The popularity of craft beer grows ever stronger, with new microbreweries popping all over the United States and around Kentucky and southern Indiana. But only one local microbrewery can claim to have been at the forefront of that growth: Bluegrass Brewing Company.
Pat Hagan found himself traveling all over California back in the late 1980s, where he fell in love with the hoppy beers brewed by places out west such as Sierra Nevada. When he returned to the Louisville area for good, well, he started getting the itch to move beyond home brewing.
And so the original BBC, in St. Matthews, was born.
Did he envision it still thriving after 20 years?
“No, I didn’t, really,” Hagan said. “At the time, that was really the first time I was getting into the restaurant/brewery business. I probably didn’t know exactly what I was doing or what I was getting into.” …