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It is no secret that bourbon dominates this state, but the craft beer industry is growing in Kentucky. There are locally owned breweries and microbreweries scattered all around the state and it is my mission to travel to each and every one and tell their story.
Rock House Brewing is the new kid on the block when it comes to breweries in Lexington.
Rock House opened on Dec. 17 by four people who shared a love of brewing, craft beer and music.
Their mission is “to produce a wide range of top quality beers and provide a welcoming environment for people of all demographics to join and socialize.”
Rock House’s name pays homage to the building’s former days of being the offices for the Lexington Quarry that was built in 1923. Although the building was completely gutted and remodeled, the hardwood floors are still the original flooring.
When deciding the location for the brewery, the owners had one requirement. They wanted Rock House to be inside of New Circle Road.
Despite being tucked away on North Limestone, the owners saw the potential the current property had with off street parking, a place for an outdoor patio, a warehouse to brew the beer and for overflow and a quant little taproom.
The warehouse was the perfect size for Rock House’s seven-barrel brewing system of five fermenters and one brite tank, a walk-in cooler to store kegs and an extra seating area.
The location and setup is one of the reasons that one of the owners, Kevin Richey, thinks Rock House sets itself apart from other breweries.
“It’s a pretty funky part of town and we really like that,” Richey said about the NoLi District.
Rock House might have gotten its name from the rock building that is now the tap room, but it could have also come from the owners’ shared love of music.
Music is an instrumental part of what Rock House is. The inside of the tap room is decorated with music-themed art and a guitar covered with brewery stickers sits on the fireplace’s mantle.
A love for music goes beyond decorations, it extends to the naming of the beers: “Double Kick Drum” (Double IPA), “Groupie” (Cream Ale), “Roadie” (APA), “Riot Act” (Red Rye IPA) and “Gravel Pit” (Brown Porter).
Rock House shares its love of music goes hand-in-hand with its love of the community. Rock House regularly books local bands to play on the weekends and hosts open mic night every Wednesday from 7:00. p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Open mic goes beyond music as well. It is open to poets and story tellers as well.
Rock House’s love for the Lexington community extends to the entire state of Kentucky
“Kentucky people are very proud,” Richey said. “They are very proud of the history of Kentucky. They want to support the local businesses.”
When people think of Kentucky, they think bourbon, not beer. Fair enough. However, Richey believes that even in a bourbon state, local craft breweries are just as important.
“They [Kentuckians] want to support the local businesses,” Richey said. “I think that plays a big part in why breweries, or even the craft distilleries, are popping up all over the place.”
“That’s why that stuff [craft beer] is so popular because people want to support local businesses. They want to know the owners and they want to be able to talk them. I think that ‘s what makes it unique and helps you to survive.”
Rock House understands Kentucky people’s love for their state so they brewed a Kentucky Common, a nearly lost style of beer.
Kentucky Common was almost exclusively produced and sold around the Louisville metropolitan area from the time after the Civil War up to Prohibition. Because the beer so was inexpensive and quick to produce, Kentucky Common became increasingly popular during that time period. With prohibition the style died completely, but with the explosion of craft breweries, the style is making a comeback.
Rock House’s Kentucky Common, “Dark and Bloody Ground”, is brewed with blood oranges and has flavors of sweet corn, caramel, toffee and orange with faint hints of roast. The “Dark and Bloody Ground” has become one of Rock House most popular beers.
Rock House will be celebrating its one year anniversary in December, but there is still things to accomplish.
First on the list, getting their beer into restaurants in Lexington.
“We are starting to put our plans in place to start getting some of our beers on tap throughout the city,” Richey said. “Hopefully over the next six months to a year, you’ll be able to go to pretty much any restaurant and you’ll be able to try some of our flagship beers that we have and maybe some of our special releases.”
Rock House has made many upgrades to the property including adding a patio with tables to the tap room, a fire pit area with benches and a certified Monarch Waystation. Monarch Waystation is butterfly garden that provides resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.
With everything Rock House has done to the brewery, there still a lot more they want to do.
“We are still working on our location and trying to make it more appealing to come and hang out,” Richey said. “Just doing upgrades and working on construction projects. Just making it little more comfortable, more inviting. Right now I think we’re lacking a little bit of that.”
Some of the upgrades include adding more games like a foosball table, badminton net, tetherball, and dart boards.
“We have such a great property, so we want to use it for people to come out and play,” Richey said.
