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Louisville Beer Store
$$$ - a bit pricey
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746 E Market St
phone: (502) 569-2337
(Place added by: Brent on 11-17-2009)
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quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
An interesting little store. Very difficult to find and not really in a great location. Arrived at 1 only to find that the store opens at 1"ish". what on earth does that mean? waited around until 1:20 and was about to give up when a young guy came running up to open the door. He was super nice and helpful but that still doesn't make up for a business who's hours are "ish"
The selection is small but good. If I was a regular here I am sure they'd be able to hook me up with things I was in need of but for a quick stop it was a bit spuratic. The prices varied a lot. For some things they were high by as much as a dollar or so a bottle.... for other things they were definitely on th lower end. They also have some interesting large format bottles. Didn't check out the taps as I was in a rush but overall, worh stopping at but not worth driving out of your way for
02-07-2011 07:51:18 |
More by Urbancaver
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Let me be honest, I was not impressed by this store. I have seen so much hype over it, and yet when I went there for the first time I was very disappointed in what I found.
The first thing I saw on the shelves was a 16.9 oz bottle of Weihenstephan Kobinian. This is normally $2.99 at the local big liquor store; it was $3.99 here. What's more, they really didn't have much better selection than the big Louisville liquor store either--particularly when looking at domestic beers. If imported sours are your thing (which they aren't for me), then I guess this is the place for you. But beyond that they didn't have very much that I couldn't find elsewhere for a better price. Brooklyn Local 1-- $8.99 at Whole Foods (who is pricey in their own right); $10.99 at LBS!!!
Now, I know some people will say, "Well, you're also paying for the atmosphere," but this was not the atmosphere I am interested in either. Prior to going there I had called a few times looking for some hard-to-find beers and every time I was struck by how rude/snobbby the person on the phone came off as being. Of course, I chalked this up to poor phone etiquette and didn't think much off it. However, when I was in the store all I heard was the beer attendant complaining about how none of the distributors were sending them enough even though they are there top sellers in the city (which I find hard to believe in itself, specifically when it concerns a brewery like Bell's which is everywhere). They also complained about the taxes in Kentucky. This is funny since the store is located less than a mile over the river from Indiana, so if they were really concerned about it . . .
Anyway, like I said, I was disappointed. Honestly, I didn't find much of a reason for me to frequent this establishment given the cheaper, better stocked stores closer to my home. Granted, they did seem to have a nice collection of taps, but I'm not much of a beer store drinker, so it doesn't factor into my decision much.
01-20-2011 04:42:29 |
More by tburus
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Louisville, despite it's location in the middle of bourbon country, has quite a developing craft beer scene and nothing shows that more than the Louisville Beer Store. Lori and Tyler (owners) are almost always on hand behind the bar and both know a ton about beer, especially imports.
The store is a bit small and can get cramped on weekend nights and during some of their tasting events (more on that later) but there is a nice patio area out back to enjoy when weather permits.
Their selection is as good as you will find in the city and the ability to buy singles of everything makes it even better for those who enjoy trying new beers. There is also an 8-tap system which always has a great selection of both American and import craft brews on. Currently they have DFH Burton Baton, Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper, and Gouden Carolus Noel 2008 Vintage on draft, amongst others.
The store also has a ton of tasting and educational events as well. Within the past few months Sierra Nevada, Upland, and DogFish Head have all had tap takeover events there and Upland even had a keg of their barrel-aged Teddy Bear Kisses for the patrons to enjoy.
Price is a touch higher than the local Liquor Barns but you expect that in a bottle shop. I'm a big proponent of growing the Louisville beer scene and the Louisville Beer Store has certainly helped with that. It's a treasure for the city and a place I recommend any beer fan visiting Louisville to check out.
12-09-2010 16:50:36 |
More by sefus12
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The Louisville Beer Store is one of the best places in Louisville to drink a beer. They have a great variety of bottled beers as well as 8 taps. They also have a nice patio out back where you can enjoy a cigar with your beer. Smoking is banned at all indoor facilities in Louisville.
The staff knows their beers and is always willing to give a recommendation. They offer many activities and tastings which allows you to try a variety of beers without having to buy the full bottle.
Also, many of the patrons are beer lovers. This leads to great conversation. The atmosphere is perfect for drinking and meeting beer lovers.
11-09-2010 20:33:32 |
More by Sfred
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Wow. The selection here can make me squeal like a schoolgirl. With only one exception, noone around brings an A-Game selection like this. No need to pick and choose, just grab a bottle. If you like the style, you'll like what you grabbed.
Almost constantly squeezing things onto their schedule in love of beer, you never know what tidbit they'll come out with next.
It can be a little difficult grabbing someone's attention, but often because someone's got them raving over a brew they just got in.
