Louisville’s craft-beer scene has added the Old Louisville Brewery and HopCat.
The former is owned by brothers Wade and Ken Mattingly at 625 W. Magnolia. A soft opening with four beers in late July drew a big crowd to the former small grocery, which has been humming ever since.
Wade did much of the reconstruction himself, a two-year project. Meanwhile, beers brewed by Ken got good early reviews, especially the Wade’s RyePA.
HopCat, at 1064 Bardstown Road, is part of a Michigan-based craft-beer pub chain that opened a Lexington location earlier this year. Louisville’s features 132 taps, including no fewer than 20 local and regional beers at all times.
Craft-beer enthusiasts and brewers alike seem keen on the chain’s addition to the busy Highlands area’s dining and drinking scene. HopCat has pledged allegiance to the local breweries, which continue to pop up – look for Mile Wide Beer Co. to open this fall in Louisville.
“That’s the cool thing about HopCat. For those people trying to get an overview of the scene, we want to be a hub,” Chris Knape, vice president of marketing and communications for HopCat parent company BarFly Ventures, told LEO Weekly. “We also want to be the best customer for all those breweries.”