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Coming to Louisville,
February 20 & 21, 2015
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Limited Quantity of Discount Tickets available Nov 15th-30th 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 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 Early Bird Tickets go on Sale Saturday, November 15 at 10AM. A limited number of  DISCOUNTED tickets will be available until November 30th or until the allotment is sold out. Additional tickets will go on sale mid-December. Get your 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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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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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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