I’ve put together a few events at Pints&union between now and the end of April, and a couple other special occasions have popped up.
Before we take a look at these, be aware that brunch is being served each week at Pints&union on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Also know that there’ll be the requisite St. Patrick’s Day merriment on both Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17 (poster above). Brunch will proceed as planned, with fish and chips in the evening. In addition to “the Guinness” and Slane Irish Whiskey samples, there’ll be draft Smithwick’s and Harp.
You’ll notice references to Pints&union Historical Society + Beer, which I’m hoping will serve as umbrella for numerous future ideas like these. Here we go, in chronological order.
BOCK of AGES: A GERMAN-AMERICAN BREWING TRADITION
Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.
My good friend Kevin Gibson, who you know as a writer, musician and beer, joins us for a refresher course on Bock. In the heyday of pre-Prohibition brewing in Louisville, the annual spring Bock beer release was a beloved seasonal event in the German-American community. I’ll have a keg of Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock on tap, and if we get lucky, there’ll be a glassware giveaway.
CENTRAL STATE BREWING NIGHT
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Special Central State cans will be available all week (we serve Garden and Table year round), and then on Thursday the Central State crew takes over the upstairs room for a conspiratorial evening with draft Barrel Aged Bashi Farmhouse Barleywine, a selection of Smoked Goose meats, local artisan cheese and an homage to Underberg.
INDIAN CURRY AND COMPLIMENTARY COCKTAIL WITH PINTS&UNION STAFF
Friday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Mesa, A Collaborative Kitchen
This one’s at Mesa, located about 100 yards away on Pearl Street: “Join us at MESA to meet the talented staff behind our beloved neighborhood old world public house, Pints and Union. Owner Joe Phillips will bring his talented team to serve up 3 courses; featuring Indian Curry and a unique drink to pair! Detailed menu coming soon … “
JOUETT MEEKIN : NEW ALBANY’S 19th-CENTURY BASEBALL STAR
Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m.
New Albany native Jouett Meekin (1867-1944) was our city’s most renowned big league pitcher predating baseball’s “modern” era. Local attorney and tireless Little League supporter Justin Endres has done research on 19th-century baseball in New Albany, and he’ll chat about his findings while I introduce attendees to another old-school topic: Kentucky Common, our area’s most popular beer during Meekin’s prime (it’s Louisville’s only recognized, indigenous style. Thanks to Falls City Brewing Company for its support.
CHEW ON THIS
Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m.
This is a meal and a conversation, with appreciation to Julie Schweitzer of the New Albany’s ArtSeed collaborative. Julie spotted the opportunity and thought of us, and we love the idea. I’ll be moderating the discussion. The meal costs $25 (alcohol extra) and is being organized by Indiana Humanities. Seating is limited to 15, so go here for ticket information and read more:
Of course by April 23 it’s Derby Festival season — and that’s a whole other story. Stay tuned.