Honorable Mention: More Blog Name Suggestions

name the blog - louisville beerOK, so the blog has been re-named, the cyber-bully has presumably called off his legal dogs, and now we can get on with writing about Louisville beer in relative peace. But what about the names that weren’t chosen? Well, there were quite a few. Here are some that received various levels of consideration:

Bluegrass Brewski (Nova Conover) – Nova chimed in early in the contest and had a couple of interesting ideas, led by this one. Beer Barrel was another good one, particularly if you think of this as a repository of beer-related musings.

Foam Home:  A Blog About Beer (Tim Roberts) – My old pal Tim had a decent idea with this one, although he rightly pointed out that Foam Home “could also be a blog about shaving.”

Brew Stew (Laura Meyer) – This one also got some consideration. It helps to know that Laura is a local cook/caterer, and clearly that experience reflects in the name. (Laura, I still miss my daily Big Daddy K sandwiches.)

Louisville Mug Shots (Amanda Long) – This name was a bit on the long side, but it’s a great suggestion. You have the locale, the “mug” reference, and the “shots” could be interpreted as the usually brief posts about beer. Nicely done, Amanda. She also had a few others worth mentioning: Not New Albany Beer Guy (I know Amanda from our days writing for the New Albany Tribune many moons ago); Sweaty Mugs; Lou-a-vALE; Bluegrass Gulp.

Derby City Brew Beat (Cynthia Bard Mayes) – This very good entry is from my well-meaning girlfriend, who originally suggested Louisville Beer Blog, which nearly got me sued. It’s OK, sweetie. I don’t blame you.

Louisville and Beer Together (Greg Thomas) – This is actually an inside joke that almost became the winner. The guy who runs the other site and demanded I change the name of my blog sent me a message threatening legal action, and told me I had to change the name, period. He then followed up with a message that said (paraphrased), “And it has to be a name without Louisville and Beer together.” Clearly, “Louisville and Beer Together” separates the two words in question with a conjunction and therefore would have technically been fair game. Kudos to my old friend Greg for being even more snarky than I am in the face of cyber-bullies. Greg also submitted two others that received consideration: Louisville’s Beer Goggles and The Ville’s First Draft. Good stuff from a guy who knows a thing or two about beer goggles.

Louisville Bleer Bog (Britany Baker) – More great snark, this time from the mind of my pal Britany. At first glance, I thought she had simply re-named the blog with the original name; she had to correct me and force me to read it again. Good stuff, Brit. Here are a few other entries from Brit that caught my eye: LouBrew; Brew-y-ville; Louisville Chugger (like!); Colonel Urinal (yeah, she admitted she’d been drinking when she sent that last one).

Fleur di Beer (Fred Minnick) – International whiskey and wine writer Fred Minnick took time out of his busy schedule to chime in with this fine entry, as well as three others: Kentucky Beer Blog; Up Your Hops; Hop N Suds (Fred knows I like hops). Fred has a new book about women’s role in whiskey history coming out soon. Check it out.

Derby City Beer-o-Sphere (Butch Bays) – A bit long-ish, but a good idea nonetheless. Butch is the guitar player in my band, The Uncommon Houseflies, and is also a great artist – in fact, he created the logo for this blog and does all the artwork for our band. He also co-hosts my Crescent Hill Radio show with me every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (Sorry for the shameless plugs; it was more for him than for myself.)

The Beer Nut (Ben Schneider) – Also a great submission from my old pal Ben, of Digby fame. Ben actually named my LEO column, The Taste Bud, and this name would have made a fine pairing. It was nearly the winner. Thanks, Ben!

River City Suds (Jeff Butler) – This one sort of combines some of the other submissions, and it hit the mark I was looking for by mentioning the locale and making an allusion to beer as well. But ultimately using “502” won out. Thanks a bunch, Jeff. If I ever decide to re-name my dog, I’ll look you up.

One final thanks to everyone who submitted ideas, and congrats once again to the winner, Chapin Ott!

Indiana Craft Beer Month at Fireside

fireside bar - louisville beerNeil and Patty Smith run a quaint business in Sellersburg, Ind., called Neil & Patty’s Fireside Bar and Grill. Good food, cozy atmosphere, the works. And thanks to their dauther Lauren Smith, who is the general manager, they also have pretty sweet selection of craft beers as well.

It took me more than halfway through the month to make a visit, but my pal Rob and I stopped in to enjoy conversation about baseball and music, while also knocking back a couple. I decided to try everything on tap, even the stuff I was already familiar with. (Luckily, Fireside is more than happy to pour you a two- or three-ounce sample.)

Here’s a roundup of what’s on tap currently:

New Albanian Tafel Bier: 5% ABV, IBU 12. It’s a super light (for NABC, at least) Belgian style brew, with lots and lots of malts. Lots. A tad nutty, with a nose that has a faint sourness to it. Interesting, to say the least.

Three Floyds Gumballhead: 5.6% ABV, 35 IBU. It had been a while since I’d had Gumballhead, brewed in Munster by Three Floyds. It was less hoppy than I’d remembered with more fruity overtones. What a great summer beer this stuff is.

Bloomington Brewing Company Quarrymen Ale: 5.8% ABV, 34 IBU. This was my favorite tap of the night. I tend to love dry-hopped ales, so this one is right in my wheelhouse. Not too hoppy, but still has a bitter presence, if that makes sense. The fruitiness leans toward citrus. I could have had 10 of these, but sadly, I had to drive home.

Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale: 5.3% ABV, 20 IBU. This smooth and, well, creamy ale ended up being Rob’s favorite. Another high quality choice for summer. It’s easy on the hops, but has a great crisp finish and smooth maltiness. Your mom could drink this one.

Oaken Barrel Indiana Amber: 5.3% ABV, 28 IBU. I was never a big fan of Oaken Barrel beers, but that could be because my ex and I used to go there when we’d visit her mom in Indy. Sigh. I don’t miss those days. But this is nevertheless a solid amber ale with a nice caramel quality to it and little bit of a bite. (If you want bite, though, I’d recommend the Oaken Barrel Superfly IPA.)

Flat 12 Pogue’s Run Porter: 5.5% ABV, 34 IBU. Dark, chocolaty and with a big coffee flavor, this one is probably more of a winter beer for my buds. Regardless, this is really just a great-tasting porter. For you Guinness lovers, imagine a Guinness stout times 100. Different styles, technically, sure, but there’s your reference point.

Daredevil Lift Off IPA: 7% ABV. You gotta like any brewery that touts its “aggressively fun beers,” and this one certainly lives up to that tagline. It’s a West Coast-style IPA (think Sierra Nevada) with lots of American hop bitterness and what I perceived as a physical tingle at the back of the palate. In my notes, I wrote, “Sooo delicious. But be careful.” Oh yeah, and Daredevil has the coolest tap handles in the state, bar none.

Anyway, check out the Indiana brew specials while you can. Also, if you like country fried chicken livers, you should check out my Taste Bud article in LEO. Fireside has some of the best I’ve ever tasted.