Chef Gil Logan with Valumarket will also be putting on a seminar in the mid-afternoon where he'll be pairing different beers and cheeses together, but it goes deeper than that. More than just a pairing, Gil has brought together a marriage of small artisan brewing with hand crafted artisan cheese that will take you on a trip thru the Kentucky countryside and change your perception of beer-cheese forever. Gil will also demonstrate other great beers and food pairings, For example, he'll be putting together a wonderful salad of local lettuces, candied pecans, pumpernickel croutons, and a unique dressing made from sourwood honey and Kentucky Ale. Also on the menu is a hearty soup made from bacon, beer, cheddar, and potatoes.
Anyway about it, you can't go wrong spending four hours out of your Saturday afternoon tasting incredible beers from all over the world, and getting caught up on your brewing 101 education. Plus, as I mentioned before, what better way is there to not only thank your father for being there your entire life, but also share an impeccable experience with him that you'll both remember the rest of your lives? I realize that professional baseball was deemed the national pass time over a hundred years ago, but doesn't having a beer with the old man sound like a better time? The moment you both walk into this event you'll be handed a pamphlet illustrating the different breweries participating, where their booths are located, and those brewers contact information for future reference. You'll also receive a souvenir tasting mug that you'll approach these brewers with and sample their beers, and if there was one that you enjoyed, the cool this is, the pamphlet that's in your hand can be written on in hopes for a future reference.
The event is on Saturday, June 19th from 2-6 p.m., and is being held downtown at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Tickets are $39.50 in advance, or $45 the day of the show to anyone over 21 or older. For the exclusive benefit of tasting beers that the general public won't have access to, VIP tickets are also available for $75. Tickets are available at http://www.topofthehopsbeerfest.com/ but can also be purchased the day of the event.
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