SHANE’S EXCELLENT NEW WORDS: Ethereal, word and brewery.


Recently I’ve had the opportunity to reconnect with an old friend, and it’s been great fun.

Ben came by the house one afternoon and we drove to Louisville for a few beers, and by the time it was finished, we’d judiciously consumed one each at three breweries I’d previously not visited: Monnik, Old Louisville and Mile Wide.

Later his gal Lydia joined us and we had burgers at Grind on a marvelous early summer’s night. However, not one of these relaxing interludes form the basis for this week’s word, although the conversation was superb and each venue first-rate and worthy of further exploration.

Rather, somewhere along the way Ben mentioned having a beer from another brewery in Lexington, Kentucky: Ethereal Brewing Company.


[ih-theer-ee-uh l]


1. light, airy, or tenuous: an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination.
2. extremely delicate or refined: ethereal beauty.
3. heavenly or celestial: gone to his ethereal home.
4. of or relating to the upper regions of space.
5. Chemistry. pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.

Origin of ethereal

1505-15; < Latin aethere(us) (< Greek aithérios), equivalent to aether- ether + -eus adj. suffix + -al1 Related forms

ethereality, etherealness, noun
ethereally, adverb
ethereous, adjective
nonethereal, adjective
nonethereally, adverb

I haven’t tasted any of Ethereal’s beers, but if they’re ethereal, it will be worth the wait.