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Hip Hops: A Guinness in Sligo, or the Irish publican as "general factotum"

“The publican was the man who christened them, married them, and buried them, the local people,” said John O’Dwyer, a Dublin publican, in Dublin Pub Life and Lore. In July of 1985, I hopped a train from Dublin to Sligo, a town situated to the northwest of the Republic of Ireland on the island's western side, with a natural harbor dating...

Bourbon News & Notes: Insuring the future of the white oak, and two tastings with the Bourbon Women

BOURBON NEWS & NOTES – 23 October, 2020, by Susan Reigler No Oak Trees, No Bourbon As every bourbon aficionado knows, in order to become bourbon, new-make whiskey must be aged in new, charred white oak barrels. (The law actually stipulates “oak containers,” but 53-gallon barrels are the industry standard.) Without this aging, bourbon would be a clear, colorless liquid and...

Brewery collaborations to highlight Louisville Beer Week, coming Oct. 23

Previously we shared the good news: Louisville Beer Week (October 23 - 30) would return in 2020. http://fdguide.mywebsmith.com/hip-hops-louisville-beer-week-approaches-oct-23-30/ The philosopher cautions us to define our terms, these being gleaned from a helpful information release calculated to provide just the facts, ma'am, and reduce the digital editor's workload. That's because he'd rather be drinking beer. Louisville Beer Week is a grassroots collaboration by Louisville...

"Kosher whiskey & the Jewish history of distilling," an online event (Sat., Oct. 24)

Saturday's online event is called "Beyond Bernheim: Kosher whiskey and the Jewish history of distilling," which for those only casually interested in whiskey but favoring outdoor recreation might reasonably prompt a question: What does Bernheim Forest have to do with kosher whiskey and distilling? The answer isn't too awfully complicated and begins at The Atlantic with a Jewish immigrant named...

Hip Hops: TEN20 Craft Brewery is open, and Gravely Brewing wins GABF medals

As it pertains to beer news, it doesn't get any better than when a new brewery opens, and TEN20 Craft Brewery (1020 East Washington Street) launched last week in Butchertown. https://www.facebook.com/TEN20beer/photos/a.136912141225638/192251825691669/?type=3&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDAhATnk3cusGg_NKVX2mYbsx6Xi5GSRks8Hhn0xmps8_4hDTfeqxFdU28w7ykCR19gSl6NXM77JmrYYm8inSYTD-iU4ZtV26D0_zf_-bUFHNwO-TlAgZ_uvkXdap8yclQ2ymttrRokhsnhE13OiIQ1vWx4jkXSp2_7LjbNZPDuIJYllJT7W4HzhRyvHp104b4nMrkpxib6BZFJQyz6pIoimfSspFkleDFi9FPd6-IFv54lF2Ss9I3AGbPPpKb7KWb-C6fwSRTwjofQMmJOPev8t6VjYqaAWg5fMVDdJ_NyWTlv74XvYeuKpUlcbhhKrASSbLFTLzr_jsQV7Xw17JCT06hVcaXYzlOrXhypEUzkP1Kdi4eohCt5x_cxp3lWlh_s4fMC2rFW7WaHEM8AJD3jFt5P7i8NRklNAXZJaT-9&__tn__=-R TEN20 Craft Brewery originally was known as the Do/Live/Love brewery before rebranding earlier this year. See also F&D’s previous coverage. TEN20 arrives on the heels of Atrium Brewing's late September advent, prompting...

Bourbon News & Notes: The Diversity Edition, with Bulleit, KDA, U of L and Brown-Forman

BOURBON NEWS & NOTES – 16 October, 2020, by Susan Reigler Diageo Launches Craftswomen Program International spirits giant Diageo, which owns the Bulleit bourbon and rye whiskeys and operates a distillery in Shelby County, has introduced a line of spirits to honor the women in its company including Johnnie Walker master blender Emma Walker, Cascade Hollow general manager and distiller Nicole...

Hip Hops: After a brilliant run, Louisville Beer Store's endgame draws near

Writing last month at The Daily Beast, the inimitable Lew Bryson reminded us that beer sales aren't exactly booming. "To understand why this myth persists," explains Bryson, "it helps to realize that the beer business has two main parts when it comes to putting drinks in your hands. There’s the 'on-premise' side where you buy a drink and consume it...

Escape to the vineyard: Chilean Wine Dinner at Varanese on Tue., Oct. 13

Varanese (2106 Frankfort Avenue) offers a constant schedule of events like the coming six-course Chilean Wine Dinner on Tuesday, October 13. At a time when travel is difficult, themed dinners like these have even greater value than the consistent quality of owner/chef John Varanese's kitchen, the diverse libations offered for pairing, and the education gained from their presentation. They're an escape,...

Bourbon News & Notes: Grab your coat and get your hat, Pappy season is here

BOURBON NEWS & NOTES – 9 October, 2020, by Susan Reigler The Pappy Game is Afoot Buffalo Trace Distillery announced this week that the yearly distribution of highly allocated Pappy Van Winkle whiskeys is pending. Here are excerpts from the press release clearly explaining the distillery’s pricing policy and some of the selling and buying shenanigans unfortunately associated with the highly...

Hip Hops: Louisville Beer Week approaches (Oct. 23 – 30)

Unless you care a jot for Carlos Brito (I don't), then we can begin and end this week's clipboard with the welcome news that there'll be a Louisville Beer Week in 2020. https://www.facebook.com/LouisvilleBeerWeek/posts/364610548243466?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARD1TjQUEXvKkLejadQnT8MeuvoD4UEPFRiy0h2uzyEwiZGzA0Y8HCFFuWi8KZP-6SaybzUhESj7rdaxSqIoxZFQ5aUFA4G1msUXSdqW_cLpGhmZvUXL7-CcUK4GpL-L44NFkGgpK0SkM4v0KdHG50RDHdOovDnYlXVm5PBypgbUkyZtwzgnbWhTMQgYE8wQCcXU7Gwl1dloNWt9AG8DRScOXVRsJOUPcq1mSXnqcnVPTsueienAmba2gWvV9WdBmfX5aXkTkTjRkNlB3qwialYtWpX_MBHHh0aYVERjbUYDxzXwsXlu_rU3fDZToUHPCXP5sb0e9RlJF4d3Ho7gvdw&__tn__=-R Friends! #LouisvilleBeerWeek has returned! It’s been a helluva year but we still want to celebrate our local beer and local breweries. Keep your eyes peeled and follow @LouisvilleBeerWeek on social...