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February 22nd 2014
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Kentucky has long been known for offering the finest spirits, but recently, there is a another liquid emerging that embodies all of the artisanal qualities that make us so proud of our state.  The American Craft Beer movement is in full force and Kentucky is well on its way to making our mark on this industry with an emerging craft beer scene.  Tailspin Ale Fest seeks to further this cause by providing a premier festival for the craft brewer and craft beer drinker in the Kentuckiana Region.  In this, the inaugural Tailspin Ale Fest, we will feature more than 150 craft beers in a revived WWII era airplane hangar at the oldest continually operating airfield in North America.  All paid attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass. Food served by local food trucks will be available for purchase. The festival also features live music, a biplane display, KY Heritage Section and educational programming.




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Want to know more about the Tailspin Ale Fest? Here’s where we put some details.


You and hundreds of fellow beer enthusiast friends. Tailspin Ale Fest is limited to 2,000 tickets.


Tailspin Ale Fest is Louisville’s Winter Warmer. We will feature more than 150 craft beers in a revived WWII era airplane hangar at the oldest continually operating airfield in North America.  All paid attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass. Food served by local food trucks will be available for purchase. The festival also features live music, a biplane display, KY Heritage Section and educational programming.

Many brewery representatives will be onsite pouring or talking about their beers during the event.


February 22nd 2014, from 3pm to 7pm for General Admission. VIP Entry starts at 2pm.


Tailspin Ale Fest will be held at Louisville Executive Aviation: 2700 Gast Blvd, Louisville KY


Because it’s a BEER festival!

Featured Breweries

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Welcome to Louisville!
Deschutes Brewery

What if you went to work thinking, “What rule can we rule out today? What sacred cow can we tip on its big, fat flank? What if the boss strode the halls urging: ‘put the kettle to the metal, people.’”

Welcome to the funhouse called Deschutes. Since 1988, we’ve been brewing a lineup of high-risk, high-reward beers from Bend in Oregon’s high desert. First for our own pub, then for a growing audience of beer fanatics.  With state-of-the-art tools, we produce craft brew icons like Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter. Then up the ante with bold, small batch experimentals like The Abyss, Hop Trip and The Dissident. All the while urging on our extended family of home and craft brewers everywhere.

Please join us out here on the brewing limb. If you’re not slightly nervous, we’ve failed you.  Please visit for more information or find us on Facebook and most other social media outlets.

Sweetwater Brewing Company

SweetWater Brewing Company is an Atlanta‐based craft brewery living by the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream!” SweetWater’s brews are designed to be consumed fresh so distribution is limited to the Southeast. The award-winning lineup of year‐round brews includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Blue, LowRYEder and Georgia Brown. SweetWater also features a Catch and Release series of beers available on a limited basis throughout the year, and an experimental, one‐time‐only Dank Tank series. SweetWater Brewery – located at 195 Ottley Dr. in Atlanta – is open for tours and tastings every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30‐7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30‐4:30 p.m. For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit For more of a social relationship with SweetWater Brewing Company follow @sweetwaterbrew on Twitterand Instagram, and become a fan on Facebook


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This list is subject to change.

