My wife and I spent last Saturday night in downtown Louisville. Sunday morning when it came time to find some grub to soak up all the bourbon from the night before, we actually had a little trouble doing so. The McDonald’s suggestion from the parking garage attendant was not what we were looking for, but I guess in her defense there doesn’t seem to be a ton of breakfast places around. Fortunately we eventually found Against The Grain Brewery and their Sunday brunch offerings.
Against The Grain is a brewer-owned brewery connected to Louisville Slugger Field, the home of the Louisville Bats, the triple-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. It is a little out-of-the-way from the main section of downtown Louisville, but still a very easy walk from most areas. The space is very tall and I liked being able to see two levels of brewing equipment up above the bar.
Brunch is only served on Sunday and runs from 10 AM until 2:30 PM, at which time the normal menus takes over for the rest of the night. We arrived just after the 10 AM opening and were the first customers of the day. Even though it was before noon, our server gladly walked us through the beer offerings as well as pointing out the Bloody Mary bar. Against The Grain brews an always rotating mix of beers. There is one beer available in each of six loose styles: session, hop, whim, malt, dark, and smoke. They also have barrel aged and cask conditioned beers too.
One look at the brunch menu and I knew what I was getting, the Chorizo biscuits and gravy ($8). Two buttermilk biscuits are topped with a house made Chorizo gravy that had just the right amount of spiciness to it. I love biscuits and gravy, especially when the gravy has a nice kick to it. This was spot on and I wish I could eat it again right now.
My wife went with the two egg omelet, stuffed with cheddar and charred cherry tomato, topped with house pickled veggies and feta ($9). The presentation on this dish was lovely, and I’m told the taste was just as good. She added a buttermilk biscuit to the side for a complete meal ($1.50).
To wash it all down I enjoyed a Mac FannyBaw, a barrel aged Rauchbier, from the whim categorization ($5). This is a really complex beer, a lot of the character coming from the Angel’s Envy bourbon barrel treatment. We also shared a massive cinnamon roll ($3.50) on the car ride back to Cincinnati. We had a wonderful first experience at Against The Grain, and hope we can make it back soon for either another brunch or to sample the regular Smokehouse menu.