Rock House already has a basketball hoop, corn hole boards, a ping pong table and their most popular attraction, fowling. Fowling is a hybrid game that combines elements of football, bowling, and horseshoes.
There are eight breweries in Lexington but each brings their own style of beer and atmosphere to the craft beer scene.
“We kind of want to be very diverse,” Richey said about the beer and environment of Rock House. “Anybody can come in and have a good time and hang out. Not just try to cater to one type of person. We want to make it comfortable to everyone to hang out.”
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By Chad Lashbrook on ©October 03rd, 2017 @ 9:30pm
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The Keeneland fall meet begins this Friday, and in anticipation of one of central Kentucky’s premier autumnal experiences I sat down with Bob Elliston, Vice President of Racing and Sales, to discuss what lies in wait for racing patrons this October. Part 1 of this 2 part interview follows below.
KSR: “You’re doing some promotion at Kroger Field in partnership with UK. Can you talk a little about that and how it came about?”
Elliston: “Yeah, you know we’ve had a long standing relationship with the University of Kentucky. Obviously during the fall season with football going on, they call it the best doubleheader going – an afternoon at Keeneland and a night at the UK football game. And we see a lot of folks that are traveling to Lexington to Kroger Field to see their team play the Cats, coming out here in the afternoon. Generally speaking it’s just a natural combination of entertainment for folks to draw into the community. So we’ve sponsored The Paddock at Kroger Field prior, but we figured out that whole concept in terms of an entertainment destination built around UK football and Keeneland, and VisitLex, all three of us got together on this project to really elevate that entertainment venue inside Kroger Field (The Paddock), and also then to promote that “town and gown” concept where a major entertainment venue like ours, coupled with a great sporting event like Kentucky football plus that being a destination for folks to travel here, it was just a natural partnership. In addition to that, we always have our “See Blue” day in the fall and we paint the place blue and celebrate what’s going on with the Wildcats and here at Keeneland and the fan base. But beyond that, we have historically been a supporter of things that are resident at UK like the Markey Center, like the Gluck (Equine) Center, like what’s going on in the Ag department – they are really creating a center of excellence at UK in the whole Ag space, which obviously in the horse business means a great deal to us. All of that was in place, and will continue to be in place, but is brought out in a big way through this partnership on The Paddock.
KSR: “Is there anything in particular patrons should be looking forward to at the fall meet?”
Elliston: “Well, we have modified some of our wagering menus a little bit, but generally speaking the fall has some pretty cool items that are built-in already. We celebrate a couple really important things. The Make-a-Wish day is on Thursday, October 12th, and on that date, it’s the 10th anniversary. We work with the Make-A-Wish foundation here locally to let these kids realize dreams that they have, and they really deserve that in a tremendous way. So that is really an uplifting day for all of us here at Keeneland. Then we have Heroes Day that Papa John’s is sponsoring on Sunday, the 22nd, and that’s when the first responders, EMTs, fire fighters, and their families are invited and receive free general admission, access to grandstand reserve seating and discounts on food and things like that. College scholarship day, that’s another one, on Friday, October 20th. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Since the life of that program, I think we’ve given out, I want to say, in excess of $500,000 in scholarships to area students.”
KSR: “So the meet starts with a bang — FallStars weekend and lots of Breeders’ Cup preps. Who are some of the bigger names that we can expect to headline opening weekend?”