Kentucky Heritage Breweries
  • Against the Grain
  • Alltech
  • Apocalypse
  • BBC Clay and Main
  • BBC ST. Matthews
  • Beer Engine
  • Blue Stallion
  • Country Boy
  • Cumberland
  • Falls City
  • Lore
  • West 6th
Participating Breweries
  • 3 Floyds
  • Avery
  • Bells
  • Breckenridge
  • Dark Horse
  • Deschutes
  • Dogfish Head
  • Founders
  • Goose Island
  • Great Lakes
  • Green Flash
  • Highland Brewery
  • Left Hand
  • New Albanian
  • New Holland
  • North Coast
  • Ommegang
  • Oskar Blues
  • Rogue
  • Sam Adams
  • Schlafly
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Six Point
  • Southern Tier
  • Stone
  • Sweetwater
  • Uinta
  • Upland
Beer List (alphabetical by Brewery):
Hop - Against the Grain
Specialty - Against the Grain
Smoked Beer - Against the Grain
Malt - Against the Grain
Bo and Luke - Against the Grain
Bourbon Barrel Ale - Alltech
Bourbon Barrel Stout - Alltech
Kentucky IPA - Alltech
Kolsch - Alltech
Alt Ale - Apocalypse
American Ale - Apocalypse
Porter - Apocalypse
Fall out Dust - Apocalypse
Old Jubilation Ale - Avery
New World Porter - Avery
White Rascal - Avery
NBA - BBC Clay and Main
APA - BBC Clay and Main
Porter - BBC Clay and Main
Barbarian Honey Ale Vintage - BBC Clay and Main
Freedom Ranger - Beer Engine
Barreled Sour - Beer Engine
Hopslam - Bells
Sweet Potato Stout - Bells
Midwest Pale - Bells
Bell’s Two Hearted - Bells
Smitten Golden Rye - Bells
Bluegrass To Helles and Bock – Barrel Edition - Bluegrass Beer Co
Bluegrass Man Hands - Bluegrass Beer Co
Bluegrass Rye Porter - Bluegrass Beer Co
Ophilia Wheat - Breckenridge
721 Imperial Chocolate Stout - Breckenridge
Avalanche - Breckenridge
Cougar Bait - Country Boy
Pecker Head IPA - Country Boy
Shotgun Wedding - Country Boy
Sexual Dracula - Country Boy
Winter Warmer - Cumberland
Matt’s Red - Cumberland
IPA - Cumberland
Plead the 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse
Raspberry Ale - Dark Horse
Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse
Black Butte Porter - Deschutes
Red Chair - Deschutes
Mirror Pond - Deschutes
Hophinge IPA 22oz Bottle - Deschutes
Inversion IPA - Deschutes
Noble Rot - Dogfish Head
Midus Touch - Dogfish Head
Namaste - Dogfish Head
60 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head
Worldwide Stout - Dogfish Head
Bourbon Barrel Red - Falls City
India Pale Ale (IPA) - Falls City
Black IPA - Falls City
Half Cycle IPA - Flat 12 Bierwerks
Pinko 23 Russian Imperial Stout - Flat 12 Bierwerks
Saison Du Flat - Flat 12 Bierwerks
Bleeding Heart IPA - Flat 12 Bierwerks
Old Crumudgen - Founders
All Day IPA - Founders
Red’s Rye - Founders
Green Flash Imperial - GFBC Inc
Green Flash Grand Cru - GFBC Inc
Green Flash Pallet Wrecker - GFBC Inc
Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co
Sophie - Goose Island Beer Co
Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes
Conway’s Irish Ale - Great Lakes
Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes
Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewery
Devil’s Britches Red IPA - Highland Brewery
Stone Matt’s Burning Rosids Imperial Cherry Wood Saison - Koochenvagner’s Brewing Co
Stone Farking Wheaton Woot Stout - Koochenvagner’s Brewing Co
Stone Go To IPA - Koochenvagner’s Brewing Co
Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean - Koochenvagner’s Brewing Co
Motherload - Left Hand
Safety Round - Left Hand
Milk Stout - Left Hand
Fade to Black - Left Hand
Sausage Festival Marzen - Lore
Proper Posh - Lore
Arschlock Doppelbock - Lore
Derby Brown - Lore
Houndmouth - New Albanian
Dirty Squirrel - New Albanian
Cloven Foot - New Albanian
Night Tripper - New Holland
El Mole Ocho - New Holland
Dragon’s Milk - New Holland
Cabin Fever - New Holland
Blue Sunday - New Holland
Brother Thelonius - North Coast
Prangster - North Coast
Scrimshaw Pils - North Coast
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast
Three Philosophers - Ommegang
Glimmer Glass - Ommegang
Witte - Ommegang
Hop House - Ommegang
Tenfidy Imperial Stout - Oskar Blues Brewery
Old Chub Scotch Ale - Oskar Blues Brewery
Mama’s Little Yella Pils - Oskar Blues Brewery
Robeling Porter - Rivertown
Lil Sippa IPA - Rivertown
Yellow Snow - Rogue
XS Old Crustacean - Rogue
Mougel Madness Winter Ale - Rogue
Chatoe Rogue Wet Hop Ale - Rogue
Coldsnap - Sam Adams
Rebal IPA - Sam Adams
Grumpy Monk - Sam Adams
Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout - Schlafly
American IPA - Schlafly
Vanilla Milk Stout - Schlafly
Biere De Garde - Schlafly
Scotch Ale - Schlafly
Extra Irish Stout - Schlafly
Ovila Abbey Quad - Sierra Nevada
Harvest Ale - Sierra Nevada
Ruthless Rye - Sierra Nevada
Big Foot 2013 - Sierra Nevada
Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada
LIVE Pale Ale - Southern Tier
Old man Winter - Southern Tier
Crème Brulee - Southern Tier
Imperial Choklat Stout - Southern Tier
420 Pale Ale - Sweetwater
IPA - Sweetwater
Blue - Sweetwater
Happy Ending - Sweetwater
Low Ryder - Sweetwater
Whiplash - Sweetwater
Alpha King - Three Floyds
Gumball Head - Three Floyds
Warmullet - Three Floyds
Wyald Extra Pale Ale - Unita
Hop Notch - Unita
Duhbie - Unita
Barrell Aged Winter Warmer - Upland
Dragon Fly - Upland
Komodo Dragon Fly - Upland
IPA - West 6th
Amber - West 6th
Lemon Grass Wheat - West 6th
Cocoa Porter - West 6th

