1707 Bardstown Road Louisville 40205
The Highlands boasts a multitude of coffee shops stretching from the Heine Brothers at Douglass Loop all the way down to Quills on Baxter. Java Brewing Company is one of the few coffee shops that serves alcohol and is the only one that offers weekly wine or beer specials, making it the most multi-functional.
Drinking on the job is never recommended, but when you work from home sometimes you need a little something to bring you out of a doldrum routine. We often go to Java to do our work for a change in atmosphere and, of course, their lovely crepes and coffee concoctions. After working all morning as usual, by mid-afternoon on this particular Tuesday, the 2 for $5 beer special was calling our names. We decided it was time for a little break. We had tried everything else on Java’s menu, time to try out a beer.
This was the first time either of us tasted Bourbon Barrel Stout in a bottle. On draft the bourbon aftertaste makes more of an impact, which just isn’t quite there in the bottle.
The best deal by far is the regularly priced $5 BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout, but they offer some variety currently including: Blue Moon Summer Ale, Upland Wheat Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Fall’s City Pale Ale, Magic Hat Vinyl, and BBC Nut Brown. These are usually a dollar more at $3.50.
A breakdown of our 4-star rating: Java deserves 4 stars because of what they offer within their constraints as a coffee shop. Java provides a special for a niche-specific crowd, which is probably why they can offer such a great deal—people are less likely to come out of the woodwork for beer and wine at a coffee shop. Java regulars, on the other hand, can certainly benefit from a drink after work with a friend or coworker.
Jasmine Ashton & Megan Feil, June 25, 2012
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