In Other News… Powell to meet with NCAA, UofL swim team video goes viral, Lawrence in Vogue, and more Friday, Nov 13 2015 

jennifer-lawrence-vogue-december-2015-cover1Open Book: Katina Powell, author of the book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” is set to meet with the NCAA next week to tell investigators what she knows, says ESPN, CBS, Sports Illustrated and NBC. Ms. Powell’s … Continue reading

Episode 112: Drew Curtis! Tuesday, Oct 27 2015 

Scott and The Intern, Michael Simmons, loaded up and road tripped it to Lexington on Sunday to Country Boy Brewing to meet up with Drew Curtis and his wife Heather (who is running for Lieutenant Governor). Drew is the founder of, part of the Stone W00tStout Collab along with Will Wheaton…  and, he’s running for Governor

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In Football, It was Reality Weekend In Louisville KY Sunday, Oct 25 2015 

A Not-So-Great Louisville KY Football Weekend

In college sports, this really is a basketball town. Make that state. OK, region. It becomes evident every October, and is usually drilled home in November.

Exhibit A – Yesterday’s results.

The brightest moment for an area school was Louisville’s ugly 17-14 win over Boston College at home. And by bright, I mean a game that included 21 punts, and 4 fumbles, played under gray skies, and occasional rain, in a half-empty stadium.

Bobby Petrino’s offensive genius label is peeling off as quickly as the school’s reputation for high morals, as the Card QB tandem of Lamar Jackson and Reggie Bonnafon accounted for exactly one touchdown and two interceptions Saturday. It’s time for Petrino to borrow some plays from his former assistant, Jeff Brohm, in Bowling Green.

From the upper deck, plenty of empty seats at PJCS

From the upper deck, plenty of empty seats at PJCS

Now 3.4, it’s hard to imagine this team blowing by Wake Forest, Syracuse, Virginia and Pittsburgh in advance of what could be a meaningful matchup in Lexington to end the year.

And then there’s Kentucky, where the front-loaded soft schedule almost always has fans talking championships and bowl games. With the coming of the first basketball practice, the Wildcats annually begin their downward trajectory. This year, the Cats turned in their first truly dismal performance in Starkville on Saturday, losing 42-16 to a middle-of-the-pack SEC team in a game that was never in doubt.

Now 4-3, the Cats must win two of these five (Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Charlotte, Louisville) to become bowl eligible, and win a trip to the kind of bowl that gets 6-6 teams. The people who put the Louisville game on the back end of the schedule at least gave some meaning to late November football, as the Cats and Cards may both need the win to advance to a bowl game.

Down in Death Valley, Hurricane Patricia and 5th-ranked LSU tamed the potent Western Kentucky offense. But despite a final 48-20 count, WKU showed it belongs in the big leagues. Coach Jeff Brohm’s team was down just 17-13 in the 3rd quarter before the Tigers began overpowering them.  By far the most fun area team to watch, the ‘Tops completed a complex flea flicker early, tried a surprise onside kick, and went for it on 4th down 4 times.

Plus, the defense includes guys named Wonderful and Prince Charles.

Western’s Brandon Doughty passéd for a respectable, but well below average, 325 yards in horrid conditions. WKU is 6-2 and still averages more than 40 points a game. One of those losses was to . . . Indiana, which gave 7th-ranked Michigan State a great battle for three quarters. The score went from 26-24 to 52-26 in the final 15 minutes. IU, which was also competitive against top-ranked Ohio State, has lost 4 straight to even its record at 4-4.

At least sports fans have a sex scandal to discuss on talk radio until the start of basketball season.


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Episode 110: Live from Gordon Biersch Tuesday, Oct 13 2015 

After Scott’s Ironman finish (and by finish, I mean that he ran across the street dodging runners while carrying microphones), we sat down to record us a podcast. Jason and Nick joined us on the Gordon Biersch patio as we heckled the finishers and talked about beer, while eating bacon cheeseburgers and drinking Fest Bier.

