Tailspin Ale Fest, set for March 2nd, 2024, at Bowman Field, is once again shaping up to be an unmissable event for beer lovers and those curious about craft beer culture. With VIP tickets already sold out, the focus now shifts to the Coach (General Admission) tickets, which promise an afternoon filled with exceptional beer-tasting experiences.
For $55 plus tax and fees, attendees gain entry at 3 PM, equipped with a Souvenir Taster Cup, and the opportunity to explore over 250 beers. This selection includes offerings from beloved local breweries such as Gravely Brewing and regional favorites housed in the Kentucky Tent, like Country Boy Brewing and Scout & Scholar, alongside national and international breweries.
Beyond the extensive beer list, Tailspin Ale Fest is well-known for its vibrant atmosphere, featuring a Featured Cider & Sour Bar, LIVE music to keep the energy high, Drake's Silent Disco for a unique dance experience, and Cox's Cigar Lounge for a relaxed break. This year, our friends from Ohio Valley Wrestling are getting in on the action with Brews & Brawn.
We’re also excited to share that Louisville Ale Trail will be present with a table in the Kentucky Beer Tent for the first time! We’ll have some new experiences to share for the first time so be sure to say hi.
As a reminder, Tailspin Ale Fest is a 21-and-over event, emphasizing safety and a mature environment for all participants. Also, no pets! Only marked service animals.
Parking is convenient, with a public lot available and the option to leave vehicles until 1 PM the following day (but we encourage using designated drivers or ride-sharing services to ensure everyone's safety).
For those eager to immerse themselves in the Louisville beer scene, ensure a spot by grabbing your ticket in advance (no gate sales will be available). Whether you're a seasoned beer aficionado or new to the craft beer world, the Tailspin Ale Fest offers a welcoming and enriching experience for all.
Now that we’ve had two weeks to recover from the previous month of comatose-inducing food and your aunt Sally asking you inappropriate questions about when you plan to bear children, we can take a moment and reflect on the year that has come and gone. 2023 continued the trend of pushing brewers to their absolute limits in an increasingly demanding customer feedback loop requiring more fizz, less alcohol, and more price-conscious beverages. You see, the customer is rarely right and not always happy when it comes to what a brewer should be brewing. After all, it is their job; they just make the beer. Here are five trends I saw in 2023 that I’d be happy to see stay around in 2024.
I’ve tried to keep open ears on feedback from breweries and consumers over the last year, but it’s more than likely I’ve missed a few of your favorite beer trends of 2023. Shout out below what you’d like to see continue into 2024.
- David Satterly
Five Ways To Support Louisville Breweries During Dry JanuarY
Need a break? Participating in Dry January? There's nothing wrong with that! Here are five simple ways you can still support breweries during this time.
Louisville Brewery Holiday Hours Guide 2023: Christmas & New Year's Schedule
To help you plan your festive brewery visits over the holiday week, here's a list of hours in alphabetical order for each special day. Whether you're looking to gather with friends, enjoy a quiet moment, or simply grab a stamp for your passport, here’s how you can plan.
Christmas EVE (SUNDAY) HOURS:
Christmas DAY (MONDAY) HOURS
All taprooms are closed.
NEW YEAR’S EVE (SUNDAY) HOURS:
New Year’s Day (Monday) Hours
This guide will help you navigate the holiday brewery scene in Louisville. Happy holidays, enjoy responsibly, and don't forget your passport!
Butchertown Brewing Unveils 2024 Beer Collaboration Line-Up
Louisville Brewery Celebrates Kentucky’s Barrel Heritage With National Partners
December 18, 2023 (Louisville, KY) -- Louisville-based Butchertown Brewing, founded in 2020, is thrilled to announce a series of upcoming national beer collaborations for 2024. These collaborations highlight Butchertown Brewing’s commitment to expanding the barrel culture in Kentucky’s craft beer scene and beyond. Previous collaborations have featured well-known breweries nationwide, such as Horus Aged Ales (Oceanside, CA), Revolution Brewing (Chicago, IL), and Corporate Ladder Brewing (Bradenton, FL).
“These collaborations represent more than just the fusion of different brewing techniques; they’re a symbol of our commitment to pushing the boundaries of craft brewing,” said Andy Cobb, Butchertown Brewing Founder and Head Brewer. “We are excited to introduce Louisville’s Most Interesting Beer to beer lovers, both local and nationwide, highlighting Kentucky’s dynamic beer scene, which is as rich and diverse as our state’s bourbon heritage.”
Butchertown Brewing, known for their barrel-aged stouts and barleywines, is proud to announce a new slate of collaborations planned for 2024:
Through these collaborations, Butchertown Brewing will share its passion for high-quality, innovative beers and showcase Kentucky's craft beer potential.
Butchertown Brewing beers are available in their taproom (1860 Mellwood Ave, #187, Louisville, KY) and at select bars and restaurants in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Highlighting the brewery’s expanding reach, Butchertown Brewing was featured for its nationally recognized barrel program at Other Half Brewing’s Stout Season Festival in Brooklyn, NY, on December 2nd, 2023, showcasing their expertise on a prominent national stage.
About Butchertown Brewing
Nestled in the Courtyard at the eclectic Mellwood Art Center, Butchertown Brewing focuses on one-of-a-kind barrel-aged beers while also honoring traditional styles. To learn more, follow @butchertownbrewing on Facebook or Instagram or visit www.butchertownbrewingco.com.
Mile Wide Beer Company's 7th anniversary is this weekend! To help celebrate, here are seven fun facts about the Phoenix Hill brewery:
In these seven years, Mile Wide has not only served great beer but also created a space where stories are shared, history is celebrated, and community is strengthened. Here's to Mile Wide Beer Company, a beacon of craft brewing and community spirit. Cheers to many more years of success, innovation, and delightful brews!
Mike Abel (Fork + Ale House)
What do one of Louisville’s oldest breweries, Great Flood Brewing, and one of Carmel Indiana’s finest breweries have in common?
They both have had the pleasure of this week's guest, Mike Abel, (Head Brewer, Fork + Ale House, Cellarman, Ash & Elm) gracing their taprooms. Known for his quick wit and unquenchable thirst for beer knowledge Mike has built a thriving career across multiple cities.
In this conversation we discuss current trends in beer and cider, how to plan a day trip in #Indy, and some interesting topics in health and music! It was an absolute pleasure having Mike on the show and we hope that you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.
Make sure to go and try all of Mike's great beers next time you are up Carmel way. (https://forkalehouse.com/)
Hefeweizen (Fork + Ale House)
El Camino, Habanero, Mango Cider (Ash & Elm Cidery)
Winter Wee Heavy (Fork + Ale House)
Hopping Hound IPA (Fork + Ale House)
Curious about Underberg?
Ask your bartender for one, or visitwww.underbergamerica.com _____________________________________
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Corey & Danielle Wood (Elixir Kombucha)
After drinking all the Louisville Beer during Louisville Beer Week, the guys were incredibly excited to take a “booch’ break” this episode with the incredible duo that is Corey and Danielle Wood, owners and founders of Elixir Kombucha.
We got the rundown on their recent growth into their new production home, the story of how Corey’s kombucha-loving aunt launched them on their journey, and got very up close and personal with a big chunk of actual SCOBY skin (stay tuned to the end for tasting notes…yeah), and even helped Elixir up its brand game with the selection of the new OFFICIAL Elixir mascot.
Curious about Underberg? Ask your bartender for one, or visit www.underbergamerica.com.
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Thanksgiving & Black Friday 2023: Louisville Breweries' Holiday Hours Guide
As the holiday season approaches, many of us look forward to spending quality time with family and friends, indulging in festive meals, and, of course, enjoying some of the finest beers Louisville has to offer.
However, navigating the holiday hours of your favorite local breweries can be a bit of a puzzle.
Whether you’re planning a post-Thanksgiving gathering or looking to unwind after a day of shopping, here’s what you need to know.
Note: unless otherwise noted, assume normal operating hours.
Special Wednesday Hours
OPEN on Thanksgiving Day:
CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day
Special Black Friday Hours
Looking for Black Friday plans? Check out our recent blog post for beer releases!
So, you worked in the kitchen all day on Thursday and you’ve filled your Amazon shopping cart full of “deals.” You deserve a beer. Black Friday is a great day to visit brewery taprooms and enjoy good company and good beer. There are some great events throughout the city and we’ve gone ahead and highlighted four for you to keep in mind.
1. Against the grain Brewery: