It’s no secret Louisville is one of America’s bourbon capitals, but the Derby City once thrived as a brewing mecca, rivaling even St. Louis and Milwaukee with its crisp lagers and Kentucky Common Ale. German settlers arrived with centuries-old brewing traditions and beer gardens, cementing beer and barrooms in Louisville’s culture. Following Prohibition, the “big three” – Falls City, Fehr’s, and Oertel’s – kept traditions alive while ingraining iconic brands into the city’s fabric and heritage. More recently, craft brewers like BBC, Apocalypse Brew Works, and New Albanian Brewing Company have drawn on this rich brewing history. Kick back with Louisville food and beverage journalist Kevin Gibson as he traces Louisville’s beer history with stories from the past, interviews, and plenty of photos that bring this intoxicating story to life.