Countdown until Tailspin Ale Fest

Coming to Louisville,
February 20 & 21, 2015
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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 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.


NEW for 2015, Tailspin Ale Fest is being split into TWO NIGHTS! Friday, February 20th, we’re featuring The Barrel Roll Experience. Tailspin’s Barrel Roll will be a fun filled evening mingling with Brewers and Brewery Reps, while enjoying limited Barrel Aged Beers, Bourbons and Craft Cocktails with food and entertainment included. A True VIP experience for all in this limited attendance event. Tickets include samplings of Barrel Aged Beers, Bourbons and Cocktails, plus local food and entertainment. Designated Driver tickets available too.

SATURDAY, February 21 our traditional Tailspin Ale Fest RETURNS! 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 and KY Heritage Section. VIP Attendees will receive an hour early entry, a one year subscription to DRAFT Magazine, one food voucher, plus a Tailspin Ale Fest souvenir.


2015 Tickets go on Sale Sunday, December 14 at 10AM.

Buy Combination Tickets or Single Day Tickets HERE.



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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 and only 1,000 tickets for the Barrel Roll.


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 and a  KY Heritage Section. Many brewery representatives will be onsite pouring or talking about their beers during the event.

NEW FOR 2015 – Friday Night’s Barrel Roll! Tailspin’s Barrel Roll will truly be a VIP experience as you mingle with Brewers and Brewery reps while enjoying some limited Barrel Aged Beers, Bourbons, Spirits and food. Live Entertainment and tickets will be limited to only 1,000 sold.


February 20 & 21, 2014:
Friday – 2/20 – The Barrel Roll – 7-10PM Barrel Aged Beers, Bourbons, Craft Cocktails and food included.
Saturday – 2/21 – Tailspin Ale Fest – 3-7PM Traditional Beer Festival with Food Trucks and Vendors available.


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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Many thanks to our Featured Breweries!


SweetWater Brewing Company

SweetWater’s roots began back in Boulder, Colorado in the early 90′s while Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney were roommates at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Once they were finished with school, Freddy and Kevin headed off to the American Brewers Guild in California aka Brewing School. After that they were off and running brewing beer for other breweries around the west coast, learning their craft while keeping the dream of their own place alive. February 17, 1997 marked the official beginning of SweetWater Brewery, and a new style of brewing and selling beer in Atlanta.


Tin Man Brewing Company

Tin Man Brewing Co. was assembled in 2012, an alloy of production brewery and restaurant. Committed to sustaining a habitable environment for all living and mechanical being, they utilize innovative processes to minimize waste and maximize taste. Forging new ground, they were one of the first small craft breweries in the United States to use a mash filter.


West Sixth Brewing Company

West Sixth Brewing founders Ben, Brady, Joe, and Robin all came to the same conclusion at about the same time – Lexington, KY needs more high quality local craft beer. Since they came from very different backgrounds with diverse sets of experiences and talents, they joined forces to create beer that can be enjoyed not only by craft beer experts, but also by those who just want something tasty to drink after going for a bike ride.


The Traveler Beer Company

The Traveler Beer Company is excited to be offering one of the most refreshing beer styles in the world. Despite being readily available in Europe for generations, shandys have been relatively undiscovered in our “curious” US beer culture. They are dedicated to bringing these refreshing craft beers to all curious beer drinkers.


Flat 12 Bierwerks

Flat 12 Bierwerks began production at their Indianapolis brewery in late Fall of 2010 and opened the doors of their taproom to the public on December 30th, 2010. The brewery began as the dream of Brewer Rob Caputo.  After honing his craft and perfecting recipes for years on his own, Rob sought out the counsel of brewers he admired in his native state of Michigan. With their advice and learning in hand, and the good fortune of finding business partners, it was time to make it reality. Flat 12 opened an additional taproom in Jeffersonville, IN in December of 2014.



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More details to come for the 2015 Line up! Take a look at who joined us last year and look for many to return…

2014 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
2014 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

Charity and Sponsors

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Dare to Care Food Bank

Dare to Care Food Bank is a local nonprofit agency with a mission to lead the community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need. In the past twelve months, Dare to Care distributed over 13 million meals to nearly 200,000 different people in eight Kentucky and five Indiana counties. The Dare to Care Community Kitchen, in partnership with Lift a Life Foundation, also serves 19 Kids Cafes in neighborhood afterschool locations.

