Hip Hops: Two good beer guys on the edge, and their podcast

Ugh. Readers, how about a (real) beer for a change? Now if you'll excuse me, a nice hot shower. Last November beer writers John Holl and Andy Crouch launched Beer Edge, "offering a multimedia platform...

Hip Hops: When craft beer in cans became a thing

Dipping into the archive this morning, here's a Hip Hops column I wrote in 2010, when craft beer in a can was both uncommon and subject to a good many knee-jerk reactions on the...

Perhaps too little curiosity killed the HopCat (Louisville), which will close for good

On March 20 we reported all HopCat locations nationwide were closing temporarily amid pandemic food service and bar shutdowns. Earlier this afternoon, HopCat - Louisville (1064 Bardstown Road) took to social media to confirm...

Hip Hops: How do craft breweries survive the pandemic? Any which way they can

When your business plan goes out the window, don't dive after it. Just open more windows. Here's a link to get started: "How Coronavirus Could Change the Way You Get Your Favorite Craft Beer,"...

Celebrate July 4 at St. Benedict’s Brew Works in the shadow of The Dome...

Founded in 1867, the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception -- nicknamed The Dome -- is located in Ferdinand, Indiana, an hour's drive west of Louisville via I-64 (67 miles). It's "one of the largest...

Minor league baseball is gone, and Against the Grain’s Brewery & Smokehouse goes on...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHYIGy1dyd8] As it turns out, one thing really does lead to another. On Tuesday minor league baseball was cancelled until next year, and if readers are interested in knowing more about why (hint: it's not...

Hip Hops: Black Is Beautiful collabs are on, Fest of Ale is off (until...

Black Is Beautiful, an initiative and a beer. More than two centuries ago the beer eventually to be known as Imperial Stout was embraced by English brewers and traders as the ideal export beverage for...

Hip Hops: Louisville’s vibrant local brewing scene is crawling back from COVID

To me, beer is about people. Whether in an intimate barroom or a vast outdoor beergarden, people have always gathered to have a beer or two, and maybe some snacks. The times can't always...

Hip Hops: A Bohemian countryside beer walk (1989)

There have been hundreds of lovely and utterly unconnected beer vignettes amid my wanderings, when there was time to indulge a genuine feeling of timelessness. One of them came in June of 1989. It was...

Hip Hops: Eiderdown Abfahrt … Grale’s pause … Akasha-Atrium brewer switch … and more...

We've made it all the way to June, and already it appears that 2020 will go down in history as one of the nation's most momentous years. When it comes to beer and brewing,...