Cumberland Brews Menu

  • Appetizers & Light Entrees
  • Salads & Soups
  • Pub Fare
  • Sandwich Toppings & Dips
  • A La Carte
  • Side Items
  • Dessert

Healthy Meal suggestions for Cumberland Brews

  • Appetizers & Light Entrees
  • Salads & Soups
  • Pub Fare
  • Sandwich Toppings & Dips
  • A La Carte
  • Side Items
  • Dessert

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Visit below restaurant in Louisville for healthy meals suggestion.

  • Bigtee M.

    The food is really good, reasonable prices. The service it hit or miss, I guess it depends on your waitress and this is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. The beer is good. This is one of my favorite places to eat and people watch. Try the buffalo chicken sandwich, its really big so if you eat like a princess get something else..lol.

    (4)
  • Tomas F.

    Yes I liked this place. the food was good and the beer was very good. The service was slow and that turned me off. Crabby waitress should leave her drama at home. I liked the specials they have and the outside seating. you should try out the happy hour specials...

    (3)
  • Kellyo O.

    I forget to update my old reviews when I have been back to a place several times. My bad. I LOVE the BEER here and I really like a lot of the food. Good burgers & sandwiches. Great hang-out.

    (4)
  • Rachel F.

    It is probably good that I don't live 3 blocks away from Cumberland anymore. The atmosphere is perfect for a relaxed but fun little brewery. The beer itself is tasty, with a great variety for its size, and amazing specials throughout the week. Sunday Happy Hour all day. Monday $5 growlers - seriously! Tues 2.75 pints. Wed - $10 for a bison burger and brew. Thurs - $10 for a Quesadilla and a beer. And 3.25 happy hour beers everyday until 7. Man I love you Cumberland. The Meades are always tasty. From honey to raspberry, each one I've had was really nice, and not overwhelmingly sweet. I really enjoy the red, the cream, and the wheat. Had the yummy wine barrel aged one last night and it was sneak up on you strong (probably why it was only served in a half-pint!) The food is also really, really good. The fried green tomato sandwich is incredible. And I LOVE their sweet potato fries. Worth the extra buck or so to substitute. Just tried the beer cheese which was perfectly creamy and flavorful (but the habanero one was suuuuper spicy). The jerk chicken and buffalo chicken sandwiches are also to die for, though eat it every day and you are speeding up that process. I always try to mix up where I go and what I try but, is it okay to go to days in a row? P.S. Check and see if the upstairs is open and if there are free spots. It is pretty sweet. Also, great little patio for people watchin and beer drankin.

    (5)
  • David A.

    Great little place on Bardstown. The food is solid, not spectacular, but its good. Its pretty typical pub food. The beer is excellent. The nitro porter is probably their hallmark beer and it is excellent. If you see something on special you want to try GET IT because they'll run out quickly. The ambience is excellent, its a little old house with seating upstairs and down and there is a bar for each floor as well. If you like microbreweries/pubs at all this place is definitely worth a stop.

    (4)
  • Jackie H.

    This place was packed on a Friday night... I shouldn't be surprised. It definitely seems like a cool place to have drinks and food at the end of the week! The layout was bizarre but kinda neat. I guess it used to be a home (I mean, there's a shower in the bathroom), and now its a bar! There are multiple levels--each with its own bar. We opted for the top, since everything below was taken. We weren't able to be seated to eat right away--again, crowded, lots of people, etc. No worries, though, as we were able to lounge on some comfy chairs near the bar and enjoy some brews. That night I had both the Nitro Porter and the Cream Ale and was very happy with both. Very refreshing. The waitstaff was attentive and did keep an eye out for when we'd finally get a table...We eventually got seated to eat and I had the buffalo chicken sandwich. It was good, homey, bar food. Nice. I didn't have the guts to try the fried bologna. Maybe next time.

    (4)
  • Sarah W.

    Good food, good beer, great atmosphere. A part of me wishes they had a slightly bigger space, but the other part of me thinks it wouldn't be as fun if it weren't quite so closely packed. I was drinking the L&N seasonal last night, and it really grew on me. Not to discriminate against the middle shades of beer, but I'm usually more of an IPA or stout girl. But try the L&N if they still have it when you go - pretty tasty.

    (4)
  • Matt B.

    Some times, I wish I could find the personification of Yelp and make sweet love to him/her. This is one of those times. Yelp directed me here, and, again, I was not disappointed. Amazing date/evening with the girlfriend... Went on a Tuesday, and the place was crowded as hell with now empty spots. Upstairs bartender helped us out and started serving us at a little alcove while all the tables were occupied. Props to her. Food was amazing. The chicken sandwich was off-the-charts awesome. Salsa was good enough to write home about. Potato skins were the best I ever had. Beer was fantastic. I love microbreweries. And since Tuesdays have a $2.75 pint special, it was even better. So why am I not giving it five stars? Space and parking. There is little and difficult parking in the neighborhood, and you'll likely have to walk a ways to get there. And since it's such a small place, there is little seating. It really needs to be a bit bigger to accommodate the crowd. Don't get me wrong, though - amazing experience and I highly recommend it. Go forth and enjoy the awesomeness of the beer!!!

    (4)
  • Mandy Mae C.

    Maybe the bartender was having a bad day, but we had an un-welcome greeting by the female bartender who seemed irritated that we wanted menus. Then when our server finally arrived, she was soo scattered and didn't know anything about the daily menu and kept forgetting things we asked for. (Don't get me wrong, she was sweet, but flighty!) The nachos were great, the bison burger didn't live up to all of it's rave reviews, and the special fried trout sandwich was pink and tasted like salmon. Apparently this is the type of trout, but not at all what we expected. I love my beers, so I was disappointed by the beer selection. First of all, they didn't have the Belgium Trippel that I had read reviews about and was excited to try, nor did they have the Ginger Ale or flavored Meades that we read about. The waitress kept saying "oh, our website is totally out of date", so I was mislead going into this place from the start. I love wit beers, but the Moonbow Wit was uck! It was a weird experience and not that great...probably won't be back anytime soon!

    (2)
  • Molly S.

    Some people love this place. People I like and respect love this place. My husband loves this place. Hippies love this place. Dogs love this place. I.... Eh, I don't hate it. I don't like beer so that is probably a big part of my mehness. I have never been unhappy hanging out here (mainly due to the happiness of the people I am with) but definitely not a goto for a non-beer drinker.

    (3)
  • Scott H.

    We were driving on Bardstown Tuesday evening looking for a place to stop for a beer when we found Cumberland. I like it. It was their $2.50 pint night and the beer was good. Since it was a nice night, we sat outside at one of the few tables on the sidewalk outside the bar (great place for people watching). The servers provided good service and they were friendly.

    (4)
  • Jon A.

    Post-wedding ceremony, tackled two boutiques, there is only one thing that can happen to earn my revoked man card back: local beer & chicken wings. Cumberland Brews is my paved road back to being in the black when it comes to chest hair growth. You have to got to love a woman who spies a local brewpub and leads the way to this place (look but *no touching!*). When it comes to mid-Saturday ambiance... there isn't a better setting: ample tables & bar seating right next to the brewer brewing in the storefront. There are streetside tables, too. I dig their chalkboard beer menu set up, where they have their beers divided between "large batch," and "small batch," which notes its limited quantity but also confirms the different brewing method. If I had more time and weren't driving I would have found my way to their Imperial IPA. Instead, Cream Ale. They noted "flaky corn" and it wasn't just placebo that made those notes stand out. The Cream Ale has a strong body so if you're looking for a lighter beer with that depth... there you go. They make the hummus in house -- with roasted red peppers. Their Jamaican Jerk wings will make you happy hours after eating them as the jerk resin stays on your fingers. The service was fast and kind. And this was the first place that's not a grimy diner or a grubby chain that offered "kids eat for free," to point out that a local brewpub is a stellar location for a family. And... they quoted Norman Mailer on their menu board -- major bonus points. This will be a regular stop from here on out for Louisville trips, weddings or otherwise.

    (5)
  • Shannon G.

    Yup, its all about the Nitro Porter! Wish I still lived in Louisville! The food is good, but seating is limited. Especially in the summer. Go early and grab a table out front! To sum it up - craft brew and a fried bologne sandwich... how could you possibly go wrong?

