LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2016) – In addition to sampling brews from 20 different local and regional breweries, attendees of the 8th annual Louisville Brewfest will have the opportunity to taste limited edition beers created especially for the event through the “Hometown Beer-oes” program.
The Louisville Brewfest, a fundraiser for the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), will be held Friday, Sept. 23 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Field, 401 East Main Street.
Admission is $5, or free for designated drivers, and includes a souvenir cup. Attendees must be 21 or older to enjoy the beer, wine and bourbon.
The concept for the Hometown Beer-oes was inspired by the Hometown Heroes banners, and a portion of the Brewfest proceeds will benefit the banner program as well. Four local VIPs partnered with a local brewery to create one-of-a-kind collaboration beers that expressed their personalities and tastes. They will be tapped for the first time at the Louisville Brewfest on Sept. 23 at Slugger Field, and then the beers will be available at the respective breweries taprooms.
Mayor Greg Fischer worked with Falls City Brewing to create “Louis XVI Imperial,” a robust version of Falls City’s Kentucky Common which is a very historic beer that uses the same grains as the bourbons being made at the time. Chef Edward Lee worked with Monnik Beer Company to create “MW Saison,” a saison with ginger and Kaffir lime. John Timmons, Founder of LIBA and ear x-tacy, worked with Great Flood Brewing to create “beer x-tacy,” a “weird” ale made with passionfruit.
JK McKnight worked with Goodwood Brewing Company to create “Capt. McKnight’s Rum Soaked Chocolate Blonde,” a blonde ale aged in a rum barrel with cocoa nibs. All these collaboration brews will be available at the Brewfest’s rotating tap, located in the outfield pavilion of Slugger Field.
The event will feature independent local and regional beer, wine and bourbon, PureTap® from the Louisville Water Company, and a variety of food vendors including Boombozz, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Chef Maria’s Greek Deli, Comfy Cow, Joellas, Khalil’s, River City Draft House, Rocky’s Sub Pub, Shack in the Back and ValuMarket.
VIP tickets are $50 and include access to exclusive beers, special gifts made by local artisans, and larger pours in a handmade ceramic mug. Food and drink tickets will be sold for $1 each, with full pours costing 4 tickets and food prices vary. On-site parking is $6 at the Louisville Slugger Field lot and bicycle parking is free. The Haymarket Whiskey Bar, located 331 East Market Street one block from Slugger Field, will host an after party beginning at 10:00pm. Tickets for Brewfest are available online at www.keeplouisvilleweird.com or at the door.
Participating local brewers at the Brewfest include 3rd Turn Brewing, Against The Grain Brewing, Akasha Brewing Company, Apocalypse Brew Works, Bluegrass Brewing Company, Cumberland Brewery, Falls City Brewing Co., Goodwood Brewing Company, Great Flood Brewing Co., Monnik Brewing Company, New Albanian Brewing Company, Old Louisville Brewing, and Sterling Beer. Guest brewers from the region include Alltech Kentucky Ale, Blue Stallion Brewing Co., Country Boy Brewing, Ethereal Brewing Co., Tin Man Brewing Co., and West 6th Brewing from Lexington, Flat 12 Bierworks from Indianapolis, White Squirrel Brewery from Bowling Green, Braxton Brewing Co. from Covington and Dry Ground Brewing Co. from Paducah. Local wines from Horseshoe Bend Vineyard & Winery and Old 502 Winery also will be available, as well as bourbon from Heaven Hill Distilleries and brandy from Copper & Kings.
The 8th Annual Louisville Brewfest is sponsored by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Heaven Hill Brands, The Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Buckheads, Eclipse Bank, Cox’s Smokers Outlet & Spirits Shoppes, LEO Weekly, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, LouisvilleHotBytes.com, Nachbar, ValuMarket, WAKY radio, WFPK, Universal Linen, Tilford, Dobbins & Schmidt, Old 502 Winery, and Yelp Louisville.