History on Tap- Were They Really Green?
Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

History on Tap- Were They Really Green?

Christian County Historian William T. Turner will share his take on the day that the community of Kelly was allegedly invaded by out-of-this-world beings. In his talk “Were They Really Green?” Turner will relate stories about the famous night in 1955 when something unexplainable occurred at the Sutton farm. The story became a national phenomenon and fueled ongoing interest and speculation about aliens visiting Earth. This story, like so many, proves that everything has a Hoptown connection.

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Will Run for Beer
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Will Run for Beer

  • Christian Cnty-Hopkinsville Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Run your fastest half-mile. For the ten fastest runners (five men and five women), that's the price you'll pay for your pints - until your fellow runners knock you off the board.

(21 and up run for beer, 20 and under run for free soft drinks. :) )

The starting line is at the North Drive trailhead due to Summer Salute Downtown
Who's with us?

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Mack McKenzie
Sep
1
6:00 PM18:00

Mack McKenzie

Mack McKenzie makes his Hopkinsville, Kentucky debut at Hopkinsville Brewing Company. September 1st at 6pm. Original Alt-Country, based out of Dayton, Ohio.

Mack McKenzie, a Dayton, Ohio native, is truly one of a kind. Writing from the real life experience of the working class, Alternative-Country and Roots Rock are the cornerstone of Mack's music . Mack McKenzie and his band have made the region take notice of what new country music can be again, versus what is being heard on the radio. A 101st Airborne Combat Veteran, Mack has seen the world, both good and bad and it shines through in his music. Sonically similar to acts such as Waylon Jennings, Son Volt, Sturgill Simpson, Drive-by Truckers and Jason Isbell, Mack's music has depth and meaning you can enjoy and relate to. Having shared the stage with acts such as Shooter Jennings, Hellbound Glory, American Aquarium, this isn't the first rodeo for Mack McKenzie and his band.

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Friday Night Live
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live is back for it's 18th season and the summer lineup is sure to have something for everyone! Join us for our LAST Friday Night Live of the 2018 season with Dylan Scott and Special Guest The Cameron Tabor Band! Doors open at 6 and shows start at 7! 

With FREE CONCERTS featuring nationally recognized headliners, vendors, the Kidz Zone with inflatables, live characters, and more, the Friday Night Live West End featuring local bands, and so much more, what's not to love?! Mark your calendars now to join us for the BEST FRIDAY NIGHTS ON EARTH!

"Friday Night Live is back for another season and we're ready for another fun-filled summer," said Mayor David Jackson. "We're expanding genres, adding attractions, and working hard to make Madisonville a place where people want to be!" 

More info and vendor apps can be found at http://www.madisonvilleky.us/index.php/government/community-development/friday-night-live or by contacting the Office of Community Development at 270-824-2100 or scrick@madisonvillegov.com.

This event is sponsored by the City of Madisonville, Madisonville Forward, and Land O'Frost!

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First Annual Dam BrewFest
Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

First Annual Dam BrewFest

The Dam Brewhaus is excited to bring you the first EVER beer festival in Marshall County! 

Featuring 11 Breweries: 
Goodwood
Milewide
schlafly
Country Boy
Paducah Beer Werks
Dry Ground
Tennessee Brew Works
Perrylodgic
Against The Grain
Hoptown Brewing
Blue Stallion

Tickets sold the day of event $25, includes 10 samples, a commemorative glass and free primitive camping on sight the night of the event.

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Dan Conn
Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

Dan Conn

Dan Conn & The Travelin' Kind is a band founded on friendship and a passion for good music. And what started as just an occasional Sunday afternoon jam session has solidified into a authentic americana rock band. Inspired by musicians ranging from Bruce Springsteen, The Band, and Neil Young, Conn says he has always been inspired by "songwriters who write about real life" - which is evident on the bands self titled release. The album which was released in October is full of roots rock songs that reflect simple honest about life, love, and the pursuit there of.

