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Top 5 Louisville Breweries

It makes sense that the world’s bourbon capital knows a thing or 2 about beer as well. Louisville boasts a brewery inspired by the end of the world, another that has risen from the ashes, an annual Craft Beer Week and 5 new breweries in the works. Take a free brewing class and buy supplies at My Old Kentucky Homebrew, then savor your creations with individually designed, hand-blown glasses from The Pretentious Beer Glass Company.

Move over, mint julep; there’s a new brew in town. Here are 5 of the best places to imbibe:

Apocalypse Brew Works

1. Apocalypse Brewery

“Drink Beer til the End!” advises Louisville’s newest microbrewery, featuring more than 30 small-batch craft beers made from solar-heated water, grain re-use and recycled equipment. The “Fallout Shelter” taproom is open Friday and Saturday nights, with fire and brimstone-inspired brews available including Irish Red Rapture, R.I.P. Rye and Dystopian Dunkle. If the angel in you disapproves, try the St. Christopher Abbey Trippel or donate to the Humane Society at a dog-friendly Yappy Hour.

1612 Mellwood Ave. Louisville, KY 40206


Phone: (502) 589-4843

Falls City Beer

2. Falls City

Falls City has been a Louisville staple since 1905—mostly. The brewery departed the city in 1978, but when the trademark lapsed in 2010, new owners resurrected the company in Louisville and relaunched what had become a low-cost lager with a new flagship, pre-Prohibition English pale ale. Now Falls City is found in establishments around the city, has been the official beer of the Kentucky Derby, sponsors a vintage car-racing team, and welcomes the public to its brewery and taproom just east of downtown.

545 Barret Ave. Louisville, KY 40204


Phone: (502) 909-0505

3. Bluegrass Brewing Company

Louisville’s oldest and largest brewpub boasts 3 locations serving sandwiches and entrees, but its Main Street production facility is where the magic happens with tours and tastings. An American Pale Ale, Dark Star Porter, German Altbier and a Raspberry Mead are always on tap, and BBC even puts Louisville’s bourbon tradition to use with barrel-aged brews. BBC also displays brewing artifacts that date from before Prohibition.

636 East Main St. Louisville, KY 40202


Phone: (502) 584-2739

About the Author

Laura Boswell is a Washington, DC-based journalist and essayist covering travel, sports, careers and relationships for outlets including ESPN.com, The Washington Post, AARP The Magazine and The Bob Edwards Show.

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