THE BEER BEAT: Words like “local” and “unique,” and beers for cold weather.


Maybe it’s just because I’m aging ungracefully …

While I wouldn’t quibble with the author’s beer descriptions, I’m a bit confused by his organizing principle.

“Every brewery in town that’s unique to the region.”

Flat12 Bierwerks in Jeffersonville is on the LEO list, but it’s neither unique to the region (founded in Indianapolis in 2010) nor actually brews beer in Jeffersonville, suggesting that city officials there might wish to take a closer look at the criteria (namely, brewing beer) upon which they awarded Flat12 economic development incentives circa 2013 to open what remains a taproom only three years later.

According to what I’m hearing, Flat12 as currently constituted has no plans to brew in Jeffersonville. Of course, this could change.

Louisville’s Gordon Biersch also isn’t on the list, and while it is not unique to the region (it’s a national chain originating in California), all the house beers sold at Biersch are brewed right here in Louisville.

Meanwhile, Falls City is unique to the region and does brew in Louisville, but didn’t make the list.

Disclaimers aside, it looks like a fine selection, and testament to the progress we’ve made in Metro Louisville. In my previous professional incarnation, I’d have been foraging some of these beers to feature at NABC’s Gravity Head in late February.

By the way, is it true that Dark Horse out of Michigan will be the featured Gravity Head brewery in 2017?

Our favorite winter beers from local brewing companies, by Syd Bishop (LEO Weekly)

It’s the twilight of the year and, despite some evidence by way of warm days this late in the season, winter is coming. With the seasonal change, you’d better believe that your favorite beer makers in Louisville and Southern Indiana are brewing up something to keep you company on the cold dark nights to come. We’ve done our due diligence and hit up every brewery in town that’s unique to the region, searching for Louisville’s best winter beers.