Where The Locals Drink [Beer]: Craft Beers of Kentuckiana
When you think about Louisville, Kentucky, three things likely come to mind: bourbon, Kentucky Derby, & Louisville Slugger. And we don’t blame you one bit - we’re huge fans of all three. But we want to let you in on a little secret - Louisville is also home to an extensive and growing craft brewery scene. That’s right - from the city that brought you bourbon, you can get amazing beers too!
Let’s take a look at six incredible places to grab a craft beer in the Louisville area:
3rd Turn Brewing
Located in historic Gaslight Square in southeast Louisville, 3rd Turn Brewing is a local brewery and taproom. Focused on creating community within the neighborhood, you’ll feel as comfortable here as your own living room. With 20 rotating taps featuring local and regional brews, including some of 3rd Turn’s experimental varieties, there are plenty of options to sample from. Even if you’re not fancying a beer, 3rd Turn offers a selection of wines, mixed drinks, and (of course) bourbon. The venue’s worth mentioning as well - as the brewery is located in a historic 1878 church converted by the owners.
Against The Grain Brewery
Against the Grain carries the enormous responsibility of brewing over 250 local beers. Name any flavor or beer style and they likely have a beer to match your taste. Against the Grain also carries a selection of spirits, wine, bourbons, and scotches, so they should have something for whatever you’re craving. What’s more, Against the Grain is located in the southeast corner of the iconic Louisville Slugger Field. We think you’ll dig this venue!
Monnik Beer Co.
Located in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood, Monnik Beer Co. brews up to 20 original taps with which you can wash down some spectacular locally-sourced and sustainably-raised pub-fare. Saturday and Sunday they host a traditional English fry-up from 11 to 3, which we’d definitely recommend stopping by for. Come enjoy this unique brewery just minutes south of downtown Louisville!
BBC stands for Bluegrass Brewing Company. It’s Louisville’s oldest brewery, regularly drawing local crowds and visitors. Featuring three locations, each with unique food and drink options, BBC is a great place to take in the local flavor of our town!
Red Yeti Brewing Company
The Red Yeti is just across the Big Four Walking Bridge in Jeffersonville, Indiana. This family-friendly brewery and restaurant serves up their own beers, as well as some rotating offerings from other local breweries. Red Yeti has an in-house chef who creates great meals from locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy the walk across Big Four and come check out the Red Yeti!
Falls City Brewing Co
Falls City Brewing was making craft beer before it was cool. Originally opened in 1905 as a local grocery store and tavern, the company closed its doors in 1978. But that’s not where the story ends - in 2010, with the popularity of craft beer on the rise, Falls City reopened its doors to Louisville. Just a short walk from the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum, come experience this piece of Louisville history!
3rd Turn Brewing
If you want the best best craft beer experience in town, you must stop by 3rd Turn Brewing in Jeffersontown, KY. They also have just opened a second taphouse and beer garden in Oldham County as well. With 20 beers on tap in J-town and almost double that at their Oldham Gardens site, there is something for everyone!