As the fall colors and chilly evenings arrive, it’s time once again to gather with family and friends (even if it’s virtually this year) to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for, and relive all the ways that you’ve disappointed them, yet again, this year.
Without a doubt their biggest disappointment will be your continued obsession with this thing you call “Craft” beer.
YOUR MOM: “You spent HOW much on that 4 pack of fruit juice, Jimothy? But you sleep on a futon!”
With this list of 7 great, Louisville-made gateway beers (almost all of which can be found at your local grocery store -- we recommend ValuMarket, Mid City Mall) you’ll remind them of the crisp lagers they're used to, but also show them that there’s so much more great beer out there... and that maybe... just maybe... you’re not a complete degenerate.
With each beer, we’ll also provided recommendations for other Louisville made gateway beers we think they’ll love!
New to Louisville Ale Trail? Our passport packages make great holiday gifts.
1. Sprockets (German Lager) - Gravely Brewing Co.
Who It's For: Uncle Phil
“Thanks, but I only drink award-winning German Lagers.” says your snooty Uncle Phil as you hand him a cold can of Gravely's Sprockets Pilsner.
It’s hard to argue with him because his sweater-vest game is strong, but this year you’ve got a secret weapon.
“Well, that’s funny, Uncle Phil 'cause this German Lager is so drinkable and true-to-style, that it just won a First Place at the Great American Beer Festival.”
He takes a sip and glances down his nose at you, as if really seeing you for the first time,
“Listen Son,” he says with a gleam in his eye, “why don’t you come down to the club with me some time and hit a few balls around?”
MAY WE ALSO RECOMMEND:
SWOOLY (Tropical, Jalapeno Kolsch) - 3rd Turn Brewing
FALLOUT DUST (Black Peppercorn Infused Pale Ale) - Apocalypse Brew Works
2. Fehr's X/L - (PreProhibition Lager) - Akasha
Who It's For: Old Grand-Dad
“It’s not just a craft beer, grand-dad. It’s Louisville history in a can!”
Now that he sees you’re getting emotional he becomes even more laconic and crosses his arms. Time to hit him where it hurts:
“You know, Frank Fehr was a German immigrant who came to our fair shores and began brewing at the Fehr's City brewery in 1872. Fehr's XL lager won the Southern Exposition from 1883 to 1888 and was said to be the most widely consumed beer in Louisville!”
You pull down the sleeve of your sweater before he sees all this written on your arm and you hand him a can of this cold, pre-prohibition American lager from Akasha.
He sniffs at it and his expression softens,
“History in a can you say?”
MAY WE ALSO RECOMMEND:
UNCAGED (San Francisco Style Lager) - Chimera Brewing
3. Tangerine Barstow (Wheat ALe w Tangerine)