You would have thought the apocalypse was upon us when a friend spotted me at Apocalypse Brew Works last Friday night. “The Bourbon Babe is drinking BEER?” she said dramatically. Hey, I am no one-trick pony. And why would I not want to drink beer this good? Apocalypse opened in May at 1612 Mellwood Ave., just past the I-64 off ramp. There are picnic tables in the parking lot, but only a few hardy souls were braving the cold last week; most of us were elbow-to-elbow in the tiny taproom. With its limited space and limited hours (5 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays), Apocalypse has a speakeasy kind of feel. What it lacks in space, it makes up for in variety; see below:
Founded by three home brewers – Leah Dienes, Paul Grignon and Bill Krauth, all members of the Louisville Area Grain Extract Research Society (LAGERS) homebrew club – Apocalypse features small-batch craft beer. The selection changes pretty frequently, but it’s all good. (We had the Ky Hop Brown and the End of the World Black APA.) You can also find their beer in some local restaurants; check the website for a list.
Apocalypse doesn’t serve food, but there’s usually a food truck in the parking lot. Tonight, Grind and Holy Mole will be there for a special event called “Truckin’ Ain’t Easy.” There will be fire pits, heaters and free s’mores. And lots of great beer. The fun starts at 5 p.m. As the website says, “Try and Survive Til Then.”