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Harkness Edwards Vineyards donates to Coronavirus Relief Fund

By Whitney Leggett

Published 12:30 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Nini Edwards, second from right, and Cathy Edwards, far right, present a check for $7,786 to the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is facilitated by the Blue Grass Community Foundation and United Way of the Bluegrass. Accepting the check is Halee Cunningham, gift planning officer and deputy counsel for BGCF, second from left. Also pictured is Cindy Banks, executive director of the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce. The presentation was made at the BGCF offices on High Street in Lexington Friday. Nini Edwards said the money was raised from the local vineyard and winery’s sales of “adult Capri Suns,” which are pouches of sangria-style beverages. During April, $2 from each purchase of the drinks was put toward the Coronavirus Relief Fund efforts. (Photo by Whitney Leggett)


By Tom Kenny -May 5, 2020

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – Winchester-based Ale-8-One honored local high school graduates with a limited edition specialty soft drink label.

The label pays tribute to the 2020 Class of George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester.

Because of the coronavirus, the Class of 2020 across the country has missed out on things like prom, spring sports and traditional graduations.

Ale-8-One wanted to do its part to recognize and pay tribute to a class that has shown class during a difficult time when the coronavirus was robbing them of so many lifetime memories.

Clark home to two 2020 Certified Farm Markets

By Winchester Sun

Published 10:32 am Friday, May 1, 2020

Beech Springs Farm Market and Fink Meats of Clark County are two of the 103 markets across the Commonwealth accepted into the 2020 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Farm Market Program.

In joining the KFB Certified Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers.

Acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that this market meets the highest standards of quality, freshness and marketing appeal.

Located off Highway 627 South in Winchester, Beech Springs Farm Market is a seasonal market featuring fresh fruits, vegetables, beer cheese and honey along with other local and Kentucky Proud products. Their fried pies are also a favorite for guests. Seasonal fall and spring plants and decor are also featured in a picturesque setting. Visit their Facebook and Instagram pages for more information.

Fink Meats provides customers frozen lamb retail cuts. Their meat comes from lambs raised on their farm and processed in a USDA facility. Additionally, Fink Meats provides their customers recipes and cooking tips upon request.

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Certified Farm Market members around the state are implementing recommended best practices for keeping employees and customers safe during the pandemic.

Our markets are working hard to provide Kentucky consumers with a safe and local food source

“As we reach an exciting 25-year milestone within the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Farm Market program, I would like to thank all those who have been participating for so many years, and I welcome our new members,” KFB President Mark Haney said. “It is such an important time in the life of our local markets as more and more people discover the benefits of good, wholesome, locally grown and produced goods. We look forward to another 25 years of continued success.”

Markets certified through this program are identified by the KFB Certified Farm Market logo and listed in an online directory.

The program also provides collective advertising, promotional items, educational tour opportunities and other marketing benefits with the intent to increase the net farm income of member markets.

Markets certified through this program are identified by the KFB Certified Farm Market logo and listed in an online directory.

The program also provides collective advertising, promotional items, educational tour opportunities and other marketing benefits with the intent to increase the net farm income of member markets.

With local arts center closed, residents take to performing at home

By Fred Petke

Published 11:08 am Tuesday, April 28, 2020

What do you do when you have a group of performers and your performance space is closed?

You take to people’s porches.

As Leeds Center for the Arts has been closed for the coronavirus pandemic, the theater has been hosting “porch performances” every other week on its social media platforms.

“As creatives, it’s very difficult to pivot and reinvent how we perform art out there,” Leeds Director Tracey Miller said. “It’s an important part of who we are.”

The porch performances, she said, are an opportunity for anyone to post a video of themselves or someone else in an artistic pursuit.

“Every two weeks, there’s a window of time where we ask people to submit a video of them performing on Facebook,” Miller said. “We’ve had everything from poems to songs to dances. It’s been really great.”

It truly is open to anyone, she said.

“It’s not just Leeds people,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of community people participating as well. Last weekend, (Winchester City Commissioner) Ramsey Flynn played banjo.”

The next window opens Friday, she said.

“It is really fun,” she said. “There are kids of all ages.”

The Leeds performers are tackling another project in the coming days.

“We are getting ready to start writing letters to people in the community who may not have a lot of support in the community,” she said.

She said they will be writing about 470 letters of support and hope, which will be included in food boxes distributed by Clark County Community Services.

