Munich Oktoberfest
Sep
21
to Oct 6

Munich Oktoberfest

Munich Oktoberfest 2018

The Munich Oktoberfest (Munich Beerfest) is one of the most famous events and the world's largest fair. Oktoberfest 2018 will be no exception. With some six million people attending every year, it is an important part of Bavarian culture. Think Disneyland for people of adult age. Think must do!

Munich's Oktoberfest began life as a wedding for the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig to princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen (hence the name of the Theresienwiese) on October 12, 1810 and attended by the local community. Today the Munich Beerfest traditionally takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October with Oktoberfest 2018 starting on Saturday, 22nd of September until Sunday, 7th of October. 

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Drink Beer Day
Sep
28
12:00 PM12:00

Drink Beer Day

Today is Drink Beer Day! Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history.

There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two categories—ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.

There’s really only one way to celebrate Drink Beer Day! Gather a group of friends for a beer tasting at home or at your favorite bar. Be sure to check for promotions and giveaways that might be going on in your area. Cheers!

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Inaugural Fling & Wing
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Inaugural Fling & Wing

The Inaugural Fling N' Wing Festival, sponsored by Hopkinsville Brewing Company, will offer one heck of a trio on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville: cold beer, cornhole tournament and a chicken wing competition! The open-division cornhole tournament will feature two-person teams and a $1,500 prize pool, including $1K to the winning squad! The tourney will have pool play and a championship bracket, meaning a four-game guarantee. Entry is $50 per team. Register at http://www.hopkinsvillesportsplex.com/events. The tailgate chicken wing competition in the Sportsplex parking lot will give entrants the chance to take home the Fan Favorite Award. Entry is just $20, and teams will get to sell their product. HBC will be selling their cold craft beverages throughout the day. IDs will be checked. Make plans to attend this first-ever event!

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National American Beer Day
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

National American Beer Day

National American Beer Day is observed annually by beer drinkers across the nation on October 27.

There are more than 2,100 breweries that manufacture beer in the United States. They range in size from industry giants to brewpubs and microbreweries.

  • The U.S. produced 196 million barrels of beer in 2009.

  • The U.S. consumes roughly 20 US gallons of beer per capita annually.

  • In 2008, the United States was ranked sixteenth in the world in per capita consumption, while total consumption was second only to China.

  • Prohibition in the early twentieth century caused nearly all American breweries to close.

  • After prohibition was repealed the industry had consolidated into a small number of large-scale breweries.

  • The majority of the new breweries in the U.S. are small breweries and brewpubs, who, as members of the Brewers Association, are termed “craft breweries” to differentiate them from the larger and older breweries.

  • The most common style of beer produced by the big breweries is American lager.

  • Most of the smaller breweries, which were founded in the 1980s, produce a range of styles.

  • Beer styles originating in the United States include:
    American pale ale, Pennsylvania porter, American IPA, steam beer, amber ale, cream ale and Cascadian dark ale.

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International Stout Day
Nov
7
4:00 PM16:00

International Stout Day

Before going into the history and description of Stouts, one must first give props to its predecessor, the Porter.

Porters, a dark ale favored among London's working classes, was first developed in the early 1700s. Street and river porters provided an eager market for this new, energizing beer. The word "stout", after the fourteenth century, had taken on as one of its meanings "strong", and was used as such to describe strong beers, such as the Porter. "Stout" as in stout porter, was the strong, dark brew London's brewers developed and the dark beer that gave us what we think of today as the typical stout style.

The first stouts were produced in the 1730s. The Russian Imperial Stout was inspired by brewers back in the 1800's to win over the Russian Czar. "Imperial porter" came before "imperial stout" and the earliest noted use of "Imperial" to describe a beer comes from the Caledonian Mercury of February 1821, when a coffeehouse in Edinburgh was advertising "Edinburgh Ales, London Double Brown Stout and Imperial Porter, well worth the attention of Families".

Guinness had been brewing porters since about 1780 and are famous for their Dry or Irish Stout. Oatmeal stout beer is one of the more sweeter and smoother of the stouts. And for proof that we live in an evolving society, there's Oyster Stout and Chocolate Stout. The first known use of oysters as part of the brewing process of stout was in 1929 in New Zealand.

Originally, stout meant "proud" or "brave", but morphed into the connotation of "strong" after the 14th century. Why on earth should this brave and strong beer style not have its own day of celebration?

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National Lager Day
Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

National Lager Day

It’s National Lager Day! Lager is a type of German beer that is bottom fermented and lightly hopped. It is usually stored for at least three weeks after brewing before it is served.

Lager is the dominant style of beer throughout the world, except in England where ale is the favorite style. The only real difference between ale and lager is that ales ferment and age quickly at warm temperatures, while lagers ferment and age slowly at cool temperatures. These different types of fermentation allow for a vast difference in flavor and aroma.

To celebrate National Lager Day, head to your favorite pub and enjoy a refreshing brew of your favorite lager or try brewing your own!

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Festivus
Dec
23
12:00 AM00:00

Festivus

"Happy Festivus" is the traditional greeting of Festivus, a holiday featured in the Season 9 episode of Seinfeld named "The Strike", which first aired on December 18, 1997. Since then, many people have been inspired by this zany, offbeat Seinfeld holiday and now celebrate Festivus as any other holiday.