    (4)
  • Abbey V.

    Mrs. V: Awesome sweet potato fries - which are always a favorite. The sandwiches are good as well. What I like about the place is that it is a true Bardstown Road hangout - always plenty of people, conversation, and outside - plenty of happy dogs. Mr. V: Okay food, good local beer, slow but friendly service.

    (4)
  • Scott K.

    Limited beer selection.

    (3)
  • Becki H.

    This is a great little neighborhood brewery. Fairly close quarters, and it gets pretty crowded most evenings. The downstairs has one row of tables alongside a bar, behind which you can see the works of the brewery. Upstairs is more seating, and there are a few tables outside. Cumberland has some tasty brews - my favorites are the Merlot a Trois, which is aged in a wine barrel, and the Moonbow Wit, a nice light Belgian wheat ale. They also have excellent pub fare - burgers, sandwiches, some pretty darn good queso and chili, etc. On Wednesdays they offer a $10 Burger & Beer special - ten bucks gets you a delicious bison burger and one pint. On Tuesdays they have $2.75 pint night - a great deal on tasty microbrews. They also offer a delicious mead that sells out fairly regularly, so availability is spotty. Service is hit-or-miss, but generally okay. I've never had a terrible server here, just sometimes a bit slow. Overall this is a great spot for a casual dinner or some beers with friends.

    (4)
  • Chuck D.

    I was happy to get a good beer in Louisville - I was starting to lose hope! I wish we would have felt like more then just one, but I am SO happy I had a chance to try the pumpkin ale. So flavorful and drinkable! Went perfectly to wash down my fried green tomato BLT. Yum! The fries were super good as well! The fiance got a Bison Burger which was very flavorful. Nitro Porter is also worth mentioning - I only had a sip, but I would certainly return more more! The service didn't really exist, but whatever, it is a bar. I don't mind. Try this place out - but don't make my mistake - plan to stay for more then one beer!

    (4)
  • Andy S.

    My favorite local micro brewery. The beer is fantastic here but for some reason the nutbrown has been retired - never to return. Why? No one knows... It's a shame but I've never had a bad beer at Cumberland. Cumberland serves way above average micro brewed beer during a time when micro breweries are hip. If they had the facilities, Cumberland could be nationally known. The food is typical pub fare and just ok. The main attraction is the beer. This is the only time you'll see me rubbing elbows with a room full of hippies. Nice enough people. Terrible taste in music. Great beer though! During the colder months the dining room downstairs gets packed. The bar, tables and the standing room between the room will fill up. The upstairs opens at six pm and is a much more laid back atmosphere. The upstairs consists of a bar, two large chairs, a couch and four large tables for groups. During the summer months people line the front of the bar to sip crafted beer and people watch. Whatever is going on at Cumberland the common thread is the beer. Their micro brew is the best in town.

    (5)
  • Kate D.

    My friends and I have sometimes gone for their Wednesday special, but not again. Tonight our server was rude and indifferent, refusing to replace a glass of red ale which clearly had something wrong with it. In fact, I wonder if they don't have a new brewmaster, because the Moonbow Wit (which I've enjoyed before) was incredibly full of yeast particulates and not ready for serving. Even at a glance it was overly cloudy and left yeast residue on the glass. My friend explained that she regularly consumes their red ale and that this glass tasted funny, but the waitress only agreed to bring her a different beer if she were to pay for both. From now on I'll go to the BBC instead. Their food is better, beer superior, and the restaurant is cleaner, too.

    (1)
  • Liz G.

    A testament to the powers of Yelp. While in Louisville for work, a friend and I wanted to get out and sample the local flavors. A simple search for 'beer' led me to Cumberland Brews. Crowded when we arrived, we snagged seats at the bar. Great experience sitting at the bar chatting with the bartender about their different brews. Food was good, especially the beer cheese (my two favorite things!) appetizer. Icing on the cake was that it happened to be the bar's birthday and we got a present, a free pint glass.

    (4)
  • Brian W.

    The good: Had the bison burger, sweet potato fries and nitro porter. After a full day of work and travel - this hit the spot. The bad: It's small, limited local beer menu but well worth the trip. You can also sit outside on the sidewalk and enjoy a fresh cold one. One place I'll be going back to for sure when I return.

    (4)
  • Christine D.

    Brought here on a trip to Louisville because we were told it's our scene. Appreciated the outdoor seating (was told dogs are welcome too) and the nice weather. Just came here for a brew. The beer menu had maybe ten options and I went with the Cream Ale while the boy went for the Nitro Porter. I think Cumberland has a great location on Bardstown road, seemed to be decorated in a fun way, and had some good beers! All in all a good experience. I had to laugh when the waitress came over, asked if we wanted another, and then told us we owe some money- no check or anything- just gimme some moneys. haha. When we go back i'm trying the food!

    (3)
  • Lynn L.

    I am a fan! Came here on Friday night around 6:30 and was delighted to find that it was STILL happy hour! They have $3.25 pints until 7. I went with the Belgian Trippel (so I didn't get a full pint - it's 10% abv!) and it was DELICIOUS. The boy got the Belgian wheat, and he enjoyed it also. Will definitely be back for their beer. They have a pretty expansive menu for a brewery - starters, salad, sandwiches, and entrees for everyone. We tried their beer cheese (not great, served with semi-stale Ritz), the hummus (good flavor, but texture was too chunky; pita was delicious!), and the fried bologna sammich, which was a tasty treat reminiscent of childhood. Service was super friendly and pretty fast to boot. Because this place is so popular, they could do with extra seating and restrooms, but if that's my only complaint, they're doing well. The upstairs is much quieter, and with cool decor. BONUS: they do growler fills for $5 on Mondays. Hello!! So awesome.

    (5)
  • Glenn W.

    one word: MEAD! The stuff is wonderful. i live in the highlands and am able to walk to this place. good thing because at times i need to stagger home. The nachos are great. Get them with everything on them. You'll get messy, after a few meads you wont care. Go for it!

    (5)
  • Ryan C.

    I would have to say that Cumberland Brew is the best micro brew that I have ever been too. Not only is the beer wonderful, but they have a great menu, as well. It's a short menu, but not your typical lousy bar food. If you are like me and have a hard time making up your mind on what type of beer to get, I highly suggest the sampler. It makes it easy to try several at a time and get a feel for the variety. You'll see why it's a hard decision to make. Choices on where to sit? The hot spot for seating is without a doubt one of the few seats outside. I love sitting outside, enjoying the traffic and feeling the breeze. Inside, on the main floor, does get crowded easily. However, a lot of people don't realize there is an upstairs. The decor and atmosphere upstairs is extremely relaxing...kinda makes like you at home. It's not crowded. If you are in the Highlands and seeking a great place for good beer and mingle with great people, this a must! I had my "moving away" party and had a great time.

    (5)
  • Katie B.

    I gotta say, this place was hotter than heck after a 90 + degree day and seemingly no A/C. Luckily, there was beer. I was a little stumped about what to try. Honestly, all of the options available just seemed a little boring. I ended up getting the Porter, which I thought was good but not exceptional. The location on Bardstown Rd is nice with some decent people watching. Friendly crowd. Annoyingly sexist pinup beer poster at the bar - what is this 1950?

    (3)
  • Daniel R.

    This place is very chill. We sat upstairs at the smallish bar near the fireplace. The bartender was extremely helpful and very nice. The Nitro Porter is very very good if you enjoy deep, dark, slightly sweet beers with medium to low alcohol content. It was one of the best porters I've had on tap anywhere. Think of a LH Milk Stout with more molasses. Amarillo IPA - balanced, hoppy, IBU 90. Pretty clean IPA. Good to follow the Nitro Porter. Smoked Porter - too smokey. Almost astringent.

    (4)
  • Don S.

    I've only been here once, and that was for lunch on their front porch, so I don't feel qualified to give a full 5 stars since technically I've never been inside their shop. But we did have a perfect experience for 90 minutes. The food was uniformly excellent, plentiful, and cheap. What more can you ask for? I had the quesadilla, which was twice as thick as I expected. Wifey had the french onion soup, which was to-die-for. My only complaint was that it had way too much pepper (and I love pepper). I would think that many folks would send it back after one sip - it's that peppery - although I loved it. And the portion was generous, too. As for beer, I had the Nitro Porter and the Pale. Both were excellent. Wish I didn't live 300 miles away, as I'd love to get growlers of these on a regular basis.

