Monday, November 07, 2005

Thursday, Nov. 10 Upland tasting at The Keg Liquors in Clarksville.

When it comes to good beer, one of the most gratifying developments of late has been the upgrading of the beer selection at more than a few package stores in New Albany, Clarksville and Jeffersonville.

Obviously, generational changes at family-owned businesses bring the possibility of fresh persepctives and a greater willingness to observe the marketplace -- and give the customers what they want. With formative years spent working at the now-defunct Scoreboard Liquors in New Albany, where perhaps I was a bit ahead of the curve in attempting to stock good beer before interest in it began to accelerate, there remains a soft spot in my heart for those in the package business. I especially enjoy it when their marketing views coincide with mine.

Todd Antz, owner of The Keg Liquors in Clarksville, has been holding regular good beer tastings in conjunction with his wholesalers, and there’s another one scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. this Thursday (November 10), when the Upland Brewing Company line of microbrews will be featured.

According to Todd, there’s a good chance that brewmaster Caleb Staton will be down from Bloomington and in attendance. If you’re anywhere near Lewis & Clark Parkway on Thursday afternoon, give the store a look and have a wee sample of an Upland ale.


In the interest of equal time, Bridge Liquors in New Albany, which is located near the hospital on State Street, is promising a holiday beer sampling, including delectable stocking stuffers from Shelton Brothers and B. United importers.

When more information becomes available, I'll move this one to the marquee (and I'll probably see you at the sampling).

1 comment:

edward parish said...

Thanks for giving Susie a much deserved spot on your blog. Yes I'm partial because that is who gets most of my money for carry out. She has done wonders for this side of the city for beer selection which is very,very good and always changing.
PS...prices are good as well