7 Questions With … Mike Mangeot, new director of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Wednesday, Aug 7 2019 

Mike Mangeot

Before there were hundreds of bourbon-centric events throughout the year in Louisville and throughout Kentucky, there was the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. And after 27 years, the five-day event always held during National Bourbon Heritage Month continues to attract more than 50,000 people to Bardstown for all sorts of ways to celebrate and enjoy Kentucky bourbon. […]

Organizers of Hometown Rising, Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life are ready to show off new venue Wednesday, Aug 7 2019 

Bourbon & Beyond

With a little more than a month to go, organizers of September’s trifecta of Louisville music festivals — Hometown Rising, Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life — are preparing to welcome more than 240,000 people to their new venue space at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. In fact, in a recent interview with […]

Bourbon Roundup: Little Book’s next chapter, Elmer T. Lee celebrates 100, new Michter’s Toasted, and more Tuesday, Aug 6 2019 

Fred and Freddie Noe

Once again, it’s not yet fall release season, but yet my inbox is full of new bourbon releases that all sound absolutely delicious. Some I’ve tried, and others I cross my fingers and pray I’ll come across an open bottle or bottle for sale in the wild. Little Book Chapter 3 includes a heavenly blend […]

Hillcrest Tavern to open in Crescent Hill on Tuesday Monday, Aug 5 2019 


Fans of Old Louisville Tavern will soon have a second option to get the food and atmosphere they love. Hillcrest Tavern is expected to open Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Crescent Hill. Owners Dan Borsch and Scott Lukemire also own Old Louisville Tavern, a neighborhood staple on South Fourth Street. Borsch and Lukemire also own Burger […]

Restaurant Roundup: El Taco Luchador to open Colonial Gardens location Aug. 21 Monday, Aug 5 2019 

Luchador Masks

El Taco Luchador Taqueria will open its long-anticipated new location in the newly developed Colonial Gardens on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The opening originally was announced as June 1, but the date has repeatedly been pushed back. The development, located near Iroquois Park, has been reimagined as a high-end food court, with a pizza concept called […]

Full Plate: Chef John Castro changes lanes, now steering distillery restaurant Saturday, Aug 3 2019 

John Castro

This interview with John Castro of Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar is the last in a series of interviews with local chefs. John Castro didn’t intend to change directions — as executive chef at Winston’s, the longtime restaurant anchor at Sullivan University, he had been in his lane for nearly three decades. But after […]

Bar Belle: 20 years ago, I walked into The Back Door … Friday, Aug 2 2019 

It’s been nearly 20 years to the day that a girl walked into a bar and her life was forever changed. That bar was Highlands’ haunt The Back Door, and that girl was a young, new-to-Louisville Buckeye who had just landed a job at LEO Weekly and was invited by friendly coworkers to a longstanding […]

Sazerac-owned New Albany bottling facility now named Northwest Ordinance Distilling Friday, Aug 2 2019 

General Mills plant

In 2018, the U.S. distilling company Sazerac purchased the old General Mills Pillsbury facility in New Albany and converted it into a bottling facility for its numerous brands, some of which include bourbons Buffalo Trace, Blanton’s, Weller and 1792, plus other spirits from Fireball to Corazon tequila. Now, the $66 million, 460,000-square-foot space is getting […]

Bourbon & Glass: Maker’s Mark Distillery pays tribute to Stephen Rolfe Powell with its latest exhibition Thursday, Aug 1 2019 

art by Stephen Rolfe Powell

Earlier this year, Kentucky lost one of its most renowned glass artists when Stephen Rolfe Powell died on March 16 at the age of 67. Although enduring various injuries and overcoming them, Powell continued to create one-of-a-kind vibrant glass sculptures and also teach his craft at his alma mater, Centre College in Danville, Ky. In […]

Mile Wide plays host to third annual Hops on the Hill on Saturday Wednesday, Jul 31 2019 

Mile Wide Beer Co. will bring back its Hops on the Hill festival for the third year on Saturday, Aug. 3. The festival will be split into two sections for the first time, with beer releases the focal point of the first session and music the focus of the second. From 6-9 p.m., a new […]

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