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!

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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:

From www.gotolouisville.com:

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 www.culinarylouisville.com along with a list of bourbon dinners.

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

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. www.bourbonwomen.org ,  www.bourbonbrotherhood.com ,www.thebourbonsociety.net, www.kywhiskychicks.com.

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.



From www.kybourbontrail.com:

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

Episode 101: Brad Williams – Brew at the Zoo Tuesday, Aug 11 2015 

It seems like only 51 episodes ago that Brad Williams was on talking about what to expect at Brew at the Zoo. Hey wait…it WAS 51 episodes ago. He’s back this year with all new information, in what will be, a brand NEW Brew at the Zoo: Version 2015. If you’ve attended BatZ (as the

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Hite/KMAC Summer Fellow Explores the Permanent Collection Monday, Jul 20 2015 

By Hunter Kissel, Hite/KMAC Curatorial Fellow for Summer 2015 Hunter has completed his first year in graduate school pursing a dual Master in Public Administration/Master of Arts in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville; he is a native Louisvillian. I received my undergraduate degree from Transylvania University in Studio Art last … Continue reading Hite/KMAC Summer Fellow Explores the Permanent Collection

#ArtIs building a stronger, more vibrant community Wednesday, Jun 24 2015 

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NiFi, a new music festival comes to the Kentucky Speedway! Friday, Jun 12 2015 


SPARTA, KY – JUNE 11, 2015 – Nitro Fidelity in association with Kentucky Speedway are excited to announce the single day lineup for inaugural NiFi Festival.

Single day tickets will also be available beginning Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10am est via nififest.com. The single day tickets can be purchased at an incredibly low introductory offer of $69 while supplies last or until June 30, 2015. After introductory tickets are sold out, the price for a single day ticket will be available for $99. Three-day tickets are still available for $199. AN Ignited One Day Pass is also available for $275.

The three-day NiFi Festival will be taking place August 28 – 30, 2015 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY, centrally located near Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington, and within easy driving distance of a number of major municipalities including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Charleston, Knoxville, St. Louis, Nashville, Indianapolis and Columbus. Nitro Fidelity has partnered with Huka Entertainment and AJ Niland to curate a range of artists from multiple genres. The all-star line up will include over 40 artists: Green Day, Kings of Leon, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Weezer, Hank Williams, Jr. and more. The full lineup is below. General Admission and Ignited (VIP) tickets go on sale on May 28, 10am eastern via nififest.com.

Besides world-class music performances, NiFi will also be offering an incomparable food and beverage experience that will include local chefs, food trucks, brewers and distillers.

Local superstar chef, the James Beard Award nominated Edward Lee will be featured as the culinary headliner.

General admission tickets will include three-day access and complimentary car camping.

Optional tent camping and RV upgrades will be available. An “Ignited Pass” will include three-day access and preferred camping as well as entry to the Ignited Lounge with complimentary drinks, menu by Chef Edward Lee and activities as well as exclusive viewing areas and more. The “Headliner Experience” will include a fully loaded tour bus plus personal concierge and gourmet meals.

NiFi will have three music stages, including one that is dedicated solely to emerging talent. All events will be held in the infield of the speedway in order to allow patrons to get the most out of the infrastructure and benefits of the venue. The incredible music is sure to make for an epic three-day weekend that will feature multiple lodging options, an elevated food and beverage program as well as a variety of dynamic activities.

Additional lineup announcements and a daily schedule of artists will be available soon.

For the latest NiFi news and updates, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/nififest

The inaugural NiFi Festival daily lineups:


Green Day

Hank Williams, Jr.

Flogging Molly

Trace Adkins

Joe Nichols

Jana Kramer

Preservation Hall

Jazz Band


Drake White & The Big Fire

Rayland Baxter

Native Run

David Fanning

Dean Alexander

The Marcus King Band


Kings of Leon



Josh Turner

Benjamin Booker

Built to Spill

Cloud Nothings

The Orwells

Charlie Worsham

Brooke Eden





Miranda Lambert

Brantley Gilbert

Jake Owen

Gov’t Mule


The New Pornographers

Joy Formidable

Black Lips

Moon Taxi

Jon Pardi

Nikki Lane

Jacob Davis

Tucker Beathard

Walker County

Enjoy the Heaven & Evan Tour From Bardstown to Louisville Tuesday, May 5 2015 

May 5, 2015 Louisville, KY – Having a well-rounded, palette-pleasing bourbon experience doesn’t have to take an entire day. Bourbon lovers can now sign up for Heaven & Evan, a unique exclusive tour and tasting experience organized by Mint Julep Tours. The experience transports you from downtown to nearby Bardstown and back in just five and a half hours, making it the perfect option for people looking to maximize their time.

For just $175 per person, you have the opportunity to visit two staples of The Kentucky Bourbon Trail—Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, Kentucky, and the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown . Along the way, you will interact with master distillers and taste some of the world’s finest bourbons, including some that are exclusive to each of the properties.

Heaven & Evan will take place on Friday, June 19 and Friday, September 25. On both dates, the event begins at 4 p.m. and ends at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The unforgettable experience begins at The Galt House, where Mint Julep Tours will pick you up and transport you to Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center. Once there, you can whet your appetite with heavy appetizers and specialty cocktails before partaking in an intimate bourbon tasting held inside a working rickhouse of America’s largest independent, family-owned producer of bourbon. Master Distiller Denny Potter will lead the tasting, which will include Larceny and William Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond, a product available exclusively at the Bourbon Heritage Center. While inside the rickhouse, guests will also be given the rare opportunity to pull and taste Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Bourbon straight from a barrel utilizing a Whiskey Thief.

“We are excited to partner with Mint Julep Tours to showcase each of the Heaven Hill visitor centers featured on the world famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.  Through the Heaven & Evan event, guests will not only develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for our native spirit, but they will also be provided with a unique opportunity to interact with distillers one-on-one, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience complete with behind-the-scenes access and offerings that are not typically available to the public,” stated Larry Kass, Director of Trade Relations for Heaven Hi

After your experience at the Bourbon Heritage Center, Mint Julep Tours will transport you back to to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. There, inside the Prohibition-Era Speakeasy Lounge, guests will be treated to additional heavy appetizers, desserts and specialty cocktails. Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs will lead a bourbon tasting that includes Evan Williams Single Barrel and two premium offerings: Evan Williams 12-Year-Old, a new product available exclusively at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, and Evan Williams 23-Year-Old, which normally retails for $289 per bottle.

The night wraps with a guided tour of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, during which everyone will get the opportunity to sign a barrel of bourbon. As a keepsake, guests will receive a complimentary specialty-labeled bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel signed by Master Distiller Denny Potter and Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs.

Guests will be transported back to The Galt Hotel via a tour bus at 9:30 p.m. Heaven & Evan is limited to 23 guests per night, making it an intimate experience that any bourbon lover will not soon forget. Learn more: http://mintjuleptours.com/exclusive-experiences/

ABOUT MINT JULEP TOURSMint Julep Tours is a -based tour, transportation and event planning company with a mission statement that represents the primary purpose of the company: “The purpose of fun is to have some”. Tours include: The City of , Private Horse Farms, Bourbon Distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and special customized corporate outings and events. Specialty horse and bourbon-related gifts are available at the Mint Julep Tours retail store inside the Galt House, Rivue Tower at 140 North 4th Street Suite 326, , KY 40202.

For more information, visit: www.mintjuleptours.com, call 502-583-1433 or emailinfo@mintjuleptours.com.

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