By Kindsey Bernhard on ©August 17th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
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.
What happens when a pharmacist, an engineer, a lawyer, an accountant and a marketer come together? They open a craft brewery.
Sean Wilder (marketer) Doug Laramie (pharmacist by trade and head brewer), David Osborn (accountant) Rob Toerne (engineer) and Austin Vowels (lawyer and city commissioner) opened Henderson’s first brewery in 80 years since the end of prohibition, Henderson Brewing Company.
But how did five strangers, each with the perfect occupation for opening a brewery, come together? Facebook.
“Our lawyer, Austin, he posted a picture on Facebook that he attended a conference on how to help your client start a brewery in Kentucky,” Laramie said.
People started commenting about opening one in Henderson. Laramie, a home brewer, saw the post on Facebook and commented that he would sell his Kentucky State Fair award-winning beer recipes.
“The next day I got a message from Sean,” Laramie said. “He was the administrator of the Henderson Beer Club Facebook group. So I got a Facebook message from Sean talking about if I’d be interested in talking about a brewery in Henderson.”
Laramie agreed to meet Wilder and four others at a local restaurant on the Sunday after the Fourth of July in 2017. The five partners met for the first time at that meeting, not knowing each had a background that was vital to opening a brewery.
“We didn’t plan on it,” Laramie said. “Those are the five people who showed up.”
The five partners left that meeting with assignments and low expectations of anything actually happening.
“I left the first meeting and my wife asked me how it went, I said, “We had a good talk and we have things to do before the next meeting, but it’s never going to happen”. I didn’t think it was going to happen,” Laramie said.
The five partners met a week later. Everyone completed their assignments. They talked more and left the second meeting with more assignments.
“My wife asked me how that meeting went and I was like “It was good”,” Laramie continued. “Everybody did the thing they needed to do. We’ve got more things to work on for the next step. I still didn’t think it was going to happen. I never got overly excited like “Yes let’s do this! It’s gonna happen!” If it happens. It happens, but I don’t think it will happen. Just like with anything that you really want to happen, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. So I was trying to keep my expectations low.”
So when did Laramie and his four partners realize that it was actually going to happen? When they bought the building in September, two months after the first meeting.
When they started their process and during their meetings, a microbrewery was not allowed in Henderson. The five partners started the process having that zoning changed and it helped to have a lawyer on the team. They got the zoning changed.
On July 5th, 2018, Henderson opened its first brewery in over 80 years.
So, how did the people of Henderson respond?
They were excited.
“I think when we first launched our Facebook page, which was kind of our announcement, I think that was in November right before Thanksgiving,” Wilder said. “I sent a note out to everyone and said, “Please like and share and tell your friends. I hope we get 100 likes by the end of the weekend.” We had a thousand in the first 12 hours.”
“It has been overwhelmingly positive,” Laramie said.
In a state where the craft beer industry is booming, that is no surprise.
Now people in Henderson and surrounding areas won’t have to travel across the river to Evansville, Ind. to enjoy local craft beer. They can drink a beer made in their state, in their town by neighbors and friends.
For people who’ve never had a craft beer or been to a craft brewery, the people at Henderson Brewing Company have one goal when you come into their taproom.
“I want them walking out the door thinking “Where’s the next brewery I can go to?” Because they’ve obviously gotta have something different because this is different than anything they’ve ever had,” Laramie said. “I want them leaving and wanting to go to a new brewery and hopefully wanting to come back.”
My beer picks at Henderson Brewing Co:
– Trixie’s Alibi Hefeweizen: A very light, smooth beer for any new craft beer drinker.
– Light Spot IPA: If you are new to IPAs, this a good one to drink. Like its name it is on the lighter side and not as bitter.
– Bridgeview ESB: ESB stands for Extra Special Bitter, but this beer is not bitter. This is a British style beer, that compares to an American Pale Ale. It’s dark in color, but don’t let that fool you. It’s not a dark beer in taste. It was my first time drinking an ESB and it was REALLY good.
TripAdvisor released its list of the top burgers in each state based on customer reviews. Which burger in Kentucky reigns supreme? According to TripAdvisor users, the burgers from Mad Mike’s Burger and Fries in Newport, Kentucky.
TripAdvisor’s list accounts for ration and quality of the burger reviews compared to overall ratings, as well as quality and quantity of reviews received in the past year. Featured restaurants have a minimum of 4 out of 5 bubbles, 100 reviews, and 10 locations or less.
What makes Mad Mike’s burgers special? According to their website, they’re 100% black Angus Beef and made fresh to order. They look really good and all, but does it bother anyone else that they appear to be an Ohio chain?
Regardless, KSBar and Grille’s coming for that crown next year.
The Breeders’ Cup is coming back to Keeneland.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Breeders’ Cup will take place at Santa Anita in 2019, Keeneland in 2020, and Del Mar in 2021. This year’s event will take place at Churchill Downs on the first weekend in November. An announcement is expected at Keeneland tomorrow afternoon.
The Breeders’ Cup has only been held at Keeneland once, in 2015, when American Pharoah capped off his amazing career with a wire-to-wire victory. Initially, there were concerns Keeneland couldn’t handle the crowd, but the event was a huge success, with record attendance on Friday and a sell-out on Saturday.