Elliston: “Yeah, you mentioned it, we’ve got 9 stakes worth almost $4 million in purses on opening weekend, 8 of which are Win and You’re In events for the Breeders’ Cup, 5 of them are grade 1’s. The ones that really jump out that look like tremendous races are the Shadwell Turf Mile, which is a million dollar Breeders’ Cup Mile prep, the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, the 2yo boys race, the Phoenix, which is the Sprint division, and the First Lady for fillies and mares. And on the Shadwell, American Patriot, who won the Makers 46 Mile in the spring, Divisidero won the Turf Classic on Derby Day, Heart to Heart is trained by Brian Lynch and won multiple graded stakes – I think those are the top ones. In addition to that, Mondialiste, who ran 3rd in the BC Turf a couple of years ago, and there’s a chance Aidan O’Brien might be sending Lancaster Bomber who just missed in the Woodbine Mile. The Shadwell will probably over-fill, there will probably be 16 in there and we’ll have to exclude some folks out of that one. I mentioned the Breeders’ Futurity. Probably the top horse was Wayne Lukas’s Sporting Chance that won the Hopeful, but he got injured. The second and third place horses in there (Hopeful), Free Drop Billy and Givemeaminit, they are planning to be here. You have the Iroquois winner, The Tabulator. And it’s kind of interesting to me, Tom Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Jazz, he’s got a horse that Tom Amoss trains that broke his maiden at Saratoga by 11 lengths. He’s talking about coming here too. He could be anything with that kind of performance at Saratoga. The Phoenix, there are three outstanding ones in there, Favorite Tale, Limousine Liberal and Whitmore. Favorite Tale was 3rd in the BC Sprint here in 2015, Limousine Liberal loves this track, and Whitmore, by a lot of people’s count, might be as gifted a sprinter as there is out there for Ron Moquett. And then I mentioned the First Lady because there is some tremendous talent in there – 8 graded stakes winners that are pointing there. Dickinson, who won in the Spring (the G1 Jenny Wiley), Hawksmoor, Miss Temple City, Roca Roja who is a G1 winner for Chad Brown, and there’s a chance that Aidan O’Brien might ship 1 or 2 for that race from England because he is so loaded with great talented fillies on the grass – Rhododendron or Rain Goddess might come over for the Coolmore group – and they’re not afraid to run those horses back in a week for the QE II for 3yos the following weekend. So that’s exciting. We’re counting right now, I think there’s seven international horses shipping in for opening weekend.”
By Drew Franklin on ©October 03rd, 2017 @ 12:19pm
Kentucky governor Matt Bevin went on a Paducah radio show Tuesday morning and said he believes college athletes should be financially compensated for all of the revenue they generate for the NCAA and their universities.
Bevin told WKYX, “I think we should pay college athletes. I really do. This idea that they’re not professionals is nonsense.”
When asked how the student-athletes should be paid, Bevin added, “I think we should maybe defer that comp — fair enough, they can defer it – but they and their families should be able to benefit from the sacrifices they make.”
“The coaches are making millions of dollars a year,” he continued. “Shoe contracts are dictating what happens on our college campuses. Athletics directors and others associated with it that are making exorbitant fees. I don’t begrudge people making a high living. Good for them, and I mean that sincerely. But if that comes at the expense of those that are delivering the athletic prowess on the field, then maybe we should rethink the fact that this is really like the minor leagues for the professional sports associations, and they should be compensated and treated accordingly.”
Bevin went on to say he doesn’t believe anyone is intentionally exploiting the student-athletes, but ‘exploiting’ is a word that can be used to describe what is happening in college athletics today.
Our friends at InsiderLouisville.com have more from the interview: “Gov. Matt Bevin says college athletes should be financially compensated”
By Drew Franklin on ©September 21st, 2017 @ 12:00pm
Bourbon, basketball, horses and… pizza?
That’s right– Lexington, Kentucky is a hot bed for cheap pizza, according to a new nationwide study. In fact, Lexington is the least expensive city in America to buy a good pie.
Dafiniti, a research and data collection website, set out to determine as much as it could about pizza. The study looked intro pricing, distribution and availability across these great United States, and it found Lexington’s median price of $5.99 for a large plain pizza makes it the cheapest in the land. Buffalo, NY has the most expensive at $14.79.
The entire state of Kentucky had the third lowest price on pizza, behind only Maine and Alaska.
Read more here.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m taking a lunch break for pizza.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 20th, 2017 @ 11:00pm
Remember us telling you about “Us Against The World,” Uproxx’s documentary series about Rodrick Rhodes and the Cordia High School basketball team? All ten episodes of the docuseries dropped today on Watchable.com and are free to stream.
The documentary tells the story of how Rhodes rebuilt the Cordia High School program with transfers from across the country, which created tension with rival programs in Eastern Kentucky and led to racist acts and hate-mongering. In May 2016, Rhodes was removed as coach after the program was slapped with several KHSAA sanctions for violations ranging from recruiting to providing illegal benefits to players. Earlier that year, Cordia won its first ever All “A” Basketball Championship.
In the opening scene of the first episode, Rhodes recalls a conversation he had with former teammate Jeff Sheppard about taking the job back in 2011 and Sheppard’s initial concerns about the reception Rhodes would receive in Eastern Kentucky. Sheppard eventually reasoned that people would accept Rhodes because he was “blue,” aka a former Kentucky player, but in the documentary, Rhodes said that he found out his friend was right to be worried.
“To be honest with you, I think that wore off. The blue wore off,” Rhodes said.
