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.

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Today’s Reason To Drink

Bourbon on tap!

Checked out the new Parlour Pizza last night in Jeffersonville, which is located at the base of the Big Four Bridge. Very cool digs that include an indoor pizza restaurant, an outdoor patio complete with corn hole, a carriage house with its own 30+ beer options, and an upstairs cocktail bar featuring mother-fuckin’ bourbon on tap!

The place is an ideal spot to stop after walking or biking across the bridge. The thin-crust pizza is delicious, and the 42 beer options keep it interesting.

Highlights were the homemade garlic butter, the BBQ chicken pizza, the peppercorn ranch salad, the American Beauty beer concoction created by carriage house manager Windy Wonder, and, of course, the Old Forester Signature on tap.

Run, don’t walk, to Parlour. The biggest challenge is deciding which space you want to occupy. My favorites were the carriage house and cocktail bar.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Susie Hoyt of The Pearl

Susie Hoyt of The Pearl

Good news for a Monday? How about this … The Pearl can now sell hand-picked bottles of single-barrel bourbons, as well as some beer. Go for a drink, leave with a six-pack.

They’re offering more than 16 at the moment, and that will change as more bottles come in and others sell out. I had a sip of a fabulous Weller Antique and immediately put my name on the waitlist for that. Holy cow.

The link above will take you to my conversation with Susie Hoyt, the bar’s beverage director.

And the best part is, it’s in my neighborhood! Let’s meet up for a cocktail and spin the dangerous wheel of drinks.

Insider: 7 Questions With … Lola beverage director Nic Christiansen

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Nic Christiansen | Photo by Erin Trimble

In case you missed it at Insider Louisville, here’s my piece on Lola bartender/beverage director Nic Christiansen.

I got to try her concoctions last week when I went to check out the newly transformed upstairs bar at Butchertown Grocery, which they’re calling Lola.

She’s a cool chick who knows her shit. And she likes bourbon.

Today’s Reason To Drink

A shiny new old bar!

A shiny new old bar!

When weather permits and I have a free afternoon, I love walking over the Big Four Bridge and doing a mini pub crawl of sorts in Jeffersonville. There are currently a handful of bars and restaurants you can stop in at, including Big Four Burgers, Flat 12 Bierwerks, Red Yeti, Cluckers and Match (a bourbon and cigar bar). And soon, there will be a familiar face — O’Shea’s.

Yesterday I met up with proprietor Tom O’Shea, who gave me the tour of the 119-year-old building they’ll be operating out of on Spring Street. Here’s a link to the story I wrote for Insider. O’Shea told me they’ll be calling it H.M. Frank’s: An O’Shea’s Public House in honor of the original tenant of the space who ran a dry goods store around 1897.

Very cool history, and you can tell O’Shea and his team have put in many hours restoring the spot to its former glory. Exposed brick walls and shiny hardwood floors create a comfy, chill atmosphere. Expect about 14 beer taps, a full bar and counter service for food.

He says it’ll hopefully be open April 1, and that’s no joke. Can’t wait!

Today’s Reason To Drink

 

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Yum and carb-loaded!

I love pizza. I love bars. I love new. So I was thrilled to stop by the new Germantown pizzeria called The Post last night. The pizza, which you can get by the slice, is New York-style, meaning thin, cracker-crisp crust and lots of cheese. I had the slice of the day, which was cheddar, bacon and jalepeno, and it was absolutely delicious — and not just because I’ve been carb starving myself for two weeks now.

The interior is fresh, inviting, clean and spacious. I sat at the bar with my friend Steph, and we made fast friends with the bartenders (naturally) and even the people sitting next to us. I think I may have even been one of those over-sharers last night with a new friend — sorry about that, Stephanie, and thanks for the advice!

The full bar is priced reasonably, with all craft beer selections on draft at a reasonable $5 (except for Coors heavy, which is $2). Since I was counting calories, I couldn’t enjoy a Bell’s or Angry Orchard, so I stuck with the tried-and-true Miller Lite, which is served in cans only. All domestics are in cans, and this is my only gripe. I don’t mind paying $3 for a bottle of Miller Lite/Bud Light/other American swill, but I do prefer it in a bottle. If I’m drinking from a can, I expect to pay a little less — like $2.50. But that’s just me, and I can easily get over it with a few more drinks.

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So next time you’re craving pizza and are near the Germantown neighborhood, stop by The Post. It’s right next door to Four Pegs on Goss Avenue.