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Happenings at Against the Grain – Portland Monday, Oct 5 2015 

Mr. Cruz sent us an email letting us know that Against the Grain has hired Austin Smythe as new head brewer down at their Portland (, Kentucky) production brewery. He came here from DESTIHL in Bloomington, IL. AtG’s latest expansion is also up and operational. More AtG beer, y’all! In true Against the Grain weirdness (and I mean that

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Happenings at Against the Grain – Portland Monday, Oct 5 2015 

Mr. Cruz sent us an email letting us know that Against the Grain has hired Austin Smythe as new head brewer down at their Portland (, Kentucky) production brewery. He came here from DESTIHL in Bloomington, IL. AtG’s latest expansion is also up and operational. More AtG beer, y’all! In true Against the Grain weirdness (and I mean that

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Louisville Uncovered presents: History of Greenhouses in St. Matthews Sunday, Oct 4 2015 

Louisville Uncovered presents: History of Greenhouses in St. Matthews, Nanz & Kraft history


Louisville Uncovered presents a historical look back on the acreage of St. Matthews Kentucky c. 1800. We now know it as a social setting full of popular restaurants , bars and shopping, but once upon a time, there was a “hotbed” of “hothouses” aka greenhouses covering this parcel of Louisville!

(Courtesy of Nanz & Kraft Florists)

Nanz and Neuner Inc., was founded in 1850 in Louisville, Kentucky, after Henry Nanz left his native Germany where he had been a horticulturist.

In the year 1850, he opened a florist and greenhouse in the city. Henry Nanz and Henry C. Neuner formed a partnership in 1872 and by 1880 had established thirty acres of flower gardens and sixty greenhouses in St. Matthews, a suburb of Louisville.

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A listing in The Nurseryman’s Directory of 1883 shows that the proprietors were still Henry Nanz, Sr., and Alfred Neuner. The directory reported that the firm owned 30 acres of land for growing plants. Thirty-one greenhouses occupied 2.5 acres of this land. They employed 16 men, and the land, stock, and houses were valued at $50,000. The advertisement in the same publication indicated they did both wholesale and retail business. And roses were their stated specialty.

Early in the year 1850, German horticulturist Henry Nanz immigrated to the United States and settled in Louisville, Kentucky. Nanz came from Stuttgart, in what was then the German state of Württemberg. It was primarily an agrarian state, but in the late 1840s, the country was overpopulated and suffering from political revolution, religious strife between Catholic and Protestant factions, and hunger riots. Political prisoners were often released from jail only on the understanding that they would emigrate to America. American businessmen were also actively recruiting in all the European countries for people willing to come and settle the sparsely populated frontiers of America. The usually well educated, hard-working Germans were popular candidates.

You may wonder why a German immigrant chose Louisville as his new home. In fact, all sections of the United States absorbed a huge population of German immigrants from the 1850s onward. The city of Cincinnati, Ohio was at one time so heavily populated by Germans that the city street signs were in that language and public officials were required to be fluent in German as well as English. Louisville is only about 100 miles downstream from Cincinnati, on the opposite bank of the Ohio River, and it too received a large influx of Germans.

In 1850 it was already a city of some refinement and culture. The University of Louisville was established in 1837. The city had a horticultural society, a racecourse, and a fairground. There were also two theaters, a Mechanics Institute and a Mozart Society. By the 1870s, Louisville had attracted enough German immigrants to support six different chapters of the Independent Order of Redmen, a German benevolent society. Thirteen churches advertised themselves as specifically serving the German population of Louisville, including four Roman Catholic, two Methodist Episcopal, one Baptist, and six Evangelical churches. There were three German banks, four German-language newspapers, and two German musical societies. The town was cosmopolitan enough to warrant the establishment of French, German, Italian, and Belgian consulates.

Though I could not find him in the 1850 U. S. census records, all the old advertisements and catalogues stated that Henry Nanz’s business had been established since 1850. As Henry’s son later wrote in the 1896 catalogue, the senior Nanz set up his business “in a humble way with one little greenhouse, size 10′ x 50′. At that time flowers were in little demand and the wants [of the populace] were supplied from this small establishment.” But the business soon grew larger, along with the city. In the U. S. census of 1860, Henry set his worth in real estate owned at $2,000.