    (4)
  • Kevin A.

    Not bad, but not great, either. Service was really slow, which was pretty bad for a slow Sunday afternoon. (Seriously - three tables, but service was similar to what you'd expect on a busy night.) Beer was pretty typical for a brewpub, maybe slightly better than most, but nothing spectacular. (I may have high expectations. I want something better than what I can get in a bottle, but it's rare to find a brewpub that can beat Bell's Two Hearted.) I had a pale ale, which seemed to be a little sweet, like it was rushed out. The hops were a little light and forward for a pale ale; I'd expect something a little more complex out of a brewpub pale. Food was okay. Wings were par for a bar. Nothing special, but not bad, either. My blackened salmon burger was nothing special, but I was sort of expecting a croquette. (It's just a grilled salmon sandwich. The menu says 'patty', which sort of implies "ground", as in 'beef patty'. I haven't had a good salmon croquette in ages, and I sort of wanted one after reading that.) It was average for a blackened salmon sandwich: comparable to Outback or TGI Friday's. I'll second another reviewer: they either installed an undersized A/C unit, or they are really cheaping out on their electricity. It must've been 85 inside. I don't need "chilly", but "cool" is nice. Food might've gotten them a 4, but service, beer, and the weird high air temps drag them down to 2.5 or 3.

    (3)
  • Nicole W.

    After hearing all about Cumberland Brews, we had to try it for ourselves. We went on a Saturday afternoon with a group of five. Beer: The Nitro & Honey Wheat were "impressive." We tried the Smoked Wheat, very smokey. During happy hour, beers are only $3.95. Since we live close, this will be our prime "go grab a beer" joint. Food: The food is good with large portions. Especially the black bean nachos. The buffalo chicken sandwich went by and looked outstanding. If you are careful, you can get lots of food for your money. No sweet tea. The tea itself is probably Lipton powdered mix with lemon. Surprisingly poor tea quality for a local Louisville place. Atmosphere: Poor. Our waitress was...bad. She had no customer service, not a single smile, and seemed very put out to have a table. The place was pretty slow, so she missed a good chance to make a decent tip. Overall, we will go here for beer only. The food wasn't bad, but we'd rather spend food money elsewhere.

    (3)
  • Cindy V.

    Love the atmosphere here, its small, its intimate, the insert inside the menu has info about each server. New brews happening all the time. Daily specials including a Daily quesadilla special, a daily entree, a daily salad and a daily appetizer as well as some review worthy favorites including the famous spinach cheese fries, i love the wings, the fish sandwich and the Bison burger. this place is great to bring your dog and sit outside too!

    (5)
  • Nathalie R.

    I think I caught this place at an off time. They were out of several beers on their menu but the couple they had available were good.

    (3)
  • Diane Z.

    This place is average. I was not impressed with the beer selection. The food was ok, nothing special. It took 30 minutes to get an appetizer. Our waitress got our order wrong and rarely came to check on our table it wasn't horrible, but I don't know if I would go back here

    (2)
  • Samantha K.

    I don't live in Louisville anymore :( but when I come home I find time to make it to Cumberland Brews. It's become almost tradition for my dad and I to enjoy a cold beer at their tables outside when the weather is nice but the way you know it's a good place is if you stay when there are only seats indoors. I haven't had a full meal but the apps are great, and you'll need one because there's no way you'll only try one beer. The meade is a favorite!

    (4)
  • Allison T.

    Loved the atmosphere! The food was lacking, though. Two out of three of us were disappointed with our food orders. The upstairs room had a more relaxed feel...less busy, more comfy with arm chairs and a cozy fireplace. The service was great when it was slow, but we were somewhat left hanging when the crowd showed up. Next time we'll just stick to the appetizers and beer.

    (3)
  • Zach E.

    I ate here a few days ago and forgot to request sweet potato fries with my bison burger and when the regular fries came on the side I was so upset I almost cried the tears of unfathomable sadness because the sweet potato fries are that good! I went back a few days later and remembered to order the sweet potato fries (why are they never called yam fries?) and was much happier. And I'm usually not a fan of microbreweries, but their nitro porter doesn't suck.

    (4)
  • Joe T.

    Around 5pm on a Sunday, the downstairs was crowded but the upstairs had just opened and there was no one up there. We grabbed the table by the window overlooking Bardstown Road and had an IPA called Modus Hoperandi with some nachos. The food was great, the bartender was friendly, and the jazz music set the mood perfectly. The bartender let us sample the beer first to make sure it's what we wanted to order. I also thought it was nice that they offered half pints, in case you want to try a few different beers and still be able to drive home.

    (4)
  • Eric S.

    Can't say much about the food, but I did enjoy a few beers while in Louisville for a wedding. Definitely a cool atmosphere on a Friday night, crowded, but not so packed we couldn't get around. They have a pretty cool take on the usual brewpub atmosphere, including an upstairs wall of beer -- shelves upon shelves of old beer cans dating back to at least the '60's. Totally insane. As for the beers, the selection was pretty good given that they pretty much only brew in the two small tanks you see downstairs. They had the usual stuff (IPA, Porter, Red Ale, etc.), a seasonal (pumpkin ale), and a couple surprises I'm not used to seeing (barley wine!). Of the stuff I tried, either on my own or sipping others, the tastes ranged too. The porter was solid. I got it on the bartender's recommendation (really wanted the red ale), and damn, I'm glad I did. It's one of the darker porters I've had, and all around tasty. The pumpkin ale was very. . . pumpkin. I'm about 50/50 on pumpkin ales, because frankly I don't love pumpkin itself. That said, if you want pumpkin flavor and less on beer using just the spices, this is for you -- people who liked it really liked it -- just not my thing. They had a cream ale too, and well, it was pretty bad. Find a bar that serves Boddington's and you'll notice a huge difference. I tried a couple others (I think an IPA and an amber ale), which were decent, but didn't stand out as better or worse than other places. Overall, I'd say they know what they're doing with the beers, and will probably only improve with time. Not much else to say, save that while a tourist like me generally thinks of bourbon when I think about Louisville, Cumberland corrected me on that. They do beer just fine too. If I'm back in the city, I'd totally go here again. ~EEE~

    (4)
  • Christopher B.

    With past brewer changes, Cumberland has stayed fairly stagnant over the last few years, but don't hold it against this Bardstown Road staple. Solid brews and better-than-average bar food has kept me a fan. The falafel-patty veggie burger is awesome, and as many have mentioned, the sweet potato fries are a delight. Oh! you can't forget about their delicious fried green tomatoes with diablo sauce... plus, the Winter Warmer Ale is killing it right now!

    (4)
  • Jane H.

    If you're going to try Cumberland, try it on at a time they're not crowded; as my friend said, any microbrewery on Bardstown is going to be packed come the weekend. Most times I've come here, the place has been nearly empty - go on a weekday afternoon and sit upstairs where they have lovely couches and a fun collection of old beer bottles. This is a good place to go for a beer or two, but not to get sloshed. Their beers are delicious, but expensive! Their food is also pretty overpriced- it's nothing special, although they do have some interesting specials from time to time. Two of my friends who live in the area told me that they do have a special; if you get a growler and stop in to refill it, it's a lower price. I don't have too many details, but that's definitely something to check out if you end up liking their beer!

    (4)
  • Jay M.

    I've been here many times.. the beer is really good! Try their pale ales, the Modus Hoperandi is a really good IPA. My friend had a cask ale, and she said it was outstanding. Their cask ales are usually only offered on Thursdays, but occasionally you can find them on Saturdays, which is when we went. The bison burger was pretty decent, and the service was really prompt, especially given we were sitting out front, with one other table. I've tried many beers at Cumberland, and never had a bad beer. I almost wish I lived in Louisville so I could go more often!

    (4)
  • Peter L.