“It’s not the same, but it’s OK,” she said. “As with everyone else, we don’t have any income. We just want to continue being who we are: a community venue that makes a difference.”

Kentucky man makes his own green light using an Ale-8 bottle


Updated: 1:02 PM EDT Apr 27, 2020

The notion of Team Kentucky is alive and well in the state, something Gov. Andy Beshear has hammered in since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

Since the first deaths of Kentuckians, Beshear has asked the community to turn on a green light in their honor as a show of compassion.


Well if you didn’t already have a green light, you may have had to resort to using what you already have.

That’s what Joseph Caliem Hardin did. In fact, he got creative and made maybe the most Kentucky version of the green light we’ve seen.

Hardin said he used the iconic (at least to Kentucky) Ale-8-One green bottle to change the color of his light.

Here’s how he did it: He cut the bottle using string and then hot glued an LED lightbulb into the bottle. Hardin said since the LED bulb produces little to no heat, it should be safe to leave on for long periods.

Both Hardin and WLKY urge using caution when making your own light bulb covering.

Kentucky’s own Hall’s Beer Cheese partners with Ale-8-One Soda and Ruth Hunt Candy for donations to Florida

Kentucky’s own Hall’s Beer Cheese partners with Ale-8-One Soda and Ruth Hunt Candy to provide goodie bags to front line workers in Florida

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES, April 23, 2020 / — Kentucky’s Original Halls Beer Cheese has partnered with some of the State’s most popular local brands to create care packages for frontline workers at AdventHealth Hospital along with a bulk donation to United Against Poverty both in Orlando, Florida.
“We Kentuckians understand that Coronavirus is not a state issue, or a political issue. It is a humanitarian issue and we want to show our appreciation and support wherever it’s needed “ says Kit Crase, Hall’s Beer Cheese owner. “When I reached out to the other local brands, they had no hesitation in donating for healthcare or front line workers in any state” continued Crase.
Knowing the challenging work that healthcare workers have been doing and the tremendous sacrifice they are making, the three brands came together to provide a small show of appreciation. Each package will contain an 8oz. container of Hall’s Beer Cheese, along with bourbon balls courtesy of Ruth Hunt Candy, and a can of Ale-8-One soda, one of the most recognizable consumable goods products in the State.
Since the start of this crisis; Hall’s has made it a mission to donate to food banks, shelters and organizations nationwide. The company owner herself, Kit Crase, has been hand delivering products so as not to add to already stressed supply chains and expose any of the company’s employees to potential risk.
About Halls Beer Cheese: What started as a spicy appetizer enjoyed by Central Kentuckians dining by the Kentucky River has developed into an internationally recognized brand. Taste of the South, Southern Living, the Wall Street Journal, Food Network and others have featured the cult favorite beer cheese spread. The unique flavor of Hall’s Beer Cheese begins with aged Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese and finishes with a bit of spice that provides the “snap” to Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese.
Halls is a family owned business based in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Exploring Kentucky | Quintessential Kentucky

Winchester is home to two Kentucky favorites — beer cheese and Ale-8-OneApril 1, 202030 Views

By Katherine Tandy Brown

Spring in the Bluegrass always sparks a particular fond memory for me. On a luscious day in the early 1990s, when Keeneland’s pear and dogwood trees were in full blossom, a former colleague who knew my affinity for motorcycles would call and say, “I’m playing hooky from work today. Wanna ride to the river?” I never turned him down. He’d swing by, I’d helmet up, and we’d roar down the winding, woodsy backroads to Hall’s on the River. In the warming air, we’d while away a few hours on the outdoor deck, sipping frosty Heineken on tap, savoring tasty beer cheese, and marveling at the freshening Kentucky River before motoring back to Lexington.

These days, Hall’s still serves Kentucky comfort food. Think Hot Browns, catfish, pulled pork, and yes, that beer cheese. In 2013, the Commonwealth of Kentucky recognized Clark County as the official birthplace of beer cheese. Chef Joe Allman developed the sharp cheddar spread in the 1930s for his cousin Johnnie, owner of the Driftwood Inn, who served it as a complimentary snack to increase his customers’ desire for beer. It’s since become so popular, there’s now a Beer Cheese Trail that’s 11 restaurants strong, plus a Beer Cheese Festival. All the trail stops are in Winchester and its environs, a super destination with plenty to enjoy in addition to satisfying your appetite for beer cheese. But we’ll start there and then move along to the Winchester-Clark County activity “side dishes.”

