Bluegrass bubbly, laser beams and beer

In commentary, entertainment, Kentucky, Louisville, music, my life, photography, travel on August 23, 2011 at 9:00 am

I have a new drink, and it’s all Kentucky.

I tried a sip of “Kentucky champagne” on Friday at Harvest restaurant on Market Street near downtown Louisville. It’s made with Old Forester, Licor 43, Ale-8-One and lemon peel.

The Ale-8-One sweetens the bourbon, taking away any bite.

Considering Harvest is about bringing the local into the kitchen — or the bar, in this instance — this drink fits right in. Nothing gets more Kentucky than Ale 8 and bourbon.

And I’m encouraged by the fact that all of the food served is sustainably raised and in-season. It makes for an interesting, ever-changing menu.

The map in the back of Harvest, showing where its food comes from.

Here are a few more pics and highlights from the night.

Harvest was followed by a concert by The Pass at Zanzabar.

The proceeds benefited the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, a very good cause. (I’m a little biased. My best friend is its new executive director.)

The Pass jams.

And then back to Market Street to the Louisville Beer Store, where I was happy to see a new addition to the store’s signage.

Unfortunately, though, the sign doesn’t mean that the beer store sells New Glarus Brewing Co. beer. The brewery doesn’t distribute outside the state’s borders, sadly, making consumption difficult.

I discovered New Glarus earlier this year on a trip home from Hayward, Wisc., after spending a week with my boyfriend and his family at their lake house. It was well worth driving an hour out of the way.

Spotted Cow seems to be their most popular beer, but I fell in love with a not-too-sweet cherry beer, Wisconsin Belgian Red.

If Kentucky champagne is my new favorite cocktail, the Belgian Red is my new favorite brew.


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