Friday, March 04, 2005

New investors for BBC Brewing Company?

Bluegrass Brewing Company was founded in 1993.

BBC was, and remains, Louisville's signature microbrewery, with a track record under original brewmaster David Pierce second to none in the region, and with high marks nationally.

Unfortunately, the history of BBC, especially since 2002, is a lengthy book waiting to be written by a tireless researcher possessing a taste for hops, intrigue and controversy.

Like a nation-state cleaved by revolution, or more accurately, a married couple headed for divorce court, the concept known as "BBC" has gone through periods of seemingly endless turmoil, with each resting point of calm ending amid a new flurry of rumor and innuendo.

Fans as well as casual onlookers have scratched their heads.

They ... we ... just want the best possible beer. Can't we all just drink along?

At some point, BBC's off-premise BBC brewing arm in downtown Louisville became entirely independent of the brewpub location in the St. Matthews neighborhood.

Downtown, David continued brewing his recipes for bottling and kegging, while at the pub, Jerry Gnagy was hired to run the brewhouse there.

David's American Pale Ale remains Louisville's defining microbrew, while Jerry has crafted several inspired seasonals while keeping the standard house beers on line.

After months of uncertainty with respect to new investors for the BBC Brewing Company downtown, it is hoped that the corner has been turned. I'll let the Courier-Journal take it from here:

Group bargains for BBC: Investors negotiate to buy Louisville brewery, bottler, by David Goetz of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

(Link will be good for a week, maybe slightly more)

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