Among the featured eateries on the Beer Cheese Trail are Loma’s at the Opera House, with beer cheese grits; the community service-focused Cairn Coffee House and its fresh-roasted, in-house cups of joe; Fire House Pizza Pub, which serves handmade Italian pies and craft beer in an 1885 fire station; Woody’s Sports Bar & Grill, where you can eat your cheese on a pretzel; and of course, Hall’s.

To nab a Beer Cheese Trail t-shirt, pick up an official card at the Winchester-Clark County Tourism Office or any of the many tourism outlets, order a beer cheese item from five of the designated restaurants, have them officially stamp their logo on the card, and return your card to the tourism office for a shirt. Become a Beer Cheese Ambassador by “cheesing” and getting stamped at all 11 stops to receive a t-shirt, a “cheesy” award, and be entered in a drawing to become a Beer Cheese Festival judge. Ya-hoo!

Come June 13, head to Winchester’s Beer Cheese Boulevard for the 11th annual festival, where you can expect a day of music, food, swilling suds at the UK Alumni Beer Garden, crafts, shopping, kids’ fun, the Big Cheesy 5K Run, and as much beer cheese as you can squirrel away. Vote for your fave for the People’s Choice award in the beer cheese-making contests. Better yet, enter the amateur division.

Strolling through downtown Winchester is like stepping back in time 100 years, with five-globe lampposts lining the streets and an elevated sidewalk. Lovingly restored architectural gems are home to quaint shops and eclectic restaurants. Visitors can choose between a prescheduled guided tour and a self-guided cell phone stroll.

Adorning many of the brightly colored buildings are murals by a local retired art teacher, Phil May. One of the murals is actually on the roof of Clark Regional Medical Center’s roof! And while it might seem an odd location, May said it gives patients on the upper floors of the adjoining medical facility a picturesque view.

Also downtown, the Bluegrass Heritage Museum is a treasure trove of regional history. Hear tales of Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone; discover how the commonwealth’s prosperous coal, tobacco, lumber and bourbon industries influenced the nation’s economy; peruse fascinating old photos from the Winchester Sun; and learn about military history, quilts and telephones for your next trivia game.

You’ll definitely want to tour Winchester’s Ale-8 One plant, where the wildly popular, citrusy-ginger soft drink was first made in 1926. The beverage’s unusual name was the winner in a contest held by its developer, George Lee Wainscott, and a nod to the era’s slang that it was the latest thing in soft drinks, i.e. “a late one.”

In 2009, the founder’s great-great nephew, Fielding Rogers, acquired the family’s secret recipe at age 28 and become the company’s CEO in 2013. Each day, he climbs a spiral staircase to the secret batching room where he mixes the formula, batch by batch, to follow his great-great uncle’s handwritten notes that hang on the wall. Every Ale-8 produced originates from his hands. Call ahead to schedule a tour.

Clark County is also home to the 242-acre Blackfish Bison Ranch, named to honor a great Shawnee chief. The ranch offers guided tours of its buffalo herd, with a focus on the historical and spiritual relationship between the buffalo and Native Americans. On an hour-long tour, you can feed these woolly beasts from a pickup or wagon, throw a tomahawk, taste pure buffalo meat, and witness a Lakota Sioux “smudge” feather ceremony, all on rolling land that once was a Shawnee hunting ground.

Discover more history at the Civil War fort at Boonesboro, an earthwork fortification built by Union soldiers to defend the fort and ferry there. A scenic, one-mile loop trail has exquisite views of the Kentucky River.

When touring Clark County builds a monumental thirst, a perfect quench awaits at Abettor Brewing Co., a cool Winchester stop on the state’s Brewgrass Trail. The brainchild of craft beer entrepreneur Tyler Montgomery, the brewery offers tours, live team trivia, and tasting of its craft brews, including Pale8 (American Pale Ale, hopped with citra and chinook, plus an added secret local ingredient) and Blue-Eyed Blonde. Abettor also serves cocktails and food truck fare.

If you’d prefer to partake in the fruit of the vine, Hamon Haven Winery has been making wines since 1980 and finally planted their own vineyard in 2000. To quote the company, “Instead of concord grapes we planted Jupiter and Mars to make an ‘Out of This World’ table wine.” Because their business hours are flexible, be sure to call ahead for tastings and tour times.

