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Kentucky’s most popular liquor is…what?!

Kentucky’s most popular liquor is…what?!

There’s a new study out and I blame Louisville fans for the result.

Social drinking app BARTRENDr recently analyzed posts and pictures from its 700,000 users to determine the most popular liquor brand in each state and, surprisingly, Kentucky’s isn’t bourbon. Crown Royal and Jagermeister share the top spot, a shameful result I pin solely on the line bearded, flat billed fans of that school down I-64.

Maybe those two got the top spot because there are so many delicious bourbons in Kentucky it was impossible for one brand to win out? Or, maybe Louisville fans care more about sharing what they’re drinking on social media than we do? All of the above?

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When Finishing Last in Fantasy Football Causes Physical Pain

When Finishing Last in Fantasy Football Causes Physical Pain

The life of one Kentucky man has completely transformed thanks to his fantasy football ineptitude.

In many fantasy football leagues, the best players are rewarded with cash prizes.  In the best fantasy football leagues, the worst players are punished for being awful.  The latter is Justin Thomas’ fantasy football league.

Some punishments are funny, but easy.  Dressing up like a cheerleader and hosting a car wash is one afternoon of semi-humiliation.  The 2017 PGA Championship winner from Louisville plays in a league with some brutally creative geniuses.  The loser of their league had to create a “Fitstagram account” and post daily pictures of workout routines for two months.

Kentucky, meet Danny Dumbbells.

If you’re on the social media platform, it takes about 12 hours to realize it’s the most obnoxious form of social media.  It’s essentially a clique of White Goodmans bragging about how great they are for three paragraphs while showing off their chiseled physique.  Danny Dumbbells is all of that, and more.

When you have a world famous friend like Justin Thomas, it only takes one share to get more than 3,500 people to follow your account.  It’d be a real shame if that number got over 10,000.  A real shame.


Kraft Beer With Kindsey: Kentucky Craft Bash

It is no secret that bourbon dominates this state, but the craft beer industry is growing in Kentucky. I want to shed light on this amazing industry and what it means for Kentucky. 


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Craft beer is booming in Kentucky.

There were only five breweries in Kentucky in 2009. Eleven breweries opened in 2016. Thirteen opened in 2017. And today there are 50 active licenses (some breweries have two) with anywhere from 12-16 breweries opening by the end of 2018.

“It’s really a good time to be in the beer business in Kentucky,” said Derek Selznick, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers.

Not only is it a good time to be in the business in the state, but it’s a great time to be a craft beer lover in the state. Not only are breweries popping up all over the state, but next Saturday is the biggest craft beer festival of the year in the state, the Kentucky Craft Bash.

The Kentucky Guild of Brewers is hosting the 2nd annual Kentucky Craft Bash on Saturday, June 23rd at the Louisville Waterfront Park. Over 30 breweries from across the Commonwealth will be present, turning Louisville into Kentucky’s taproom.

So what’s different from going to the breweries or buying beer at Kroger than going to the Kentucky Craft Bash?

“We kind of sat down and we said, as brewers, what do we want out of this event?” Selznick said. “So we sat down and what we came up with was one of the things we hate as you go to a beer festival and, you know, 75 percent of the beers that are offered to people are stuff that you can find in our fabulous retail partners.”

The Kentucky Guild of Brewers wanted to “blow people sock’s off” with this year’s event. So this year they came up with the idea to have each brewery bring a beer that you can’t get anywhere other than the Kentucky Craft Bash. 

“Well, this year we kind of upped our game even more,” Selznick said. “We said not only do we want to do something that everyone brings a flagship and taproom-only beer, but what we’re gonna do is we are going to partner with the wonderful people at Willett Distillery. So we have 28 of our breweries that all are barrel aging something in an 80th anniversary reserve that’s just for our festival.

“We really want to give people a unique view at Kentucky beers. Give them something that they’re never going to be able to replicate any place else other than this festival.”

One thing that will be similar will be the intimate experience that you have when going to a brewery.

When you got a taproom, it’s a different experience than going to a bar. This year the Kentucky Guild of Brewers condensed the space of the festival to make the festival more intimate.

“Really what we wanted to make sure the absolute star of the show is our beer,” Selznick said. “We really want to give to that experience of being able to sample over a 100 unique styles and talk to the people that are making them and know what is the intention and what’s the passion that goes behind each of those beers.”

