Come join us for the first annual "Hoptoberfest" in downtown Hopkinsville KY! Music will kick off at 12:00 and I will take the stage at 3:30-5:00! Hope to see a bunch of faces!
Come grab some locally brewed beers and hear some locally brewed tunes!!
Food Trucks: Taco Express, Knockum Hill BBQ and Holiday Burgers.
Live Music:Redwood Climbers, The BOMB and Eric Huddleston.
ABOUT STOUT - A HISTORY LESSON
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?
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.
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!
"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.
In 1854, Pasteur was appointed professor of chemistry and dean of the science faculty at the University of Lille. There, he worked on finding solutions to the problems with the manufacture of alcoholic drinks. Working with the germ theory, which Pasteur did not invent but further developed through experiments and eventually convinced most of Europe of its truth, he demonstrated that organisms such as bacteria were responsible for souring wine, beer and even milk. He then invented a process where bacteria could be removed by boiling and then cooling liquid. He completed the first test on April 20, 1862. Today the process is known as pasteurization.
Come out to HBC on NEW BEERS EVE to celebrate new beers! Curious about how we make our beers? Help brew our latest small batch - an American Barley Wine - starting at noon. Mill the grain, stir the mash, add the hops, pitch the yeast - it's a hands-on event from start to finish.
And while you're brewing, have a pint of our new Winter Warmer - a malty brew with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Looking forward to ringing in the New Year but still want to get to bed at a decent time? Or are you a social butterfly with lots of parties to attend on the same night? We have a solution:
CELEBRATE EARLY WITH US.
We'll be setting our clocks ahead four hours to welcome 2017 a little early! Our ball will be dropping at 8pm (although the taproom clocks will say midnight) - so you'll still have plenty of time to hit the next party on your list (or get to bed for a good night's sleep.)
The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of "Boeuf Gras," or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.
On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras" when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established "Fort Louis de la Louisiane" (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America's very first Mardi Gras.
In 1704, Mobile established a secret society (Masque de la Mobile), similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. It lasted until 1709. In 1710, the "Boeuf Gras Society" was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. The procession was held with a huge bull's head pushed alone on wheels by 16 men. Later, Rex would parade with an actual bull, draped in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. This occurred on Fat Tuesday.
Not that we need an excuse to celebrate our favorite beverage...
"National Beer Day is a celebration of the Cullen–Harrison Act being signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his famous remark, "I think this would be a good time for a beer." The law went into effect on April 7 of that year, allowing people to buy, sell and drink beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4.05% by volume) in states that had enacted their own law allowing such sales. People across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the future holiday. Today, April 7 is recognized as National Beer Day and April 6 is known as New Beer's Eve."
Borrowed from Wikipedia...
King Gambrinus is credited as the first person to add hops to beer...
"Gambrinus (/gæmˈbraɪnəs/ gam-bry-nəs), is a legendary European culture hero celebrated as an icon of beer, brewing, joviality, and joie de vivre. Traditional songs, poems, and stories describe him as a king, duke, or count of Flanders and Brabant.Typical representations in the visual arts depict him as a rotund, bearded duke or king, holding a tankard or mug, and sometimes with a keg nearby."
Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for "Fifth of May") is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores that initiated the war of Mexican independence from Spain. - Wikipedia
A lot of Moms don't drink beer...but they haven't tried OUR beer. We have a Fruit Sour and Chocolate Stout. Bring her In and give her a treat.
Yes, we know it's Sunday and we're not open. Don't let that ruin her Mother's Day...come in on Saturday and buy her a growler.
Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was held on May 29, 2017. The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. - Wikipedia
'A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father's Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus "[singling] out just one of our two parents". In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972."
"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."
Black Cat Cadillac plays live music for both traditional (bars, clubs, parties, weddings, etc.) and non-traditional venues (charitable events, divorces, etc.) We'll play anywhere but out in the rain. We've got more power than the TVA, but we're not lightning proof... yet.
Stroll, sip and #shoplocal shop downtown#Hopkinsville featuring new #shopsmall canvas shopper bags. Holders of these shopper bags will have access to special promotions (at the discretion of the merchants listed on the shopper bag) when out and about using their shopper bags in the downtown area. When & where? Thursday, October 12, 4-7pm at Fred Atkins Park.
Ever wonder how ice cream might pair with your favorite HBC beer? Find out when Heather's Homemade Ice Cream makes their HBC debut! Try a cone, a waffle bowl, or - our personal favorite - a beer float.
Regular Cone /Bowl $2.50
Waffle Cone $3.00
Extra scoop $1.25
Mint Chocolate Chip
FREE | FIRST 100 PEOPLE RECIEVE A COPY OF STATION ELEVEN
What would happen if a lethal strain of the flu swept the entire Earth? Do you think you'd survive? If you did, how would you live? What would you not want to forget?
Is simply surviving enough?