Find out about all the aforementioned and more at or call (859) 744-0556.

Katherine Tandy Brown is a correspondent for The Lane Report. She can be reached at [email protected]

Explore Kentucky with Short-Form Episodic Series

Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Kentucky Department of Tourism
[email protected]/502.892.4001
Explore Kentucky with Short-Form Episodic Series Entertaining Videos Welcome Virtual Travelers to
Experience the Best of the Bluegrass State

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 30, 2020) – The Kentucky Department of Tourism, within the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet, is excited to announce the release of a series of videos dedicated to highlighting the best of the Bluegrass State.

“During this time of social distancing, Kentucky is finding creative ways to virtually showcase the culture, arts, and heritage that Kentucky has to offer tourists from across the world,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry. “Team Kentucky is committed to ensuring everyone can get a firsthand look into the Bluegrass State, and why we are so proud to call this wonderful place home.”

As an industry leader, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, is highlighting the beautiful nature, fascinating stories and cherished traditions of the state’s tourism partners in a way that reaches a larger audience than ever before.

“Our partners here in Kentucky have fascinating stories, from a 200-year family legacy of distilling bourbon to internationally recognized horse whisperers,” said Mike Mangeot, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism. “These short-form videos not only capture the beauty and history of our state, but also highlight the people that make Kentucky an unforgettable destination.”

The release of the 11 video mini-series is the first phase of the department’s digital redesign, which soon will feature a new multimedia website. Available videos include:

Kentucky in Focus with Elia Locardi: In this six-part series, renowned travel photographer Elia Locardi guides tours of Kentucky’s most iconic sites in episodes exploring the state’s horse country, outdoors, city life, water, food and bourbon. This series offers the perfect beginner’s guide for planning a trip to the Bluegrass State.

Sound Travels: Kentucky officially declared 2020 the Year of Music. This series takes viewers behind the scenes to get to know various Kentucky musicians including JD Shelburne, who is featured on the cover of the Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide 2020. 

Untold to the Unforgettable: African American history and leadership has influenced Kentucky culture for generations, from the original jockeys at the Kentucky Derby to international icons like Muhammad Ali. This 14-part series tells the untold and unforgettable stories of some of these historical figures, honoring their legacy for generations to come. 

Stoked with Adam Glick: Kentucky’s picturesque outdoors meets cooking adventures in this mini-series hosted by chef Adam Glick. From preparing cocktails and Kentucky BBQ with “Top Chef” alum Sara Bradley at freight house, her restaurant in Paducah, to spelunking in Mammoth Cave National Park and catching a rare sighting of a Moonbow at Cumberland Falls State Park, this miniseries is sure to inspire both outdoor and culinary adventures.

Rooted in Flavor: Chef, restauranteur and avid traveler Graham Elliot takes viewers around the state to explore the culinary traditions of Kentucky. Bustling cities like Louisville and Lexington are recognized for their creative and internationally influenced fares, while episodes in small towns such as Simpsonville and Corbin illuminate time-honored, traditional meals passed down through generations. 

Made in Kentucky: Anthony Palmer hosts this miniseries highlighting some of the iconic American goods produced in the Bluegrass State. From the assembly lines of Toyota, KY Cooperage bourbon barrels, Ale-8-One soda bottles and Rebecca Ruth bourbon balls to the creativity behind Flame Run glass blowing studio, these Kentucky products are known around the country and world.

Foal Play: Kentucky and horses are deeply intertwined, and the responsibility of breeding the next generation of award-winning stallions is taken seriously by the hardworking farmers and trainers in the industry. From adorable foals at Crestwood and Wingswept Farms to the exciting barn calls of Dr. Jeremy Shaba and the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, this series shows what it takes to breed, train and sell the next generation of Kentucky’s famous Thoroughbred and American Saddlebred horses.

Behind the Gait: This insider’s guide to Kentucky’s horse farms highlights the hardworking people who make the region’s farms some of the most beautiful and prestigious in the world. While Thoroughbred racing is at the heart of Kentucky’s horse culture, this series also illuminates lesser known traditions such as the competitions at the Commonwealth Polo Club and educational programming at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Distilled: Bourbon is America’s official native spirit, and Kentucky produces the best of the best. The Distilled series takes viewers through the fundamentals of the spirit: water, grain, wood and heritage to tell the story of the bourbon craft.

