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.
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.
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.
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).
You’ll have no problem finding a bottle that tickles your fancy at River Bend, where wine tastings and tours are available every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. You’ll be able to savor 14 different Kentucky grape wines that have been produced on-site, ranging from classics like chardonnay and merlot to unique options like pomegranate, rhubarb, and chocolate. While sipping away in the tasting room, you’ll catch a glimpse of River Bend’s processing facility, which is lined with aging wood barrels just like your Uncle Redbeard’s boat. One of the friendly and palate-proficient staff members will gladly answer your questions about vintage varieties or the perfect pairing for your upcoming sardine-pickling event. After you've sipped, sampled, and seduced your taste buds, you will have your choice of two bottles to bring home.