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ABV: 4% | IBU: 4
“Summer isn’t a season, it’s a state of mind”
To those who are still trying to hold onto summer, I’m with you. Longer days, concerts, festivals, outdoor activities such as …
The Bruery launches distribution to Kentucky, Goose Island identifies their infection problem, and AB InBev may be in trouble for hurting craft sales. You want the beer news, we’ve got the best stories of the week. Keep reading to catch all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
This week I bring you stories of technology, finance, and politics. Schlafly uses tap handles that communicate with your smartphone, Southern liquor laws are outdated, and craft beer exports increase once again. Sit back, relax, and inform yourself with this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
This post originally appeared on December 5, 2013
Can we all just enter into a covenant together? Don’t worry I’m not just making an obscure quote reference from the movie Yes Man, though kudos if you picked that up. I really do want us to come together on this one and curtail the growing trend of releasing pumpkin beers so damn early in the year.
Choc Lobster from Dogfish Head, exploding bottles of Angry Orchard, and craft beer tech. These are obviously the most need-to-know news stories of the week and I’m summing them up to cut down on your reading time and increase your drinking time. Keep reading to get the details of these stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
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For years, Cincinnati was the epicenter of a rich and thriving brewing culture fueled by the city’s strong German background. At it’s height in 1860, the Queen City boasted nearly 40 breweries producing …
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1224 Manchester Street
Lexington, KY 40504
Monday – Thursday: 4pm -11pm
Friday – Saturday: Noon – Midnight
Sunday: Noon – 11pm
Tucked away inside the infrequently-traveled Distillery District hides Lexington’s newest and most aesthetically unique brewery. Taking up residence in the old James E. Pepper distillery, Ethereal Brewing has revived the historic building without erasing an ounce of its character.
Best story of the week: Barack Obama ordered a ton of craft beer for Air Force One. Other great stories include Mikkeller making a home in the US, another step towards the end of the Florida growler ban, and many beer releases. I summarized the craft beer news of the week so your short attention span could handle it. Read on to get the details of these stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
Chocolate can be extremely polarizing. It can magically alter the brain chemistry of a hormonally-crazed female, turn pint sized trick-or-treaters into sugar charged hellions, or serve as the perfect wing-dessert to a romantic dinner for two. However there are certainly situations where chocolate may not necessarily work. It probably doesn’t pair well with soup, nor serve as an appropriate topping to a kale and tofu salad (trust me Ive tried) and to some it might seem a tad averse to mix chocolate with beer. But such is not the case with West 6th’s Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter.
When: Friday, August 29, 2014 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 5/3 Pavillion in Cheapside Park Lexington, KY
With a beer list too long to even think about detailing here, the Lexington Festival of Ales is the city’s longest running and most successful beer festival.
If in Doubt, Barrel Age It | A Look into the Vast Barrel Aging Program of Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.July 2, 2014 | Erin Petrey
As a Kentucky native, bourbon is in my blood. Needless to say, we have been barrel aging things for quite awhile. Though bourbon is not a uniquely Kentucky product (though it is a uniquely American product – one thing you can actually thank the federal government for!), many agree that the Bluegrass state does it best. Maybe it’s the limestone bedrock that adds that special blend of minerals to the water that is used to distill the spirit; or perhaps it is the Kentucky climate – with its frigid, ice-storm bringing winters and ever-so-muggy, sticky hot summers – that allows those oak barrels to expand and contract just the right amount to impart those woody, caramel, and toffee nuances from the barrel char into otherwise clear corn liquor; or maybe it is something about the Kentucky spirit that lends a warmness and hint of Southern hospitality to the things we are passionate about. Whatever it is, Kentucky bourbon is something special and the rest of America – especially the craft beer industry – has recognized that, as well.
Think back to the first time you tasted a true craft beer. Better yet, think back to the first time you tasted a local craft beer: one that was created in your state, your town or perhaps even in your neighborhood. Did it have a little extra “flair” to it?
Bad Tom Brewing Co., formerly Double Barrel, is a new brewery in Cincinnati that offers a delicious array of beer and a history so deep, so ruthless, and so bad that you are immediately captured in the infamous tale every time you visit.
ABV: 5.79% | IBU: 55.2
I’m sitting at a bar in suburban Louisville waiting for my sister to get out of a bible study. This is a true story. I’ve dropped her off in hopes of finding a place to write this post, but there didn’t appear to be many laptop-friendly bars around, and the bar I’ve landed in doesn’t have any local beers (uhhhh?).
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. – Kentucky IPA
IBU: 70 (I couldn’t actually find a reliable source for this, so I ball parked.)
Alltech is responsible for quite a bit of growth in Central Kentucky, not to mention the first contributor to the advent of the Lexington, Kentucky craft beer spring. For years, there were very few local craft brews available in Central Kentucky. Alltech seized this opportunity and in 1999 released what is now a staple across the state: Kentucky Ale. Soon the brewery released yet another delicious creation: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. This beer combined the signature Kentucky Ale with the flavor of Kentucky Bourbon (by aging for 6 weeks in bourbon barrels), yielding a delicious, slightly sweet, and highly potent brew (about 9% abv).
Left Hand Brewing 400 Pound Monkey
An ominous red handprint blazoned on the neck of the bottle: does it indicate pain or does it indicate pleasure? Judging by their beers it would have to be the latter. Left …
The Kentucky Derby is the king of all genteel parties (and ranks fairly high on the not-so-proper list, as well – just ask anyone spending the first Saturday in May in the infamous infield). And as all PorchDrinkers well know, no party is complete without libations. The Kentucky Derby is evocative of many iconic institutions: lavish hats, faster-than-light Thoroughbreds and, of course, the Mint Julep. After all, no Kentucky party is complete without a bit of Bourbon.
Munich Dunkel Lager – Hofbräuhaus Newport, Newport, NY
Staying in touch with my German roots, the Hofbräuhaus of Newport, Kentucky is one of my favorite places in my hometown—nothing makes me happy like a frosty stein of Dunkel. The …
There’s a fellow I run into pretty predictably in a bar around here. His name’s Charlie. Charles, actually, but people call him Charlie because he hates it and, upon hearing it, can generally be relied on to tell you …
Country Boy Brewing | Lexington, KY
This is a brewery that Tim the Tool Man Taylor would go to after palling around with Al Borland on the set of Tool Time; a brewery that Zac Brown Band …