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Our Story

Born from a deep-seated love for exceptional beer and the sheer joy of savoring it, Against the Grain came to life in 2011, ignited by industry stalwarts Sam Cruz, Jerry Gnagy, Andrew Ott, and Adam Watson. Their vision? To introduce Louisville to an exhilarating array of beer styles that not only tantalized the taste buds but also fostered a tight-knit community of beer aficionados, all united in the pursuit of good times.

Over the past decade, we've stayed true to that mission. Nestled in the heart of downtown Louisville, our flagship location at Slugger Field has been the epicenter of creativity, pouring forth over 650 distinct brews crafted under the watchful eye of Brewmaster Jerry. With Jerry orchestrating the magic in our 15-barrel, Victorian-style brewhouse and Sam spinning tales of our journey, we've become a beacon of innovation, injecting vibrant hues into a once monochromatic brewing landscape, forever altering Louisville's beer culture.

Jerry and his team concoct an eclectic range of brews, spanning six main styles: Session, Hop, Whim, Malt, Dark, and Smoke—ensuring that every sip is an adventure, and every brew day is infused with excitement.

Yet, the thirst for more is insatiable, both in Louisville and beyond. So, in 2015, we stepped up to the plate and launched our production facility in the vibrant Portland neighborhood, armed with the capacity to brew copious amounts of beer and package them in our distinctive 16 oz tall boy cans. Today, ATG's reach extends far and wide, with our brews gracing bars across the region and beyond. Who knows when you'll stumble upon our flagship Double IPA, Citra Ass Down, or the acclaimed super American premium Lager, A Beer?

Now, as we stand in the present, Against the Grain has become synonymous with the spirit of Louisville, leaving an indelible mark on its burgeoning beer scene. Yet, our journey is far from over. We're still pushing the boundaries of innovation, whether we're crafting our latest crowd-pleaser, Cold Ass Beer, or delving into new frontiers beyond traditional brews.

Quality, innovation, and an unwavering dedication to our craft propel us forward, as we continue to move Against The Grain.