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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1576 Bardstown Rd
phone: (502) 458-8727
(Place added by: GuinnessSmurf)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
The atmosphere at the place had a kind of artsy vibe but we did not spend too long inside as we chose to sit outside and people watch.
Beers were properly served at the right temperature and in the proper glasses.
The service was good though we did go to the bar and get our beers from the bartender and did not have table service - we were served out beers quickly.
I did not have any food so I am not able to comment - I did not see any others getting food either while I was there. To be fair, we were there in the middle of the afternoon between lunch and dinner.
I thought the prices were slightly lower than other bars/brewpubs in the area. The beers were pretty good so I would consider it a good value.
05-29-2012 23:01:30 |
More by dbrauneis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Cumberland Brews is sort of a Louisville mainstay. It's been a fixture of the Highlands/Bardstown Road area for years, and definitely has that sort of artsy college hipster joint meets small, friendly neighborhood brewpub kind of vibe.
The place is small and is located along a busy stretch of Bardstown Road, but the intimate setting actually suits it. Parking can get really hairy, especially during peak hours, but fortunately I live within walking distance. Park on one of the backstreets if you get overwhelmed by the idea of having to search for a parking space along a narrow, busy road. The upstairs dining area and curbside tables are always great options.
Unlike some other Louisville bars/eateries, the service at Cumberland Brews is always great; the servers are neither inattentive nor intrusive, and no one there has ever been snobbish or rude. The place seems pretty tightly run, as wait times tend to be very short. It's good to see such a small establishment emphasize efficiency.
The selection is pretty limited. In terms of beer, they just carry their stuff (as far as I know). Their regular offerings range from mediocre to quite good. I particularly like their pale ale, and I have friends who swear by the Nitro Porter. Unless you're an oddball cream ale fanatic, you may want to avoid theirs, as it's very average. The limited production/small batch offerings tend to be both very tasty and very unique. The coffee stout that was recently on-tap was fantastic. If you like solid, near sessionable beers, you'll probably dig what Cumberland is doing. If you like strong and/or "extreme" beers, then this place will likely bore you.
The food is decent for the most part. I haven't really tried enough of their offerings to form much of an opinion. Their salads are basic and filling. Everyone I know says that the burgers are good, but I have yet to try one.
Overall, prices are decent. My only gripe is that I find their growlers to be a bit pricey, especially when compared to Against the Grain and some of the local stores. Everything about this place is solid. It's not really all that adventurous or innovative, but Cumberland fills a necessary niche really well. All in all, it's good at what it does. Isn't that the most one can really ask of any place?
04-25-2012 15:17:20 |
More by mrfrancis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Cumberland is located in an artists corner area. Cumberland itself is like a worn shoe. The Brewer answered the phone when I called to inquire about the location. We talked when I arrived and he gave me a few stickers. So this review could be biased! =)
The beers were good and the service as better. They have a Mead on tap that is a bit dry, but very nice. I liked what they were doing for such a small brewery.
This seems to be the place in Louisville for craft beer and a cool scene. My only reservations would be the parking and I'm guessing the seating situation would get tough on a busy night. Must hit!
11-01-2011 19:27:41 |
More by ndolover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Been going to this place for years.
Decorated with plenty of music related memorabilia and awards they have received, as well as brewerriana and some other knickknacks. A half dozen or so flat screens throughout the place usually with sports on. Laid back staff and usually some good music playing. I think they also have live acts occasionally but I haven't seen one there in awhile. Typically something like a small bluegrass or folk band. The place is pretty small but it's more cozy than crowded.
It seems to be run pretty efficiently, and is in a nice building. There's a few tables outside on the sidewalk to sit at, a bar downstairs with about 8 or so tables and then a smaller bar upstairs with a small lounge area with leather chairs and about 5 more tables. Upstairs always seems a little less crowded and easier to get a table at during peak hours. A bathroom both upstairs and downstairs as well.
Their beer is okay. Everything is mediocre to good, and I've only had one beer there that I could say was a great beer, which was a porter they made a few casks of and put out in February of this year. I believe it was a vanilla coffee porter aged on cocoa nibs, or something like that. They have specials everyday including things like $5 growler fill Monday, $3.25 pint Tuesdays, and I think a cask on Wednesdays. As well as happy hours everyday besides Saturday and all day on Sunday I believe.
The food can be pretty hit or miss. I suggest sticking to their burgers, sandwiches and quesadillas, or chili and soups. I've been pretty disappointed with some of their other entrees. Their appetizers are good. And they have some food specials as well, and deals (like order a pint and burger for $10). I'm pretty sure they have a different quesadilla special every day too. Their menu can vary a lot day to day and the variety works in their favor because their specials and deals are usually where it's at for a bite to eat while there.
The beer selection isn't stellar but they have a good line up of regular beers (a pale ale, cream ale, nitro porter, an amber/red ale, and I believe a nut brown). I'd suggest the nitro porter or pale ale, but the others are still worth your time. They also typically have some seasonals like a stout, IPA or witbier, they also had a sour brown ale for awhile that wasn't bad for a sessionable sour ale. They also make a mead that's okay, as well as have some wine and a couple beer selections to fill the flavor gap between the styles they don't offer on draft.
Overall, a good small brewpub with quality selections and food. The prices on beer is pretty middle of the road, as well as the food. A friendly, accommodating staff and decent vibe too. Located in an area with plenty of things to do after you eat, or other bars and restaurants to drink/eat at. If you're looking for a laid back, cozy brewpub in Louisville I'd suggest this place.
