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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Active Beers: 99
Beer Ratings: 847
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 9 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
401 E Main St
phone: (502) 515-0174
(Place added by: brian44556 on 09-25-2011)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My family and I stopped into Against the Grain while visiting Louisville.
The building is fantastic with authentic wood floors, high, wooden ceilings, two levels of brewing equipment above the bar and an artistic flair mixed into the warehouse foundation. They have TVs, probably to cover the baseball games, but they don’t detract from the overall atmosphere.
They offer six beers that are all brewed on the premises. Based on the website, I expected the beer lineup to be geared to the masses and not craft beer fans. But they manage to pull off both. The menu presentation simplifies the descriptions so a beginner can easily make a decision. But having tried them all, they’re substantial and interesting. They’re much more balanced and mainstream than over the top but they’re flavorful and interesting.
The food is fantastic as well. They have smoked BBQ including pulled pork, brisket and chicken. And they have several options for sauces. Two came with the meal and we added a sauce sampler for $1.50. It was great to try all of the different meats with the different sauces. We also had the smoked wings, hash and salad. If there was any flaw, the meats were a bit dry. But the sauces help mask that and there were no disappointments.
Against the Grain is surprisingly good for a commercial, touristy place in a minor league ballpark. It’s well worth a visit.
07-05-2012 00:11:57 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Lots of genuine character at AtG. I like the vibe, the design, and pretty much everything about the place. Selection and quality was on the mark, with an interesting variety of different kinds of beers. I took a growler of Shart Pants with me. Food was pretty good. The brisket was nice and the corn on the cob was a good touch. The green beans were cooked to oblivion though, but 2 out of 3 ain't bad. When I am in Louisville again, I would definitely come back. I imagine that AtG will continue to put out a lot of interesting brews for some time.
12-17-2012 22:49:56 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $
Against the Grain is Kentucky’s buzziest brewery. I’ve had a few of their beers in Indy and they’ve ranged for solid to very good. And—take notes, kids—they have the good sense to directly distribute their kegs. Meaning they are generating hype in Indy and Cincy and even Chicago, which is very good for their brand.
Their set up was adorable. Way new brewery-y, with lots of exposed ductwork and warm track lighting, but it makes sense seeing how the brewery is physically is a part of a fucking AAA ballpark. I drove past the place 3 times before I realized the “BREWERY” written on one of the park’s enclaves wasn’t some Captain Morgan’s Cove-type bullshit. So, even without attending a game, I guess it’s safe to assume that the Louisville Bats have maybe the best beer selection of any baseball team in the states? That’s not fair.
The place is long, wide, and nicely ventilated. 5 15-barrel tanks sit well illuminated above the dining area, and bearded men paced about them intently. The crowd was southern mixed race-—meaning the black people came in diverse forms, but the white people were all fuzzy and car-shaped. The TVs showed sports and the music was innocuous.
I can’t gauge the south. The little aesthestic tics that signal coolness up north here can be meaningless. My first time in Louisville I came across a heavily tattooed youngster with gauged earlobes. He knew where the weed was, of course, but he also very deeply hated gay people and damn, he said, if we wanted to get out of this economic mess we was gonna have to stop spending so goddamn much on foreign aid. You know how much that takes outta his tax dollars? Too goddamn much. Then he said some slurs.
Anyhow, this place had some legit vegetarian options. Overall it was friendly, but I can’t tell if it was for-real friendly or that weird, perfunctory southern friendliness that’s actually just a thin patina they pull down to mask their pressing hatred of outsiders. It also looked like it could get real busy real quick, but it might be in the kind of area and appeal to the kind of people where it ain’t likely to get too awful busy at any given point.
07-30-2013 16:56:20 |
More by mynie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We passed through Louisville this past Friday around lunch at the end of a week-long brewery tour. We figured we'd catch the downtown location of Bluegrass Brewing, and I saw that this was just 7 blocks away or so, so we figured we'd give it a shot, too. I did not expect much from a brewery located in a minor league ballpark in Kentucky, honestly, so this place blew away my admittedly low expectations.
You'll forget about the ballpark angle pretty quickly. Unlike most brewpubs in well-traveled entertainment districts, these guys are focused on making beer, not money. Each of the six beers they had on that day had bite, character and class.
We only split an appetizer since we were still planning on lunch down the street at Bluegrass, but the app was unique and tasty and huge for the price. The crowd was light and we had the bar area to ourselves, so our server was always right there when we needed her.
Everything here was surprisingly good. We were glad we were able to stretch a single into a double when we went looking for lunch and brews in downtown Louisville. It will be on our list for places to go back to when traveling.
07-02-2012 17:57:08 |
More by MikeFromMarsPA
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located inside Louisville Slugger Field stadium, the seating area isn't all that big, but the ceilings are huge so it looks much bigger. There's a good sized patio for outside enjoyment as well.
Staff is friendly and they seem to love working there, lots of camaraderie. The food is awesome! Get the tacos, you won't be sorry. Love the hummus and the pulled pork sandwich, too. I haven't had a bad thing from their menu. It's a tad more expensive than you'd expect, but well worth it.
