Co-owner Brad Culver talked with us on the Louisville Beer Podcast a few weeks ago. Have a listen![/box]I can tell you now, I foresee Craft House being a popular place. I attended the soft opening on Saturday evening and this place is impressive. My wife skipped out on me, so I took my neighbor Jeff to check the place out.
Pat Hagan, owner/partner/founder of BBC Brewpubs opened this new concept at 2636 Frankfort Avenue along with Brad Culver, who has been manager at BBC Brewpubs, and Beau Kerley as the third owner/partner. Gordon, from the 4th Street BBC is running the bar, and had a good handle on things.
My first beer was West Sixth Cocoa Porter, and it was everything I hoped it would be. Somehow I’ve missed this beer around town and now I can’t wait to pick this up in cans. Jeff went with a Lexington beer also, and as a UK Alumni I expected nothing less. He grabbed a Country Boy Shotgun Wedding and loved it. On to the appetizer round, Jeff and I figured deep fried cheese is never a bad idea, so we went with Beer Battered Cheese Curds, which came with a delicious Pimento Cheese Ranch. Cheese AND Ranch together at last. These were not what I expected in a cheese curd, but it didn’t stop me none. Most cheese curds are little individual pieces, but this one required pulling off your own hunk of cheese, with as much or little beer batter as you’d like. Not a bad way to eat.
Jeff ordered us a round of Sazerac Rye bourbon to help wet our whistles. It was a hard decision to make with all of the choices of fine bourbon. It went down smooth, with just the right amount of rye spice.
On to the entree round, I chose the Bootleg Bologna sandwich. It was served on a cracked wheat bun with aged cheddar and whole grain mustard. The bologna almost tasted like bacon. Quite delicious with the crunch of the mustard seeds and whole grains on the bun. It was served with some vegetables that were cooked and seasoned perfectly, but really, fries or chips would have been appreciated. Maybe we’ll see that once the restaurant opens.
Next time, I’ll try the Charred Caesar with Grilled Cheese Croutons and Crispy Anchovies. Nice twist on one of my favorite salads.
Jeff ordered the Catfish and Chow Chow. It looked amazing, and I snuck a bite of the Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits, and they were superb. He said the fish was perfect and savored every bite.
I ran into Tisha Gainey, and Jamie from Flat 12 Bierwerks and after asking tons of questions of Jamie about their new Jeffersonville location, they ordered the Burger (which wasn’t on our menu) and a salad. Apparently they had a couple different versions of the menu and encouraged each table to order something different and share. I coveted Tisha’s burger.
After another beer, my new favorite pumpkin beer, Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale from Flat 12. Just enough pumpkin, not a ton of nutmeg, and really hit the spot. Then I got a sneak of the Orange Cream Pale from West Sixth on Nitro. Damn. It was super creamy due to the nitro tap, and a lot of grapefruit and orange. A creamsicle in a glass, with alcohol.
As they open tomorrow, August 25, stop in and enjoy some of the area’s best beers, local food and tasty bourbons. They open at 4pm daily, and 9am on Saturday and Sunday for brunch
Crescent Hill Craft House