It’s the Labor Day holiday, and I’m keeping the beer report short this week. 

Last week Craig and Whitney Martin, beer columnists at LEO Weekly, assembled an excellent overview of Louisville metro’s craft brewery scene. Spoiler alert: COVID’s been a bummer, but craft brewing is still buzzing.

Monnik Beer Co. has joined an effort to recruit poll workers via beer can solicitations.

Elsewhere, Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Company is being accused of union busting by closing its Surly Beer Hall a mere two days after employees announced a plan to unionize. The always informative Evan Rail pops up at Wine Enthusiast with a clear and succinct explanation of Belgian brewing culture and why it matters. And, Deutsche Welle has mouthwatering photos of ten German beer gardens, two of which I’ve had the pleasure of visiting.

Today’s cover photo depicts one of them, the Spezial Keller in Bamberg. It is only partly in jest when I tell people that this beer garden overlooking the city’s oldest quarter is where I’d prefer my ashes be scattered when termination time arrives. But for now, I’d settle for a week of beer and pork dishes consumed in this timeless setting.

Maybe next year. Have a fine Labor Day.


Roger Baylor is an entrepreneur, educator, and innovator with more than 35 years of hands-on experience and expertise as a beer seller, restaurateur, and commentator. As the co-founder of New Albany’s Sportstime Pizza/Rich O’s Public House (which later became New Albanian Brewing Company) in the 1990s and early 2000s, Baylor played a seminal role in Louisville’s craft beer renaissance. Currently he is the beer director at Pints&union in New Albany. Baylor’s “Hip Hops” columns on beer-related subjects have been a fixture in F&D since 2005, and he was named the magazine’s digital editor in 2019.