Intoxicated Chocolates founders Jeffery Rogers and Candace Mills created their business concept over evening drinks. The duo regularly attended social functions around town, and Candace, a dessert connoisseur, would pair their libations with a sweet dish that truly complimented the flavor. Before long, the two merged the two ideas, and began creating chocolates infused with a bevy of adult beverages. Their chocolatey creations bear such flavors as bourbon, scotch, amaretto, brandy, cognac, and a variety of beers. Chocolates come in small 6-count sizes, ideal for sharing during cozy weekday nights at home, and 24-count sizes, perfect for party hosts who forgot they don't own drink glasses.
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.
Chrisman Mill Vineyards delights revelers with its themed wine-and-dine soirees that pair a buffet prepared by the in-house chef with meal-complementing wine for an evening of feasting and live entertainment. During an evening celebrating the undead, patrons give in to their cravings with savory eats and wine pairings while viewing the trailer for indie-horror comedy Another Apocalyptic Zombie Movie. Starring standup comedian Scott Wilson, this semi-improvised zombie parody is filming several of its scenes and recording its French overdubs on the grounds of Chrisman Mill. The film screening shares the spotlight with standup-comedy performances and zombie beauty contests. Guests are invited to show up in their own Halloween garb to compete in the costume contest or trifle with the hearts of lonely zombies.
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.
Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery began producing wines in the late 1990s as Bullitt County's first commercial vineyard. In 2006, after initially plucking grapes from 2.5 acres of vines and squeezing them using telekinesis alone, Wight-Meyer’s founders converted their barn into a bustling wine production facility. The vineyard’s award-winning wines include a barrel-aged Kentucky norton and a rosé, some of which can be sipped during group tastings in the facility’s new tasting room.
Nestled into a historic late-19th-century building, River Bend Winery offers an eclectic mix of American fare augmented by wines forged on-site at the downtown location. Hail hungry mouths with the chef's selection of artisan cheese and fruit on the sweet-tasting tray ($11), or nibble the Maryland-style crab cakes ($9). Main attractions on the dinner menu include the slow-roasted pork osso buco in a red-wine-tomato sauce ($19).
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