Today’s Reason To Drink

Please ignore the pink polish. That’s what happens when you add wine to a straight girl with a purse full of nail polish. Thanks, Ann E.

I went to NuLu to check out the new Louisville Cream and grab lunch at Royals, and looky what I found at Taste Fine Wines & Bourbons. Yay!

It’s a good day.

Today’s Reason To Drink

I ordered the beer to make the photo look more authentic.

There’s a new pizza joint in town, and it goes by the name of Butchertown Pizza Hall. I took a quick trip there for lunch yesterday and loved what I saw and put in my mouth. The place is run by the guy who opened the now-closed Papalinos Pizza in the Highlands, so if you liked that type of New York-style pizza, you’ll like this.

Here’s more from my visit. The best part is, they have a full bar and pizza by the slice.

Pizza. It’s not just for breakfast anymore.

Yesterday’s Reason To Drink

My nightmare.

Holy crap. I must have gotten busy and forgot to post yesterday. Shame.

I’ll be happy to take any punishment you lob my way, including but not limited to water boarding with Bud Light, light spanking, handcuffs, a Jagerbomb before bedtime, a Guinness-chugging contest, all-you-can-eat seafood buffets, Jimmy Buffett on nonstop repeat, BW3’s wings, or Trump for another four years.

Today’s Reason To Drink

You better work!

A Life Lesson from the Bar Belle

Filmmaker Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

I wholeheartedly agree with that. Many people ask me how it is I know so people in Louisville, and my simple answer is: I show up to things.

Well, it’s that, and the fact that I’ve been around writing about the city for 17 years now.

Perhaps it’s just something instilled in me from my upbringing. I do have a case of FOMO, but I also had severe FOM (Fear of Mom) as a kid. Which is why I never missed a day in high school, which is why I never drank my first beer until college, and which is why I’m always 10 minutes early to anything.

It’s true, though. You get invited to a pop-up bourbon event on a Monday evening? Show up. Get there early, and stay late. Don’t turn down opportunities to network. Put yourself out there, shake hands and remember names (which I admittedly am terrible at).

Life is a balancing act, of course, and you can’t commit to everything. You probably think it’s easier for me get out and about because I’m single and have no major obligations waiting for me at home. And you’re probably right. But I do value my personal time as much as anyone else, and the times I am in a committed relationship, I practice the very important lesson of compromise.

Some exes would say I failed at that lesson, and others would say they had fun joining me on my many adventures while it lasted.

But this isn’t about them. This is about me giving away wisdom like Oprah does cars.

You’re welcome.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Just a reminder that if you’d like a free sample of the new Four Roses 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon, they’re hosting a tasting event tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Four Roses Loft above BBC at Third and Main.

And best of all, the man of the hour — Al Young — whom the bourbon is named after, will be there with bells on.

It’s free for the first 50 people, so don’t be late.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Dana & Alice reunited!

OMG.

Entertainment Weekly reunited the cast of “The L Word,” and they all would like to see the show come back — even Dana, who is dead. I think that’s the best idea I’ve heard in a long time, and there really hasn’t been lesbian-centered shows since it ended in 2009, unless you count “Orange is the New Black.”

I say yes, yes, yes! Let’s get Alice and Dana back together (somehow). Shane and Carmen. Tina and Bette.

Ten years ago, this show helped me realize I was, indeed, a gay gal trying to navigate a straight life. And that if I just was honest with myself and those around me, I could, well, have my cake and eat it too, so to speak.

It’s been quite a decade learning all about love, heartbreak, friendship, partnership, passion and all the other crazy stuff, but at least I’m doing it as my authentic self now — and I don’t have to pretend to have crushes on dudes.

Happy Pride Month, y’all!

A chat with Al Young on 50 years in the bourbon business

Al is the man! | Courtesy of Four Roses

Here’s that feature story I was working on all last week about Al Young, brand ambassador of Four Roses who has worked for half a century in the bourbon business. There was a lot to cover, but the main focus was on the new 2017 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon.

I’ve written it here already, because I was able to snag an early sample. It’s amazing and should be tried by everyone who loves whiskey. It’s sweet, beautiful, deep, warm but not hot and melts like butter.

I’m currently searching for a bottle to add to my bar, so if you happen to see some, please let me know ASAP. They’re hard to find.

But lucky for you, you’re reading this blog. And I’ve got the scoop on a pop-up tasting event for Al’s new bourbon. You can find out the details here, but a little birdie told me exactly where it’ll be held, because they aren’t releasing the details until Monday.

Figure out the riddle below. And I’ll see you Monday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m.

You’ll find us downtown near Third.
In a loft above a business known by a three-letter word.
It’s a place that mostly sells beer.

But Four Roses has always had a home here.

Al Young will be on hand to greet,
And with you he will share a treat.
You must act fast and don’t delay,
Or you’ll have to wait to try his bourbon another day.