    Cumberland is simply the best brewpub in town. Walking into this place, especially the upstairs area, has the feel of coming over to your friend's apartment and hanging out, except your friend has a half dozen craft beers on tap and serves food. Most of my friends don't do this. The house beer here is good, if a bit on the malty side (except for the wheat beers which I find too light), and every once in a while they have a seasonal or an experimental beer to spice things up. The happy hour prices are great, especially if you can arrive early during the summer and snag an outside table. Taken as a bar, Cumberland is a paragon. The crowd here is generally friendly and relaxed; clean cut but with nothing to prove. It is really refreshing to come here and not be surrounded by people who are trying to either start a fight or hook up with someone (or both). The bathrooms are generally pretty clean, definitely the best in the immediate area, and the men's downstairs has a wall of cool vintage beer cans! And then there is the food. The food here has been a little variable over the years depending on who is working in the kitchen on a given night. Sometimes there is a real pro back there who will wow you, and other times the effort is amateurish. Every time, however, I have gotten at least my money's worth, and often more; the prices are very reasonable. I will echo another reviewer in saying that the specials are usually the way to go, especially once you are a regular and have had everything on the menu. If the specials don't sound good, the BLT and bison burger (medium rare w/blue cheese) are always great standbys. What are you waiting for, a formal invitation? Go on, sit down at one of the tables on the sidewalk and order a beer. There are few better ways to spend a lazy afternoon.

    (5)
  • Mari G.

    The beer at this place is magnificent. The location is small, yes. It can get crowded, yes. Sometimes the service isn't spectacular. However, the beer is just too good to pass up. The prices are reasonable and to top it off, the food is also pretty good. (I tend to look at good food as an added bonus with microbreweries.) Their location is also prime for people watching and hanging out.

    (4)
  • Edward C.

    Had the Bison Burger and their nachos and they were pretty damn awesome. I hadn't had a burger and nachos that good since I was in Manhattan, Kan. eating at So Long Saloon. I'm not much for alcoholic beverages but my lovely lady had some brews and they were fantastic from what she says. The decor is really nice, too. Old beer cans in cases that date back from now to at least a hundred years ago. Great food, decor and atmosphere. My only gripe was that a couple times it took a while to get a seat and sometimes you have to just seat yourself.

    (4)
  • Hollie D.

    This place was crowded, but I'm glad we waited for a table. All three of the beers we had were excellent. The food was also good. I split the nachos (which had cheese sauce and melted cheese on them, which is like the best of both nacho worlds) and the BLT with my boyfriend. The only complaint that I had was that the bacon was wayyyyy overcooked.

    (4)
  • Brad M.

    I just happened upon this place after walking around Bardstown. And I was really glad I did. The atmosphere of a mircobrew in an old house was great. I loved the upstairs the best with it's wall of beer cans and lounge chairs by the bar. I tried the seasonal Quest Outdoors Canoe Oil, which despite being very light and smooth easy very flavorful. I also tried the Meade, only offered in a half pint, which was a great fermented beer with honey and with a higher abv. The temperature of the beers were perfect and poured in the right pint glasses. I didn't expect the food to be good but I was sorely mistaken. I got a special appetizer called the Pork Chorizo quesadilla and LOVED it.

    (5)
  • Antonio S.

    Cumberland brews is an awesome spot. When we first begun exploring Bardstown Road, we accidentally came across Cumberland Brews. I enjoy a good beer, with good people, in a cozy environment where I can actually have a conversation with someone and hear myself think. If you like loud, thumping music, crowded with lots of loud people - this is definitely not your spot. Very laid back and comfortable inside with a good crowd of people to go with it. The selection of home brewed beers was good - and I was surely not disappointed. I have not tried the food, but I can definitely vouch for whats most important in a brewery - BEER. Need I say more?

    (4)
  • Corey H.

    EXCELLENT BREW!!! EXCELLENT FOOD!! It's a shame, I would have given 5 stars if the service had been faster. That's not really the vibe of this place, it's much more kick back relax and enjoy a brew sorta joint.

    (4)
  • Herman H.

    The food at Cumberland is some of the best bar food in the city. The beer is awful and will probably make you sick.

    (2)
  • Penny K.

    Casual, cozy, popular, small-batch brewery... but always a little crowded. Nice bar menu from specials to the beer cheese app. Excellent beers. My favorite was Goat Boy. I am a happy camper with a fine beer with a bison burger.

    (5)
  • Greg H.

    Visiting from Austin. Decided to try Cumberland's after a few locals recommended it. A nice little brewpub, decent pub grub and pretty good beer. We had the Irish Red and the American IPA. Both were fresh and went down smooth. The food was decent. The bison burger and buffalo chicken sandwhich were decent in size and quality. We went on a Thursday night and getting a table was pretty easy.

    (3)
  • Ken K.

    I've been to a ton of brewpubs over the past two years (this was my 66th) and it's one of my favorites. The location is unique--an old ice cream parlor, and I loved the small, simple seating downstairs, and was also appreciative of the small bar and comfy seating upstairs. The food was pretty good, the bison burger I enjoyed was well-done, and the fries and cheese crock were even better. But the best thing on the menu (other than the beer) has to be the chocolate malt ice cream, made from the sweet scrapings of their unfermented porter blend. The malt gives the ice cream a deep, complex chocolate taste that lingers on your taste buds well after the ice cream has gone down the hatch. As for the beer? Excellent. Hop-heads will rejoice since every one of their brews (except the cream ale) is more than adequately hopped, even during a hop shortage. The result is unique and flavorful brews that really pop on the palette and go above-and-beyond what many microbreweries are doing today. I espeically enjoyed the Dortmunder and Irish Stout, which were seasonals. If they're not in season, go for the Pale or Porter, both are excellent examples of their class. For more details of this and other brewpubs, visit: kingsbrewpubtour.com/Web…

    (5)
  • Elihu C.

    Great honey sweetened beer! (I forget the actual name) They have Bison burgers and good fries as well. The upstairs is pretty cool and more spacious than downstairs for seated dining. Good service too!

    (5)
  • Jim G.

    Great microbrews and decent sandwiches, how bad can it be? Cumberland has gone smoke free just a little ahead of the law.

    (4)
  • Jimmy M.

    I went to Louisville for a weekend, and followed some suggestions to check out Bardstown Road. We found this brewpub, and everyone in the family loved it. I had to try to Yerba Mate Ale, which was odd, but very good. I'm still craving another Jerk Chicken sandwich. Very excellent beer choices, I just wish we had something similar in Philadelphia.

    (5)
  • Brian M.

    Good ambiance, service and beers - unfortunately the same cannot be said about the food. My wife had a buffalo burger that was incredibly dry and my chili tasted like water with spices, pieces of tomato and a little bit of beef. The appetizers coming out looked great, but its hard to recommend this place for dinner.

    (3)
  • Margot S.

    Great vibe. Seriously mediocre beer. What's all the hype about? The one they compare to Sierra Nevada is like a distant and much less attractive cousin. Didn't eat there but the menu has good offerings.

    (3)
  • Jay R.

    Awesome beer and atmosphere. This place is always packed and tables are few and far between. They open the upstairs after five. It tends to be less crowded there. In summer, you need to be outside though. The food is typical pub fare.

    (5)
  • Lauren H.

    The coconut porter is hands down the best beer I've ever had! I've frequented Cumberland Brews numerous times recently, and it has quickly become my favorite brewery. Their beer can't be beat. This is definitely 5 star beer, so I had to update my review. Their coconut porter is on tap right now, and it is amazing. I seriously have to fight the urge to come here everyday and drink that beer. I love it. Their nitro porter is still a solid choice, and probably my second favorite beer ever. But that coconut porter... I need it in my life. Also, I've tried even more menu items and everything has been delicious. Their beer battered mushrooms are heavenly. You really can't go wrong with anything on their menu. If you love beer, you must go here.

    (5)
  • Andrea B.

    Cumberland is right around the corner from where we live. It's a laid back, small local brewery with a very casual feel. The food: The food is overall really good - especially for bar food. I recommend the fried green tomatoes and the bison burger. The fries used to be amazing (we would go there just for fries and beer sometimes!) but they must have changed vendors because they definitely aren't as good as they used to be. The beer: I don't love the beer at Cumberland but there are several that I like and think are solid. My favorite regular beers are the red ale and the IPA. For seasonal beers, the pumpkin and coconut porter are both very good. While the service can be slow sometimes, the staff are always friendly. I recommend checking out Cumberland!

