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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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Against The Grain Brewery

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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.

Louisville Beer Store

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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).

Sergio's World Beers

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Think you're an expert on beers? Hit the bar, chat up Sergio and find out otherwise.

Bluegrass Brewing Company

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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.

Patrick O'Shea's

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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.

Holy Grale

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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.

Against The Grain Brewery

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.

Louisville Beer Store

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).

Sergio's World Beers

Think you're an expert on beers? Hit the bar, chat up Sergio and find out otherwise.

Bluegrass Brewing Company

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.

Patrick O'Shea's

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.

Holy Grale

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.