Respect Yourself.


I’m just the beer guy, and so I can’t speak for everyone at Pints&union, but it’s a great feeling to know you’re working for/with people who take public health seriously, who are NOT science doubters, and who are doing their very best to observe pandemic protocols, and to implement best practices for the benefit of customers and workers alike.

If a food service establishment’s or bar’s priorities are in the right place, it doesn’t matter that these various governmental pandemic mandates lack the necessary enforcement mechanisms to dissuade miscreants from mayhem. You follow the mandates because it’s the right thing to do in a public health emergency.

We all know some establishments aren’t, and to be perfectly frank, I struggle mightily with the “code of silence” as traditionally observed by the food and drink sector pertaining to withholding comment about what occurs elsewhere in the hospitality business.

I appreciate those of you who have sent me accounts, photos and videos of incredibly unhealthy scenes at local eateries and bars. I applaud your candor and grasp of the issues.

However, I won’t lie to you; there’s nothing I can do to help. You might try informing your elected and appointed local government officials, although in all honesty they’ll probably do little apart from kicking the can a bit further down the road. Regrettable, but true.

I know that there are no sure things in life. Perfection isn’t attainable, but the object is to bust your ass pursuing it, and this is what Pints&union is doing with respect to dining and drinking indoors during a pandemic. I can attest to it.

Those of you who have no intention of visiting a restaurant or bar any time soon, you have my complete support; my own household still is doing curbside carry-out (Dragon Kings Daughter and Legacy Pizza and Bakery most recently), and because I’m extremely grateful to Pints&union for allowing me to do my work in the morning, and remotely from home whenever possible, I will not be shaming anyone else for refraining from old haunts until the pandemic is under control.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a community-minded, responsible place to have a sandwich and a drink, and you have not given Pints&union a try, please do. We’re doing everything in our power to make the experience safe and enjoyable. Give us feedback, and let us know what you think about your visit.

(I have no ownership stake in Pints&union. As noted, I’m just the beer guy, and I didn’t tell anyone else I was planning on writing this. COVID is real, and it’s going to be with us for a while. We should be taking the virus seriously; what’s more, we should be positively recognizing the efforts being made by those who DO accept their responsibilities toward this end. Thank you for your support.)


  1. We will not eat in New Albany restaurants until the city/county prominently posts health inspection results at the restaurant door. There are so many who work so hard to meet (and exceed) health standards and so many who don't care…nand nobody can tell the difference. When restaurants on Bardstown Road are shut down immediately for vermin and take weeks to reopen after meetings standards, it makes you wonder.