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Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 8
Beer Avg: 3.83
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
107 Larrimore Ln
phone: (859) 209-4211
Open since March 2011, Beer Engine is "Danville's Oldest Brewery". A nano brewery equipped with a 40 gallon system, four flagship brands and eight guest taps - all on rotation. Head brewer: Brian Holton.
Open Thursday - Sunday: 4:00pm 'til 12:00am.
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
For a small town such as Danville, KY, Beer Engine is a unique find! I know of no other place within many miles of Danville that offer what has become for me, required beer. Spending most of my life drinking what I now can't help but regard as tasteless, terrible beers, the Beer Engine has opened my eyes to a whole new world of craft (excellent) beers I never knew existed. My first experience was a beer my son brought home to me, telling me that I MUST try this beer. It was Three Floyds Moloko, and from that point on, I was hooked; changed; enlightened!
Beer Engine offers 4 of their own brews, with a rolling selection of 8 craft beers, the list of which is ever changing. It's a craft beer lover's paradise. A noob to craft beer, such as me, gets an education in great beer by patronizing Beer Engine. My palate is ever expanding.
The interior is warm and inviting, with smooth golden colors, peaceful barkeeps and a general camaraderie among patrons. Plenty of light munchies are free (nuts and pretzels) and the atmosphere lends itself to both intimate conversations and jovial chatter. It's as if one leaves the "bud" world and enters a place that always seemed missing in the past, but is here now!
The location is between roads, between 2nd and 3rd streets, and the picture listed on their website is a bit misleading (due to Google Street View). But this place is worth seeking out. I am so impressed that this place exists, especially in my little home-town of Danville, KY. Danville only recently went wet, being dry since waaay back (went dry during prohibition, and stayed that way!)
Beer Engine is absolutely worth driving to if you live in a small town in Central Kentucky. I highly recommend it.
03-06-2012 23:54:53 |
More by planet_rob
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After hearing all the hype and following their updates on Facebook, I stopped by Beer Engine on the way home from a trip to Herrington Lake. I had a bit of trouble locating the place. The entrance is actually in a parking lot, a little ways from Larrimore, and it's marked only by a painted logo on the wall of the warehouse. It was mid-evening on a Sunday, and there were 5-10 people in the bar area at the time.
On tap were his nanobrewed stout, nut brown, and APA, as well as Breckenridge 471 IPA, Belhaven Wee Heavy, and several other reputable craft beer offerings. I opted for a sampler of his in-house beers, as well as a pint of the Wee Heavy. I found his beers to be very well crafted (so much so that I couldn't resist grabbing a growler of the nut brown to take home). And it was nice to revisit a good Scotch ale, as well.
I lucked out and found Brian, the owner, working behind the bar while I patronized the establishment, so I got a chance to ask a few questions about his beer and his business in general. The interior of the brewpub was crafted from remnants of various buildings, one of which was a bowling alley (noted by the narrow strips of wood with the small arrow-shaped brown markings). It gives the interior a somewhat familiar, intimate vibe. As I watched him pour my growler, I noticed that his resourcefulness extended even further when he attached a rubber tube to the tap spigot and placed it into the growler to fill the bottle. Cuts down on beer waste due to foamover. This resourcefulness makes sense, considering the fact that Beer Engine is not his day job. He also works a full-time position!
I definitely recommend a stop at Beer Engine whenever you're up for a short road trip in central KY. You won't be able to resist the souvenirs, though. I had to have a shirt. Oh, and the chalkboard advertised a bottle opener (think it was $18). I had to see what such a pricey bottle opener looked like. Only makes sense the Beer ENGINE would have a wrench for a bottle opener! Nice.
I can't wait to revisit Beer Engine. My only advice to Brian would be quit your day job!
07-01-2011 14:11:05 |
More by barczar
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Since allowing alcohol to be sold in their town in 2010, Danville has embraced the beer culture in a very sophisticated and responsible manner. The Beer Engine is no different. As "Danville's oldest brewery" (open since March 2011), they offer an ecclectic array of beers, from the four that they brew in-house to their 8 guest taps, their taproom is THE place to be on Thursday-Sunday nights in Danville.
Tucked away at the end of Larrimore Lane, the building is very convenient to Broadway, Lexington Ave., and Third Street but is somewhat of a tough find because of its alley-like feel. But that just adds to the artistic and rustic warehouse nature that you find inside. Ample parking is available, so that's never a problem.
Entering the 'L' shaped room, the space is brightly lit with simple goldenrod colors. The bar is located at the angle and is easy to spot about 20 feel just inside the door. With about a dozen tables with chairs, the place can get packed with the 40 or so patrons who came out for beers on this Friday night. A window toward the back of the bar shows a glimpse into the brewery where a prominant 40-gallon set up eagerly awaits its next brew day. The stainless steel taps have a bright and shiny look and anchor the large slate board that houses their beer menu for the evening.
The Beer Engine currently brews what I would consider four flagship beers: Freedom Ranger Pale Ale, King George Nut Brown Ale, Bone Dry Stout, and Rani of Coochnaheen IPA. At the time of my visit, the Bone Dry had been replaced by a test batch of Virtue Porter. The guest beers included Smithwicks Irish Ale, Three Floyds Rabid Rabbit, Ommegang Three Philosophers, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Stone Ruination IPA, Unibroue Maudite, and Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale. All of the guest taps rotate so new beers on subseqent visits can be expected. Also the beers that are brewed on premise seems to be fluid and can vary depending on brewing conditions and personal preference of the brewer.
Samples are available for $1 while 16oz. pints run about $4. The expection was the World Wide Stout for obvious reasons. Samples are presented on a small slate tile and numbered according to the menu for easy following and made for a charming presentation.
While no food is available, bowls of peanuts and pretzles are provided for each table, free of charge. Walking out without a souvineer pint glass or t-shirt is nearly impossible.
Althoguh the taproom was quite busy, head brewer and owner, Brian took some time to discuss some of the more technical aspects of the beers and brewery after recongnizing that my interest in his establishment and products are perhaps greater than the average customer. In fact the staff of about four were all friendly, engaging, and eager to keep the store free of clutter, abandoned glasses, and overall tidyness.
If you live in Danville, this should quickly become your regular watering hole. If you visit Danville, the Beer Engine demands top spots on your itenerary. And as a destination spot for the evening, the visit delivered a rewarding night out even living a half hour away!
Cheers Brian! Beer Advocate wishes you much success!
04-16-2011 18:24:53 |
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