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LIBAbrewThe Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 7th Annual Louisville Brewfest on Friday, September 25th from 4:00pm to 10:00pm at the Louisville Slugger Field, 401 East Main Street. The event is presented by BoomBozz Pizza & Taphouse and will feature independent local and regional beer, wine and bourbon, as well as food vendors and a silent auction. Admission is $5 which includes a souvenir cup. Attendees must be 21 or older to enjoy the beer, wine and bourbon. (Designated drivers get free admission.) VIP tickets are $45 and include access to exclusive beers, special gifts made by local artisans, and larger pours in a commemorative festival glass. For more info, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com.

In addition to sampling brews from 19 different local and regional breweries, festival goers will have the exclusive opportunity to taste a limited edition beer created especially for this event by Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer. Working with Goodwood Brewing Company, Mayor Fischer provided input on the recipe for an Irish Oatmeal Stout style beer, and he will participate in the brewing process at a media event on Friday, August 28th at 10am at Goodwood, 636 E. Main Street. Local musician Ben Sollee will also create his own variety of beer in collaboration with Apocalypse Brew Works that event attendees can sample.

Also new to the event this year will be an interactive activity where attendees can glue bottle caps and other items to an art piece to show their local love. Returning again is the “Brewseum”, a self-directed journey through the history of craft beer in Louisville, supported by demos and ‘how-to’ areas, created by Paul Young. An after party will also be hosted by The Haymarket Whiskey Bar, with free admission for Brewfest attendees.

Participating local brewers include Against the Grain, Akasha Brewing Company, Apocalypse Brew Works, Bluegrass Brewing Company, Cumberland Brewery, Falls City Beer, Goodwood Brewing Company, Monnik Brewing Company (formerly Beer Engine), New Albanian Brewing Company, and Sterling Beer. Guest brewers from the region include Central State Brewing Company from Indianapolis, Country Boy Brewing from Lexington, Eight Ball Brewing from Newport, Flat 12 Bierworks from Indianapolis, Kentucky Ale from Lexington, Rivertown Brewing Company from Cincinnati, Tin Man Brewing from Evansville, Upland from Bloomington and West 6th from Lexington. Locally made wines from Horseshoe Bend Vineyard & Winery, Old 502 Winery, Purple Toad Winery, and Smith-Berry Winery will also be available, as well as bourbon from Heaven Hill Distilleries.

The 7th Annual Louisville Brewfest is sponsored by Boombozz Pizza & Taphouse, Manny & Merle, Joella’s Hot Chicken, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Heaven Hill Brands, Yellow Cab, The Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Eclipse Bank, LEO Weekly, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, LouisvilleHotBytes.com, Nachbar, Abbey Road on the River, vo2 Multisport, WAKY radio, WFPK, Falls City Beer, Universal Linen, YELP Louisville, ValuMarket, Louisvillebeer.com, and Old 502 Winery.

LIBAThe Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will kick off “Independent’s Month” with a special event on Monday, July 6th from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Iroquois Amphitheater. The celebration precedes the July installment of Free Movie Nights at the Amphitheater, so attendees can stay and enjoy a free screening of “Muppets Most Wanted”. LIBA’s Independent’s Month Celebration is a free, family-friendly event and will include:

  • Live Music by Nick Peay Band
  • Khalil’s
  • POLLO – a gourmet chicken joint
  • V-Grits Food Truck
  • Kentucky Science Center
  • Bluegrass Indoor Karting
  • Bohemian Monkey (face painting and henna)
  • Jefferson Memorial Forest/Go Ape
  • White Raven Spa
  • Good Garbage, LLC
  • Body Center Healing

LIBA will also be making a very special announcement that night, so attendees will get to hear the news before it is officially announced on the following day.

In an ongoing effort to “Keep Louisville Weird” for more than 10 years, the Louisville Independent Business Alliance declares July as “Independents Month” and invites the publicto celebrate the city’s independent businesses throughout the month. The goal of this campaign is to create awareness around the fact that purchasing goods and services from a locally owned store keeps more money circulating in our local economy and supports the businesses that make Louisville “weird” and unique.

LIBAThe Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 7th Annual Buy Local Fair on Sunday, May 17 from 12:00pm6:00pm at The Louisville Water Tower Park. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle, or free for bicycle parking.

The fair will feature a marketplace of more than 180 booths from local businesses, musicians, artist and craftspeople, chefs, community organizations, and farmers. The event will also include a craft beer tent sponsored by ValuMarket, 14 food trucks, two cooking competitions, a silent auction area, and the H2O Kid’s Zone sponsored by Louisville Water Company.

This year’s cooking competitions include the Fleur de Lis Food Fight featuring a showdown between defending champion Sous Chef Cody Stone from Decca and Sous Chef James Moran from Seviche. The chefs will be given a basket of mystery ingredients and have 30 minutes to create a dish for a panel of judges. The Iron Shroom competition, sponsored by Magnificent Mushrooms, will challenge Josh Lehman of Holy Grale and Jonathan Exum of Wiltshire on Market to see who can create the most magnificent mushroom dish on the spot.

New to the event this year is The Back Porch, an area located on the back patio of the Louisville Water Tower with beautiful river views. This area is geared towards the grown-ups and will offer a place to relax in handmade patio furniture from Amish Hills and to enjoy bourbon, brandy and cigars available for purchase.

The mission of the Buy Local Fair is to provide a venue that fosters cooperation, cross-pollination and strength in numbers for locally-owned, independent entities. By bringing together customers of various businesses, farms, craftspeople and bands unique to the Louisville-area, we expose a variety of endeavors to new audiences and increase business for all.

The 2015 Buy Local Fair Sponsors are Louisville Metro Council, Amish Hill Furniture, DMLO CPAs, Eclipse Bank, Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets, VO2 Multisport, ValuMarket, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville Water Co., Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Louisville Public Media, LEO Weekly, The Trend Appliances, Oak Street Productions, YELP Louisville, Maloney Outdoor Advertising and Heaven Hill Brands.

About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA)
Celebrating 10 Years of Weird in 2015, LIBA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned businesses and to educate citizens on the value of buying locally. For more information about LIBA, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com.  

LIBA10The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 7th Annual Buy Local Fair Sunday, May 17, 2015, at The Water Tower Park from 12:00pm – 6:00pm.The fair will feature a marketplace of local businesses, musicians, artist and craftspeople, chefs, community organizations, and farmers. All locally-owned, independent businesses and individuals (especially those specializing in locally crafted goods, prepared foods and concessions) are encouraged to participate as Buy Local Fair vendors.

Vender applications and registration forms are available at www.keeplouisvilleweird.com/buylocalfair. Application forms are due by Friday, April 17. LIBA Members are eligible to receive one free booth space, and the booth fee for non-members is $30.

The event will include concerts, an Iron Chef-style competition, food and retail vendors, a craft beer tent, and a children’s area sponsored by Louisville Water Company.

Contact Kristen at kristen@keeplouisvilleweird.com for information on Sponsorship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and other questions.

The mission of the Buy Local Fair is to provide a venue that fosters cooperation, cross-pollination and strength in numbers for locally-owned, independent entities.  By bringing together customers of various businesses, farms, craftspeople and bands unique to the Louisville-area, we expose a variety of endeavors to new audiences and increase business for all.

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