I was headed home on my bike yesterday afternoon from the Highlands to Crescent Hill (The Green Triangle), when I had the urge to turn my wheel south and follow up on a friend’s recommendation. “Try The Holy Grale,” he said. Well, I did. And it was a great decision.
The Holy Grale is a European-style beer bar, in an old church, The name is derived from the Christian tradition that the cup (Grail) used by Christ at the last supper has special powers. Owners Lori Beck and Tyler Trotter have done a super job of carrying out the theme in subtle and not-so-subtle imagery – right down to the last supper depictions framed in the men’s room.
Twenty rotating taps cover a broad variety of craft beer styles from all around the world. And their creative menu is nothing short of devinely inspired. The kitchen is in clear view, preparing lots of snacks that go well with the beer of your choice.
When I locked up my bike, I couldn’t help but notice that The Holy Grale occupies the same address as the ghost bike marking the fatal crash of Jen Futrell. I found space to lock my bike nearby. (I wish we had more bike racks in this town!)
The proprietors also own The Louisville Beer Store on Market, near the Green Building and Toast. They definitely know their way around the world of beer, so be prepared for an education. The constantly-changing beer list was headlined “Manage-A-Beer: Three Floyds, Dogfish Head & Founders Event. After some study – and great advice from Leslee behind the bar – I decided on the Three Floyds Pride & Joy mild ale ($5.50). It featured an assertive hoppiness to match the spice of my red clover pickled egg ($2) and the curry ketchup I used as dipping sauce for my sweet potato fries ($5).
While I mused over the menu, I sampled the Three Floyds Jinx Proof, a lighter, continental-style pils ($5.50), brewed in collaboration with Jinx Proof tattoo in Washington, D.C. (Floyds is brewed in Grand Rapids, Mich.). Next, I picked the “Five Dollar Dog,” a juicy beef frank, loaded up with homemade slaw, curry ketchup, spicy mustard, and roasted red pepper relish, served on a pretzel bun. To wash it down: a Schneider Hopfen-Weiss from Kelheim, Germany in collaboration with Garrett Oliver of the Brooklyn Brewery.
The Holy Grale has bar service, which means you place your order at the bar and the kitchen staff serves you, either at the bar or your table. The atmosphere is relaxed, intimate, subdued, not unlike a sanctuary, and well-appointed with dark oak everywhere. I’ll definitely be back when the spirit moves me or my stomach starts growling for great beer and bar food.
Holy Grale: Louisville, Kentucky. 1034 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40204 Follow on Facebook
Grace. Peace. Bicycle Grease.
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Share the road.
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Enjoy the ride home.
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