If you don’t live in Lexington, book your hotel rooms now…
Kentucky’s own Josh Teater will return to golf’s biggest stage next season after a second-place finish in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic on Sunday. Teater’s 19-under for the tournament earned him a $64,800 paycheck, which bumped him up 25 spots to No. 13 on the money list. With only one tournament to go, he’s all set to regain his PGA Tour card for 2019 by finishing within the top-25 of Web.com earners.
Teater first debuted on the PGA Tour as a rookie back in 2010. The Danville native earned over a million dollars in over 150 events in his PGA career, but spent the last three years on the Web.com Tour, trying to fight his way back to being a PGA regular.
His best PGA finish came in 2013 when he finished second to Tiger Woods in the Farmer’s Insurance Open. He also played in three of the four majors that year (did not play in the Masters) and made the cut in all three.
As a friend of the program and one of the biggest UK fans you’ll ever meet, we’re excited for Teater to get back on the big tour. He was grinding it out these last few years and it all paid off.
Rich Brooks is pumped.
Did not want to tweet to early so waited till Josh Teater placed 2nd yesterday to secure his card for next year. What a great tourney he had at -19. Will see him this week in the final at Pumpkin Ridge. Congrats!!
— Rich Brooks (@UKcoachbrooks) August 13, 2018
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©August 12th, 2018 @ 11:00am
Keeneland released its new commercial “Life’s Work,” showing the hard work that goes into the industry.
Keeneland’s appreciation for the hard work undertaken in our industry was the inspiration for our new television spot, “Life’s Work.” While so much of the advertising within the Thoroughbred industry focuses on the glory and glamour—the perfectly manicured pastures, gleaming horses and big wins—those inside the industry know it’s about more than those end results. This spot is an anthem to the Thoroughbred industry and the hard work of the people who devote their lives to the horse.
The commercial was released on Friday and will begin airing this weekend.
It will give you goosebumps. It might even make you tear up a little.
The spot was voiced by Keeneland’s former chairman of the board, Ted Bassett.
I will be playing this on repeat all of October.
The location at 100 Midland Avenue is a gateway to downtown and positions the city government at a literal crossroads of many of the city’s best new projects. The site anchors Town Branch Commons, a landscape that will be a defining feature of downtown’s resurgence.
The building will be convenient for citizens when conducting business at city hall, with adequate public parking and ease of access unlike the current solution, housing all city employees spread among five buildings.
By Nick Roush on ©August 01st, 2018 @ 3:00pm
The Papa has left the building.
Today the University of Louisville officially changed the name of its football stadium to “Cardinal Stadium.” Cranes removed the Papa John’s logo from the stadium’s facade two weeks after President Neeli Bendapudi decided to cut ties with John Schnatter after he used the N-word in a company conference call.
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— Rachel Bailey (@dailymissbailey) August 1, 2018
Removing the other gaudy sign won’t be as easy.
Louisville fans will have fond memories of the last time Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium hosted the Battle for The Governor’s Cup.
Kentucky is a miserable place to live. It’s one of the most miserable places to live in the entire county, according to a study. (I respectfully disagree.)
Over 160,000 human beings were interviewed to determine the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, which reviews how people live their lives. The index consists of five categories: sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security, relationship to community and physical health.
24/7 Wall Street then broke down the index’s findings by state, and found that Kentucky is the 45th most miserable state in America.
Here’s what it says about the Bluegrass:
Residents who like what they do every day: 70.6% (2nd lowest)
Residents w/ a strong social relationship: 76.0% (12th highest)
Residents in near perfect physical health: 48.4% (3rd lowest)
Poverty rate: 18.5% (4th highest)
Violent crime rate: 232.3 per 100,000 (7th lowest)
Using your strengths and enjoying what you do every day can greatly contribute to a sense of purpose — one of the most important pillars of personal well-being. In Kentucky, just 70.6% of adults like what they do every day, and 63.3% use their strengths to maximize their potential every day — the second smallest and smallest shares of any state, respectively. The relatively weak sense of purpose may partially explain the prevalence of depression in the state. Some 23% of respondents in Kentucky have had a depression in their lifetime, the fourth largest share of any state.
In addition, many also likely suffer from poor physical health. Only 48.4% of respondents in Kentucky assess their own physical health as near-perfect, the third smallest share of any state. Suboptimal health, for many, may be attributable to unhealthy habits. For example, just 57.4% of adults in the state eat healthily all day, the third smallest share of any state.
South Dakota ranked first on the well-being list with the highest percentage of residents who like what they do everyday and residents in near perfect physical shape.
Only Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas and West Virginia are worse than Kentucky.
By Hey Kentucky! on ©July 26th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Tragedy struck Marshall County in January when an active shooter terrorized the high school, leaving dozens injured and two dead.
In the months since, the community has come together to heal as one. Hey Kentucky’s Chris Tomlin spoke to community leaders, students and survivors to see how they will move ahead with the start of a new school year.
Click here to see the rest of today’s episode in Madisonville with Drew and Matt.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 25th, 2018 @ 5:45pm
Thanks to your online participation, the Kentucky State Police took home the trophy for “Best Looking Cruiser” in 2018.
The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) announced its champion on Wednesday after a week of online voting on Facebook. In the end, Kentucky edged out Georgia with 29.9k likes and 1.9k loves to Georgia’s 29.k likes and 1.3k loves.
We’re proud to say we helped make the push for voters and we too feel like we’ve won. I have no idea what the KSP actually wins for claiming the title, but you better believe I’ll have this in my back pocket if I ever find myself pulled over for speeding.
Congrats to the KSP!