08-01-2011 03:30:29 |
More by auroracrisis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
I'm currently visiting town, and my fiancee and I were trying to kill some time and try out some local brews before going out to dinner and we swung by here.
Coming in, the outside was packed, as well as inside. After standing around awkwardly for a minute, we were informed that the upstairs had just opened, and we were welcomed up there. Since we were the first up there, we had our seating choice. Since we weren't going to eat, we just grabbed a few cozy seats next to a table in a sort of lounge area. Was really nice.
We tried samples of the cream ale and scotch ale, and they were both okay. I drank a pint of cream ale during Happy Hour, which was a reasonable $3.25 (compared to $4.50). Also had a 1/2 pint of a rich, lovely meade.
I forget our server's name already, but she was highly attentive. Always coming by when one of us was running low.
Selection was limited to just their own stuff, which was to be expected.
The beer was pretty average, but the people there are nice. One day I'll probably go back and try the food.
03-22-2011 05:35:19 |
More by RTJakarta
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a very cool little brewpub in the heart of the action on Bardstown Road in Louisville! It is a small place and you may find yourselves waiting for a table or spot at the bar, but there's a reason for it. Their brews are all quite tasty and I felt that the food was also very good. Their jerk wings are amazing! It's a slow-going, laid-back atmosphere that is a lot of fun if you have the time (just don't go if you're in a hurry). Definitely worth a visit if you're in town. It's a favorite of many locals.
03-11-2011 20:54:59 |
More by KYBrewgrass
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I finally got to pop into Cumberland for the first time in many years last week. I have to say I may be coming back a lot sooner next time.
I always love walking up and seeing brew equipment in the front window. After that, the atmosphere could be described as "intimate." Not cramped, but cozy.
My server was very attentive. About as good as I'd come across, really. Everyone at my table enjoyed their food, which was served quite quickly.
Now, you won't find racks of beer here. Largely pushing their own product, the beer list put on the table seems a bit scant. The beer they make, though, does not disappoint. I won't say that it's earthshakingly good, but fine beer nonetheless.
I quite look forward to coming back to see what else I can discover about this nice little pub.
09-23-2010 00:30:11 |
More by Bourbon
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Cumberland Brews is a tiny little micro brewery nestled in the heart of the Highlands. The only downside to the place is the size. It can very easily become super crowded especially on beer special nights.
The food is outstanding. I usually order whatever the special of the day is. It is always tasty. They also make a mean Bison Burger (pair it with the Nitro Porter).
The beer is always quality. The main stays are always good as well as their rotating seasonals. The price is very reasonable and the the food portions are huge.
07-24-2010 23:55:27 |
More by Gouxman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped for dinner here while driving through town. It is in a small building in a trendy part of town. We were lucky to walk in on a Friday night and find an empty table. All the smokers were at tables outside so the pub itself was delightfully smoke free. Service was good and attentive.
Excellent menu with typical brewpub food plus some interesting dishes. I had the veggie burger with sweet potato fries, it was basically a thick falafel patty with grilled portabella on top, served on a bun with all the fixin's. Really delicious.
I drank the seasonal brew which the waitress tells me is a steam beer. It was good enough to have three. One of my companions told the waitress he liked brown ales and she offered him the IPA. Maybe the staff isn't too knowledgeable about the brews but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. He ended up getting the seasonal too BTW, which he enjoyed.
Nice dinner at a pretty decent brewpub. I guess I should have tried more beers but looking at the board nothing sounded as good as the one I was drinking so I sticked to it.
11-23-2009 16:33:17 |
More by dstc
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
After a tough early flight in to Lexington via Chicago, a gut busting lunch at a BBQ joint, a distillery visit in diluvian rained Frankfort, hitting the batting cages at the Louisville Slugger factory and driving around in circles because my GPS was shotty at times (happens when too many roads are sandwiched together), I was finally due for a brew. I picked this brewpub somewhat at random, remembering that the reviews were pretty positive.
Nice location on an area filled with indie stores sandwitched between a college campus and a well-to-do neighborhood. Parking was relatively easy on a side street, but it was Tuesday evening.
Crowd consisted of blue collar types having a post-work pint, co-eds/dropouts and a few families. One common denominator, just about every single dude in the joint had some form of facial hair, majoritively pretty badly groomed, taliban-like look. Not that it affected my appreciation of the place, I just thought it was out of the ordinary.
Decor is nice, very friendly neighborhood pub, with drawings of brewery equipment on one side, the actual setup on the other enclosed in glass behind the bar. Beer specials, seasonals and bottled selections were written on the glass itself, which I thought was nice. Washrooms were clean and had a display of old cans. Didn't check out the upstairs section as we sat in the table near the front door. TVs were in convenient locations, all tuned in to news coverage of the flash floods in the area.
Service was diligent and friendly, even though my co-worker's French accent was a dead givaway that we weren't locals. We got zero attitude from the staff or anyone else. The figured I have a goatee so I belong here.
Menu had a few interesting seasonal selections, including a Yerba Mate Pale ale, which was alright, not great but a nice brew. My second selection was the nitro Porter, which I also liked without blowing my mind. I should have went with half-pints to try at least one more, but the Tuesday special is 2.75$ pints, a hell of a bargain. Too bad, I would have liked to try the Hefe.
Food menu had the usual brewpub lineup of appetizers, chili, burgers and sandwiches. We were still a bit stuffed from lunch so we split a Bison burger with steak fries and a cup of chili which did the job.
Can't really say anything bad about Cumberland Brews. They aren't world class in any category, but I had a good, if short, time there.
08-05-2009 01:29:35 |
More by Goldorak
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