This year's opening event introduces these questions and connects us to ongoing themes in Station Eleven. The book opens at a performance of Shakespeare's King Lear, and Shakespeare's plays follow the characters throughout the novel. Nashville Shakespeare Festival joins us to feature scenes from some of his greatest works, including those that factor heavily in this year's book. "Discovering Shakespeare" is full of wit and humor!
A special exhibition of Lori Nix diorama prints of a post-apocalyptic world will be on display with additional artwork by local high school students. A short film by local videographer, Hunter Ezell, will set the mood for all of us to jump into this great piece of literature.
We're honored to have been asked to design a beer inspired by this year's Big Read selection, "Station Eleven," by Emily St. John Mandel. This limited-edition saison is light and a little sweet, brewed with lemon balm pulled from our own gardens and twelve pounds of local honey.
One dollar from each pint will support future Big Read programs in Hopkinsville.
...survival is insufficient...
The Pennyroyal Arts Council and Sanctuary, Inc. present Dancing with Our Stars on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Planters Bank for supporting this event!
The event will feature local celebrities as well as professionals. Watch our Dancing with Our Stars page throughout the summer to see as we unveil each dancing team!
Proceeds from the event and the funds raised during the dancing festivities will support the missions of the Pennyroyal Arts Council and Sanctuary, Inc. The mission of the Pennyroyal Arts Council is to encourage, develop, and promote the appreciation of the Arts through Education, Support, Service, and Presentation. Sanctuary, Inc. is committed to the provision of preventative and restorative services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
For every dollar raised from now through the event, you're contributing to two great causes!
What sort of sound can you expect from a band conceived in the birthplace of country music, a stone’s throw from the home of rhythm and blues? One that borrows notes from both genres, creating a soulful blend of vigorous beats and shamelessly honest lyrics. Vedra, a four piece ensemble from Nashville, TN, pulls together the impressionist styles of lead-singer/guitarist Branon Jaggers and bassist Bryce Stevens with the classically trained ears of Disney-alum drummer Kirby Newman and pianist Erica Smith. The combination provides a final product rich with emotion and logic, leaving listeners with remnants of heart-throbbing beats and a vague sense of familiarity.
Following radio interviews with Q108 and WJZM, Vedra released their self-titled debut EP in January 2016. Currently, you can find their music on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and at their website, VedraMusic.com.
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!
The Munich Oktoberfest (Munich Beerfest) is one of the most famous events and the world's largest fair. Oktoberfest 2016 will be no exception. With some six million people attending every year, it is an important part of Bavarian culture. Think Disneyland for adults. 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 2016 starting on Saturday, 17th September until Monday the 3rd of October.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Amanda June made her way down to Nashville to focus on her career as a singer, songwriter and develop her artistry. Amanda has been singing since she could talk and picked up the acoustic guitar around the age of 14. Influenced by Alison Krauss, Dixie Chicks and Sheryl Crow, she knew Nashville was where she needed to be and at 18 years young she took the leap. Amanda started playing as many shows and writers rounds around town as she made herself a familiar face. "Her music stands out among most contemporary country music in the sense that it's music with passion, soul and written from personal experience. With a down-to-earth sensibility and a smooth, sweet voice, Amanda's style blends perfectly with that of Cole Vosbury, a fellow artist who also heard Nashville calling his name."
You may recognize Cole from Season 5 of NBC's The Voice in 2013. Cole, a Louisiana native, has been staying busy since then, playing shows frequently and collaborating with other artists, such as Amanda June. Cole has been playing music most of his life. He has been perfecting his craft of guitar for 12 years and playing music for a living since age 17. Cole's style stands out among others, his soulful, intriguing and gravelly voice compliments his blues, rock, country influenced playing on guitar. After having success in his hometown playing piano bars and bar gigs with his band, he auditioned for The Voice and while on Blake Shelton's team he placed Top 4. He went on to lay roots in Nashville while he traveled around the country to play shows with the help of William Morris Endeavor. While traveling and co-writing the past few years with Amanda June they decided to work on a duo project. The way Amanda and Cole play together is seamless, each artist's voice complementing the other's wonderfully, with no solo or break feeling forced or unnatural– a feat that few artist collaborations can boast. With a simple, beautiful melody accompanied by calm and elegant acoustic guitar arrangements to playing with a band. They won't be stopping their journey anytime soon and plan to put out a full length album.
The BOMB – A Hybrid of Classic Rock, Pop, and Blues fused together to create a helluva good time!” Originally formed in 2014, The BOMB hails from the fringes of Nashville. Comprised of vocalist Rick Woosley, guitarist Brandon Plyant, keyboardist Pat Haley, bassist Griffin Myers and the recent addition of drummer Chris Borders. They’ve been a relentless force in the Middle TN music scene, as featured in both the Ashland City Times and the Tennessean. Collectively they’ve performed at several famous local live venues such as the House of Blues, Franklin TN Theater, Hard Rock Café, and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Pat Haley has toured with the likes of Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, and Grand Funk Railroad.
Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/TheBOMBNashville/ andhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs22kSV1a4Tm7MYuRZ0NWuQ