    (3)
  • Stephanie C.

    Why CB do you offer such amazingly delicious brews? Moonbow Wit or Red Ale are my go-to's. Or a flight if I want to try something new but not fully commit to a whole glass. I keep missing the Special release of Dark Cherry.

    (5)
  • Cheryl M.

    I met a friend for a small get together & had a really good time!!! Although I didn't eat (wasn't hungry at the time) they have a great menu selection. Next time I'm there I'll definitely try the fish tacos because they looked amazing!!!

    (5)
  • Tyler J.

    Good local brewery with great food! The "quesadilla of the day" is always fun! I recommend the Nitro Porter for dark beer lovers. Their pale ale or IPA are solid choices as well with the hop forward kick and relatively low IBUS 52.5 and 75 respectively.

    (5)
  • Sarah R.

    I've been to Cumberland a couple of times, and I was so very pleased both visits. As a beer snob, this place is heaven; I'm pretty sure there isn't a bad one on the menu, and they're all stellar. Three words: sweet potato fries. Get them. I always plan on sampling the lighter beers, but my dark beer addiction always keeps me visiting their nitro. It's perfect for cold weather as well as a sunny, warm day. Otherwise, there's a great selection of sandwiches. This southern girl was ecstatic to see a fried green tomato sandwich. Perfection! This was actually the locale of my and my husband's first date, so we're a tad bit biased. But seriously, it's consistently great.

    (5)
  • Emily H.

    I'm not really sure what originally happened, but I know that my boyfriend wasn't too keen to dine or drink at Cumberland Brews. I think it was part unfounded beer snobbery, part legitimate bad experience, but it was always vetoed. So imagine my surprise when he called me earlier tonight to see if I wanted to go with him and some of our friends for dinner at Cumberland Brews. It seems a friend had convinced him to give it another shot, and happily, Cumberland Brews has redeemed itself in his book. Yes, I could have eaten here without him all along, but now we have a new regular spot on Bardstown Road to dine at -- together. I'll let him describe his experience in a review I hope he writes, but from my perspective, the food was great and speedy and the beer was above average. I had a Moonbow Wit, a citrus-y brew. Wit-style beer -- Belgian wheat beers -- have become a new favorite of mine, and while this is not my all-time favorite wit, I'd definitely welcome another pint of it. And for dinner I got the bison burger with bacon and bleu cheese crumbles -- you get to pick a cheese and topping for the burger -- and I upgraded to sweet potato fries on the side. This burger was very filling, very large. It was cooked medium, just how I ordered it. And the sweet potato fries were the right proportion of sweet to salty. If you've read some of my other reviews, you may have noticed that I have a bit of a thing for sweet potato fries. I've had the great and the bleck. These definitely skew on the great side of the spectrum. The appetizer portion of sweet potato fries also comes with cinnamon sugar cream cheese dip. Didn't get to try this with the side order but will have to get some when I go back. It should also be noted that this burger and fries upgrade was more than $10 -- a little steep for a burger, but then again it was very yummy. Our waitress was attentive and friendly, and I like that you can see where the beer is made in this small micro-brewery/restaurant. There is also the upstairs that is great for groups and sidewalk seating that's optimal for people-watching along Bardstown Road. Cumberland Brews pre-dates the current craft beer craze, so it's nice to drink at a place that has a bit of a history of brewing. And now that it's off of the black list, I can't wait to go back.

    (4)
  • Anastasia A.

    Lovely brew pub in the Highlands, with lots of charm and delicious food. They have really good values on weekly specials for Growlers, a Bison burger & Beer combo and on Thursday a beer and a steak special for $10. I love the Mead beer, they make it there. The vats of beer are right there on display, which is cool. Upstairs area is a hidden gem, with comfy leather chairs and a sofa. Very nice place.

    (4)
  • Thomas H.

    I really enjoyed the Buffalo chicken sandwich but the beer was flat. I had a Wit Meade and it tasted like it had no carbonation. I told the waitress and she said that was normal. She offered to "replace" that full beer but charged me for it anyway. That realty rubbed me wrong way when I got the bill. I replaced that beer with a Ocktoberfest (so did my buddy) and it too was flat. On third choice I had the Hochlander. Flat again. I don't know what is going Cumberland but it was a disappointment.

    (1)
  • Mary S.

    I like the food better than the brew. Although, I must admit some of the food is definitely hit or miss - the beer is usually a miss for me. I just feel like it lacks good depth and flavor - pretty bland. Not 100% unpalatable but still not a go to for me - unless it is $5 growler fill night.

    (3)
  • Sarah C.

    Last minute dinner plan with one of my friends. We always love coming here. Its usually so nice and chill in Cumberland. We each had a a beer (i recommend either the pale ale or the nitro porter-both on their regular lists). We also shared the cheese fries, which was pretty much the whole reason we landed there for dinner. They are perfectly cooked and have the most delicious layer of both their cheese dip and shredded cheeses too. Plus some raw diced tomatoes if you want them. We left them off bc my dining partner doesn't dig them. Still amazing without. For dinner i ordered the quesadilla of the day which had brussel sprouts, onions, green peppers, broccoli, and rice...and of course cheese. It was tasty. Erick ordered a chicken sandwich. We both enjoyed our dinner. Plus, it just so happened to be pint night. Yay to discounted beers! If you have never been or never had food here, you must do it soon. Some of my other menu favorites: black bean nachos and fried green tomato tacos.

    (4)
  • Michele W.

    The beer was great; Nitro Porter and Winter Warmer. The cheese fries are the best. Louisville should add best cheese fries to their local restaurant contest. Cumberland would win. I need to go back to try some more of their beer and food. The fish tacos were good, as well.

    (4)
  • Heather M.

    Although I did not partake in the beer, we were there for a party and shared several apps. I had the BBQ quesadillas and they were excellent! We also got the chocolate bundt cake which was a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Our waitress was really fantastic especially on a busy day with a large crowd!

    (4)
  • Samantha F.

    Not only is the owner awesome, but the beer is spot-on! I always love the specials and the cream ale is delicious. Sometimes service can be slow but the family-service feel makes up for it. The food has also been pretty awesome! The shrimp quesadilla special was awesome and very cheesy (aka amazing).

    (5)
  • Brad H.

    Tonight had the siracha quesadilla to start. Two delicious creme ales and a pale Tenderloin for dinner and I'm set

    (4)
  • Eliza R.

    I've been here at least 25 times and I'm never disappointed because the food, drink, and service are consistently good! I have tried just about every beer on the menu and my favorite of all time is the Nitro Porter. I love the variety of food on the menu as well: I usually enjoy the quesadilla of the day or one of the awesome sandwiches with sweet potato fries. After a while, the serves get to know you by your name and even remember your favorite drink orders, which give it an awesome community-oriented feel. Love this place.

    (4)
  • Brian B.

    Cumberland Brews was my go-to spot back when there weren't many craft beer options in the city. Now that you can get good beer just about anywhere, I don't go as much anymore, even though I live extremely close. The best thing about Cumberland is the atmosphere. It's a laid back place that's perfect for conversation, and it's extremely comfortable and inviting. The food is above average, though why they got rid of what many people I know thought were the best fries in town is still mind-boggling (the last time I ordered their new fries there, they came out with freezer burn still on them. Ew). The beer is very solid and you pretty much always know what you're getting. It's a little on the flat side for my tastes and gives me more of a headache/stomachache the next morning than other beers in town. Cumberland really hasn't changed much in the past 10 years, both for better and for worse.

    (3)
  • Amber S.

    This is a great neighborhood brewery!! Nice chill place to hang out with friends and they play the local radio station which is awesome. They always have specials on the menu and during the week and the beer is always great!!

    (4)
  • Brian G.