In addition to providing food to hundreds of emergency kitchens, shelters and food pantries, Dare to Care operates several programs targeting the most vulnerable in our community.  These programs include:

Backpack Buddy: provides nutritious, kid-friendly foods to children from low-income families on weekends when they do not receive free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches

Community Kitchen: prepares and delivers hot, nutritious meals to Kids Cafes.

Mobile Pantry: brings a pantry directly to a neighborhood and provides fresh produce and other nutritious food items for our neighbors in isolated pockets of need

Patrol Against Hunger: provides nutritionally balanced food boxes to seniors in need through a unique partnership with the Louisville Metro Police Department

Cooking Matters: empowers families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals


Title Sponsor:

Liquor Barn, the Ultimate Party Source

The doors of the first Liquor Barns, the Ultimate Party Stores were opened by Robert Rosenstein and his father Irving in October, 1987. Liquor Barns are full service party stores that served to revolutionize the wine and spirits industry by successfully marrying it to its natural and fitting partners: specialty food and party ware, key ingredients in celebrating the good life. From birthdays and bar mitzvahs to weddings and pool parties, every product that a customer could possibly want or need for their special event was now available under one roof. Having grown up with malls and “mega-stores”, our customers understood the concept of “one-stop shopping” and loved the benefits as newly interpreted and embodied at Liquor Barn, their Ultimate Party Sources in Lexington , on Richmond Road and Southland Drive . In 1995, we built a better and bigger barn and opened our 50,000+ square foot Beaumont Centre store. It is located just off Harrodsburg Road at New Circle Road, close to Lexington ‘s Blue Grass Field and Keeneland Race Course. Beaumont replaced our smaller, nearby Southland Drive store. We also have two smaller neighborhood locations, Shoppers Village Liquor stores, conveniently located in Lexington ‘s Chevy Chase area, and on New Circle Road at Broadway.

With a keen eye on developing trends, we have helped our customers celebrate the good life for over twenty years by continually adding to our inventory of ultimate party products. One of the most exciting areas of growth for Liquor Barn has been in Kentucky-made products. From the resurgence of Kentucky wineries and the traditional distilling of Kentucky Bourbon to preserves, salsas, barbecue sauces and artisan cheeses, “Kentucky Proud” is a sure sign of good taste in our Commonwealth. In addition to the retail success that Liquor Barn has achieved, we strongly believe that “it isn’t enough to do well, you must also do good”. And boy, does Liquor Barn do a lot of “good” within our commonwealth’s communities. In addition to being active and involved board members of numerous charities, we have elevated Liquor Barn’s participation in several large yearly charity functions to new heights. Through sponsorships and donations, and with a focus on medical and arts-related non-profit organizations, Liquor Barn has helped raise in excess of a million dollars for those Kentuckians in need over the last two plus decades. Our Kentucky employees are active participants in many of our fund-raising efforts and add to the familial sense of the communities where we live and work.



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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Tickets and Lodging

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Barrel Roll Single Day - Friday Night’s Barrel Roll Experience with Barrel Aged Beers, Bourbons, Craft Cocktails, Food and More. All tickets are General Admission tickets. (Food is included.)

VIP Tailspin Ale Fest Single Day - VIP tickets for Saturday’s Tailspin Ale Fest Event with early entry at 2PM.

GA Tailspin Ale Fest Single Day -  GA admission for Saturday Tailspin

Combo Ticket- GA Barrel Roll Friday/GA Tailspin Saturday  General admission for both Friday Barrel Roll and Saturday Tailspin.

Combo Ticket – GA Barrel Roll Friday/VIP Tailspin SaturdayGeneral Admission for Friday Barrel Roll experience and Tailspin Ale Fest with early entry at 2PM.


Lodging Information:

Need a place to crash after an incredible time at Tailspin Ale Fest?  We’ve got you covered! Galt House Hotel and Tailspin Ale Fest have teamed up to bring you some awesome discounts on some even better rooms!

For information on the discounts and how to book your room, call 1-800-843-4258 and  request TAILSPIN GROUP.



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Tailspin Ale Fest will be held at Louisville Executive Aviation.

2700 Gast Blvd, Louisville, KY, 40205

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