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In Louisville and across the Commonwealth, Holidays come early for bourbon lovers Tuesday, Sep 1 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – For those who love bourbon, it’s Christmas in September, rather Bourbon Heritage Month for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Several tourism departments have several events, tips and advice on how to properly mark this special month. We list a couple for you:


Bourbon Heritage Month is an ideal time to celebrate America’s only native spirit in the heart of the region where 95% of the special whiskey is made – Kentucky.  Special dinners and events are being held throughout Bourbon Country, including the Kentucky Bourbon Festival later this month in Bardstown, KY.  Here are some ways to celebrate in Louisville:


1.VISIT – Louisville now has three distilleries open for public tour (and growing!).  Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is open daily on Main Street, the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience is open at the former Stitzel-Weller Distillery and craft producers Peerless Distillery joined Whiskey Row this summer.

2.EXPERIENCE – Check out the Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience from September 4-6 at the Water Tower. Go hands on with a whiskey tasting event at an area liquor store. Taste Fine Wine & Bourbons in Nulu has a tasting bar. Westport Whiskey & Wine has special classes and events.

3.EAT –  Breakfast, lunch or dinner can be enjoyed with bourbon.  From the President’s Breakfast at Dish on Market to treats like the Bourbon Ball Ice cream at Comfy Cow, ideas abound at along with a list of bourbon dinners.

LEARN – Time for school – bourbon school that is. Enroll in the Filson Bourbon Academy at or take a whiskey class at

5.DRESS – Wear it!  Pick up a “Just Add Bourbon” t-shirt at Liquor Barn locations or the Louisville Visitors Center at Fourth & Jefferson Sts at a 25% discount this month.

6.READ – Carmichael’s is carrying these new bourbon books by local authors and hosting signing parties.  Check out Fred Minnick’s Bourbon Curious, The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Susan Reigler & Michael Veach and the Bar BelleSara Haven’s Volume 11.

7.JOIN – Enlist in one of the growing clubs for enthusiasts. , ,,

8.FOLLOW – Join the conversation and become a fan of Just Add Bourbon on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. @BourbonCountry

9.SHOP – From bourbon socks at Regalo and “I’d rather be drinking Bourbon” mugs at Stoneware to Moss Hill Bourbon lotion, Art Eatables Chocolates and Bourbon Barrel Foods new retail store on Frankfort Avenue.

10.DRINK – Ok the obvious, but do it on the Urban Bourbon Trail and get the T-shirt!  There are currently 34 stops from downtown and Nulu to Frankfort Ave, Bardstown Rd and the East End.




September is here, and that means Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Month is ready to roll.

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This month is packed with tons of special events and special bottle releases, and we will do our best to keep you informed on all of it.

Kicking things off this weekend is the 3rd Ever Kentucky State BBQ Festival in Danville, a new Official Sponsor of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.  Amidst the pulled-pork, brisket, and smoked chickens from America’s top pitmasters, we will be pouring tastes of Kentucky’s finest Bourbons and spirits.  Look for us in the historic Grayson’s Tavern, built circa 1785, at Constitution Square Historic Site.  We will have brands from all the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries, including offerings from some distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour™.  Click here for more on the Festival and the Bourbon Tavern.

Quickly following the Kentucky State BBQ Festival is another landmark event for the Bourbon lover: Bardstown‘s Kentucky Bourbon Festival.  Running from September 17-22nd, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival features something for everyone and demonstrates why Bardstown truly is the Bourbon Capital of the World.  We will be working two of the major events: theKentucky Bourbon All-Star Sampler and the “Loqui Facilis” event.  Hope to see everyone at our booth on the ‘lawn’ or at any of the fantastic events in Bardstown, Official Trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.

Check our Events page for all the events that make September such a magical time for Kentucky Bourbon.  And keep an eye on our social media networks for the latest news on all the special releases heading your way.


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KMAC Announces Major Renovation, Completed 2016 Friday, Aug 14 2015 

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) announces major renovation plan to be completed in Spring 2016. After 35 years of artist support, exhibitions, educational programs, and community building, the newly designed museum will increase public space and open opportunities for continued growth. Renovation plans aim to meet ambitious 2016 goals to engage 10,000 … Continue reading KMAC Announces Major Renovation, Completed 2016

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