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Established in 2011, Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse is an ideal place to quaff microbrews and delicious food. Managed by a group of friends (Jerry, Adam, Sam and Andrew), this is the first traditional brewpub in the city. Against The Grain takes pride in brewing a vast variety of beers, from classic ales to flavor infusions alongside the hops are available here. Their menu features a delightful range of burgers, sandwiches, ribs and chicken that will complement your beer. Located on the grounds of Louisville Slugger Field, you can enjoy a drink and meal here before or after a game.
Housed in a former garage, The Garage Bar is one of the most popular eateries and bars in the NuLu neighborhood or East Market District of Louisville. The place is always thumping with excitement and the two crashed cars at the entrance is a cool, gimmick that belies what the bar is all about. Their wood-fired oven pizzas are phenomenal and every single one of them uses local, farm fresh ingredients. Just check the menu, it has the local farmers and purveyors listed behind the products in your dish.
This hometown brewer has three locations in town, this one on main street, another on 4th Street and one in the neighborhood of St. Matthews. The breweries make different styles of beer, from their American Pale Ale and Atta Boy IPA to their Dark Star Porter and American Wheat, you can even find a version of Barleywine here. Additionally, Bluegrass churns out some amazing seasonal suds like the Old Country Pumpkin during the Fall or the Ergo Organic Blonde for those hotter months.
Galaxie is the place for music and beer lovers right in the heart of Louisville. Both its live music events and background music feature catchy tunes of diverse musical genres. On the menu are innovative cocktails like Rosy Crucifixion infused with rosemary, gin and honey, and El Segundo with Angostura bitters, Cardamaro digestif, Cynar liqueur and Rye Whiskey. Craft beers from breweries such as Moody Tongue in Chicago complement snacks with names like Wakamole, X-Static and Papa's Fritas. Galaxie's interiors are dim with only a few golden bulbs and neon lights illuminating the room. All in all, it is the ideal bar to catch up with friends while also enjoying good food, drinks and music.
The Louisville Beer Store shines the spotlight on all things craft beer, stocking over 400 labels from around the globe. The store/tasting room is located in NULU or the burgeoning East Market District. It features a rotating tap of craft brews and ales that span everything from New York to Italy and Belgium varieties. The bottle beer selection is comprehensive, featuring labels like Anchorage Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Off Color, Mystic Saison, Evil Twin among the American beers; and international brews like St. Feuillien Tripel, Stiegl Radler and Samuel Smith, among others. A limited selection of craft sodas and non-alcoholic drinks are available too. Beer flights start at USD3 for four four-ounce tasters at the store's standing-room-only counter.
While much of Old Louisville can be exactly that, meaning old, Mag Bar takes a step (albeit a baby step) in the direction of the new. That means in a neighborhood full of bed and breakfasts trafficking in chamber music and merlot, this place offers a loud jukebox and Miller High Life. The bar's facade is made up of big plate-glass windows, so the sun shines in warmly right up to the bitter end of happy hour.