Bring a thirst for great beer (and a thick wallet.)
09-23-2010 01:33:49 |
More by Bourbon
quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in around 2 p.m. on a Sunday. The woman working there was in the middle of a conversation with a couple of other folks and didn't acknowledge me or my wife as we came in and browsed. We tried to get her attention several times but she just kept on talking. After about 5 minutes a couple of other folks stopped in who apparently knew the bartender. She struck up a conversation with them. I don't go to craft beer places to feel like I'm the one doing the work, so I left, and no one seemed to care.
It's a shame, because their selection of bottles and drafts is pretty great. Prices were high on bottles - $2 for Sam Adams seasonals, for example - but a flight of 4 beer samples is just $8. Too bad the poor service meant I didn't get to try any of it.
06-29-2010 03:55:33 |
More by Mickelswit
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Great little place tucked away in the artsy end of Main Street in downtown Louisville. I have been out here several times since they opened not long ago and should have reviewed this place awhile back.
On first look upon entering, you'll see a rather small store stocked with beer...all beer...nothing but beer. And no macro brews either, all craft brews. One long shelf full of six packs, bombers and singles, followed by a couple coolers stocking even more beer. Very nice selection of microbrews from the US, some standards, and many rarities. But their specialty lies in their import selection. Crazy stuff from all over the world that I've never heard of or seen anywhere else. I'm sure you won't find most of these anywhere else within hundreds of miles. You'd just have to see it for yourself. They encourage you to mix-and-match, so grab yourself an empty six-pack box and go to town!
And you can't overlook the bar. Off to the side there is a small serving bar where you can try samples of different micros and imports that they have on tap. Prices start at $1.00 for a 2oz. sample and go up from there depending on the sample size, (you can get pints too), and rarity of the beer. And they generally have 8 or so different beers on tap, many of which are usually rare and damn near impossible to find anywhere else around here. They also do growler fills as well.
You'll also be greeted by owners Tyler and Lori. Great people who are extremely knowledgeable of the beer they serve/sell. And they could not be any friendlier. Seriously, strike up a conversation with either of them. By the time you leave, you'll feel like they're old friends.
They have events going on pretty much every week, (beer tastings, specials, ladies' beer club, vinyl records nights, etc.). So keep your eyes on their website for special events.
If you are in the Louisville area, the Louisville Beer Store should be a required stop for the craft beer connoisseur. You will not be disappointed!
05-21-2010 02:39:39 |
More by jhp40219
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I visited this place shortly after they opened and their selection was understandably limited at the time. This place is poised to blow up in popularity!! Located in the hip, up-and-coming NULU area of east market street downtown, The Louisville Beer Store adds a new type of business and is perfectly suited for this area. Its kind of a blend between a bar and a small boutique beer store. You can walk in and buy a rare belgian bottle, create your own 6 pack, fill up a growler, and stand at the bar for a tasting of their rotating tap. It's really unique and provides a great place to stop after eating dinner at one of the wonderful nearby restaurants.
I spoke with the owner on both of my 2 visits so far and he ensured me that the bottled beer selection will continue growing. They were only opened for a month or so at the time. Zoning/liquor law issues prevented them from adding seating but I think the standing-only aspect strangely positively adds to the ambiance. It's not really a place to hang out for hours but a wonderful place to get advice, sample some uncommon beers, and pick up a 6er. I LOVE the concept of this place and can envision this type of hybrid bar/store will do very well. Please check this place out!!
02-15-2010 17:40:50 |
More by centennialman
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had some free time today, so I decided to take a trip downtown to see what this place was like. It just opened a couple of weeks ago, so it felt kinda disorganized but in a "charming" way.
The space is a little cramped, which could be a problem if the place was any busier (there were about 7 people in there at the time).
The staff was friendly. The guy I talked to was casual and more like a friendly stranger than a salesman.
I went in this place hoping to find a pint glass (which is oddly one of the only types of glass I don't have...it's also odd that I haven't really seen many in other liquor stores around here). To me delight, they had some nice brewery specific pints from Dogfish head, Founders, and several others along with other specialty glasses that I haven't seen anywhere else in the area.
The beer is displayed across a large wall and there's a refrigerated section towards the back of the store. The selection isn't huge but it's very nice. They seemed to have everything that's generally available in the area, but this is the first place I've seen Stone's 09 Double Bastard.
The guy I was talking to said they've been getting more and more beer as if he had to apologize for not having something... not necessary.
They also had a small but impressive selection of beers on tap.
The prices were generally what's expected.
This is probably going to become my number 2 go-to place, after Keg Liquors in Indiana, particularly if I don't feel like making the trip across the border.
11-21-2009 20:54:38 |
More by sjccmd
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