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The Beverage Issue 2018

Last Updated April 19, 2018
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Letter from the Editor and features from The Beverage Issue, 2018

Coming together is a beginning;  keeping together is progress;  working together is success.” ― Henry Ford 

Building a business from dream to reality takes an unbelievable amount of time, energy and hard work. It is the ultimate endurance test, especially if the endeavor involves going into business with family and/or friends. 

I’d like to raise a glass and dedicate this Beverage issue to the dreamers who fill these pages, many of whose businesses have been built in partnership with family and/or friends. 

While we’ve all heard the cautionary tales of family/friend business disasters, there can be countless benefits of working with the people we know the best. The personal connection creates a natural team, bolstered by trust and loyalty, which can help decisions get made more quickly, and ideas, products and services get delivered faster. Office politics can be harsh, and while disagreements happen within families too, there’s a solidarity that tends to win out and propel agendas forward. 

I’ve heard time and again from family/friend business owners that the key is to stay positive, to laugh instead of cry and to expect that the plan won’t turn out the way you expected. Often the outcome may be different, but even better than what you had planned. Sometimes the greatest discouragements come just before a breakthrough. This sage advice applies to all of us, doesn’t it? 

These personal connections help partners know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and can work together to help each other shine. Most importantly, bonds of love and friendship can encourage collaboration, and help create productive working environments that are energetic and fun. 

Whether you like your drink mixed or muddled, shaken or stirred, raise it up as you read the stories of these dreamers, and thank them the next time you buy their products and visit their establishments. 

Cheers or, as the French say, À votre santé (“To your health!”) 

Ann Curtis, Managing Editor 

Featured in The Beverage Issue, 2018:


Proof Positive: Fortuitous Union

Lifelong friendship brings fortuitous results.

"Just Good Food"

Pairing fresh ingredients with good beverages.

Turning Heads: Pivot Brewing

Pivot Brewing shifts focus from beer to hard cider.

Rhythm & Brews

Music shares the stage at Gravely Brewing in Louisville.

Putting the Fizz in Fitness: Kentucky Kombucha

Kentucky Kombucha’s fermented teas ride nationwide health trend.

The Making of a Master Sommelier

The road to wine expertise is long and rewarding.

The Chart of Brewing: From Grain to Glass

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Tidbits: The Beverage Issue

Tidbits of beverage news from around the area.

Edible Read: Eat Your Bourbon

New cookbook captures the taste of Kentucky.

Beverage Events 2018

What's on tap in 2018!

Cooking Fresh: A Splash of Magic

A little wine can turn a good dish into a great one.

In The Garden: Herb in Your Bourbon?

Lavender Rose Cocktail
Make room at the bar for these fragrant staples.

Recipe Index: The Beverage Issue 2018

All fo the mothwatering recipes in the 2018 Beverage Issue plus four online exclusices!

Edible Directory

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Our guide to where to eat local in Louisville & the Bluegrass region.
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