They make a lot of different beer, feels like they're pumping out a new one every damn day. Because of this experimental mindset, you'll find a lot of mediocre stuff, but a lot of good stuff as well, and every once in awhile, you'll strike gold. Obviously, Bo & Luke has been their main attraction lately, but many will argue 70k is even better. They have 5 or 6 offerings on tap at any given time and it's a great place to always find something unique or different. You won't find any other brewery's beers here, at least not from the times I've been. So go to try something different, or go to get something you've been waiting for them to release, but also definitely go for the food.
09-15-2013 16:34:13 |
More by TheBeerAlmanac
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My night in Louisville ended up being amazing, it also helped that two of my favorite events have combined into one perfect place; Louisville Slugger Field.
A: I had bought tickets to a Bats game and had some time to kill, so to my surprise there was a Brewery attached to the stadium. Located near the Ohio River and adjoined to a beautiful baseball field. You can access just the brewery from the street. Has a nice outdoor patio area where you can watch all the fans stroll into the game, much like MLB Ballparks. A nice setup, I did not spend much time inside as I opted for the nice weather.
S: Great service. Sitting outside I had a waitress regularly visit me to see if I needed anything or another beer. Fast, prompt, and polite.
S: A basic offering of beers didn't have me thrilled, but they did have I believe eight mainstage beer styles. What had me thrilled was how good their beer was. I had the dark and IPA beer which both impressed me.
F: I did the Memphis Sandwich which consisted of slow $23, not bad for a brewery right next to the stadium.
05-10-2012 01:25:20 |
More by cagocubs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Atmosphere was great. Brewery/restaurant is located in the structure of the baseball for Louisville's minor league team, the Louisville Bats. Simple layout, good job of decorating, great patio. Live music outside on a Saturday night.
Quality was top notch. Everything was professionally made/done.
Service was a bit slow, but it was at night after the Bo & Luke release, so I can sympathize. Staff was very friendly even though they had been getting slammed all day.
Selection was great. Brewery makes a varied assortment of styles of beer. Menu had many choices that did not include just the normal bar food stuff.
Food was banging. Had the homemade chorizo hash. Very tasty and really hit the spot after a long day of drinking.
Value overall was great. Beers and food were priced very well.
09-25-2013 23:40:27 |
More by tsauce2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Made a trip to Against The Grain last weekend, it's the newest brewpub in Louisville located in the old Browning's. They have around 6 brews of their own on tap along with some offerings on cask, and also a few guest taps too. I tried the sampler, and everything on it was quality. I ended up getting their 35K on cask and it's a very good brew. It seems that they're focusing their beers more towards the craft customers (some of their brews included a Bière de Garde and a Belgian IPA), which is definitely a good thing. Me and my friends ate there as well, I ended up getting the crawfish Po Boy sandwich which was good. Also tried the beer cheese appetizer that all of us liked a lot. The prices for both the food and beer seemed fair, the service was great and I have no complaints about the place at all. I'll certainly go back to Against The Grain in the future, and if you're in the area it's definitely worth the trip.
11-13-2011 20:28:38 |
More by bluejacket74
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A little nicer atmosphere than you often find in brewpubs. All of the beers are tasty, and different from the normal reds, hefs, etc that you find at most places. Definitely geared to the craft crowd.
Food is very, very good. I had the beer can chicken, and others in our party had the turkey burger and tacos. All looked good and all were spoken of highly.
Service is great. Attentive, but not overly slow. Was really impressed that the burger was overheard to be shared by two people and they took the time to plate each half separately without being asked to.
I second the recommendation of the Belgian IPA and Biere De Garde. Some of the names are a little odd and unappetizing (Who Sharted?) but that's a minor quibble. Well worth checking out.
11-14-2011 13:54:03 |
More by rodney4130
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A: Occupying the space where Browning's Brewery once was, Against The Grain has a wonderful location at Louisville Slugger Field. The interior is spacious, clean, and well-lit with a great view of the fermenters in the brewhouse. Lots of clever little touches (regional artwork, large televisions, and lots of wood) make this a very comfy spot that fits in nicely with its surroundings.
Q: The quality of each of their offerings is superb, and the place always seems to promise a good experience. Really, everything here is rock solid all around.
S: Service is casual, friendly, and attentive. If you go in on a slow day, be prepared for some spirited conversation with the servers and/or other regulars. Despite its youth, Against the Grain almost has the character of an established neighborhood bar or brewpub.
S: Being predominantly a brewpub, the selection is limited, but extremely thoughtful. I particularly like their efforts to accomodate all tastes. There is always a session beer on-tap, as well as something for both the hopheads and fans of malt-driven ales. If you like dark beers and/or smoked beers, they've got you covered too. Unlike many American brewpubs, Against The Grain always offers a cask ale of some sort, as well as guest taps for national, international, and regional brewers.
F: The food leans heavily toward standard brewpub fare, so expect to see such staples as beer cheese and sandwiches employing smoked meats. The fried crawfish po' boy is a must. Portions are generous and prices are very reasonable.
O: This is an excellent new spot, and I hope it flourishes. It would be nice to have a brewpub in downtown Louisville that is in it for the long haul. If you ever find yourself passing through the area, stop by and kill some time.
02-10-2012 17:04:51 |
More by mrfrancis
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