a cold afternoon in February 2012, and were lucky enough to get 6 oz. pours of BrewDog's Tokyo. This was before any of us had ever heard of this amazing stout. We were fortunate enough to have a friendly and knowledgeable bartender that was more than happy to give us a crash-course on some of the offerings they currently had on tap. He highly recommended Tokyo, which we all had and loved. It's been one of our favorites ever since. I will always associate Sergio's with BrewDog Tokyo for that reason.
The only negative mark I can give Sergio's is the atmosphere. For the time of year we went it was uncomfortably cold inside. The temperature outside was almost exactly as it was inside, which was around 35 degrees. We never took our coats off and were shivering almost the entire time. It was a bit odd to not have heat for your customers, but the high ABV of the beers we were consuming did a sufficient job warming us up a bit.
08-12-2013 18:16:09 |
More by neckbracesub
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Sergio's is one of the most interesting beer bars in the country.
It compares, as a beer bar, to Toranado's, The Map Room, Father's Office, Monk's, Stumbling Monks, and even De Gollem. I think if you could add up all of the chaos of the fore-mentioned bars that would sum up the average chaos index at Sergio's on any given night. I like that. I think that might have bothered the previous poster and prompted such a negative review.
Brewers excepted, I have never met someone so passionate about beer as Sergio.
Sergio's is one of the reasons that Louisville is such a great city.
01-04-2010 23:29:11 |
More by sodd
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Sergio's is a really modest, super casual, down to earth establishment. When I stopped in, a couple of employees who were off that day were hanging out drinking. When employees spend their days off at work, you know that's a good sign. They love talking beer and even shared some of their own with me, pretty cool. Sergio himself is a pretty low key guy who likes talking beer as well.
The selection is huge and really sprawled out, arranged by region. The American beer takes up two or three window coolers up front where the bar is. Walking towards the back you'll find the dining area and a small walk-in cooler for Belgians. More window coolers towards the back house many of the other regional beers and there are a couple of refrigerators with more beer. Like, actual refrigerators, the kind in your kitchen, pretty random. Sergio is a glass collector and he has some really nice pieces up at the bar. Some are for sale, some are not, you just kind of have to ask. Like I said, super casual.
They had around 20 or 30 taps and the draft selection was incredible, lots of sours. I was able to get Cuvee Freddy aged in Belgian Owl Whisky barrels, and also a BFM 2012 Saint Bon-Chien. They had more modest offerings, too, like Kilkenny nitro ale and Pumking.
I didn't get to try any of the food, the staff raved about it, though.
I love the vibe here, you could spend all day trying new stuff and just chatting about beer. The emphasis on sours and other international beers should be noted; it is called Sergio's "World Beers" after all. With craft taking off in the US, I would have liked to see a stronger American contingent, but regardless, they have something for everyone. My only real gripe is the pricing. They are understandably higher than most places you'll go to, but considering the amount of inventory they have, you can see why. If they competed in price while having that amount of stock, they'd go under. If you've never been, this is a must visit for any beer geek, at least just so you can say you've been to Sergio's.
09-15-2013 16:53:04 |
More by TheBeerAlmanac
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
No sign out front so you have to know where you are going.
Hours are not set yet so don't be suprised if it is not open early in the day.
Not a lot of organization to the place. Bottles and taps everywhere. Is a lot like a dive bar except for the great selection of beer. I have never seen a better selection of beer in KY and they have a glass for every beer. The food is outstanding (espeically the mexican offerings).
This place honestly looks like a college students basement and is pretty close to being run like one. I really hope they fix that about it because I would like this place to be there for years to come. Aside from that you can really tell the people that run this place care about the beer and place it above all. Great beer, great food, and great peole working there.
12-14-2009 03:15:42 |
More by JoePat
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I hope you know someone who has been here before, or you're fucked!! It's not like there is a sign that says "Sergios"!, but once inside the atmosphere is messy with a lot of bottles on the bar with coolers full of great beer and a shitload of taps that are not the norm.
The bartender is full of knowledge that will lead you in the right direction. They have like 40 taps of unreal craft beer that no matter your style, they have something for you.