The band is made up of drummer Heath Stone, bassist Adam Humphrey, and guitarist Andy Mullins, as well as Conn himself. Together, they have the momentum of a Steve Earle and The Dukes record with lyrical background of a John Hiatt. Conn writes songs about his life, but they always seem to reach further. For example, "Josie Sings The Blues" might have started with inspiration from his black lab but has become a song about how music connects people through a "high and lonesome sound." Lyrics like "Sing a song about reception or that old time religion... or a song about a train or that ol Kentucky rain... O Josie, won't you sing me the blues" engage the country songs that have come before, but not in a way that feels like a throwback. Conn has a relationship with these old songs and they represent warmth and comfort as they do with so many fans. This is what makes Dan Conn & The Travelin' Kind stand out: they work within the genre and honor what came before, all the while creating new songs for audiences to sing along with.

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Munich Oktoberfest
Sep
22
to Oct 7

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
2:00 PM14:00

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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    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
    1
    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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    Repeal Day
    Dec
    5
    4:00 PM16:00

    Repeal Day

    The turn of the twentieth century was a dark time in America. The Women's Christian Temperance Union, which had been promoting Prohibition for many years, believed alcohol was the cause of many, if not all, social ills. Mistruths like this were spread. Lines were drawn. Bars and taverns were vandalized. People were killed. On January 16th, 1919, Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment, outlawing alcohol and ostensibly putting an end to drunkenness, crime, mental illness, and poverty.

    Ironically, America's thirst for alcohol increased during Prohibition, and organized crime rose up to replace formerly legal methods of production and distribution. While proponents of Prohibition argued that the amendment would be more effective if enforcement were increased, respect for the law diminished and drunkenness, crime and resentment towards the federal government ran rampant.

    Over the course of the next thirteen years, support for Prohibition waned as the nation awoke to the widespread problems Prohibition had caused. The number of repeal organizations — many of which were comprised of former Prohibitionists — increased, and in 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran for President on a platform that included the repeal of Prohibition.

    On December 5th, 1933, Utah, the final state needed for a three quarters majority, ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition and restoring the American right to a celebratory drink. While the amendment still allowed for state and local levels of Prohibition, by 1966 there were no state laws banning alcohol.

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    National Lager Day
    Dec
    10
    5:30 PM17:30

    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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    Louis Pasteur's Birthday
    Dec
    27
    4:00 PM16:00

    Louis Pasteur's Birthday

    Scientist Louis Pasteur came up with the food preparing process known as pasteurization; he also developed a vaccination for anthrax and rabies.

    Synopsis

    Born on December 27, 1822, in Dole, France, Louis Pasteur discovered that microbes were responsible for souring alcohol and came up with the process of pasteurization, where bacteria is destroyed by heating beverages and then allowing them to cool. His work in germ theory also led him and his team to create vaccinations for anthrax and rabies.

    Early Life

    French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur was born on December 27, 1822, in Dole, located in the Jura region of France. He grew up in the town of Arbois, and his father, Jean-Joseph Pasteur, was a tanner and a sergeant major decorated with the Legion of Honor during the Napoleonic Wars. An average student, Pasteur was skilled at drawing and painting. He earned his bachelor of arts degree (1840) and bachelor of science degree (1842) at the Royal College of Besançon and a doctorate (1847) from the École Normale in Paris.

    Pasteur then spent several years researching and teaching at Dijon Lycée. In 1848, he became a professor of chemistry at the University of Strasbourg, where he met Marie Laurent, the daughter of the university's rector. They wed on May 29, 1849, and had five children, though only two survived childhood.

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    Will Run for Beer
    Jul
    28
    9:00 AM09:00

    Will Run for Beer

    Run your fastest half-mile. For the ten fastest runners (five men and five women), that's the price you'll pay for your pints - until your fellow runners knock you off the board.

