This summer I got the itch to take a few day trips. I spent hours looking up breweries in surrounding cities. I wanted a smaller city with a decent sized beer scene with at least ONE pretty well known brewery. Louisville ended up in the finals with Memphis. Louisville having Against the Grain and Memphis having Wiseacre, both being breweries I wanted to visit it all came down to the drive itself. Louisville is a straight shot so I took it.
Lets not get distracted...
Kentucky is known for amazing food and even more amazing bourbon. These are things that I desperately want to explore but that seemed more like a "week trip" rather than a "day trip". With my limited time scheduled I had to stay focused on the beer!
|Brewery: Against the Grain Brewery|
|Beer I Loved: The Brown Note|
|Address: 401 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202|
|Similar to in STL: 4 Hands|
Description: Attached to the ball park in what might be "the perfect location" this brewery is pumping out fantastic beers with attitude and bbq. If you visit be sure to ask about their brewing system and the cartoon characters that correspond with their beers. (Id tell you myself but hearing those stories from them made the trip even more special!)
|Brewery: Monnik Beer Co.|
|Beer I Loved: His Dark Materials (Milk Stout)|
|Address: 1036 E Burnett Ave, Louisville, KY 40217|
|Similar to in STL: 2nd Shift w/ a side of Wellspent|
Description: On the corner of Burnett Ave sits an awesome little "coffee shop style" brewery. A smaller building with their space completely maximized. The staff was insanely friendly and eager to share their beers (all of which were fantastic). This is one spot I would probably frequent if I lived there. It has everything I need: Good Food, Good Beer, Good People.
|Brewery: Mile Wide Beer Co.|
|Beer I Loved: Raspberry Quiet Science (Sour Ale)|
|Address: 636 Barret Ave, Louisville, KY 40204|
|Similar to in STL: 2nd Shift|
Description: This industrial brewery sits off the main road. After taking a much harder left than I probably should have (yikes!) I walked down into their slightly lower level, 360, bar. The bar staff was friendly and very proud of their beers (with good reason) they were great! Tons of style options, everything from IPAs to Sours would keep any beer nerd happy.
|Brewery: Akasha Brewing Company|
|Beer I Loved: Big Time (New England IPA)|
|Address: 909 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206|
|Similar to in STL: Modern|
Description: Akasha Brewing lives in a pretty hip part of town. Beer stores, great food and tons of people walking. A decent sized space full of what I am assuming are regular customers. The place was full of chatter and happy people. The beers were delicious and diverse and the staff was there for me when I needed a place to buy food and beer to go!
So there you have it! Louisville is a super cool town and being only 4 hours away from STL I find myself tempted to return soon! I still wish I had more time there! Not a bad beer hit my lips, everyone was incredibly friendly and the growing ecosystem of "craft everything" should be enough to excite anyone.