Today’s Reason To Drink


It’s Friday! Do you know where I can get some beer?

Thinking about going to that Girls Rock Louisville karaoke thing at Zanzabar tonight … but it doesn’t start until 11:30 p.m. Yikes! Can this Grandma make it that late? Depends on when I start, I suppose.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Designed by my little brother, Doug.

Here’s the first look at this year’s Gettin’ Drunky in Kentucky pub crawl T-shirt.

Don’t say I never give you exclusives.

Mark it down in your calendar: Saturday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. at Outlook Inn.

Head to Facebook and look up the event so you can hear about the first shirt sales. It’s first come, first serve — and it’s a limited supply.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Beer is king in America.

According to the latest Gallup study, 62% of Americans drink alcohol. And of those drinkers, 40% prefer beer, 30% prefer wine and 26% prefer liquor.

But what about the 38% who don’t? You know, maybe they’ve never felt the optimism and excitement of happy hour, but I bet they fit into their pants.

Another interesting fact the study found: Less-educated and middle-income Americans tend to choose beer. Well duh. Budweiser is the lubrication of the middle class, isn’t it? This Bud is for NASCAR, Walmart and you!

Anyway, the liquor — let’s just say bourbon — statistic is the highest it’s been in the study’s 25-year history. Woot!

Knowledge is power.

Today’s Reason To Drink

I’d like to thank the academy …

Last night, I won first place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) annual contest in the Feature Commentary category, which basically means I won for my Bar Belle columns.

It’s been a few years since I won first place, so I feel happy that people are still reading, drinking and understanding what I’m pouring out.

Now I just need to start writing more columns.


Bar Belle from 6/13/17 Insider Louisville: Zima returns!

Liquid dream come true.

There was a part of me who never thought this day would come. That Zima would never be re-released into U.S. public consumption for all (who are 21 and over) to enjoy.

Well, it’s here. And I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I got the text from Big Bar owner Kevin this morning saying a shipment of Zima was on its way. I rushed over to watch them roll the case in, and on the way I grabbed a bag of Jolly Ranchers.

Here’s a Bar Belle column entailing just how exciting this is for me. And I’m here to report Big Bar was the first bar to receive Zima, with others following very soon. Like tomorrow, and definitely by the weekend.

Zima. It’s zomething zifferent.