We love a good cold beer as much as anyone (especially if it's local!)
But on those chilly evenings, or at your special holiday gatherings, sometimes you need something a little more fortifying to warm your heart and your soul.
Wassail is a traditional winter punch that is typically made with apples, spices, and a spirit, such as brandy. It is often associated with the Christmas season and is traditionally served hot in a punch bowl. The word "wassail" comes from the Old English phrase "waes hael," which means "good health." In addition to being a popular drink, wassail also has a long history as a ceremony in which people would go door-to-door singing and offering a cup of wassail to their neighbors as a symbol of good will and celebration.
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With a bit of the history out of the way, here is our recipe. Take this as a place to start and then get as creative as you would like experimenting with new flavors! If you find any new favorite concoctions, drop us a line and let us know. Or bring some by in a steaming kettle during your next caroling jaunt!
Happy holidays from your friends at Louisville Ale Trail!
-David, Michael, John
(makes approx. 2.5 gallons)
In a large crockpot of kettle, combine:
Tip: to really let the flavors mingle you can also let the simmered Wassail sit covered overnight, then warm again when ready to serve.
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Butchertown Brewing Relocates Taproom To Mellwood Art Center Courtyard
Relocation includes new hours and increase in production
December 15, 2022 (Louisville, KY) -- On the heels of celebrating its first anniversary, Butchertown Brewing is relocating its taproom and bar to the first-floor courtyard in Suite 187 at Mellwood Art Center (1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, KY 40206). The new 1,200 sq. ft. taproom will begin serving its barrel-aged stouts, distinctive sours, and other small-batch beers to patrons and members beginning Friday, December 16th.
“Over the last year, we’ve created a lot of memories in our little second-story corner in Mellwood Art Center,” said Andy Cobb, Butchertown Brewing Founder and Head Brewer. “But as we continued to expand our brewing operations and grow our following, it was clear we needed a larger taproom for our customers. When space opened up downstairs, we knew we had to take the opportunity. We’re excited to be able to serve more of our unique beers to our bottle members and regulars, tourists that seek us out, and new craft beer fans. The new location has us sharing the courtyard seating area with our friends at Danny Mac’s Pizza and Soul Hi Vegan Soul Food.”
The new taproom will be able to host 80 customers, with expanded week and weekend hours, and will feature work from resident Mellwood Art Center artists, games, local music, and other events. Butchertown Brewing plans to convert the current second-story taproom into a larger barrel-aging and production space, increasing brewery operations over the next six months.
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.
Gallant Fox Brewing will open its Mt. Washington location on 12/20.
“Being Bullitt County’s first-ever brewery is something that we’re humbled by. We’ve fallen in love with the people here, and we’ve all worked really hard on preparing a space that we know the Mount Washington community will love,” said Roger Huff, Gallant Fox co-owner. “We’re excited to bring the same great atmosphere and small-batch recipes we created at our original Clifton neighborhood location to Bullitt County - in addition to a full bourbon bar and food menu from our new kitchen concept.”
The new brewery and taproom will be located in downtown Mount Washington at 155 N Bardstown Road. Once open, Patrick Workman, brewer and co-owner, plans to continue a weekly rotation of different beers, such as The Golden Bullitt, a Golden Lager named in honor of the brewery’s new location, and Straight Outta Clifton, the flagship West Coast IPA from the brewery’s Clifton location.
Gallant Fox Brewing - Mount Washington will seat approximately eighty-five beer drinkers inside and an additional eighty-five in the outdoor beer garden. The 10-barrel brewery will feature a full bourbon bar that will include vintage variants and Gallant Fox whiskey barrel picks, as well as a full kitchen program lead by Chef Matt Trimmer, focusing on elevated pub grub menu items from gourmet smash burgers and hot dogs to southern comfort food like fried bologna sandwiches.