All ten episodes are available now for free on Watchable. Drew Franklin will have a review of the series for you tomorrow.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 16th, 2017 @ 4:40pm
A Kentucky football fan in South Carolina for Saturday’s game has been hospitalized after she was struck with a stray bullet in a shooting that injured eight people in Columbia’s Vista entertainment district Friday night.
Denise Massey and her boyfriend, Jimmy Brannon, made a spontaneous Friday afternoon decision to travel from Paris, Ky., where they live, to South Carolina to watch the Wildcats. As Brannon put it, “It was really a spur of the moment thing. I had a wild hair about coming down here, so I called her at 2:00 and told her if she can be ready by 2:30, we can be down there by 9:30. She said, ‘Sure! We can do it.'”
The couple got to Columbia as planned, Brannon said, and had a great time meeting new people and socializing around the popular Vista area of town. Then the shooting occurred as they were walking back to their hotel room for the night, and Massey, an innocent bystander, was wounded in the gunfire.
Brannon recounted how it happened on Facebook:
I spoke with Brannon via phone on Saturday and he told me the bullet stuck Massey’s cheek area and exited through the back of her head; but, miraculously, did not strike the spinal column.
“She has no neurological dysfunction,” he said. “She can move all extremities, everything works, all that. So that’s great news.”
UK president Eli Capilouto, athletic director Mitch Barnhart and South Carolina’s school president have all reached out. Mark Stoops is also aware and very concerned, as well as some of the UK players, who Brannon said were very touched once they heard the news.
Police are still investigating, but no arrests have been made at this time.
Here are 2 vehicles of interest in connection w/the Vista shooting. A Mustang & BMW. The passenger (s) may have info that can help us. pic.twitter.com/2Uit1i0c3x
— Cola Police Dept. SC (@ColumbiaPDSC) September 16, 2017
Massey remains in ICU in Columbia with Brannon by her side, wondering how someone so innocent could get caught on the wrong end of something like this.
“It’s a shame these things seem to always happen to good people,” he said. “Nobody wants it to happen to anybody, but it seems it always happens to somebody that would never do anybody wrong over anything. And that breaks your heart.”
“Denise is one that, just everybody likes her. She’s wouldn’t do anything wrong to anybody, period. It’s a shame that somebody like that has to go through this.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 15th, 2017 @ 3:30pm
The Bluegrass and its famous bourbon are headed to network primetime.
According to Deadline, NBC is developing a half-hour sitcom about a bourbon distiller from Brooklyn that moves to Kentucky to take over a family-owned distillery. The comedy, entitled Sour Mash, is the brainchild of Michael Gagerman and Andrew Waller, who teamed up to write the 2014 buddy comedy Search Party. Here’s the series description from Deadline:
“Sour Mash is about a brilliant Latina chemist from Brooklyn with a passion for making bourbon who is tapped to become the master distiller at a failing family-owned distillery in Kentucky. She finds that making great bourbon is easy compared to dealing with the eccentric family that hired her.”
Sounds like a recipe for laughs! Hopefully the writers don’t dip too much into stereotypes (hillbilly jokes and banjo music) with that “eccentric family.” (Looking at you, Vanderplump Rules: Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky)
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 15th, 2017 @ 10:00am
Soon, the state of Kentucky will have two new racetracks. Churchill Downs and Keeneland just announced plans to open two new racetracks/gambling parlors, one in Corbin off I-75 and the other in Oak Grove, off I-24 near Fort Campbell.
The venues will feature live horse racing as well as “historical racing machines,” which are similar to slot machines. According to the initial renderings, the Corbin facility will be called “Cumberland Run” (pictured above), while the Oak Grove facility will be named “Twenty-Four”:
Churchill Downs and Keeneland are teaming up on the venture, which they hope will bring plenty of new jobs and revenue to the Corbin and Oak Grove communities.
“Horse racing is a $4 billion industry in the Commonwealth that creates thousands of jobs, strengthens our statewide economy and attracts millions of visitors from around the globe,” Churchill Downs Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bill Carstanjen said in a release. “Churchill Downs and Keeneland share a deep commitment to making Kentucky’s horse racing industry the very best version of itself, and the new racing facilities in Corbin and Oak Grove will help us achieve this by generating much needed funds to increase purses and breeders’ incentives.”
More details in the video below:
By Drew Franklin on ©September 14th, 2017 @ 12:22pm
The KSR Curse strikes again, this time in downtown Lexington.