According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated on December 23rd. However many people celebrate it other times in December and even at other times throughout the year.

The slogan of Festivus is "A Festivus for the rest of us!" The usual holiday tradition of a tree is manifested in an unadorned aluminum pole, which is in direct contrast to normal holiday materialism. Those attending Festivus may also participate in the "Airing of Grievances" which is an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year, followed by a Festivus dinner, and then completed by the "Feats of Strength" where the head of the household must be pinned. All of these traditions are based upon the events in the Seinfeld episode, Strangely enough, our Festivus traditions also have roots that pre-date Seinfeld, as it began in the household of Dan O'Keefe, a television writer who is credited for writing the Seinfeld episode.

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History on Tap - A Western Kentucky Feud
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

History on Tap - A Western Kentucky Feud

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at our next History on Tap program at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30pm. Brett Pritchett, local history teacher, will present on “A Western Kentucky Feud.”

On March 15, 1947, shots rang out on Virginia Street in downtown Hopkinsville as a Christian County/Muhlenberg County feud renewed in bloody fashion. Markie Bone, a colorful figure of local legend, was found on the street and was rushed to Jennie Stuart Hospital where he actually recovered from the seven bullet wounds given to him. Enjoy your favorite drink as you learn about a feud born out of the rival Dukes and Bone families, farmers and moonshiners that left a trail of crime and violence all over Christian County. Pritchett will recount the events that led to and followed the shooting of Markie Bone that occurred less than a mile from the Hopkinsville Brewing Company.

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Live Music - Mike Deal & Kate Martin
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Live Music - Mike Deal & Kate Martin

Mike Deal and Kate Martin joined forces in 2017 to create an exciting acoustic Americana sound that has made them a favorite among live music venues in western Kentucky. With Mike’s acoustic guitar work and Kate’s powerful vocals, the duo performs songs by such artists as Janis Joplin to Ed Sheeran and nearly everything in between. Drawing from each of their musical influences, these two deliver a solid performance that pays homage to each artists’ work while occasionally putting their unique spin on the music. It’s a show you don’t want to miss.

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Live Music - Arvie and Bunny
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Live Music - Arvie and Bunny

A modern-day Johnny and June Carter Cash, Arvie & Bunny's stage show combines the humor and unique harmonies for which Johnny and June were famous, all while adding their own unique twist to the familiar classics. In addition, Arvie plays country favorites from the likes of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Randy Travis, George Strait, Garth Brooks and many more.

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History on Tap - The History of The Pioneers'
Aug
29
5:30 PM17:30

History on Tap - The History of The Pioneers'

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at our next History on Tap program at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Wendell Lynch and fellow members of Pioneers Inc., will present “The History and Mission of Pioneers Inc.,” one of Hopkinsville’s oldest and most respected service organizations.

Established in 1952 by men in Hopkinsville’s African-American community, Pioneers is dedicated to improving the community by helping individuals and by supporting groups that are involved in similar service work. Through its history, the membership of Pioneers has been a “who’s who” of local African-American leaders. Founding members included real estate broker and political leader F.E. Whitney, Attucks basketball coach William Falls, and Clarence Bibbs, who was supervisor of postal operations for the U.S. Postal Service in Hopkinsville.

Many of the early members of Pioneers were involved in local integration and civil rights efforts. Today, the group runs a catering and barbecue business at the Pioneers headquarters on North Main Street that helps finance civic projects.

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Live Music - Clayton Kaiser
Aug
27
1:30 PM13:30

Live Music - Clayton Kaiser

Clayton sweats and bleeds country music. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, his childhood of cloudy hikes and Methodist choral rehearsals forged a songwriter with a penchant for RocknRoll and the outdoors. His range falls between growling baritone and howling tenor, in the same vein as his songwriting heroes, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. With biting cynicism and heavy-handed lyrical work, Clayton is gnawing his way into a long career in music.

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Live Music - Andrea Guess
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Live Music - Andrea Guess

Originally from Brownsville, Kentucky, and now living in Clarksville, Tennessee, Andrea travels all over to play music. In 2018, Andrea played 230 shows! A typical night’s setlist includes anything ranging from Kitty Wells to Heart and nearly everything in between. You’ll hear influences from Elvis, Cher, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, 38 Special and more.

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Tap Takeover - Paducah Beer Werks
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Tap Takeover - Paducah Beer Werks

Tap takeovers for Thirsty Thursday all summer long!

New to craft beer and unsure where to begin? Long time beer fan looking to try something new? Tap takeovers are for you! Thursday is the day to try something new from breweries large and small, talk beer with the PBW crew, and hang out on the patio. Dogs and kids welcome.

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Beer + Sweets
Aug
14
5:00 PM17:00

Beer + Sweets

Stop by the taproom to try an assortment of treats from HOMEmade by Ashley, including beer brownies (baked with HBC's very own Complaint Department Stout), chocolate chip cookies, strawberry cupcakes and gluten-free butterscotch Blondies.

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Live Music - Doug Briney
Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

Live Music - Doug Briney

Doug Briney embodies all things country: his personality is warm and inviting - some would say down-to-earth - recalling the disposition of many a Southern Gentleman from yesteryear. A multi-award winning performer from several Independent Country and Country Gospel organizations, this God-fearing road warrior with the warm baritone voice and love for all things country is as down to earth as they come. Doug has recorded three full length albums and is looking to record again in the near future.

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