Here for the Beer at Fest of Ale, plus our Eats of the Week

Come on in and listen to another tasty episode of Louisville’s only podcast devoted to dining and drinking. We start off with a great interview with Tisha Gainey, the queen of local beer festivals, and Courtney Lewis, who has helped organized this year’s 13th annual Fest of Ale on the New Albany riverfront.

While Carolyn missed the interview, she was out west sampling a delicious meal from the Fat Ox in Scottsdale, Arizona. That was her Eat of the Week contribution, while Rick sampled fish tacos at Gravely Brewing and Citizen 7.

We were a bit surprised, but excited, about changes coming to one of our favorite local spots – Jack’s Lounge and Equus. Legendary owner Dean Corbett sold the business to Jared Matthews, but will stay on as Executive Chef. Matthews, who has had success down the street with Cafe Lou Lou, promises a revamped menu featuring more seafood and reasonable pricing.

Local politicians have a knack for sticking their noses where they don’t belong – and that’s true at the Metro Council this week. By a 13-11 vote, the Council passed an ordinance requiring restaurants to offer healthy menus for kids, if they have a kids menu. One dissenting Council member said we’ve gone too far when we tell parents what to feed their kids.

We’re looking forward to the next Hot Country Nights show at Fourth Street Live! It’s Russell Dickerson on the 16th. But this weekend, we’re kicking it at the Denim and Diamonds benefit Friday, then going to Fest of Ale in New Albany on Saturday. Thanks for listening to EatDrinkTalk, and catch us online at EatDrinkTalk.net.

Sold-out Tailspin Expecting Big Crowds at Bowman Field

There will be no walk-up ticket sales for Saturday’s Tailspin Ale Fest.

That’s because the fourth annual event is sold out, according to organizers Trevor Cravens and Tisha Gainey.

With temperatures expected to be in the 60s, it appears the stars are all falling in place for the Bowman Field event, which features 70 breweries and seven food trucks. Tickets sales were cut off Wednesday after surpassing the 2,000 plateau.

If you really want a ticket, you may have to try your luck online. Some were for sale on Craigslist Thursday.

“We are thrilled to see this event we created sell out for the fourth year in a row,” said Cravens, the president DRAFT, a beer-centric national magazine. “The support from the community for Tailspin Ale Fest and Dare to Care Food Bank is incredible, makes us proud to live and work here.”

Last year, Tailspin presented a check for $12,340 to Dare to Care.

TailspinAleFest_2017_ColorLogoYou can hear Tisha Gainey talk about the event on this EatDrinkTalk podcast.

The organizers created a “Get on the Bus, Gus” program for patrons to travel by bus from seven spots around town, including Liquor Barns in Middletown and Hurstbourne, Mellow Mushrooms in the Highlands and St. Matthews, the Bank Street Brewhouse in New Albany and Drake’s in the Paddock Shops. Riders get a beer and a bite, plus the ride, for $10. Riders had to sign up at the sites.

You can check out the beer list here. Kentucky breweries have a special “Kentucky Heritage” tent. There’s also a Cider and Sour Bar.

Tailspin takes place in an aviation hangar at Bowman Field. Those holding VIP tickets get in at 2, and general admission is open at 3. The Fest ends at 7.  If you drive, you can park at the site, and leave your car there until Sunday.

More than 250 volunteers will be on hand, primarily, to pour beer, including EatDrinkTalk’s founders.

 

 

Tisha Gainey Flies Into Tailspin; Getting Eiderdown Right with James Gunnoe and Heather Burks

The city’s most delicious eating and drinking podcast is back, dishing up the latest in Louisville’s restaurant scene. We start with big news on Fourth Street Live, where chef Edward Lee announced he will open a whiskey and burger spot dubbed Whiskey Dry, later this year. Also, we mourn the loss of the BBC in St. Matthews, and wonder how the next concept will do in its favorable location for nightlife. We’re hearing owner Pat Hagan is considering duplicating the BBC location elsewhere in the city.

On the EatDrinkTalk.net web site, we update news about Louisville Vegan Jerky owner Stanley Chase III, who announced plans to open a Highlands storefront named Morel, this spring. The reviews on the Goss Avenue Pub are all favorable so far, boosting the creds of Schnitzelburg-Germantown as a foodie destination. Down the street at The Pearl, they’re selling private barrel picks of bourbon at an amazing rate. Looking ahead, Steve has written about Robert Simonson, the acclaimed author who will make an appearance Sunday at Copper & Kings.

Speaking of events, Tailspin Ale Fest is Feb. 18, so Rick went to Bowman Field to check on what’s new with the fourth-annual shindig with organizer Tisha Gainey. Steve’s guests are James Gunnoe and Heather Burks, owners of Eiderdown, who are revamping and reopening their six-year-old restaurant week.

Of course, EDT always has some great favorites to talk about. With plenty of courses to choose from, Steve chose the crab and corn Bisque as his favorite dish served at the Latin All-Stars dinner last week. Rick opted for spicy shrimp and roasted peanut stir-fry at August Moon. The last course at the Latin All-Stars dinner was paired with a 23-year-old Panama Pacific Rum that had Steve wishing for seconds, while Rick opted for August Moon’s ginger and honey mojito.

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James Gunnoe and Heather Burks

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Tisha Gainey