Louisville’s craft beer scene continues to grow, and that’s good news for craft beer fest fans in search of seasonal summer beers. The Jeffersontown Summer Craft Beer Fest is returning for its fourth year from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 to the Jeffersontown Pavilion venue at 10434 Watterson Trail. This year’s event will have double the space and more breweries, featuring more than 85 craft beers from national favorites like Terrapin Brewing and Leinenkugel’s as well as a whole corner of Kentucky only breweries and ciders, wines and local vendors. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the gate. (if not sold out). They can be purchased in advanced at Cox’s Smokers Outlet and Spirit Shoppes, The Chamber Jeffersontown or online.
A collection of rosés from different french regions is coming to Brasserie Provence, 150 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy, for the summer solstice on Thursday, June 21st at 6:30pm! Advanced level sommelier Julie Defriend will be there from Vintner Select for this annual 5-course rosé wine dinner, paired with Chef Patrick Gosden’s French summertime menu. The rosé wine dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502-883-3153.
Read More for the menu and wine class information for June 13.
Copper & Kings has been renovating their third floor event space into something beautiful for the public to enjoy, and it opens tonight. Alex&nder is the city’s only brandy bar, and it opens onto a patio with a view of the skyline (and soon – the soccer stadium.) The bar will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. tonight and then Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight (although these hours might change).
The bar will offer a variety of cocktails featuring the Copper & Kings product line (absinthe, brandy, gin, Butchertown Soda), draft beers (Against the Grain, Monnik, Sun King and Modelo), wines, mocktails and charcuterie plates from Smoking Goose.
Cocktails featured with charcuterie in the image below are the brandy Old Fashioned and the Guns and Roset. Photos of menu by Heath Plum
This week until June 10, restaurants and bars across the U.S. are featuring classic Negroni cocktails on the menu in an effort to raise money for charities around the world as part of Negroni Week. Traditionally, a Negroni is made with three ingredients — gin, Campari and vermouth — but bartenders have created endless variations.
According to Negroni Week’s web site, “Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charities around the world. From 2013 to 2017, Negroni Week grew from about 120 participating venues to over 7,700 venues around the world, and to date, they have collectively raised nearly $1.5 million for charitable causes.”
Read More for a few locations participating in Louisville.
MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen, 216 Pearl St in New Albany, is set up like a beautiful home kitchen, and taking a seat at their counter to watch the featured chef of the evening is like being at a chef’s private home dinner party. Last night, June 2, Ballotin Whiskey and Chef Miranda Stooksbury teamed up to offer a delightful three course meal with wonderful cocktail pairings. Chef Stooksbury is the owner of Clover and the Greens Catering and offers private chef services and teaches people how to make delicious healthy meals.
Mesa Co-owner Rod Juarez said that people don’t stop to sit around the table and tell stories anymore and that is the environment they want to create at MESA.
Read more for pictures and recipes.
It’s been just five months since we reported Dunkin’ Donuts closing their Mid City Mall location followed by the report a month later that Heine Brothers would be taking the location. Now, locally owned chain Heine Brothers’ Coffee is ready to relocate its cafe at the corner of Bardstown Rd. and Longest Ave. to a larger building in front of Mid-City Mall at 1250 Bardstown Rd. Heine Brothers’ expects to close the old location on Thursday, May 31, at 11:00 AM. Pending a few final inspections, the new location will open for regular business hours on Friday, June 1 at 6:00 a.m.
Jared Matthews is owner operator at Lou Lou Food + Drink (108 Sears Ave) and runs both Diamond Pub & Billiards locations (3814 Frankfort Ave, 630 Barret Ave) , but now he is adding another restaurant and bar to his plate. Matthews, who purchased Lou Lou Food + Drink 18 months ago with his financial partner Thomas Barnes, has purchased (with Barnes) Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge (122 Sears Ave) from Chef Dean Corbett. Equus has been in the Saint Matthews neighborhood for over 30 years. A celebration will be June 30, where people can check out the new menu and new look. (The restaurant will not close and will maintain business as usual through the process.)
Challenge your wine knowledge at Brasserie Provence, 150 N Hurstbourne Lane, on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at a mystery wine dinner. The game spans four French regions and four new world wine countries selected by advanced level sommelier Julie Defriend from Vintner Select. The blind tasting is paired with Chef Patrick’s international menu. If you can Identify the regions, countries & cépages of all eight wines, you’ll win a special bottle of wine. The dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502-883-3153. Continue reading Drink To Win at This Fun French Mystery Wine Dinner Game
We recently reported on Chef Miranda Stooksbury, Owner of Clover and the Greens, and her three course meal with cocktail pairings at MESA that had to be rescheduled. It’s been rescheduled for June 2nd, and the new menu looks absolutely mouthwatering. She’ll be joined by Paul Tuell, co-owner of Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey for a night of stories and intimate cooking with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
Mesa Collaborative Kitchen (216 Pearl Street, New Albany) hosts chefs in a beautiful space set up for chef dinners where 24 diners are seated around the cooking area, so they can enjoy the chef’s demonstrative cooking and conversation.
Read more for the menu.
Beer drinkers have one day to buy their tickets for the JTown Summer Craft Beer Fest in advance at a discount. Cox’s Smokers Outlet and Spirit Shoppe at 3920 Ruckriegel Parkway will host a parking lot pre-sale party on Saturday, May 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets will be $25, saving buyers $10 plus fees.
While grabbing your tickets, you’ll be able to enjoy special limited release brews from 3rd Turn Brewing, Mile Wide and Against the Grain in addition to food from El Mambo Food Truck and in-store cigar and discounted beer specials.
The festival itself, at the Pavillion in the heart of J-Town on Saturday July 7 from 4 to 8 p.m., promises growth this year with more breweries, more beer, and more bands on two live music stages.