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But where did this craft beer phenomenon come from?

“Well you know one of the wonderful things that craft beer does it adds to the experience of a place,” Selznick said. 

The Kentucky Guild of Brewers has worked to enhance the craft beer experience by partnering with the department of tourism, Go To Louisville and Visit Lex, among others. Their goal is to promote how breweries help the state and local businesses.

People in the beer industry in Kentucky aren’t afraid of getting bigger. They want current breweries to grow and new ones to open.

The great thing about the breweries in this state is they don’t care if new breweries open right across the street. It’s all about growing the industry as a whole.

“We will fight to the death about whose liquid is the best in the state of Kentucky,” Selznick said. “However, you know, you opening up next door to me is not a competition I fear. I fear bad beer. I don’t fear more breweries because all it’s going to do is enhance that experience going to something, going to something local and really drive to traffic to an area.” 

That’s something you don’t see in other states and other industries.

“I think that’s really one of the keys to our success is that we look at all of each other and we say how can we make each other succeed,” Selznick said. “I think that’s really a unique place to be in.” 

The craft beer community in Kentucky is like nothing else. You can see for yourself on June 23rd in Louisville. Go buy your tickets right now!

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: The first person to message me on Twitter (@kindseybernhard) will win 2 free GA tickets.

Thank you Kentucky Guild of Brewers and your love for KSR readers! You all rock!

 


Top Chef Films Episode in Rupp Arena with John Calipari

Top Chef Films Episode in Rupp Arena with John Calipari

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One of America’s most popular cooking shows made a pitstop at Rupp Arena.

This afternoon Top Chef posted up in the paint to film with Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari.  According to his daughters, Coach Cal does not have the most diverse pallet. He almost exclusively eats meat, but that did not stop Bravo from making him a judge in the competitive culinary contest.

Top Chef Kentucky, the 16th season of the hit Bravo show, is shooting in Lexington through the end of the week.  The episode from Rupp Arena will air in January of 2019.


University of Kentucky tuition has gone up… again.

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Those sending their children to the University of Kentucky will have to open up their checkbook just a tad bit wider this year.

The school is set to announce a 2.5 percent tuition increase for the 2018-19 school year, the smallest jump in the last ten years. The price for undergraduate students will reach just above $12,000 a year, though the total cost of attendance (tuition, housing, books, and food) for in-state undergraduates is expected to be $30,100.

Out-of-state tuition will see a 3.8 percent jump, bringing the cost to roughly $29,000.

It will be officially confirmed by the UK Board of Trustees at a meeting on June 22.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, tuition has jumped 105 percent since 2005 to compensate for $70 million in state funding cuts in the past decade.

On the bright side, UK has announced an end to the $14-per-year mandatory athletic fee with the help of an $800,000 spike UK Athletics has seen in generated ticket revenue.

Now, mandatory student fees for next fall will be only $681.50.

For more on the tuition prices, take a look here.


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Owensboro Unveils Statue of the Kentucky Kid, Nicky Hayden

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A year after his tragic death, the city of Owensboro honored the Kentucky Kid.

Hundreds gathered outside of the Owensboro Convention Center yesterday to be the first to see a statue of the late motorcycle racing legend, Nicky Hayden.  The 2006 MotoGP World Champion died last May at the age of 35 after a bicycle accident in Italy.

The statue recreates an iconic image of Hayden after he won the Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.  It took a team of 100 people more than 2,000 hours of labor to construct the statue.

One of the world’s most celebrated motorcycle racers, Hayden was a fan-favorite.  Yesterday’s crowd was filled with fans from all across the Ohio Valley, many of whom traveled hundreds of miles for the occasion.


Comedian gives funny, accurate description of Kentucky

Comedian gives funny, accurate description of Kentucky

Comedian Josh Pray made a trip to Kentucky over the weekend to host the KDL Outlaw Farm Fest in Somerset. The event — which describes itself as live music, mud racing, hog roast, fireworks, bonfires, ATV trails, camping and monster truck rides — was an eye-opening experience for Pray, so he went on his YouTube and Facebook pages to tell his followers five things he learned about the Bluegrass.

One of those things is “that bathroom liquor they call moonshine.” Watch the video to see what else he observed while in Kentucky for a weekend: