You asked. We listened. It's with great excitement that we announce the launch of our new interactive and engaging brewery map on the Louisville Ale Trail website.
Consider it the digital sidekick to your Louisville Ale Trail Brewery Passport book. Every taproom in the book has its spot on this digital platform, making it a breeze to locate and learn more about our local breweries. This map adds an extra layer of convenience and interactivity to your beer exploration.
And there's more than just the locations. Each taproom on the map has a detailed description and a link to engaging interviews from our Kentucky Commons Radio Hour podcast. So you get to know the people behind the pints too.
Just to make it clear, we're not replacing the physical passport book - we're supplementing it. This map is part of our commitment to make your Louisville Ale Trail experience as immersive and enjoyable as possible.
So give it a try. Find the nearest brewery taproom to you on the homepage of our website or visit www.louisvillealetrail.com/louisvillebrewerymap.
5 reasons this year's Kentucky Craft Bash was the best yet.
The premier Kentucky craft beer festival returned for another year to transform Waterfront Park into the state's largest taproom last weekend on Saturday June 24th. A day of excitement, community, and comradery, Kentucky Craft Bash, is organized by the Kentucky Guild of Brewers serving as an invitation for Guild members to showcase their craft in one shared space. Here are five reasons why this year's festival was the best yet.
1. THE BEER
This one has to be obvious but clearly the beer is the star of the show here. With 150+ offerings this festival offered the opportunity to taste from all over Kentucky not just our backyard of Louisville. Of course the local Louisville Ale Trail stops all brought the heat and our friends from around the state did as well. Some standouts from what we tried (there was A LOT of beer to sample) were; Scout and Scholar Ol' Buddy Lager, Ethereal Brewing Baba Yaga Joyful, Darkness Brewing Mayan Sacrifice, The Brew Bridge Biru, The Void Sake Coconut Sake, and so many others.
2. SO MUCH ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES
The Vendor programming absolutely killed it this year. While savoring your special beers you could have been doing any of the following; Throwing axes with Flying Axes, dancing your ass off with Sam Sneed, Dunking a brewer in a dunk tank, brewing a beer with the LAGERS Homebrew Club, watching the homies from Home Skateshop flip and grind, or even tossing cornhole to win tickets to Jtown Beerfest or Frazier Summer Beer Fest!
3. FOOD GOOD FOOD
One thing that is an absolute must when drinking beer is having that perfect meal mid fest to power through the entire event. Craft Bash nailed all the staple offerings like Ramiro's Cantina for tacos, Hometown Pizza for slices, Red Top Hot Dogs for the most over the top dogs you could ask for, and even sweet treats from Brown Butter Crumble Co. These along with other food vendors went the extra mile to make sure everyone was fed and happy while also offering some vegetarian options. It was so delicious that my phone forgot to eat first. Trust us.
4. NOT JUST CRAFT BEER
Beer wasn't the only craft option at this festival. Intermingled with the brewery tents was a great group of local artists with their wares to showcase. The Craftist delighted our olfactory with their handcrafted soaps in unique scents like Appletini, Leatherhead, and Rum Runner. Sunblind Fine Art + Wearables wouldn't pierce my ears but they were selling special earrings of all shapes from pints and mugs to flowers and more. There were even options for your furry friends that weren't allowed to attend with Lola D's Dog Treats serving up fresh baked goods for the love of dogs.
5. A TOAST TO UNDERBERG
Underberg is a special drink amongst us beer lovers. The tiny 20ml bottle adorned with a green wax cap is a digestive blend of herbs from 43 countries and the perfect way to break up hours of a beer festival. A 'Berg Break is essential at a festival so we at the Louisville Ale Trail invited attendees to join us in a toast at 3pm. Organizers, Brewers, and patrons joined together in a glorious Underberg toast leaving us all refreshed and ready for the rest of the fest.
This week, the gang is joined by Rich Shanks from Louisville's newest brewery, Kyros Brewing, as well as special guest host, Madelaine Ruggles.
We discuss: the Kyros ethos on business, family, and community, why they and their community love their Portland neighborhood, their unique secret beer garden, and more.
Rich also shares his love of bourbon and cigars. Moeller nails his J. Jonah Jameson and Cosmo Kramer impressions, and in the spirit of Kyros' greek origin, we discover which ancient Greek god we really are.
Which Greek God Are You?
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Atrium Brewing Invites Community To Pick First Norton Commons BeeR
Patrons to Vote on Inaugural Exclusive
(Prospect, KY) June 22, 2023 - To celebrate the recent opening of their taproom in Norton Commons, Atrium Brewing is asking their new neighborhood and beer drinkers all around Louisville to help choose their first Norton Commons-exclusive beer. Patrons have been given the opportunity to cast their votes for an American IPA, Chocolate Stout, or Blonde Ale. The winning beer will debut at Atrium Brewing - Norton Commons (11205 River Beauty Loop, Prospect, KY 40059) in late July.
“Now that we’ve settled into our new space in Norton Commons, we decided it was high time to brew a batch of beer exclusively for our regulars in our new community,” said Princeton Hurst, co-owner of Atrium Brewing. “The voting process is an invitation to have a say in the inaugural beer for the new taproom. We’re excited to hear what our community wants.”
The ballot features three diverse beer styles that represent a range of flavors, tastes, and preferences:
The brewery invites everyone to vote for their preferred style by filling out a physical ballot at the Norton Commons Taproom or commenting directly on Atrium’s Facebook post announcement. Voting will continue through June 30th.
To learn more about Atrium and to stay up-to-date on the poll results, visit www.atriumbrewing.com or follow them on social media.
About Atrium Brewing
First opened in September 2020, Atrium Brewing seeks to bring their passion for making beer for Louisville through a series of ever-evolving experimental and true-to-style beers. Locations in both Shelby Park and Norton Commons. For more information, visit www.atriumbrewing.com.
Save the date! This October, Louisville Beer Week is GOING GLOBAL! From October 20-27, participating breweries will partner with each other as well as international restaurants.
Beer is a global beverage that unites the world and we want to celebrate Louisville’s multicultural (malty-culticural?) community.
We’re kicking things off once again with Louisville Beer Fest on Friday, October 20th, at German-American Club. In addition to multiple brewery events around town throughout the week, we’re excited to present two panels:
More information and announcements coming soon.
This week the guys are joined by Pete Weiss (Marketing Director, Country Boy Brewing) to talk about Country Boy’s new Louisville taproom, their growth as one of the OG Lexington craft beer brands, and what changes Pete has seen in the craft beer market over his ten years in the industry.
We also reflect on the offloading of craft beer products by ABInBev and Constellation Brands and what this means about current consumer behavior, and do the important work of Tier ranking some of our favorite classic “Country Culture” items.
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