Beer Engine Microbrewery & Tap's resident beer buffs conjure signature batches of oat sodas that are brewed in-house. Sip on a quartet of samples from Beer Engine's five microbrews, which range from Freedom Ranger pale and King George's nut brown ale to Kirkner's amber––a quintessentially American brew made purely from waves of grain. Souvenir pint glasses hold aloft foamy fermentations such as virtue porter or czechvar, and half-gallon growlers allow sippers to tote their two favorite potables home and may be returned and refilled later for a fee of $11.
For more than 20 years, Juanita's Place has been supplying Louisville locals with pregame and postgame grazing grounds a stone’s throw from nearby Papa John’s Cardinal stadium and the historic Churchill Downs. Barflies can buzz mesothoraxes over to a table, pausing to admire the hand-carved, Tiger Oak bar, before indulging in half and full servings of appetizers such as mild or hot chicken wings (12 for $6.50). Breaded mushrooms facilitate the tapping-into of inner herbivores (10 for $3; 20 for $5.50), while 12-inch pepperoni or sausage pizzas satisfy bellies without exposing mouths to the jagged dangers of angular cuisine ($7). Feast on succulent, six-pound slabs of tender barbecue ribs (quarter-slab for $7, half-slab for $13, full slab for $24), only available every other Saturday. With the purchase of tasty fare, this Groupon can be used toward Juanita’s Place’s daily selection of cocktails and brews, with drink specials offered seven nights a week.
Westport Whiskey & Wine is an artisanal whiskey and wine shop offering weekly wine, beer, and whiskey tastings ($5–$35) for Louisville's libation lovers. Teach your tongue about tannins, tones, tastes, and temperaments with the knowledge of guest distillers, brewers, vintners, and ol' timey moonshiners. Upcoming tasting events at Westport Whiskey & Wine include "South American Wines Open Bottle Night" on September 23, with quality grapebloods from Antarctica's neighbor to the northwest, and "Whiskey Wednesday Bourbon Cocktail Class" on September 29, with a baroness of bourbon cocktailery offering her insight on the classic Kentucky concoction. The Open Bottle Night series is held every Thursday, and beer tastings also make regular appearances on Westport Whiskey & Wine's calendar. With this deal, you are allowed to bring along guests to help you spend its $25 value. Gather up like-minded connoisseurs of craftsman brews and warlock-wrought wines and make a reservation for a bottleside seat to a Westport Whiskey & Wine tasting.
This diverse home-goods store keeps pantries stocked with a large cache of Cellar Door chocolates ($1.20/truffle or $4 for a quarter-pound of bulk chocolate), coffee ($12), and cheeses ($4–$7). The store also vends furniture and home wares, such as chairs ($50–$150), candles ($10–$24), and assorted tchotchkes ($5–$20).
Indian Creek Winery came to be as the result of a 15-day road trip embarked upon by Mark Kendall and his wife. As the couple drove across the Southeast, they visited every winery they found between Alabama and Gatlinburg. At the trip's end, they'd acquired the inspiration to plant their own grapevines on Georgetown soil. Since then, they've developed wines that range from a three-wine blend called Dry Creek Red to a riesling sweet enough to make honey glow the envious green of a lovelorn alien. Visitors to the winery can take a seat indoors, or outdoors amid scenic views and live music, to pair red and white sips with platters of cheeses, summer sausage, and dried fruit.