Lady Suzanne of Greenbriar is Kentucky born and bread, so the Kentucky Derby is one of the most special days of the year for her. Her parents have been to the event several times and our daughter has even played “My Old Kentucky Home” with the University of Louisville Marching Band for Queen Elizabeth (I'm sure the Queen smiled and waved politely).
Racing fans and non-fans (but party fans) will eat tons of Kentucky Barbecue and drink lots of beer today. Many in Louisville will be drinking one of the many brews from Bluegrass Brewing Company. Over 90 different BBC beers have been offered over the years and you can always find something unique to suit your taste.
Louisville, like many Ohio River communities, has a rich brewing history with Falls City being the most popular. And, in 1977, Falls City representatives approached Billy Carter, brother of President Jimmy Carter, about marketing a signature brand to capitalize on Billy's fame as the beer drinking blacksheep of the Carter family. (Falls City, by the way, was the original name of Louisville – site of the largest water falls on the Ohio south of Pittsburgh It's at the falls where Lewis met Clark, shook hands and started the great Lewis and Clark Expedition).
KENTUCKY MINT JULEPS
Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add chopped mint leaves and simmer 30 minutes. Let syrup stand at room temperature overnight. Strain. Fill julep cups with crushed ice. Combine bourbon and mint syrup; pour over ice. Garnish with mint. Yields 7 1/2 cups.
So, whether you're cheering on "Z Humor" at 30-1, "Denis of Cork" at 20-1, or "Big Brown" at 3-1, dust off the Mint Julep Cups and sip a Kentucky tradition. Or, fill a pint mug of your favorite Bluegrass Brew Company beers. I think I hear The Call to Post.
Sir Bowie of Greenbrair