    Although Cumberland Brews is known for their BREW, i prefer the Cumberland Wings. I've tried all the sauces but prefer the Jamaican jerk sauce served with ranch and celery. For a full order of 10 meaty wings at $8.95 - less than .90 cents a wing - you'll feel like this is a steal. I like to pair the Jamaican Jerk wings with a Nitro Porter or two. After that just get the "Moonbow Wit" a citrusy, wheat beer. Blue Moon can't raise a toast to this Belgium wheat - you won't be disappointed! Beyond the wings and beer, Cumberland Brews supports a positive, lively atmosphere so be sure to tell truths and lies with your mates outside. ;)

    (3)
  • Kelsey C.

    We just stopped in for a flight to sample their beers and they were good. Staff was friendly. I liked the atmosphere. Small place.

    (5)
  • Julie M.

    I like most everything about this place, except I am having a bit of a problem with their pricing. Does a burger that is mostly plain need to be $14? I mean its a good burger but come on - I can go to Chicago or New York and get something of equal quality but it will be smothered in some kind of awesome-ridiculous topping like brie and pears and THAT'S worth $14 to me. And don't say it's because its bison either, they have like 3 other sandwiches on that menu that are chicken that are almost the same price.

    (3)
  • Kevin O.

    The beer is okay, but just that. I wasn't particularly wowed by anything, but I found it all very drinkable. The waitstaff is both friendly and courteous. Our server was attentive and accommodated us nicely. The bar has a bit of an eclectic hole in the wall vibe and is enjoyable enough to hangout in for a while. If you feel like people watching, you can grab a window or table on the sidewalk. I tried the fish on rye to whet my appetite. It was alright for bar food and filling enough. The fries were good and everything was cooked well. Nothing like soggy or half cooked cod to ruin your day! Service was prompt and prices were reasonable. Overall, not bad but nothing I'd be compelled to frequent the establishment for.

    (3)
  • Chris S.

    Beer: nothing on tap is particularly offensive to the palette but it's also not overly remarkable. This is both a praise and a criticism; sometimes flavor country is a big country and that can be a little overwhelming. If you're ok with just an average beer, then you won't go wrong with Cumberland Brews. Food: food is about the same as the beer - kinda meh, kinda ok - except overpriced and sometimes legitimately disappointing. Ambience: I think the space itself is what always drags me back. It's homey and cozy and just a little funky. Has all the character of the highlands. Just weird enough, but still comfortable. Plus it's in a good location for people walking or biking through the highlands. I give 3 stars because I wish the beer was better and the food was justified by the prices

    (3)
  • Rachel R.

    This place is alright. When I go it's because I want to have a beer outside. However, I'd prefer the less-crowded River City Draft House for beer and bar food. Cumberland has okay food. The atmosphere is what I like about the place. Plus, the beer has a way of making food taste better. So, if you're in the mood to go casual, hang with the locals, head to a local dive, and drink local brews, then this might be your place. The mead is good, btw!

    (3)
  • Amber B.

    As a vegetarian and a beer aficionado, this place does not disappoint. All servers are super knowledgeable about beer selection and can pair you with a beer suited to what you like. Cream ale is a great bet and goes with absolutely anything, and their pumpkin and cherry beers that were previously on tap are what dreams are made of, for real. As for food options, the fried green tomato sandwich or portobello Ruben are amazing options that you don't usually find just anywhere. Cumberland Brews is easily best local brewery in town!

    (5)
  • Kat O.

    The new Nitro Scottish Ale was great. Their Cream Ale was really good too. Come to think of it, I didn't taste a bad beer. $5 growler refills on Monday is great also. Brenda, the bartender, is terrific. She knows her beer! I wish I had known how great their chef is. We ate before we got there. I guess that means we'll have to go again.

    (5)
  • Tim W.

    Been to Cumberland several hundred times over the years I think. The food and beer aren't the best but we have always loved the location, atmosphere, and staff. They do have some decent rotating brews but the nitro porter is by far their best regular beer. As for food, they changed their fries last year or the year before and they are amazing now. I usually end up with la fish sandwich, a quesadilla, or the nachos. Always enjoyable if you can find a seat. Upstairs opens at 6!

    (4)
  • Bruce E.

    for funky bar that crafts it's on beer this is a great little hang out perfect for relaxing

    (4)
  • Todd H.

    The beer is okay. Some of the brews lack taste and the IPA seemed a little light on hops. They charged almost $10 for a plate full of ritz crackers and a cup of beer cheese that tasted like cheese whiz with some pepper sauce added. When I confronted the server about the quality of the appetizer she seemed offended and just responded "well that's beer cheese." If you're looking for good beer and not just okay beer and better food I would suggest going next door to Rivercity Drafthouse.

    (2)
  • Kristie A.

    Kind of a hipstery place, but it worked for lunch last week. The ham club sandwich was pretty good. It had fried green tomatoes on it and a fried egg. Messy, but yummy! I sampled one of the brews and it was pretty tasty. Our bartender was nice and the local radio station playing overhead was badass! Peaked upstairs, although it was closed when we were there, but it looked like a really cool place to kickback. Plenty of seating including some comfy looking couches. They have a few tables outside on the sidewalk too. This place is all beer, even though the yelp page says full bar. LIES! Well, they do have a red and white wine option, although they were out of white when I was there. Parking is all side streets or meters in front.

    (3)
  • Sofia J.

    All I can say is that their buffalo chicken sandwich is wonderful, probably my favorite sandwich in the city. My kids also love coming here because they love the vibrant, Deadhead decor. They have a good selection of beers, and the service is always pleasant.

    (4)
  • Jennifer L.

    This place is very unique and awesome. I am amazed how they fit all of the equipment to brew beer into what looks like an old house. I will definitely be bringing out of town guests to this one of a kind place!

    (4)
  • Sara T.

    I really like this place. Good beer and a nice place to meet friends. Our church small group has met here several times and we always have a great time enjoying beer with our discussions.

    (4)
  • Brian D.

    For a great hole in the wall brew pub this place ranks the highest in the 'ville. As most places can have spotty service, as a regular you learn who you can rely on and this place is more often just what the druggist ordered. Grab your favorite batch in a growler for $5 on Monday, a burger and a pint for $10 on Wednesday, or all the pints you can imbibe for $2.75/pint on Tuesdays. Definitely a regular go to for visiting friends and family.

    (4)
  • L R.

    Food was not great, but the beer was worse. I had grilled cheese and fries and my husband had chili and salad. He says his was "fine" and I said mine was "better than the beer." We both had some of their small batch brews. Sad because the space is on a popular thoroughfare and cool and inviting. Servers weren't too inviting, though maybe they could tell I thought the beer was bad.

    (2)
  • Will W.

    Beer amazing. Food amazing. Best club sammich ive ever had. One time my buddy bit into his and the egg busted on him and got yoke and what have you on his shirt, and he got mad like wtf!? Haha. The nice lady even brought his winey ass a new one. My favorite brew is the pale ale. I like to drink about 7 of them upstairs at the bar in the winter time and get drunk. Or sit outside when the weather is nice and drink and smoke and whatch and talk about all the people going by.

    (5)
  • Kathy V.

    I came here last night for dinner with some friends. Though the sign inside said that the upstairs was open, the waitstaff had me wait until a table on the main floor opened up (I didn't see the upper level to see if that was full as well, but I don't think it was, I didn't see anyone going up or coming down any time while we were there). I had the meade to drink. It wasn't bad, wasn't spectacular. We shared the beer cheese, which came with crackers and 2 handfuls worth of jalapeños. It was good, though I've had better beer cheese at other restaurants. I got the fried bologna sandwich. I don't know I am a glutton for this punishment. The first time I ever had fried bologna it was crazy good. The next time I had it, at a different place, it was terrible. This was squarely in the middle. I don't think I would get it again, with burgers and salads on the menu, but I was just hoping it would be as good as that first fried bologna I ever had. For pub-type fare at a brewhouse sort of setting, I think the prices felt a little bit high. But I'm not mad at it, if the food is good. Service was kind of slow and our waiter seemed flustered/distracted. But it was alright.

    (3)
  • Scott M.

    I have been a here a couple of time to meet some guy's for drinks but have never eaten there...until last night and WOW was it good. Plenty of options for us Meat Challenged Folks...I had the Fried Green Taco's---Super Good! My Wife had the Fried Green Sandwich, she loved it! Now for the Beer...good local craft beer!!! I had the IPA, 2 of them, and that was all I needed! 7.6% and very delicious!! Guess we have found a new Wed. hang out!!! :D

    (4)
  • Katie E.

