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

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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.

ethereal

[ih-theer-ee-uh l]

adjective

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.

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