A first look inside Gravely Brewing Co., which opens Aug. 18

From Insider Louisville, 8/16/2017

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By Kevin Gibson

When Gravely Brewing Co. opens its doors near Phoenix Hill on Friday, Aug. 18, there will be a lot of wide eyes.

For one, the brewery’s opening has been highly anticipated since it was announced it was coming in 2017, and for another, the design of the place made outstanding use of space, with a music hall that is designed to hold more than 300 people, a 15-barrel brewhouse, a large taproom with a bar that spans almost the full side of the building, and a two-level deck overlooking a pair of caverns that date to the 1800s.

The taproom, brewery and an adjacent sitting area are accented with bright orange, while the music hall is equipped with a large, 3-foot-high stage and has splashes of burgundy red.

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John Nation photography exhibit at the library pays tribute to Beargrass Creek

From Insider Louisville, 8/13/2017.

By Kevin Gibson

If a picture truly is worth a thousand words, then the photography currently being exhibited at the Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch may be worth a million to Beargrass Creek.

The embattled creek has been the subject of neglect and also the object of care, as waterway preservationists work to raise awareness about its value to Louisville following years of its misuse. A documentary by Morgan Atkinson now has a companion in this photography exhibit by John Nation, an exhibit that will be on display through August and will come to full attention with a reception on Thursday, Aug. 24.

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Gravely Brewing to open with history on tap

From LEO Weekly, 8/9/2017


By Kevin Gibson

When Gravely Brewing Co. opens Aug. 18, it will hark back to a significant piece of Louisville beer history — a time when bicycle racing was a spectator sport and campaigning politicians were known to stop in for rallies.

The brewery at 514 Baxter Ave. formerly the Pride Tile Co., is on part of what once was home to Phoenix Brewing Co., a nationally-known brewery and beer garden that operated roughly from 1884 until 1916. It had a lush garden, an indoor velodrome, an outdoor bar that was longer than 100 feet and more. Events from a Teddy Roosevelt rally to traveling shows and pig races took place there over the years.

Two of the original lagering caverns, where beer fermented prior to refrigeration, are on the Gravely property and can be clearly seen — although they won’t be used for making beer these days. And the Phoenix horse stable still stands next door.

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Top Round Roast Beef makes Louisville its second home, opens Aug. 16 in St. Matthews

From Insider Louisville, 8/10/2017


By Kevin Gibson

Sometimes the stomach wants what the stomach wants. So it was for Billy and Elizabeth Rapaport, who live in Los Angeles but also spend time in Louisville.

When a friend suggested the Rapaports try an L.A. eatery called Top Round Roast Beef, the couple had no idea they were about to be hooked. Some three years later, they now own the first franchise location — which opens next week in St. Matthews — but also have an agreement to open four more stores in Kentucky.

This means that when the Rapaports are traveling to Louisville, they won’t have to miss out on the sandwiches, french fries and desserts they crave.

“I would literally bring sandwiches on the plane to Louisville,” Billy says.

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Want to own a restaurant? The recently opened Cereal Box is for sale

From Insider Louisville, 8/4/2017

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By Kevin Gibson

Want to own a breakfast-based restaurant? Well, the Cereal Box, which opened about four weeks ago in the Highlands, is for sale if you want it.

Owner and founder Eric Richardson announced on Facebook this week that he would sell the concept — to the right person.

In part, his post read:

“MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! As the owner of The Cereal Box, I have kept my true intentions of this wonderful business under wraps throughout the entire process. Because of another venture I have in the fitness world, my original goal was to raffle off the business at a low cost and give someone an opportunity to own a business who otherwise might not have a chance to. Unfortunately, the gaming laws in Kentucky do not allow me to do that. So now I am going make it available for purchase to someone who wants to grow the concept.”

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Habanero sausage meets tacos

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From LEO Weekly, 8/2/2017

By Kevin Gibson

It has become clear to me in recent times that my unintentional life’s pursuit is to eat as many tacos as I possibly can before I die. Part of that quest is to find out just how many different ingredients can be successfully placed into a shell or tortilla and then enjoyed.

Hey, a guy has to have goals, right?

River Road BBQ recently offered an assist by way of the habanero sausage taco for $4.25. Yeah, the first time I read that phrase, I did double take. A sausage? In a taco? How can this be? My first thought was that the sausage would be ground up to resemble more standard taco meat — that made sense to me.

But when I stopped in at River Road BBQ, which is located near Water Tower Park at 3017 River Road, I was surprised to find that the sausage remains intact. So, it’s like a hot dog and taco hybrid, if you will.

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Against the Grain Brewery launches line of European beers

From Insider Louisville, 7/31/2017


By Kevin Gibson

Fresh beer is better. Exporting beer to Europe from Kentucky takes weeks to accomplish, and quality control concerns led Against the Grain Brewery to introduce a European line of beers that will be brewed in Hagen, Germany.

Brewmaster and co-owner Jerry Gnagy told Insider they would can the beers on Wednesday, ship on Thursday, and it would be about five weeks for the beer to make its way to European shelves.

But when the owners traveled to Europe to drink the beer, they found the quality just wasn’t there. The beer did not stay fresh enough to maintain the quality the brewery wanted.

“It was just not good enough,” Gnagy says. “A Beer is the light style they would want, but it would never survive the ocean voyage. In this day and  age, you can’t do that anymore. Five or six years ago, American brewers could send garbage, and people wouldn’t know any different.”

And so, versions of beers known in America as A Beer and Pile of Face will be brewed at Vormann Braueri, located in Hagen, just outside of Düsseldorf. A Beer has been reimagined as Plus One, while a Pile of Face “clone” will be called Neoanderthal. Plus One is an American pale ale, while Neoanderthal is an American IPA.

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The art of beer labels — the new album covers

LEO Weekly cover story from 7/26/2017.

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Megabrewers, such as Budweiser and Miller, spend millions marketing their latest retro can, funky bottle or limited-time labeling, including Budweiser’s “America” labels this summer. But what’s inside never changes, essentially making it all just a lot of marketing mumbo jumbo.

“Beer labels are the new album covers,” said Paul Young, a brewer at Monnik Beer Co. in Louisville and former owner of a homebrew supply store.

Through the years, beer labels have evolved, at times offering vibrant colors and imaginative designs, and, at times, giving us little more than a logo and perhaps a slogan. …

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