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Greetings Cyclo-Cross Fans! Drink Beer With Us Here.

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For the first time in its 60-year history, the UCI World Elite Cyclo-cross Championships are being held outside of The Europe, when they take place this weekend in kick-ass Louisville, Ky. What's cyclo-cross? No clue. But the event's website says it's a "bike race mixed with steeplechase where racers [compete] on a course that includes pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles that require a quick dismount, running and remount." It's big in Belgium and the Netherlands. And while Louisvillians may not share a love of the sport with those folk, we do share a passion for beer. Looking for a pre- or post-race watering hole? Try these downtown-area spots. [H/T Julie S.]


[Photo: Courtesy Facebook/Louisville 2013]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Against The Grain Brewery

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401 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
In addition to housing a sport that Europeans luckily don't have to endure, Louisville Slugger Field is also home to the city's only brewer-owned brewery.

2. Louisville Beer Store

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746 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Sample a flight or two from its eight rotating taps before picking up an assortment of bottles for your hotel room (or to smuggle into the cyclo-cross competition in your European carry-all).

3. Sergio's World Beers

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1605 Story Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
Think you're an expert on beers? Hit the bar, chat up Sergio and find out otherwise.

4. Bluegrass Brewing Company

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300 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Now in its 20th year, BBC (which in Kentucky refers to a local brewery, not a British TV station) opened its downtown spot in 2010. Its selection varies, but the Dark Star Porter is a must.

5. Patrick O'Shea's

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123 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Travel tip: It doesn't matter where you are in the world, there's always a good time to be had at an Irish Pub.

6. Holy Grale

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1034 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
Ok, it's in the Highlands, not Downtown, But if you can travel 4,255 miles for a freakin' bike race, you can make it to this converted Unitarian church to sample its savvy selection of 26 beers on tap.

1. Against The Grain Brewery

401 East Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
In addition to housing a sport that Europeans luckily don't have to endure, Louisville Slugger Field is also home to the city's only brewer-owned brewery.
401 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

2. Louisville Beer Store

746 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202
Sample a flight or two from its eight rotating taps before picking up an assortment of bottles for your hotel room (or to smuggle into the cyclo-cross competition in your European carry-all).
746 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202

3. Sergio's World Beers

1605 Story Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
Think you're an expert on beers? Hit the bar, chat up Sergio and find out otherwise.
1605 Story Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

4. Bluegrass Brewing Company

300 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Now in its 20th year, BBC (which in Kentucky refers to a local brewery, not a British TV station) opened its downtown spot in 2010. Its selection varies, but the Dark Star Porter is a must.
300 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

5. Patrick O'Shea's

123 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Travel tip: It doesn't matter where you are in the world, there's always a good time to be had at an Irish Pub.
123 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

6. Holy Grale

1034 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
Ok, it's in the Highlands, not Downtown, But if you can travel 4,255 miles for a freakin' bike race, you can make it to this converted Unitarian church to sample its savvy selection of 26 beers on tap.
1034 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204