One week after we did our morning show at the LexTran headquarters and Ryan Lemond rode the bus around town, a van has crashed into the transit center.
At this time there are no details outside of the photo below — and we hope no one was injured in the accident.
— Josh (@JofSteele) September 14, 2017
We joke about the KSR Curse all the time, but is it real?
And if it is, how do we stop it???
UPDATE: New photo via LEX 18 shows crash aftermath:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 13th, 2017 @ 10:51am
Murray State defensive lineman Bishop Woods went to practice on Tuesday thinking it was just another day; he left a married man, thanks to one of his coaches.
After finding out that offensive line coach Brian Hamilton was an ordained minister, Woods called his fiancée Caitlin Myers and told her to come to the field. The couple, who welcomed their first child four months ago, was married on the 50-yard line at Roy Stewart Stadium after practice, Woods still in his pads and another member of the Racers’ coaching staff holding an umbrella over Myers’ head:
Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Woods! pic.twitter.com/bQCMT7fwgM
— MurrayStateFootball (@racersfootball) September 13, 2017
Hamilton put his own spin on the ceremony, asking Woods if he promised to protect Myers from all of life’s terrors, including “spiders and all other insects, including ones that fly,” and through health and sickness, “even if that sickness is caused by mimosas or margaritas.” He asked Myers to promise to have a solid answer as to what she wants to eat “at least 50% of the time.” With little notice, the offensive line coach absolutely killed it. Both bride and groom were in tears by the end of the ceremony.
Both Woods and Hamilton told ESPN that the impromptu ceremony was perfect.
“We kind of made it up on the fly,” Woods said. “Coach Ham is one of my favorite coaches. He’s been teaching me a lot of about fatherhood and other things.”
“Life of being a college football coach,” Hamilton said. “You get to be a part of kids’ lives. It was fantastic for me to share that with them.”
Just awesome. Congrats, guys.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 12th, 2017 @ 10:00pm
Believe it or not, the CentrePointe development in downtown Lexington is still expected to be completed. It’ll probably be hundreds of years from now and we’ll all be dead when it’s finally done, but developers insist it will one day be open for business.
A commercial real estate development group called the Webb Companies, the mastermind behind the whole thing, gave us a look at what to expect when it shared a fly-by video on its Facebook page showing what CentrePointe will look like when it is no longer a big hole in the ground.
And I must say: it looks like a nice downtown development for Lexington.
Our grandchildren are going to love it.
By KSR on ©September 08th, 2017 @ 5:43pm
The Pulaski County Detention Center’s website lists a new inmate in its current population, and that inmate has one hell of a UK tattoo on top of his head.
The site does not say what the inmate, Annual Flinchum, did to land himself in the Pulaski County jail; but it’s clear he is a big fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, so we’re giving him this week’s UK Tattoo of the Week Award.
I guess it could be the case that he lost a bet, but it’s safe to assume Flinchum is a proud member of Big Blue Nation.
That thing is incredible.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 08th, 2017 @ 3:54pm
We have some very sad news this afternoon as Troy Gentry, one-half of the popular country music group Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash Friday, along with one other person.
The accident happened around noon at Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey, per LEX 18 in Lexington. Eddie Montgomery was not on board.
The duo was set to play at Flying W Airport & Resort at 5:00 pm today.
Gentry, 50, was a Lexington native and the father of two children.
Earlier this week, Aaron Torres joined the KSR family, and to continue his initiation, Tyler invited him on The OTT Podcast, sponsored by DRAFT. Get to know Aaron in this candid interview, which includes…
— How a lifelong UConn fan started writing about Kentucky Basketball
— The latest on UK’s 2018 basketball recruiting, and whether or not Bol Bol is out of the picture
— How an outsider views Kentucky football
— His time at Fox Sports and our thoughts on the future of sports media
— Why it’s perfectly acceptable to list “children” as a pet peeve
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 06th, 2017 @ 3:27pm
There are people who enjoy high school sports, and then there are people who take them waaay too seriously. This next guy I’m about to tell you about is definitely the latter.
Wilford R. Shell, 61, is (was?) the equipment manager for the Middlesboro High School football team, and on Friday, he was arrested after he allegedly kicked a player from Clay County in the nuts. According to WYMT, the incident took place after Clay County beat Middlesboro in overtime, 30-29.
Shell was charged with fourth-degree assault with minor injury. He was booked into the Clay County Detention Center Friday night and released Tuesday evening. Something tells me he’s still not over the loss.