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Newly-formed Hop Foundation will provide financial relief to employees in craft brewing industry

Kentucky craft brewery employees who are either injured or experiencing health-related issues now have another resource for financial relief as the newly formed Hop (Helping Our People) Foundation launches in the Commonwealth. While similar programs exist in the service industry, this will be the first program of its kind for Kentucky brewery employees not working in the restaurant space. “We want...

Ky. Proud Beer Series set for October; adds beer festival at Newport’s Wooden Cask Brewery

The Kentucky Proud Beer Series will be bigger and better than ever in 2019 with a beer festival in Newport and six Kentucky Proud paired beer dinners in October, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced on Tuesday. “Every October, Kentucky’s craft brewers use Kentucky Proud products to brew one-of-a-kind beers to showcase their creativity and honor the Commonwealth’s producers,” Quarles...

Kentucky Guild of Brewers to host beer festival June 22 at Louisville Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza

The Kentucky Guild of Brewers (KGB) will host its third annual beer festival, the Kentucky Craft Bash, on June 22 at Louisville Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza. The KGB brewfest will be the state’s largest beer festival, featuring beers produced within the Commonwealth by Kentucky Craft Brewers. More than 40 Kentucky breweries highlighting more than 100 varieties of beer will be available. Brewers...

Kentucky craft brewers set to release unique beers with Kentucky Proud products on Friday

If you are a fan of unique local craft beers and delicious Kentucky Proud products, the Kentucky Guild of Brewers and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture have a treat for you. On Friday, 16 Kentucky craft breweries will release beers made with Kentucky Proud products. The first 100 customers at each participating brewery will receive a custom poster and glass at no charge. “These one-of-a-kind...

Twenty-five Kentucky craft brewers partner with Willett Distillery for barrell-aged beer showcase

By law, a charred oak barrel can only be used once to create Bourbon whiskey. But there is life after Bourbon for used barrels and recycling has never tasted so good. now, Kentucky’s craft brewers are partnering with the historic Willett Distillery for an exciting barrel reuse experiment. Twenty-five craft brewers from across the Commonwealth assembled at Willet’s Bardstown distillery Monday...

Quarles toasts state’s growing craft brewing industry as part of Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles raises a glass to Kentucky’s craft brewers to commemorate Kentucky Proud Beer Week. Quarles will join Derek Selznick, executive director of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, and Dr. Scott Eidson, president of the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, to mark the special week with a news conference on Friday at 1 p.m. EDT at Country Boy Brewing in Georgetown. “Kentucky’s...

State brewers, KSU collaborate on unique craft beers to be released during Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Kentucky brewers, Kentucky Proud producers, and Kentucky State University (KSU) will produce craft beers infused with locally grown ingredients that will be released this fall. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined representatives of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, and KSU to announce the project. The craft beers will be released Oct. 12-14 during Kentucky Proud...

State Agriculture Department, Guild of Brewers partner for release of Kentucky Proud beers

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Guild of Brewers have partnered on the release of five limited-edition, Kentucky Proud-infused beers. “This is a great example of Kentucky Proud producers working together to create unique value-added products,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We are pleased to work with the Kentucky Guild of Brewers to advance Kentucky’s...