The Holy Grale pours beers from all over the world and boasts 26 taps, which rotate frequently. The menu recommends you ask your bartender for suggestions by descriptions of taste, such as malty, fruity, hoppy or bitter. Beer selection would more or less be a shot in the dark otherwise – the Holy Grale is known for offering unusual and exotic beers. This is the first place I tried a beer with notes of leather and tobacco. What an adventure.
Against the Grain Brewery
ATG is a Louisville brewer-owned and operated brewery that has quickly become a sensation since opening their doors in 2011. Their bourbon- inspired Bo & Luke Imperial Stout is renowned in circles of beer connoisseurs throughout the world. Stop in for their ever-changing selection of original beers or their barbecue, pulled pork (or even vegetarian options!) and other southern-inspired smokehouse fare.
Sergio’s World Beers
Sergio’s features dozens of rotating taps and offers more than 1,000 different kinds of beer, many of which are imported from around the world. It is a North American mecca of import beers – it’s kind of a legend in these parts.
River City Draft House
This Highlands favorite offers 24 different beers on tap and even more bottled. The knowledgeable and friendly bar staff and impressive selection of American Craft Beers will keep you coming back. Their menu is worth sampling as well – the beer cheese and soft pretzel is a favorite of local patrons.
Louisville Beer Store
This is where the beer professionals hang – the home brewers with encyclopedic knowledge of beer. The Beer Store features eight rotating taps and a wall of staple craft beers and more exotic beers that will have you feeling like Belle from Beauty and the Beast when she walks into that library for the first time.
Flanagan’s Ale House
An impressive selection of craft beers in an unpretentious, laid-back location. The outdoor patio is a beautiful pace to unwind. It’s also the only place in the city that serves Cider Boy’s Peach County, if you’re a cider fan. The pub grub is exceptional, as well – many would trade their first-born the Beer Cheese Philly Sandwich.
Apocalypse Brew Works
Since its opening in 2012, this Louisville microbrewery has quickly become a local favorite. Although it doesn’t have a kitchen, food trucks stop by frequently so you won’t have to go hungry. The Fallout Dust is a favorite of many regulars, but the taps rotate frequently so there’s always something new to try.
Great Flood Brewing Company
Beers brewed in-house! The opening of this brewery was greeted with a line out the door, so Louisville is kind of going bananas over Great Flood. The brews are inexpensive, especially for their high quality. The regulars recommend just getting a flight to sample them all. If you must choose just one, try the Brown or the Oatmeal Stout.
Bluegrass Brewing Company (BBC)
Another Louisville original serving up beer hand-crafted in our own backyard. There are some permanent fixtures of brewed-in-house beers on tap like the popular IPA or Dark Star Porter, in addition to seasonal beers like the Bourbon Barrel Stout or Barley Wine. The menu at the Saint Matthews, 4th and 3rd Street locations feature diverse pub food which provide many vegetarian options – wings, pretzels and beer cheese, pizza, burgers and such.
A locally owned and operated brewpub. The Nitro Porter and Cream Ale are exemplary Culmberland brews to sample. Their bison burger is phenomenal and there are plenty of vegetarian options on the menu.
This is a cozy spot in Germantown to enjoy some jazz with your craft beer – the esoteric to the domestic and import staples you’ve come to expect – at an affordable price. Even if there’s no live music the night you’re here, the juke box is pretty solid and there’s a pretty good chance of food trucks arriving, so that should be enough to make up for it.
Za’s Pizza Pub
Za’s Pizza Pub has been a staple of the Bardstown Road strip for nearly two decades. Ingredients are fresh, the pizza is hand-crafted, the beer selection is impressive. Nearly 100 different beers are available at Za’s – at least enough that the beer list is categorized by countries of origin.
Beer Engine (coming soon)
Danville’s favorite brewery is coming to Louisville. The location on Burnett Street in Scnitzelburg is anticipated to be open by this summer, so check back soon!