Taps will flow when Louisville Craft Beer Week launches Sept. 13

via Insider Louisville by Steve Coomes

Louisville Craft Beer weekTen days and counting until Louisville Craft Beer Week settles in on the city and the best beer going gets to flowing.

Starting Fri., Sept. 13 and running through Sat., Sept. 21, this year’s event is packed with tap takeovers, new beer intros, burger and beer deals, cask nights, all-sour beer events … you name it.

There are so many events this time around, if you make it to all of them, you either wisely took vacation, are unemployed or are an active alcoholic.

In fact, LCBW’s Facebook page reads, “You might want to go ahead and ask off work.”

Advice taken.

Our attempts to track down LCBW organizer John Wurth by press time came up short, but you can bet the town’s craft brewers are stoked he’s in charge. Since Wurth took the reins three years ago, the event has at least doubled in scope, boosting the number of beer events and even restaurants hosting them.

“It’s grown exponentially since John took over,” said Sam Cruz, one of four partners in Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse. “It’s really getting big, which helps us all.”

Even brewers across the river at New Albanian Brewing Co., which brews for its restaurants, Bank Street Brewhouse and, Rich O’s Public House and Sportstime Pizza.

NABC partner Roger Baylor told me some time ago that, “We’ve always considered ourselves part of the Louisville market. We consider some of our growth due to what’s going on over there and vice versa.”

Too bad more business owners don’t get as well as microbrewers.

To see the full schedule, click here. On that page you’ll find the lineup as of Sept. 3, and you’ll also find a nifty link for a Google calendar that can be merged with your own Google calendar to get you positively confused as to your life’s priorities that week.

If you’re too lazy to look, know that events are scheduled at the following haunts:

  • Bank Street Brewhouse
  • Dragon King’s Daughter (New Albany)
  • Thirsty Pedaler
  • Nachbar
  • Four Pegs Beer Lounge
  • Boombozz Pizza & Taphouse (Highlands)
  • Buckhead Mountain Grill
  • Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
  • Irish Rover (Clifton)
  • Apocalypse Brew Works
  • Bluegrass Brewing Co. (St. Matthews)
  • BBC Taproom
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Falls City Taproom
  • Mellow Mushroom (St. Matthews)
  • BBC Taproom
  • Haymarket Whiskey Bar
  • River City Drafthouse
  • Rocky’s Sub Pub
  • River City Drafthouse
  • Sidebar at Whiskey Row

Want something serious? Get your big kid pants on for this one: On Thur., Sept. 19, Against the Grain is hosting a Wild and Sour in America tasting, where fans of sour beer will taste 11 different beers along with appetizers. Cost is $50 a person.


Kentucky Sausage Fest artwork. Appetizing?

“If you’re a serious beer fan, this is the one you’ve got to do,” said Cruz.

Frankly, I don’t know that I could do an 11-sour tasting, which leads me to think I’m more inclined to go to ATG’s Hot Dog John’s Deli and the Great Big Kentucky Sausage Fest Release Party on Sun., Sept. 15. The special guest will be “Hot Dog John” Jensen, a highly regarded brewer and sausage maker whom Cruz and his partners met while in Copenhagen, Denmark, last May.

They collaborated to brew some beer there and here, and this party will feature its release.

“We’re going to reconstruct the sausages he does there and offer them out as a special,” Cruz said. “John will be there to talk, which is very cool since he’s a big personality. His food and beer is great, but to meet this guy in person and talk to him will be quite a show.”

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