BEER WITH A SOCIALIST: Better to support Tailspin Ale Fest, your LOCAL beer festival, than fluff those carpetbaggers from afar.


Okay, listen up. Personal point of view, and nothing to do with the people who pay me.

The last time I wrote anything in this space about Tailspin Ale Fest was in 2017.

THE BEER BEAT: Tailspin Ale Fest returns to Bowman Field on Saturday, February 18.

In my view, Tailspin Ale Fest has become Louisville’s premier beer festival, and it’s the brainchild of New Albany’s own Tisha Gainey.

There are two primary reasons for this period of evident neglect. First, in complete candor, I’m not such a beer festival goer these days. Moreover, Tailspin has been a spectacular success, and who needs to hear me tout it, anyway? After all, it’s been a while since I had a Top 10 beer hit.

Tisha assures me that ticket sales for 2020 are on track, and the reason I know this is because I messaged her to ask — and the reason for that was the advent of something called Louisville Beerfest this weekend. It’s a festival presented by out-of-towners, and it’s taking place on what seems to me the weekend previously used by Tailspin.

I wrote them to ask about it.

What I haven’t seen addressed in recent media accounts about your new beer festival is the timing for early February, a time slot most of us from Louisville have come to associate with the Tailspin festival, which is run by a woman who has lived and worked in Louisville for a long time. I notice that Tailspin attributes its new March slot as resulting from the scheduling conflict with your festival.

Was all this the result of cooperation between the two entities? That’s not the way it sounds, but I’m hesitant to make assumptions without asking. I’d like to think it was discussed up front.

This was two weeks ago. The schmucks haven’t answered. The company behind this venture seems to have been dumping tickets, and while it’s just my opinion and mine alone, the whole thing leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.

You know, the way drinking Coors Light does. 

Here’s the latest notice from Tailspin. Lots of events act as lead-ins for this local festival, and this Against the Grain/Tailspin Tapping at Crescent Hill Craft House is one of them.

Saturday, February 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Crescent Hill Craft House

Enjoy a tapping of Against the Grain Beers at Crescent Hill Craft House and a chance to WIN tickets to Tailspin Ale Fest. No purchase necessary to win, but gain extra entries by enjoying Citra Ass Down IPA, A Beer or Pile of Face. Ticket drawing will be at 8:00 p.m.



Tailspin Ale Fest
March 7, 2020
Louisville Executive Aviation Center

If you’re going to attend a beer fest in Louisville this year (Keg Liquors Fest of Ale is in SoIn, natch), isn’t Tailspin the one you should be selecting? Tisha and here team always have great beers. It’s not 95 degrees outside. And, the part of importance to me whether or not I show up, it’s a local show.

Consider it, and have fun.