Confession, I love craft beer, I’m a goal setter, and I love checking things off a list. Which makes for the perfect combination to make a complete list of every brewery in Kentucky, set a goal to visit them all, and check them off my list. Yes, I’ve been to every brewery in KY. Yes, I know new ones will open soon. And yes, it was so much fun!!
You may be wondering, well, how many breweries are there in Kentucky anyway? I wondered that too and found there isn’t a complete list anywhere. So, I made it. l went to 72, but a few don’t actually make beer or have their beer available so I removed them before publishing my list of 68 which will increase again because there are 17 breweries in Kentucky opening soon, this number will continue to increase.
People have asked, what are my favorite and least favorite breweries in Kentucky? That’s a hard question because they are so different. Some have food, some are dog friendly, some have great patios, and some are really unique. I prefer to highlight those that are really unique.
Here are what I think are the most unique breweries in Kentucky, listed in alphabetical order.
Bircus Brewing Company in Ludlow is a brewery circus, seriously. I wasn’t there for a performance, but the beer tender jungled knives for us and showed us around. It’s in this old theater with a ticket window, large bar, open area with a stage for performances, and a balcony for second level viewing. They are circus people who discovered they could make more money on refreshments if they made their own beer instead of selling Bud Light. And they did. They were able to expand their circus to their current location and perform for larger audiences. I want to go back for a show!
Blue Holler Brew Supplies in Bowling Green is unique because in their tap room, they sell supplies for home brewers. There are places that make beer, there are places that serve beer, there are places that sell beer supplies, this place does it all.
Dam brewhause in Benton feels like coming home. It’s in a former house with a large yard and patio. Most breweries are either dog friendly or they have food. Dam brewhause is unique because they have food and are dog friendly. They make the food in a separate building so it’s equivalent to a food truck.
Gravely Brewing Co in Louisville has it all, music, games, beer, food, dogs, cats, patio, and caves. That’s right, legit caves right on property. Word is back in the day they used to store alcohol in there. It’s been many things since then and Gravely nicely displays this unique feature.
Paducah Beer Werks in Paducah was a Greyhound bus station from 1966 until 2010. Now days, you can’t catch a ride anywhere unless you request Lyft or Uber, but you can still see resembles of the past in the décor. The building now houses the brewery and brewpub along with local and touring bands.
Rock House Brewing in Lexington is the former office of Lexington Quarry made of limestone that was built in 1923. The building is old and charming and in the North Limestone neighborhood.
There you have it, the most unique breweries in Kentucky. You may have noticed that I didn’t mention the beer at any of the breweries. Obviously, they all have beer and they all have good beer which is what you expect when you go to a brewery. What you don’t expect is what you will find at these unique breweries. I hope you explore Kentucky and experience these unique locations, and the others, for yourself! Cheers!
I love craft breweries. Several years ago I went to all of them in Louisville then Southern Indiana, then Lexington. This year I set a goal to go to every brewery in Kentucky that I haven't been to yet. Update: on 10/19/19, I completed my goal!
How many breweries do you think there are in Kentucky? Today, there are 51 (update, 68). I could not find a complete listing of them anywhere, so I've created my own.
Thank you to Zach and the Louisville Beer Snobs for helping me update this list!
Breweries in Kentucky (updated 10.20.19): 68
Which one is your favorite? Comment here and let us know!
By Stephanie Feger
May 31, 2018, 1:35pm
Most of your life is out of your control. Even if you are strategic with your life’s path and career journey, you can’t control the impact other people have on how you navigate through it.
Don’t waste your energy trying to attempt to control the world around you. Instead, spend your precious time harnessing the only thing you have the ability to impact — you.
Regardless of where you seek success, the only way to fully reach it is to start from within and shift your perspective. The tips below can help you do just that.
Adjust your story
Think about the conversations that go through your mind during a meeting? Instead of focusing on the content, you converse with your inner self, judging your co-worker’s attire, questioning a company policy or brainstorming your to-do list. Without ever parting your lips, you are writing a story — both about others and about yourself.
The story starts when you look in the mirror in the morning. It continues when you prep for a meeting and after you conclude it. It doesn’t stop when family demands show up at home. The inner conversations you have during these situations are important because the story you tell yourself is just as significant as the story that actually happens.
Finding true fulfillment isn’t possible unless you start by making a pact with yourself that the story you write within is one that focuses on your strengths and is built on self-affirmation. Because if you don’t believe in yourself, who will?
Make the choice
Every moment of your life — from when you wake up in the morning to when you go to bed each night — you have a choice, and what you do with this choice has the capacity to change your life.
You are given the choice to determine how you are going to respond to the cards life deals you. Daily you are guaranteed to face disappointment, but it’s in these moments where you choose whether to be a victim or an opportunist.
