300 W Main St,
Louisville, KY 40202
A brewery catering to the beer lovers all over Louisville, Bluegrass Brewing Co. reps itself as “Louisville’s Original Brewery” having launched the first of the brewery’s three locations in St. Matthews in 1993. Today it has three locations, including a tap room downtown where people congregate right across the street from the KFC Yum! Center and other big venues to have a drink after a show or a performance. It’s a pleasant experience, and the beers aren’t too bad.
The particular branding of beers here are higher-quality versions of many of the familiar styles craft beer lovers embrace. There are a number of stalwart main menu items as well as rotating taps of seasonal beer, too.
- Summer wheat: This one has that typical, summertime charm of a wheat beer, with that crisp, light flavor that is complemented with a bit of citrus from an orange slice. Relatively mild but with 4.9 percent ABV still a nice drink.
- American Pale Ale: A little fuller of a body on this beer, which has a character of hops, but still with a lighter touch. A little bit of citrus to the flavor profile here, too. It’s good because it doesn’t overwhelm with those hops.
- Alt Bier Amber Ale: The year-round option for the mid-range beer lover, the Alt Bier is good if you like that slightly heavier taste from a brown ale without it being too strong. Wheat, caramel and chocolate malts are apparent but overall, with a 4.2 percent ABV it feels lighter on the end. Good year-round, which is harder to find in this particular range of beer.
The menu also includes big options for food; mostly pizzas, sandwiches and other bar food, but then with the interesting addition of a few entrees like pad Thai and fish and chips. The price points here are pretty reasonable, and the bars have a nice feel as kind of community gathering places where people gather. Of course there are options for more experimental and more extreme takes on some of these styles around town, but these are those sort of ‘old reliable’ beer recipes that keep people coming back.
Bluegrass Brewing is overall a very pleasant experience, good for the beers and the friendly atmosphere of the place. I recommend it as the kind of place where you bring someone who is new or unfamiliar with craft beer, as it’s going to be a positive experience for them. All in all, a credit to Louisville.
- The beers here are very good for the crowd just getting its foot in the door of craft beer. The styles are good, safe bets.
- Each bar has a food menu as well, with the interiors to these bars definitely set to being places to spend time.
- The website will have a list of upcoming brews for those interested.