Charity and Sponsors

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Media Partners:

Louisville Eccentric Observer

The Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO) was founded in 1990 as a free source of a wide range of opinions and commentary on current affairs, as well as a guide to local and regional entertainment and recreation opportunities. Through the years, LEO has evolved into the Louisville area’s most urbane and challenging newsweekly, including reportage on topics often avoided by mainstream media.In addition to a variety of perspectives on contemporary issues, LEO carries several syndicated columns and features, including News of the Weird, Real Astrology, and The New York Times Crossword Puzzle. In addition, LEO newsweekly publishes only locally written reviews of books, movies, theater and other artistic performances, musical recordings, and local musicians.LEO is distributed free every Wednesday through a network of more than 900 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana.LEO is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. launched on August 1, 2011, and has since become the online source for the calendar (and coverage) of events, videos, beer reviews, news, and education on craft beer in Kentuckiana. We recently launched our sHOP, where we sell our own merchandise as well as items from local breweries. We have had over 32,000 unique visitors to the site in the past 6 months. was featured in a article about Oktoberfest celebrations.

In September 2013, organized the 4th Annual Louisville Craft Beer Week (LCBW). This was our third year as the organizers, and this 2013 event was the biggest yet. LCBW is a 9-day, city wide celebration of local and regional craft beer. The primary goals are to promote our area’s thriving craft beer culture, and enhance beer knowledge and appreciation. Last year we had 3 sponsors, and this year we had 7. With 30,000 16-page pullout guides published in LEO Weekly, +/- 70 events in 9 days, 40,644 page views (up from 17,000+ in 2012), 10,542 unique visitors (up from 5,544) and 38 Gigabytes of bandwidth drained from’s servers (up from 16), this year’s LCBW proved to be a sweeping success. consistently adds new contributing writers insuring timely and fresh content. Our current contributors are: Roger Baylor (Owner, New Albanian Brewing Company), Adam Watson (Co-owner, Against the Grain Brewery), John King (hardcore beer geek/blogger), Cresant Smith (self-described “Beer Nerd”), Kevin Patterson (GM/Beer School moderator and Certified Cicerone at The Beer Trappe in Lexington), Peter Fingerson and Henry Hunt take care of our growing homebrewing section, and Jason Lyvers and Dawn Howard (both formerly of L’ville Beer on

John Wurth is the founder of By day, John is the VP of Marketing at Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty, so he knows a thing or two about marketing, design, photography, video and how to get eyeballs to websites. John’s passion for fine beer and excellency in brewing drove him to create a website for likeminded craft beer connoisseurs. What started as a hobby and meet-up site rapidly became the portal to the local craft beer scene, and continues to grow in followers daily.

Brewery Partner:

The Kentucky Guild of Brewers is an organization formed with the purpose of providing a unified voice of Kentucky brewers to educate & promote the craft brewing industry in the Bluegrass State. Drink up Kentucky!

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Tailspin Ale Fest will be held at Louisville Executive Aviation.

2700 Gast Blvd, Louisville, KY, 40205

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