Prices are reasonable considering what they have. The bottle selection is f'n unreal if you can find what you want-you may need to look hard to find a gem-but don't worry, it's probably there.
The best place to drink in Louisville, and maybe the Mid-West! I hear Sergio is there a lot and will converse with you about beer until you go home.
11-19-2011 03:39:19 |
More by JDizzle
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Sergio's is beer Valhalla. Over 1000 bottles and 40 taps. A food menu that exists solely to aid those that come in and end up tasting and drinking past the point that he or she should have. The walls and ceilings are adorned with old tap handles, bottles, and all kinds of beer-related knick-knacks. There are dozens of refrigerators fully loaded with brews of each and every style you have ever heard of, from the local ipa's to rare vintage lambics and stouts. Sergio is incredibly knowledgeable about his entire inventory, and if he notices you are looking for something specific, he will help you locate it amid his vast selection. Also, if you ask nicely, he will take you back into the cellar to give you a glimpse of the reeeaaallly good (and expensive!!) stuff he has.
Overall, the selection is just ridiculous and they people that work there know what they are selling. Be warned: the prices are high. Especially for vintage stuff. But most of it you won't find in Louisville, and probably not where you are travelling from either.
06-11-2012 04:46:03 |
More by tykechandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Finding this place, not an easy job. My friend and I passed it up a couple of times before finally using the GPS, and stopping nearby to ask a guy smoking a cigarette outside a nearby bar who pointed us in the right direction. And I'm local! No signage for this, but there is an old sign out front that says the "Fusion Bar". CASH ONLY TOO!!!!
After talking with the owner, I understand why. He isn't in this business to make a ton of cash. That why there is no signage and it is cash only. He wants REAL beer lovers to search this place out. Not a bunch of frat boys searching for a Bud Lite and a pool table. Therefore there is no signage and it is cash only, (although there is an ATM on premise, but it will cost you a $3.00 service charge).
The beer selection is unrivaled at any bar in Louisville, and I'd bet most of North America. If you're a beer lover, you're going to need to bring at least a hundred in cash to try everything you'd want to try. Seriously, you could spend a whole paycheck here.
This place is apparently an old shotgun house that has been renovated into a bar. Not a bar atmosphere here at all. But beer coolers line the walls all the way back to the end of the place. It will take you 15 to 20 minutes just to quick-glace over every beer here. And do yourself a favor and strike up a conversation with the owner Sergio. He can tell you about every beer he has there, and others than he doesn't. And quite possibly he will have other beers behind the counter, not even out for sell to the general public! So do yourself a favor and be friendly.
Didn't try the food, but for a small place like this, the menu is extensive. Like the beer selection, there are a whole lot of choices! Well more than your typical bar fare.
Seriously, if you're a real beer fan visiting Louisville, you CANNOT pass up visiting this place! This should be your first destination!
01-06-2011 05:10:28 |
More by jhp40219
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
You are reading this review at beeradvocate.com, so I'd be willing to wager that you like beer. As such, I will address the type of "exbeerience" you can expect at Sergio's World Beers. (Yeah, that was corny. I know.)
The first thing you might experience is a feeling of awe as you gaze upon the seemingly endless offerings. There are over one-thousand, and more than forty of them are on tap. That's right. Over 1000 different beers! More than 40 different beers on tap!
The next feeling you may have might be one of indecision. Be not afraid. To say that Sergio is a capable guide to the beers of the world vastly understates his body of knowledge and amicable way of conversing about beer. A few friendly words of conversation about what you like about beer and he'll soon be leading you to your next favorite discovery.
Sergio's World Beers is a great beer bar to visit anytime, but attending a beer dinner offered by Sergio is one of the best ways to experience everything that is outstanding about Sergio's. Not only are the pairings of foods and beers masterfully chosen by Sergio himself, he is also heavily involved with the food preparation. It is truly a treat for anyone who can appreciate a variety of fine food and drink.
I hope you have a chance to visit. You may find that he has that special bottle you've been unable to find for years tucked away, waiting for you.
04-25-2010 18:45:58 |
More by atroycecil
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