Drowning your sorrows tastes so much better when you support your state’s economy
It’s Sunday. NFL games are on, Fall is upon us, and you are thirsty. No disputing. That’s just how it works. Sure, you probably had a little too much to drink yesterday while watching LSU stomp the Cats. And, yes, your wife said no more boozing after you punched a hole in the television. But oh well. No excuses today.
Today isn’t the most newsworthy day. If you want some sweet sports action, scroll down and watch John Wall throw it down. But for this post, we’re going to go off on a tangent about something I’m a big fan of: beer. Let’s take a look at the different breweries around the great Commonwealth of Kentucky…
- Lexington Brewing Company/Alltech/KY Ale - Lexington, KY – Let’s start with our KSR sponsor (I think?) and largest brewer in the city of Lexington. I don’t know much about it, but I’ve tried their three brews and won’t say I was disappointed. Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Light, andKentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale will suit you for an evening of local support.
- Bluegrass Brewing Company (BBC) - Louisville, KY - Hailing from Louisville, my first experiences into the beer world saw me sample the tastes of BBC. I’m definitely a fan, and it can be found in taps across the city. Highlights are the American Pale Ale, Nut Brown Ale, and Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Stout (formerly Jefferson’s Reserve). A plethora of others brews can be found at one of their four locations in the city.
- New Albanian Brewing Company - New Albany, IN - Just kidding, I only partially hail from Louisville. Spent most of my days in New Albany. While I know this isn’t necessarily in Kentucky, it’s right on the border and is worth the drive. This place really opened up my eyes and tastes buds to the beer world. Forge past the Sherman Minton situation and try this place out. They have a huge selection outside of their own, but I highly suggest the Elector Ale and Hoptimus. And Community Dark for you non-hoppy folks. The owner Roger Baylor is a very interesting guy – if you ever get the chance to talk to him, do so.
- Falls City Beer - Louisville, KY – Falls City was a local staple for many years in Louisville, but left the state in 1978 with its sale. It was made for many years after, but finally went extinct. Until the new owner revived it. Rumor has it that the current owner found the original list of ingredients used in the KY version, but without the amounts. So he went to work and concocted his own take of the original Falls City Beer. I’ve heard it doesn’t taste the same was the pre-70s version, but I do enjoy the new take. It is actually almost indistinguishable from a Magic Hat #9. Fake Gimel and rcpeck02 and attest to this.
- Lore Brewing Company - Danville, KY – Haven’t tried this place, but recently heard about it opening up for business. Somebody who has tried it, post a review in the comments.
- Cumberland Brews - Louisville, KY – This little joint on Bardstown Rd. serves up delicious food with their great beer in a cozy atmosphere. Last time I went, I enjoyed a couple drinks and grub while sitting on a leather couch. I suggest the IPA, Nitro Porter, and Cream Ale.
- Browning’s Brewery - Louisville, KY – I haven’t had any of these concoctions, but I know the spot is in downtown Louisville and offers a deal similar to Cumberland – pretty good, locally infused food to pair with their beer.
- Christian Moerlein - Cincinnati, OH – Another out of stater, but surely familiar to those of us Cat fans living in the NKY, like myself at the moment. The OTR Ale is a winner for me, and probably the easiest one to find from this place. They are about to open a brand new place in downtown Cincy by the Bengals and Reds stadiums, so that should be fun.
- Hudepohl - Cincinnati, OH – Another Cincy staple…Hudepohl goes way back and offers a pretty short list of mass produced lagers. Still, if you aren’t feeling like low-balling with a (delicious) PBR or Natty (for your college kids), give a Hudy Delight a spin. Just as good and for a cheap price. TheAmber Lager is worth a try, too.
- Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout – The Founder’s brewery is located in Grand Rapids, MI…but this stout pays tribute to our great state. I’ve heard great things, but have yet to give it a spin. Let me know how it is.
- Horse Piss Beer - This is supposed to be a Kentucky inspired brew crafted by the BBC folks and used to raise money for disabled jockeys and horses. Haven’t heard the best things about the taste, but it’s a local concept and the aid is provides for those two things important to our state is commendable.
I know I’m missing some. Feel free to tell me anything Kentucky beer related in the comments. Tried anything new and delicious lately? Should I just shut up and talk about bourbon?
*KSR does not condone public intoxication, drinking while driving, vomiting in the homes of friends, or hooking up with ugly people.
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