This is the first in an occasional series profiling Louisville's many options for quenching your thirst. If you've got a favorite spot, let me know and I'll put it on the list.
Four Pegs Beer Lounge, at 1053 Goss Avenue is a newish player on the local scene, opening late last year in the location of the former Germantown Café. My hetero-lifemate Jen and I paid it a visit Friday evening just a little after six. It's a small spot, with the action largely confined to one room, dominated by a bar to one side and the chalkboard in the back.
That chalkboard is key, as it serves as the menu of all there is on offer, both beer and food. Now, everybody loves a bar with dozens upon dozens of options, myself included. But I also appreciate a limited number of thoughtfully selected taps. I think Four Pegs does a great job with that. They've got a nice mix of easy drinks and more serious stuff in a variety of styles. The selection is always changing, but this is what we had to choose from on our visit (Plus one nitro tap that my camera didn't manage to capture. I'm an accountant not a photojournalist. Sue me):
I went with the Gumballhead for my meal and then settled in with the Palo Santo as a very pleasant accompaniment to the ensuing food coma. I tell you this that partly because I like to think that you care, and partly to go on record with a trip to a bar where I did not drink a single IPA. That was a real Dear Diary moment for me.
Let's talk about the food, shall we? We ordered the pretzel and beer cheese as an appetizer. The pretzel was actually some sort of magical pretzel/breadstick hybrid, but the beer cheese was just ok. Fine if you're looking for a little nosh, but that's about it. For the main event, I'm a bit of a chicken & waffle obsessive, so when I saw the chicken & waffle sandwich on the menu, I had no other option. It was ridiculously good. The waffles were perfect and the chicken was coated with a wonderous, slightly spicy substance that Jen informed me was probably something called panko. That sounds made up to me, but I can barely operate a stove, so I'll go with it. I can't imagine anyone actually eating this as sandwich, but I felt very delicate and ladylike requesting silverware, which is always a bonus. Jen had the burger, which apparently was very good and was topped with excellent fried green tomatoes. But I think I've convinced you all to go with the sandwich, right? Behold:
As far as atmosphere, the feel of the place is very laid back, unassuming, and cozy. I would not hesitate to sit solo at the bar. The crowd on that night had a noticeable hipster lean but was overall eclectic enough that I think just about anybody would be pretty comfortable.
Clearly, I enjoyed Four Pegs and will definitely return. They are hosting the 2012 Louisville Release Party of Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout on 15 March and I suspect my enduring love for that particular brew will be enough to override my enduring disdain for crowded bars, which I'm sure Four Pegs will be that night. Perhaps I'll see some of you then.