You can’t be filled with gratitude if you are hung up with a bad attitude. You will never see the rainbow if you are living under a cloud. You attract what you put out, and if you are putting out negative energy, positivity has nowhere to take root.
While you can’t control what happens in life, you can control how you respond to it. This choice isn’t easy, but when you choose to see life happen for you, you see windows open when doors shut.
Choose to shift your perspective — to see the good and to be the good. For when you do, not only will you find fulfillment in new ways at work and at home, you will find peace from within.
Passion. Purpose. Perspective. Influence.
You were never meant to just go through the motions. While the motions of life get you from place to place, they were never promised to get you to your end destination fulfilled.
Motions weren’t meant to be fueled by responsibilities. They were meant to get energy from passion. If you can harness what you are passionate about, you will find embedded within it your life’s purpose.
Understanding this will help you identify actions that will help you achieve it and those that don’t. If you are brave, you will shift your perspective to only allow experiences, interactions and comments from others to fuel your purpose.
If your purpose drives you, it will be evident. Think about the people that you enjoy most in your life. Think about your interactions at work — your mentors and your respected leaders. You are likely drawn to those you enjoy engaging with. These people, while encompassing various traits, most likely are passion-fueled and perspective-driven. Because when you harness both, influence follows.
When you are someone of influence, you have the ability to affect another in some way. Whether you influence a behavior or their character, you are making a difference, and that is where fulfillment lies.
Success is within reach but without shifting perspective, you may reach it without finding true fulfillment. But if you do, you will find yourself enriched in more ways than you ever dreamed feasible.
— Stephanie Feger is founder of Louisville-based business Color Today Pretty, a professional speaker and author of the book “Color Today Pretty: An Inspirational Guide to Living a Life in Perspective.” Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or ColorTodayPretty.com.
A good friend of mine, who enjoys visiting new breweries, is in town and I wanted to send her a link with all of the breweries in Louisville to pick one to visit. Only I couldn’t find a list of all the breweries in Louisville! The closest list I could find hasn’t been updated in two years. So I made one. Here is a list of all of the breweries in Louisville!
17 breweries in Louisville:
Comment below and tell us which is your favorite!
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Once a month, we have an event at a local brewery or distillery that benefits a non profit. Sometimes we do a tour or tasting, sometimes we have a guest speaker. Not all of the events are the same.
Our Master It Slime Class is a fun, family/kid friendly class where participants learn how to create their own slime! Similar to putty and Gak (90’s kids should remember this from our childhood), Slime is pliable substance that can be shaped into fun designs. Participants tend to be families with children of all ages that get to do something different while meeting other families and kids. This class was unique in that we had Ava Hawkins (12 years old) teaching other kids how to make slime in which they can take home.
Nothing is required from participants except to be prepared to have a fun time! Watch your son's or daughter’s face when they create a colorful piece of slime they can take home and play with.
Ava teaches the participants about the material needed, different surfaces, and supplies for the transfer. Then she leads the participants through the process of transferring their photo to a new surface. Each participant gets a small photo to practice on while their photo settles.
Be on the look out for more slime and kid/family friendly classes coming soon!
Louisville now has 15 breweries with more scheduled to open in 2018. If you count southern Indiana and Oldham county, the number is well over 20. I love trying new breweries and supporting local businesses and I’ve been to all of the breweries in Louisville, southern Indiana, and Lexington. But I didn’t know much about the history of beer in Louisville until I read Louisville Beer by Kevin Gibson.
We were fortunate to have Kevin speak at an event this summer. He covered a few of the topics in his book including:
- The Importance of Beer
- The German Influx
- Rise of Breweries
- New Breweries in Louisville
We are excited to announce that Kevin has joined up with us again for another event on January 25 at 3rd Turn Brewery. Not only will we have a Louisville writer at a Louisville brewery speaking about the beer history in Louisville, the event also supports a Louisville non profit, Active Heroes! We hope you will be able to join us.
What is Photo Transfer?
In the photo transfer class, participants learn how to transfer a photo to a new surface. Many of the participants brought a loved, family photo to turn in to a memorable keepsake. Participants can also select from an array of provided photos from the instructor and photographer, Denise Greer.
Requirements for the photo include:
-High-resolution from a camera, smartphone or scanner (not a web photo)
-Before printing, flip the image horizontally (Any writing will be reversed otherwise)
-Printed on a laserjet printer (not inkjet)
-Printed on regular copy paper (not photo paper)
-Photos may be color or black and white
Denise teaches the participants about the photo requirements, different surfaces, and supplies for the transfer. Then she leads the participants through the process of transferring their photo to a new surface. Each participant gets a small photo to practice on while their photo settles.
Do you have a photo you’d like to transfer to a new surface? Stay tuned for an announcement about our second photo transfer class coming early 2018.
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