    The beer was good and the chocolate malt milkshake was amazing but with the service, I don't think we'll be back anytime soon - and I'm far from picky when it comes to service. One member of our four person group never got to order and one of us paying separately turned into a mess, though most places I go easily manage to put everyone's drinks on their own tab (we each only got one beer...mostly because getting the bartender/waitress' attention was difficult while she sang and chatted with two people at the end of the bar for fifteen minutes while the place was fairly dead.)

    (2)
  • Tammie B.

    Went to happy hour with my wife. The food and beer are worth the trip; unfortunately had to go to bar for self service. Wait staff are very slow. If you are planning to go, be prepared to wait up to 20 minutes for service. This has been the case after several visits.

    (3)
  • Kelli P.

    My first time was my last time. Service wasn't good, and it wasn't busy. Well, OUR server was awful. The OTHER server working did a lot more for us than ours did. The OTHER server seated us, she stopped us from walking out the door since our server hadn't come to the table, she took our drink order... Our server finally came over and took our food order, rudely mocked my 81 year old mother, and generally acted like our presence was an inconvenience. She also charged me $1 for a bit of mayonnaise for my bison burger. She didn't tell me the mayo was a dollar, and when I questioned it after getting the check, she said that it says on the menu that toppings are a dollar each. Mayo is a topping and not a condiment? Oddly, I didn't get charged for the ketchup I used. Tip to servers, when your restaurant has an effed up policy like that, let the customer know when they ask for it. Tip to pub owners, don't have an effed up policy like that. As for the food, the bison burger was good. Really good. But not so good that I can't get one like it elsewhere. Fries tasted much better than they looked. My mother got a grilled cheese (over done and nothing special) and the soup of the day-steak and mushroom. She didn't like it, but I did. She got the Cream Ale, which she liked, and I got the Nitro. I like dark beers, but this one was all bitter with not much of the chocolaty undertones of which the menu spoke. Should have gone with the Wit. Louisville has so many good pubs with great food and beer, why would I go back to this one?

    (2)
  • Joe T.

    The beer is lackluster. Have you ever noticed the slightly malty taste that characterizes the beer at most small breweries? Well, that's what all of Cumberland's beers taste like. They all kinda taste the same, in a bad way. And they're not cheap. Also, if you go for burger night, make sure you know that cheese costs a dollar. Because the server/bartender WON'T tell you that. It may be only a dollar, but if they advertise "beer and a burger for 10$," and then the bartender says, "chose anything from the menu," and the menu says "WITH CHEESE," then I don't expect to pay for it. Also, the "beer cheese" is suspiciously similar to the port wine cheese you can buy at the grocery store. As in, I don't believe it isn't that port wine crap. Living in the Highlands, I had such high hopes for a local brewpub. But Cumberland is really underwhelming. Go down the street to Great Flood for much better, and more reasonably priced, beer.

    (2)
  • Cassi F.

    Sat ourselves in the fairly empty indoor seating area. When no one came to get our order, we went to the bar and were told to sit down and someone would be over. Ten minutes later no one ever came but all the servers and bartenders continued to BS at the end of the bar, oblivious. Can't comment on the food or beverage because we left, but the service clearly sucks.

    (1)
  • Maria C.

    Best catfish sandwich I've had. Good beer. Nice atmosphere.

    (4)
  • Alex P.

    This place exceeded my expectations in some ways and came short in some others. The beers were all great except for their seasonal coconut porter. I did not taste any coconut at all. The original porter was great, and the cream ale was what I hope for from a good cream ale. Could have been a little colder though. The food was all pretty creative and a good showing. The jerk wings were very tasty, but had more of an Indian flair than true Jamaican jerk. Definitely order them though, they are crisped just right. My falafel burger was great, very large portion. I added fried green tomatoes to it in lieu of the portabella mushroom. The fried green tomatoes were so good that i kinda wish I had order the f.g.t sandwich. Check the specials board. They are looked awesome. Service was poor which accounts for the lower rating. They weren't too busy, and we have a large bill for our table. Everytime someone asked for something it was like we were bothering them. We had to ask for napkins, silverware, plates, etc. I'd make this a regular place if I lived nearby. Maybe they would recognize me and give better service?

    (3)
  • Lindsay K.

    I love this place. It's a definite go to place with great beers on tap, reasonably priced good food and a cozy atmosphere. I moved to Louisville from NYC and this place reminds me of a hole in the wall bar one could find in the hipster areas of Brooklyn. The buffalo chicken sandwich is delicious and the beers are great! I'm a fan!

    (4)
  • Jeff P.

    Stopped by here recently for the first time in at least a couple years because I used to not be overly impressed with their beer or food. What a difference a few years made! Beers and food have gotten substancially better. Had a Vanilla Porter cask ale, Rosted Pumpkin ale, and a Nitro Porter. All were quite tasty. The place itself it quite small for the amount of people there on any given night. The lower bar area is generally always overcrowded, but the upstairs is generally a little less crowded and less noisy. Great decor of old beer and jam band memoriabilia, as well as some framed pictures of rather random people, places and things. Had music playing upstairs, classic rock from the 60's-70's, that wasn't too loud. I was able to carry on a conversation with my friends at normal speaking range. Overall I was impressed at how much better they seem to have gotten. Certainly worth your time.

    (4)
  • Emily M.

    The Cumberland is one of my favorite spots in town. They don't offer up a full bar and only serve their beer. Beer is a delicious with a few standards and rotating seasonals. Bar tenders are always willing to give a small sample to help you make your decision. My favorite is the Nitro Porter but also love the Pale Ale. The food is amazing for bar food. Diverse menu of southwest items and sandwiches. The black bean nachos (vegetarian) can make a meal for anyone, including meat eaters. My favorites include the black bean nachos, Jerk Chicken sandwich, fried green tomato sandwich, and sweet potato fries. There are also daily special for entrees, soups, appetizers, and quesadilla of the day. It's not a huge place, so you may be waiting for a seat at prime dining hours and on the weekends. The growler special on Monday is hard to beat. Go early for happy hour and get a discount on your beer.

    (4)
  • Megan F.

    A friend of mine refers to this place affectionately as Cumbies. Yeah, it's got it's Highlands charm and appeal, but I also kind of enjoy another friend's take: Crumbies. I really want to like Cumberland more than I do, but when it comes down to it the food is never outstanding and their microbrews are hit or miss. Yeah, I get that they're a microbrewery so I should expect some disparity between batches, but about half of the dozen or so times I've been here I've gotten a weird tasting beer or meade that I've had to send back for a different choice altogether. Usually its been chalked up to just having switched the kegs or the end of the keg, or something that I'd easily be able to overlook. Unfortunately, the other problem is that service is always incredibly, incredibly slow so I don't get to drink a beer for another 15 minutes. When I get a good meade though, it's a damn good meade and I'll keep going back hoping that I get an awesome brew. I'll tell you what I'm really getting into at Cumbies: the upstairs seating area. 1. You can hear yourself and your friends talk unlike the downstairs indoor dining. 2. There's such a cozy fireplace area with two super comfy chairs and a couch with a coffee table in between. Perfect spot for a relaxing low-key evening of dinner and drinks in the neighborhood. Come summertime, I'm gonna start avoiding Crumbies again unless it's a mild day and I have an outside table. It's too hot inside (not sure if they have AC), but winter suits Cumbies really well. If you're gonna eat here go on the nights where they knock prices down to size: Wednesday is burger + beer = $10 and Thursday is quesadilla + beer = $10

    (3)
  • Josh M.

    Was MTB in Louisville and needed a lunch spot with a beer, headed to Bardstown road and I knew something good on this road would find me. Cumberland Brews found us. I had Club Sandwich ( no membership needed ) and it was good! But other things I wanted that looked even better but I had another ride ahead and needed to be smart about this. But I still had to have a few and India Pale Ale's and very good! So good we grabbed a growler for the road. In the area, yes do this place up! I also love the old beer cans in bathroom

    (4)
  • Allison S.

    Love this place. We almost always come for a late afternoon drink + app. Loved my Moonbow Wit (x2). Great friendly service too.

