Hello fellow wine lovers,
I just wanted to inform everyone that starting Thursday I will be pouring and hosting FREE wine tastings at Liquor City Bakewell in Covington KY. Thursday and Friday, November 17 and 18, from 4 -8 p.m. I will be pouring the big six grapes. The tasting will be Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.
The big six wine tasting will get you to:
If you happen to be in the Covington/Northern Kentucky area this Thursday or Friday please come and see me. Future wine tastings: November 21st & 23rd at Liquor City Bakewell.
Last night I went on the Queen City Under Ground Tour from American Legacy Tours and I was amazed. I’ve been on at least three of their tours and every time I go I learn something new about the greater Cincinnati area. This tour was focused on the Over the Rhine area where there were over 163 saloons, beer gardens, theatres, and breweries were on Vine St. in the late 1800s. The breweries would store and make their beer underground the buildings in these huge tunnels/rooms (the rooms are the sub and sub-sub basements). Some of the tunnels/rooms I was standing in were at least 20 feet high, it was amazing. They had tunnels that were underneath the streets that go in between the barreling and bottling buildings and onto other buildings.
Did you know that Cincinnati drank over two and a half times more beer than the national limit in the late 1800s? That’s a lot of beer! Besides seeing the underground breweries and historical buildings we saw where the new Christian Moerlein brewery will be located. There was a tunnel that was boarded up from the one building that led into the Christian Moerlein brewery but we didn’t get to see that tunnel. The future home of the Christian Moerlein Brewery was once the Malt and Lager house of the Kaufman Brewery that was one of the breweries during the late 1800s. Christian Moerlein Brewery was the only Cincinnati beer from that time that was exported internationally.
The tour was a great history lesson and shows how much Over the Rhine have developed in the last decade. Please note that the tour is a walking tour and to get to the tunnels you will have to go down a few flights of steps. The tour runs till the end of November every Saturday and Sunday. Please check their website for more information.
I usually write about wine and my adventures with wine. Today I’m blogging about a beer that I tried over the weekend called Back Burner Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale by Southern Tier Brewing Company.
Back Burner has a barley taste that has a variety of sweet fruit flavors. British brewers use to make special ales using the first runnings of the mash. These beers, now called barley wine, are brewed in the past tradition. The beer is dark copper in the glass, it comes in a 22oz. bottle so its good to split with a friend or drink alone. Back Burner is a seasonal imperial that is released in February from the Southern Tier Brewing Company. It’s conceived in three small batches, using voluminous amounts of barley and hops. The 22oz bottle was 9.6% alcohol.
I have tried 3 of their beers and I have enjoyed them all. I can’t wait to try more. The brewery is located in New York and doesn’t have a Cincinnati disribut0r but they do have a distributor in Northern Kentucky. I have found their beers at the Cork N’ Bottle locations and at the DEP locations. So if you’d like to try this or any beer from Southern Tier Brewing Company you’ll have to travel over to the KY side to purchase some of the great beer.
Last Saturday was the Northern Kentucky Wine Festival at Main Strasse Village. It was a perfect night for it, chilly and breezy. This was a great festival; in the middle of the promenade on 6th street were fire pits, couches, live music, and tables & chairs with the perfect setting for enjoying a nice glass of wine. I was shocked to see how crowed it was and because of that you had to wait in line to taste the different wines. The lines went fast so it wasn’t to bad. In each wine tent there were about 3 wineries and I believe there were 5 wine tents. I’m not going to talk about each winery, just the ones that I thought were the best or had a lot of potential.
I was so excited to hear that American Legacy Tours was finally doing a Haunted Covington Tour. Considering I grew up in Covington and I grew up in a haunted building in Main Strauss. Not only did this tour share great ghost stories that I myself heard over the years but also some great history about the Covington area. Like for instance, did you know that Ulysses S. Grant’s parents lived in Covington? He also lived there during a part of the Civil War and his kids went to a school on Greenup St.
This tour walks you past some of the most beautiful historic homes in the Tri State area. Two great spots that have great haunt stories on the tour are the Baker-Hunt Art and Cultural Center and the Booth Hospital. The Baker-Hunt house has a history of ghost sightings and as I was standing in the living room listening to the stories and history about the house I got the creepiest feeling like someone was watching us. The Booth Hospital has so many different ghost stories and I even shared a ghost story with the tour guides that I saw first hand when I was little.
This is a tour that has a beautiful scenery, wonderful ghost stories, and great history. I strongly suggest this tour even if you don’t believe in ghost just to take in all the historic homes and vibrant history.
Disclaimer: This was a free event that I was invited to for press night. This tour has nothing to do with wine or any wine events, it’s just really freaking cool.
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