    (21 and up run for beer, 20 and under run for free soft drinks. :) )

    The starting line is at the trailhead behind Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library.

    Who's with us?

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    History on Tap - The Hopkinsville Narrative
    Jul
    26
    6:30 PM18:30

    History on Tap - The Hopkinsville Narrative

    oin the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at our next History on Tap program at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30pm. Local journalist Jennifer Pitzer Brown will share some of her most memorable stories from a life in news. 

    In her talk “The Hopkinsville Narrative,” Brown, a former Kentucky New Era reporter and editor, will relate stories of colorful characters, unsung heroes and hardened criminals. Brown’s files include accounts of everything from unsolved murders and final wishes, to domesticated bears on a local farm and an alien in a bucket. Brown’s reporting has taken her to many unexpected situations that illuminate the region’s recent history and culture. Enjoy a pint while we revel in some good, ole Hoptown stories.

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    Hops on the Ohio
    Jul
    21
    3:00 PM15:00

    Hops on the Ohio

    Hops on the Ohio is a 4 hour tour of local Kentucky breweries and an exploration of the nations favorite brands. This will be the first annual beer festival to be held by the RiverPark Center.
    Prepare for an afternoon of music and catering from Mellow Mushroom. Local distillery, OZ Tyler, will be participating with bourbon tastings and freshly emptied bourbon barrels. These barrels have been passed out to a handful of Kentucky breweries to age beer in specifically for the festival.

    *The VIP area will overlook the event space and feature special beer, food and music for up the first 75 people to purchase VIP tickets!

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    St Arnold's Day (Patron Saint of Brewers)
    Jul
    18
    2:00 PM14:00

    St Arnold's Day (Patron Saint of Brewers)

    "To the Europeans in quest of their family history, Metz uncovers a birthplace: Saint Arnold, Mayor of the Palace a bishop who then became a hermit, the paternal ancestor and spiritual father of French Christendom.

    One cannot forget that Charlemagne was a 6th generation descendent of Saint Arnold. Whenever one refers back to distant periods, the facts and myths get mixed together to create the legend."

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    Dan Conn
    Jul
    6
    6:00 PM18:00

    Dan Conn

    Dan Conn & The Travelin' Kind is a band founded on friendship and a passion for good music. And what started as just an occasional Sunday afternoon jam session has solidified into a authentic americana rock band. Inspired by musicians ranging from Bruce Springsteen, The Band, and Neil Young, Conn says he has always been inspired by "songwriters who write about real life" - which is evident on the bands self titled release. The album which was released in October is full of roots rock songs that reflect simple honest about life, love, and the pursuit there of.

    The band is made up of drummer Heath Stone, bassist Adam Humphrey, and guitarist Andy Mullins, as well as Conn himself. Together, they have the momentum of a Steve Earle and The Dukes record with lyrical background of a John Hiatt. Conn writes songs about his life, but they always seem to reach further. For example, "Josie Sings The Blues" might have started with inspiration from his black lab but has become a song about how music connects people through a "high and lonesome sound." Lyrics like "Sing a song about reception or that old time religion... or a song about a train or that ol Kentucky rain... O Josie, won't you sing me the blues" engage the country songs that have come before, but not in a way that feels like a throwback. Conn has a relationship with these old songs and they represent warmth and comfort as they do with so many fans. This is what makes Dan Conn & The Travelin' Kind stand out: they work within the genre and honor what came before, all the while creating new songs for audiences to sing along with.

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    The Retrovales
    Jun
    30
    6:00 PM18:00

    The Retrovales

    The Retrovales are back by popular demand! A touring duo, their music is a blend of folk and pop with an emphasis on acoustic roots, strong lyrics, and mesmerizing harmonies. In early 2016, SarahJayne Balash and Corey Travis Bean began performing together in dive bars and breweries across the southeast, quickly picking up a fan base. After signing to BassLine, the two released their debut self-titled album, The Retrovales, on February 18, 2017. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

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