Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cask beer, German-style beer, beer pairings with brunch ... and that's just the first three days of LCBW.

We're only days away from the Friday kick-off of Louisville Craft Beer Week, and while I may have more to say about the overall plan in tomorrow's Wednesday Weekly, permit me to place a spotlight on marquee events during the opening weekend.

Louisville Craft Beer Week's first event is the Cask Beer Festival taking place at Bluegrass Brewing Company's St. Matthews location on Friday night, September 24. It's all about cask-conditioned beers in the British sense, and it will run outside in the parking lot. There should be somewhere around 30 firkins pouring. Admission to the festival is $30.00 and includes a souvenir LCBW tasting glass and all of the cask beer you care to drink.

The scene shifts to New Albany on Saturday, September 25, for Strassenfest at New Albany's Riverfront Amphitheater. Broadly speaking, Strassenfest is intended as a family-friendly homage to the German ethos, in beer, food and entertainment. Admission is free, with cash beer bar featuring Oktoberfests and German-derived beers from many loal and regional brewers.

On Sunday, Bank Street Brewhouse keeps the ball in NA, as we stage Craft Beer for Brunch at BSB. Chef Josh Lehman has designed a brunch menu with craft beer pairings; the Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday bar will be creational; there'll be growlers of NABC available for carry-out; and pending permission from the regulatory authorities, leftover Oktoberfest kegs will be tapped on the patio.

The whole Louisville Craft Beer Week story is at the website.

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