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Kentucky Common Bear


One fact is that Kentucky bartenders and distillery tour guides. Like to share with visitors: The state is home to more old bourbon barrels than people.

That’s right – about 10 million barrels to 4.51 million people. Patrons will inevitably say “oh” and “ah” to these numbers before they order a drink or buy a bottle and some souvenir glasses to take home.

The total dominance of bourbon in the Blue Grass State is undeniable..

However, some beer lovers are on a mission to make sure Kentucky is equally popular with one. All American beer The style that was developed in the state before it became obscure. According to co-founder Michael Mueller. Louis Will L. Trail.It’s time to dump her and move on.

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Mueller said it has historical significance. “Before the ban, the style was very popular everywhere in the region. The reason was that it was quite cheap.”

It was an instant change from start to finish, taking only six days to complete (which is basically instantaneous when compared to at least two years old for Kentucky Straight Bourbon).

“But that’s really cool. Pretty much every beer All the styles of beer that you have – whether it’s an IPA, a strong one, a porter, a ledger, a pulsar – that are out there, come from a lot of other parts of the world.

According to Andy Crouch’s 2006 book “Great American Craft Beer: A Guide to the Country’s Best Beers and Breweries“The United States can only claim a few types of beer: California Common, Amber L and Cream L. Kentucky Common Beer is a prime example.


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In a presentation for Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), Leah Dennis, head brewer of Apocalypse Breweries in Louisville, and BJCP Judge Dubis Harting wrote: At least 75 of the beers sold in the Falls City area were Kentucky Common.

But what did it taste like? According to the early 20th century edition “American Handbook of Breeding, Malting and Associated Trades.Ingredients for this style of beer include “barley malt and about 25 to 30 percent corn, with some sugar color, caramel or roasted malt.” ”

“The easiest way to describe it – it’s a dark cream,” Mueller said. “So, a cream L, which is really light and flavorful – with a thick mouth type, though – and then black because of the malt used – just dark malt. It’s a sweet taste – caramel and toffee, The taste of some bread is very hop bitter. It’s easy to drink despite the color. ”

Despite the Kentucky Common’s multifaceted appeal, Denz and Harting wrote, it still loses popularity amid the ban, “along with six other bars in the region.” However, things seem to be changing on this front.

Earlier this year, the Brewers Association – the country’s de facto beer trade group for small and independent brewers – added Kentucky Common to its latest beer style guidelines.

“Craft brewers in the United States and around the world continue to push the limits of beer, reviving long-lost styles and innovating new flavors of beer,” said Chris Swarsi, Competitive Manager of the Brewers Association. News for the newspaper. “The 2021 Beer Style Guidelines reflect a number of exciting trends in winemaking with numerous additions and accuracy updates.”

This means that after that, the style can be presented for decision in certain competitions, which is great for a brewery in the area that has started rebuilding it, including Against grains day of judgement, Chamira Brewing Company And Falls City Beer..

In addition, Mueller has launched a campaign to designate Kentucky Common as Kentucky’s official state beer. The state doesn’t have one right now, though it does have one state drink – which is oddly enough, milk. The idea has already gained some traction.

“I am talking to some people in the General Assembly,” he said. “And it is not guaranteed, but it seems likely that it will be voted on in the January session.”

Mueller hopes the official position could be another concrete step toward the Kentucky Common, which attracts more attention from both residents of the state and those who have never visited Kentucky.

“It started as a personal mission,” he said. “I’ve always liked the style, I’ve always appreciated that style and I always wonder why we’re not promoting it more in the state as a whole. You know, we’re clearly talking about bourbon. I talk a lot, but it’s something that is so unique to Kentucky – and uniquely American – that we need to talk more about it. ”

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