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.
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.
April showers might drive you inside, but there’s plenty to do and taste at Westport Whiskey & Wine this month. Tastings from breweries and distilleries or classes provide an enjoyable refuge from the rain as you learn something new for prices ranging from $5 to $25. I’ll be learning to make the perfect Old Fashioned on April 11 with Maker’s Mark Distillery Diplomat Thomas Bolton , and you’re welcome to join me.
Tonight, Wednesday, April 4, 6 to 9 PM. is Bar Night. They will have special cocktails, discounts on flights, Conundrum wine by-the-glass and special beers. The rest of the month features special tastings and classes. Some require reservations, which can be made at Continue reading for April’s schedule. Continue reading April Showers Bring Tasting Hours: Whiskeys, Wines and Beers! Oh My!
The Fifth Annual Tailspin Ale Fest takes off at historic Bowman Field this Saturday, February 17 from 2 p.m. (for VIP, general admission at 3) to 7 p.m. Over 75 local and national American craft breweries will come together in the WWII era hangar at Louisville Executive Aviation with a special “Kentucky Heritage” section featuring beers brewed in the bluegrass state. Food trucks, live tunes, photo booths, pin-up girls and vintage airplanes are all part of the entertainment. General admission is $50+ Fees; VIP tickets are $75 + Fees. This relatively young beer festival has raised over $40,000 for the Dare to Care food bank and is Ranked #6 in USA Today’s 10 Best Awards for Best Beer Fest in The Country.
Enjoy three favorites with B3 Bash: A Celebration of Bacon, Bourbon, & Beer which will benefit Kosair Charities, on Saturday January 20 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave. Guests will enjoy bacon creations by 15 local chefs and restaurants, signature cocktails from Four Roses Bourbon and Woodford Reserve, a variety of craft beer from West Sixth Brewing, and wine from Old 502 winery.
HopCat is a beer bar like the Rolling Stones are a rock band and LeBron James is a basketball player. Simple descriptions don’t always tell the whole story.
In fact, HopCat is a craft beer conundrum. It’s a growing Midwestern company boasting 12 regional locations, with more to come, and yet each one generally has more locally brewed beers on tap than nearby “indie” craft beer bars.
Uniquely tailored to their chosen neighborhoods, HopCat locations consciously seek to be as much a part of their community as the mom-and-pop joint right down the street.
HopCat garners national praise, but it soft-pedals superlatives, modestly describing itself as “a home for craft beer lovers,” as well as promoting recycling and sustainability, engaging with local breweries and beer geeks, and serving food “like mom would make if she loved craft beer.” That is, if your mom had room for an eye-popping 132 draft beers, which is HopCat’s signature.
In 1976, the birth of New Albion Brewing Company in California presaged a revolution in beer. Four decades later, under the nom de plume of “craft beer,” the revolution seems permanently embedded in American culture, although the attendant hysteria about its growth may be obscuring a fundamental question: What is craft beer, anyway?
When it comes to epistemology, former President Bill Clinton is my choice for getting to the heart of the matter: It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is. Keeping Clinton’s Theorem in mind, let’s take a quick look back at Craft Beer Nation’s year in 2014, as viewed by the numbers. Continue reading Craft Beer: Where it has been, and where it is going
Beer with a Scientist–a series of casual seminars designed to share scientific knowledge with interested amateurs–is beginning a new series of sessions at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St.
Begun late last year by a group calling itself Louisville Underground Science, the goal is to “disseminate all things science to the general public of Louisville,” according the to group’s Facebok page. Sam Cruz, co-owner of the brewery, located at Louisville Slugger Field, said, “The goal is to get people in the know.” After the main talk, “the audience can ask questions. There’s no need to be intimidated.” Continue reading Beer with a Scientist nights begin again at Against the Grain
“Anyone who has groped among the dark beer dungeons which lie for a number of deep streets under Phoenix Hill, would scarcely imagine while in those dark, chilly caves, that far above him the place would grow into such an efflorescence of beauty, fashion and brightness.”
From 1865 until 1919, Phoenix Hill Park was Louisville’s foremost beer garden, except that beer and sausages weren’t the only attractions. The park was a multi-tasking entertainment Mecca (or Munich), boasting a bandstand, bowling alley, dance hall, skating rink and velodrome, and even the fabled Hofbrauhaus itself never managed so many thirst-inducing brand extensions atop its lagering cellars. For a half century prior to the advent of Prohibition, Louisville was a town of brewing renown, and beer kept pace with bourbon in the popular imagination. It’s true that Prohibition smashed the tablets, but even without the villainy of legislated abstention, beer’s place in local culture would have changed with passing years, as norms brought to the area by German immigrants became exposed to the diffusion of the American melting pot. Continue reading Hip Hops: Louisville Beer Then and Now
As soon as it can receive the approval of the college’s undergraduate curriculum council and final approval from the university, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is planning to offer an undergraduate certificate in distillation, wine and brewing studies.
Under the proposal, the college will offer the certification to students in any major who complete at least four of the classes, including spirit chemistry taught by chemistry professor Bert Lynn, and wine, brewing and distillation science taught by Seth DeBolt. Continue reading UK to offer certification in wine, beer and booze