Local mixologists celebrate 90th birthday of Ale-8-One

Ale-8-One, which claims to be the the oldest independent soda company in the United States still owned and operated by the founding family, will turn 90 years old next month. Starting Sept. 1 and continuing through Oct. 31, eleven Louisville restaurants and bars will mark the historic event by devising signature Ale-8-One cocktails. Continue reading Local mixologists celebrate 90th birthday of Ale-8-One

Danny Mac’s Germantown, Papalino’s Springhurst both close

Danny Mac’s Pizza has closed its Shelby Street location, located inside American Veterans Post #9, and Papalino’s has closed its one remaining store in Springhurst.

Danny Mac’s Pizza has operated its Germantown location at 1567 South Shelby St. since 2010. According to the business’s Facebook page, it opened inside AMVETS Post #9 “to help raise awareness of the veteran’s post, to help it raise money needed to operate the non-profit organization and to help the surrounding community.” Continue reading Danny Mac’s Germantown, Papalino’s Springhurst both close

Falls City blast from the past:  Berliner Weisse

Continuing with their experiments in brewing seasonal beers, Falls City Brewing has concocted a traditional German summer wheat beer, a Berliner Weisse, a tribute to a Falls City product from a century ago.

According to a story in Insider Louisville, Falls City brewer Dylan Greenwood found out about Falls City’s wheat beer tradition by chance, but then decided to try his hand at a traditional tart summer wheat beer. Continue reading Falls City blast from the past:  Berliner Weisse

Bourbon in Transition

Master distillers’ decades-long experience lays foundation for Bourbon industry’s future.

Making good Bourbon takes a long time. So does making a master distiller. These artisans of alcohol must learn every aspect of the Bourbon business, and once they rise to the top, they tend to stay there — often for decades. Continue reading Bourbon in Transition

Support New Albany arts by eating BBQ and drinking beer

Tonight, Friday, Aug. 26, the sixth-annual Bourbon, Beer & BBQ festival, hosted by the Arts Council of Southern Indiana (ASCI), will take place at New Albany’s Pepin Mansion. Proceeds will support New Albany arts through the Pat Harrison Arts Center Gallery, where the ACSI is located.

The BBQ will be provided by Shawn’s Southern BBQ, Capriole Cheese and Southern Indiana Zaxby’s locations will provide the appetizers and desserts will be from Smiles Cakes, Cafe 157 and Aladdin’s Cafe. Continue reading Support New Albany arts by eating BBQ and drinking beer

Hawaiian Hog BBQ dinner at 610 Magnolia

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. the folks at 610 Magnolia, 610 W. Magnolia Ave., will barbecue a whole hog in the La Caja oven, the trendy device for cooking whole animals. The dinner will have a Hawaiian theme, appropriate for an end-of-summer party.

The succulent roasted pig will be served with hamachi poke salad, grilled pineapple salsa and halo-halo style dessert, a popular Filipino dessert that mixes shaved ice and evaporated milk with things like boiled sweet beans, coconut, sago, agar jelly and fruits. Tropical summer drinks will be served too.

The dinner will be family style and casual, served in The Wine Studio across the street from the restaurant.

The family style BBQ dinner will be $45. Beverages are additional.

Restaurant reviewer joins restaurant group

Nancy Miller, the restaurant reviewer and Cook’s Corner compiler for the Louisville Courier-Journal, whose reviews run in the Velocity section on Thursdays, will leave her reviewer’s position to become director of training and restaurant development for Belle Noble Entertainment Group LLC, which owns Le Moo, Village Anchor and PICNIC. Continue reading Restaurant reviewer joins restaurant group

Logan’s Roadhouse on Shelbyville Rd. closes

As part of a trend noted in the media recently of mid-range restaurant chain’s difficulties in recent months, the Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant at 5005 Shelbyville Road at Ten Pin Lane in St. Matthews has closed abruptly. The Nashville-based restaurant chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and as a result are closing up to twenty of its 250 outlets nationwide.

Three other Louisville-area Logan’s outlets remain open – at 5229 Dixie Highway, on Alliant Avenue off Blankenbaker Parkway, and on Lewis & Clark Parkway in Clarksville, Ind.

The bankruptcy plan is designed to try to restructure the company’s finances and better allocate the capital is has. Closing the least profitable stores is part of that plan. Like many similar chains with design themes and middle-of-the-road menus, Logan’s Roadhouse has experienced reduced customer traffic and depressed sales.

Rodney Strong wine dinner at Varanese

The monthly wine dinner at Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave. will be tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m., and feature wines from the Rodney Strong Vineyards. Those who have been to previous such dinners know that the special menu, featuring dishes devised for the dinner to pair with the featured wines, is sure to be a treat. Continue reading Rodney Strong wine dinner at Varanese

Along the Urban Bourbon Trail— Proof on Main

Since it first opened in 2006, the 21C Museum Hotel Louisville has twice been named the Top Hotel in the U.S. by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. That is because it is more than a place to eat and sleep – it is a bona fide cultural institution. The 21C broadens public access to contemporary art with its rotating collection of paintings, sculptures, photos and video installations. That same creative spirit extends to Proof on Main, the hotel’s celebrated restaurant. This is especially apparent in the way the bartenders and cooks at Proof on Main use Kentucky’s most popular export: Bourbon. Continue reading Along the Urban Bourbon Trail— Proof on Main