On the Rocks: At-home mixology is a growing hobby, and this series brings some of the state’s best bartenders to the screen to lead step-by-step instructional videos on classic bourbon cocktails. From the Mint Julep, the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, to the Old Fashioned, the nuances of bourbon bartending are revealed.

The Kentucky Department of Tourism website is a valuable tool dedicated to promoting local businesses, attractions and events to our state’s visitors. Kentucky’s new mini video series is available on the Kentucky Department of Tourism website and will be spotlighted on social media twice a week.

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Buy This: Three Southern sodas you need to try


  • C.W. Cameron

Is it our hot and humid summers that make the South a place that loves its soda? Whether you drink it straight from the bottle or over ice, we’ve got three Southern sodas we think you should try. 

Ale-8 from Ale-8-One Bottling Company 

The folks at Winchester, Kentucky’s Ale-8-One have been bottling soda since 1902. The story is that founder G. L. Wainscott was fascinated by a carbonation machine he saw on a train. Inspired, he began bottling carbonated beverages and created a soda recipe he took to the 1926 Clark County fair. A slogan contest there led to the name which can be read “A Late One” meaning “the latest thing.” The company now makes two flavors, the original Ale-8-One, cherry Ale-8, and zero sugar versions of each. We sampled the original flavor made with ginger and citrus. It’s a light combination of flavors, and it’s lightly carbonated. The combination makes it eminently drinkable. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all our testers. We think it’s a soda that will appeal to everyone from the kids to their grandparents. 

Beer + cheese. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Kentucky concoction

, Louisville Courier JournalPublished 6:25 a.m. ET Sept. 3, 2019 

Beer. Cheese. Objectively two of the most beloved food items in the world. Both span centuries, continents and cultures.

But beer cheese? It’s a Kentucky thing.

Nearly every brewery and brewpub menu around Louisville has an iteration of the mouth-watering appetizer: most traditionally a combination of cheddar cheese, beer, cayenne pepper, paprika and some garlic.

Kentuckians feel strongly about their beer cheese — its serving temperature, whether it’s accompanied by a soft pretzel or chips, the best cheese to use and the beer you should never use.

And they should, since Winchester, Kentucky likes to take credit for inventing the modern pub-food concoction. It’s all about that good ol’ Bluegrass State pride!

Beer cheese is rarely seen outside of central Kentucky, or if it is, it’s usually a bastardized version, not what’s found in Winchester, Lexington or here in Louisville. And it’s so popular that the exact beer cheese recipe is kept a secret at nearly every local establishment.

We know you love it. So we’ve put together the ultimate Louisville beer cheese guide so you can get your fix on all things beer + cheese.

Temperature debate: cold vs. hot

Temperature is by far one of the most controversial issues surrounding beer cheese locally: Is it best served hot or cold?

Many Kentuckians have a strong opinion about the temperature of their beer cheese but one thing is for certain — beer cheese is definitely not the same as nachos or the processed cheese served with pretzels at high school football games. And the version of beer cheese invented in Winchester, Kentucky is served cold.

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17 Local Food FINDS to Enjoy Before Summer Ends




If there’s a non-bourbon drink out there that has Kentucky written all over it, it has to be Ale8one. This delicious soda is what everyone needs when they go to the lake or kick back with friends. Find a 12 pack for $11 at Ale8one or a 6 pack locally at ValuMarket or Kroger.


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17 Local Food FINDS to Enjoy Before Summer Ends

Kentucky resort parks serve up authentic, regional eats along the state’s culinary trail


As the server set my main luncheon course before me, I had to resist the urge to wrinkle my nose in distaste. After all, I thought of goetta the same way I thought of haggis, Rocky Mountain oysters and eel pie — all food items I would gladly pass on.

I had tried goetta once before and didn’t like it. However, since I was here specifically for the purpose of eating it, I bravely picked up my fork and cut off a piece. Expecting the worst, I found instead that it was quite delicious — nothing like the tasteless blob of meat I had tried before. I kept cutting off pieces until, to my surprise, the goetta was gone.

To those who may not be familiar with goetta, it’s a meat and grain sausage, composed mainly of meat, pork, peppers, onions, pin oats and spices, and cooked for several hours. It’s a common dish in Cincinnati, thanks to the city’s German heritage, and by extension, across the Ohio River in northern Kentucky as well.

So, you might ask what is a German dish that many in the Commonwealth of Kentucky have never heard of — let alone eaten — doing on the menu at a Kentucky State Resort Park?

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