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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1576 Bardstown Rd
phone: (502) 458-8727
(Place added by: GuinnessSmurf)
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Reviews by Slatetank:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I got directions from google and ventured on over to Cumberland Brews after a quick trip to Liquor Barn. It was slightly tricky get parking nearby, but within a few minutes I was in the door and seated at the short bar inside the pub.
I sat down next to a guy dirinking sake which I noticed was a new menu item according to the blackboard. The menu board was large and decorated with colored chalk. The food specials were listed along with prices and the list of available draft offerings. There was bison chili and chicken w/ wild rice soup, tater tots w/ roasted pepper and garlic aoili, Bbq chicken and blackbean quesadilla as well as soda floats. The drafts were the regulars: Nitro Porter, Matt's Read, Cream ale, Nut Brown, Meade, and seaonals: Dortmunder, Mock Bock, Celtic stout, and Yerba Mate Pale ale.
I found the general atmosphere to be above average in that I felt right at home almost immediately. I started to chat it up w/ a Teacher who lived in the area about politics, local news and sports as I checked out the decor and NCAA final four on the tube. I thought the diagram of the brew system was interesting to look at, it covered the wall oposite the bar. There are concert posters of the Grateful Dead, Widespread panic and even the 'Testical Festival' on display. The details are special also: Blown glass tap handles w/ gold pyramids on top, A nice collection of Breweriana including beer trays and signs from Fehr's, Falls city and Sterling on display. They have displayed the art on bierdeckls from artistic patrons on the wall behind the bar with quite a range of talents and styles - I asked to have mine added to the collection. They have a nice upstairs with a small bar and can collection displayed as well as one in the men's room with Van Lauter, Ortlieb's, Narangasset, and Castlemaine represented among the several hundred.
The food is well made and fresh. I could't help but order some Jamaican jerk wings after enjoying the aroma they created when I sat down at the bar. The neighbor at the bar had ordered some. They had a great mix of ginger, citrus, pepper, rosemary and honey in the sauce and I devoured them leaving some sauce under my fingernails.
The quality overall was excellent and the service was quick and cheerful even when the place went from close to empty to packed in a short period of time. My questions about the beer offered were answered and the general knowledge of the seasonal offerings was good. I considered the selection to be good even without a Belgian on the menu, ales, lager and mead were well represented. Overall I loved it here - I couldn't have asked for much more.
04-07-2008 01:50:35 |
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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 |
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