    (5)
  • Todd A.

    Remind me not to tell the staff someone was just robbed at gun point outside the brew house.I mentioned it and young lady was very rude. She informed me that staff has conversation about already.

    (1)
  • Chris S.

    This has been my go-to place for about 2 years now. Every Monday they have growler night. Bring a growler and get it filled with any large batch for $5.00. They have other great weekly deals as well. While the service is not the fastest, they more than make up for it with their friendly waitresses and great food. I will highly recommend their veggie burger. It is by far the best one in Louisville. You get a half in falaffel and a portabella mushroom served on a bun with guacamole and other toppings. Also highly recommended are the jerk wings. They do not skimp on the herbs and spices, that is for sure.

    (4)
  • Brett E.

    Advice was ok until we upset the bartender. The selection of Kraft beer is not good. We tried several different beers, the IPA being the best (still not that great). The prices for food were the worst part. We ordered beer cheese, which came in a plastic container that the cheese had been refrigerated in(tasted like craft cheese from Kroger) and a pack of ritz crackers. This was $9. When asked how the beer cheese was, we complained and got negative responses back from the bartender. Obviously they were offended. Go next door and you get hot and ready hand made beer cheese and pita bread for like 6 bucks plus a list of 20 or so Kraft beers. Service from then on out wasn't great. We weren't trying to offend the bartender, it isn't like they have a say in the price or food, but ritz crackers and cheese for 9 dollars is ridiculous. Won't be going back, won't recommend. Don't know how people are saying this is a top notch kraft beer place by any means.

    (1)
  • Morgan E.

    Great local restaurant. They have great happy hour specials - my favorites being the $5 growler fill-ups on Monday nights and $10 bison burger and beer. The cream ale is my favorite beer on their menu. Great food, great beer, great service, and a fun atmosphere makes Cumberland Brews a must-visit in the Highlands.

    (5)
  • A M.

    Bring the dog and sit outside. I love the cream ale. Their food is good, though pricey. But, sipping a great beer outside on Bardstown Rd is worth it. Note - one of the servers was really rude to my family and scared my daughter. Better for adults only.

    (3)
  • David R.

    As I was jotting down my impressions in my little beer-tasting notebook, I started noticing a pattern. "A little malty, decent flavor, kind of thin"; "a little malt, a little citrus, terribly thin"; "tastes more like a Belgian sour than a weisse, and thin as water"; etc etc. Clearly they have a problem with bodying their beers. Some of them tasted good but they all just seemed so insubstantial. Of the five that I tried, the brown ale and the red ale were my favorites, but I wouldn't grade any of them higher than a B. But a mediocre brewpub is still worth having around, and this seems like a pretty cool place. Part of the brewing operation is right there in the front window behind the bar, so they have no secrets. And in the men's room there is a glass case of old-school beer cans. Pretty neat touch--if I can figure out how to get the photo out of my newfangled phone, I'll upload it here. On a Thursday night, they were doing a brisk business, including the outdoor seating, but I got a stool at the bar around 5:30 and camped there for a couple of hours. (Unfortunately the loudest woman in Louisville was sitting directly behind me with her large brood, two of whom had already learned the lesson that anything which you can conceivably say in a normal voice is far better shouted, even if your intended audience is within two feet of your face.) Solid food here too: I had a durn near perfect pulled pork sandwich, a little moist but not mushy, piled on a nice toasted bun, served with some very good steak fries. When the lady brought my check, I literally laughed out loud, so then I had to explain myself: I'm just not used to having dinner and four beers for $22. You gotta love $3.25 beers and low sales tax.

    (3)
  • Nicholas C.

    This was the first place I had a beer in Louisville. I used to love the beer and return on mondays for cheap growler refills but after months and months... I noticed a few things that kept me from coming back. The brews are never consistant. The pale ale in September will taste completely different in March and this goes with most of there lighter beers. Maybe this is because they use different kinds of hops/malts each month? Or maybe it's there sanitation process? The world may never know... but for me a consistant beer from a brewing company is key. Nitro Porter is very tasty though. If I were ever there again this would be my go-to. The three star rating stands because they do make one some tasty wings. I recommend the Jamaican Jerk.

    (3)
  • Jose C.

    Great little bar! I was in town visiting and found this brewery driving by after dinner in the area. The Nitro Porter was excellent, didn't try the food so couldn't say anything about it. Atmosphere was cool and hipster, parking is a bit difficult but otherwise a great area of bars and restaurants.

    (4)
  • Alec P.

    Definitely a solid place with good beer and good food. However it doesn't really go beyond that. It's pretty standard bar food, not the best in town but still pretty good. Their beer is usually pretty solid though never really mind-blowing. However it can also be a bit inconsistent. The beer is also a bit pricier than most other microbreweries in town as well. The food is pretty fairly priced. A very decent place that wont disappoint, but wont wow you either.

    (3)
  • Tim D.

    Pretty good beer and food. The cheese fries and nachos are my favorite - lots of cheese sauce! As for beer, they always have some standards - porter, cream, red, mead, and others; also some seasonals. Not the best beer in the city, but certainly worth a trip.

    (4)
  • Dave H.

    I felt this place deserved a great review for the great service.I was in town for a week from Tampa and one thing I like to do is try a local brewery.This place has a homey feeling when you're a deadhead and you see a grateful dead poster on the wall.We stumbled upon this place and it was packed due to the forecastle festival in town and there was only one bartender working the bar and serving on the floor.She didn't stop the whole time we where there and made sure we didn't do withoutThe menu is your basic bar cuisine My wife and I shared a flatbread pizza with fresh veggies and I had jerk chicken wings that needed a little spice but hey I'm in Louisville not Jamaica so I don't hold it against them they where crispy and good.Now to the beer which is what I'm really after anyway.I had a rye IPA that was pretty tasty pretty comparable to my local brewery.My wife had the coconut porter that was very tasty.I'm no stranger to micro breweries so one thing that irritates the hell out of me is the high prices.This place has something called a happy hour which is unheard at any other brewery I have drank at so when you can get out with lunch and a couple of beers for thirty bucks plus a tip is a door prize.I'll be back for thanksgiving for sure thanks.

    (5)
  • Jason A.

    I could tell you all the specials that they offer every night but that's already been taken care of here. To sum it up: The specials are where it's at! The menu is just okay. The beer can be hit or miss but its always worth a shot. I give it four stars because it is in a good location.

    (4)
  • Matt T.

    I've been to Cumberland about 5 or 6 times, and I've finally come to realize this place is just not that great. I'll start with the good. It's a pretty good atmosphere to get together with some friends and drink a beer, that's about it. Now on to the bad. They have a pretty good bison burger, but by the time they get you with up charges to add normal toppings it's overpriced. You could get way better burgers at some other places for the price. The rest of their food is pretty average minus the Jerk Chicken sandwich, which is well below average. All the food is way overpriced though for how good it is. The beer. It's ok, I guess if you compare it to BBC it's good, but by and large most micro-breweries make better beer. It's well behind the New Albanian as far as local breweries go. Normally under these circumstances i would give a place like this a two, maybe a three star review, but I've given it one b/c on my last visit I had a coupon from Louisville Originals, a restaurant association they were part of, but recently dropped out of. Although my coupon had not expired, they refused to accept it. It's fine if you want to not offer any more coupons through them, but the ones that you've already offered you should at least honor them. It was a total value of 8 bucks, and they refused to honor it. They did so at the cost of me or any of my friends ever going there again. So in summary: overpriced food, average beer, and horrible business decisions that alienate customers.

    (1)

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Opening Hours

  • Mon :4:00 pm - 12:00pm

Specialities

  • Takes Reservations : No
    Delivery : No
    Take-out : Yes
    Accepts Credit Cards : Yes
    Good For : Dinner, Late Night
    Parking : Street
    Bike Parking : Yes
    Wheelchair Accessible : No
    Good for Kids : No
    Good for Groups : Yes
    Attire : Casual
    Ambience : Casual
    Noise Level : Average
    Alcohol : Beer & Wine Only
    Outdoor Seating : Yes
    Wi-Fi : No
    Has TV : Yes
    Waiter Service : Yes
    Drive-Thru : No
    Caters : No

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