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Americana Corner: The legacy of Daniel Boone

Tom HandLocal columnist

Published: Sep 29, 2022, 8:31 AM

Soon after the American Revolution began in 1775, Daniel Boone joined the Virginia militia of Kentucky County (later Fayette County) and was named a captain due to his leadership ability and knowledge of the area. Over the next several years, Boone would participate in numerous engagements.

In January 1778, Boone was captured by the Shawnee who adopted him and others into their tribe to replace some of their fallen warriors. Later that year, Boone made a harrowing escape and rode and walked 160 miles to Boonesborough, always just one step ahead of his captors, to warn the residents of an impending Indian attack. This feat added to Boone’s growing legend.

Later in the War, Boone participated in the Battle of Blue Licks, fought on August 19, 1782, one of the last major engagements of the war. This fight, which pitted about 180 Kentucky militiamen against a combined force of 300 British Loyalists and Indians, was a crushing defeat for the Kentuckians. By all accounts, Boone acquitted himself well.

After the war, Boone was initially quite successful. He was elected to the Virginia General Assembly (when Kentucky was still part of Virginia) three times and was named a colonel in the county militia. Boone also served as the county sheriff and coroner.

In 1784, as Daniel turned 50, the historian John Filson published a book called The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke, which included a chapter entitled The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone.

Filson’s story made Boone one of America’s first folk heroes and brought instant fame to Boone, at that time a woodsman unknown outside his region. Much like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem Paul Revere’s Ride turned Paul Revere, a relatively unknown silversmith, into an American legend, Filson’s book did the same for Boone, and his future seemed bright.

However, civilization soon got the better of Boone. He began to speculate in land deals that turned sour, and he even tried his hand at operating a general store, but with no success. Eventually, losses from these business dealings forced Daniel to sell off all his Kentucky property to pay debts and legal bills.

Disappointed with his financial troubles in Kentucky, Boone decided to get a fresh start elsewhere. In 1799, he left the United States and moved his extended family to Spanish controlled Upper Louisiana, near present day St. Charles County, Missouri. The Spanish government, happy to have an American legend residing there, gave Boone a large grant. The move to Missouri appeared to be working out, but that soon changed.

In 1803, the United States concluded the Louisiana Purchase and came into ownership of 828,000 square miles of wilderness, including Upper Louisiana. Upon the formal transfer of this vast territory to the United States, all of Boone’s land grants from Spain were voided and he lost all his claims. Despite numerous petitions, it was not until 1814, ten years later, that the United States Congress finally restored his property.

By then, he was 80 years old and father time had taken its toll on the aging woodsman. Although he continued to hunt and trap for the rest of his life, Boone quietly lived out his remaining days surrounded by his children and grandchildren. This iconic American who had experienced so much died on September 26, 1820.

After Boone’s passing, his life became the stuff of legend thanks to a variety of writers, all hoping to capitalize on the great American woodsman. Many of these stories were exaggerated tales and that is a shame because Boone’s life did not need embellishment.

This hardy man had that rare combination of courage and curiosity that allowed him to go where no man had gone before, regardless of the danger. In Boone’s case, it took him down the Wilderness Road that he carved out of the virgin forest, through the Cumberland Gap that split the Appalachians, and into the yet-to-besettled fertile lands of Kentucky, giving encouragement to other Americans to follow in his wake.

WHY IT MATTERS: So why should the life and times of Daniel Boone matter to us today?

Daniel Boone was a legend in his own time. This great American explorer, often taking his life into his own hands, blazed a path to the vast lands lying just over the Appalachians.

More importantly, Daniel Boone is representative of those courageous early Americans, men and women, who ventured into the wilderness to carve out a new nation.

SUGGESTED READING: Daniel Boone by John Mack Faragher is one of the best books about this legendary frontiersman. Written in 1992, it provides a detailed account of Boone’s life and is easy to read.

PLACES TO VISIT: Fort Boonesborough is a living history state park located in Richmond, Kentucky. It is the location of Daniel Boone’s first settlement in Kentucky and includes an impressive replica fort and countless period artifacts. It is well worth a visit.

Until next time, may your motto be “Ducit Amor Patriae”, Love of country leads me

BEER CHEESE TRAIL

Sample a variety of culinary creations in Clark County, Kentucky, the birthplace of beer cheese. 

In the 1930s, cousins Joe Allman and Tim Allman whipped up a concoction that would make their customers thirsty enough to drink (and spend) more. The cousins dubbed it beer cheese and served it in souffle cups with saltine crackers, radishes and celery at the Driftwood Inn, today the site of Hall’s on the River, the Winchester, Kentucky, location that is considered the birthplace of beer cheese. 

According to Julie Staton — Miss Julie to her regulars at Pilot View Mini Mart, a grocery/diner that was once a frontier stagecoach stop — whipping up this ooey-gooey taste bud tantalizer is not simply about popping open a cold beer and pouring it into melted cheese.

“It’s in the wrist, and how you mix,” she says. “That’s my magic.”

Today, cheese fans can sample this Kentucky delicacy at 13 restaurants along Winchester’s Beer Cheese Trail. Each spot features its own spin on beer cheese, from Miss Julie’s steak-and-beer-cheese omelet to the Beech Springs Farm Market’s fluffy beer-cheese biscuits served with gourmet jellies or preserves. 

Try shrimp-and-beer-cheese grits topped with candied bacon crumbs at Loma’s at the Opera House. A beer-cheese quesadilla tempts diners at Woody’s Sports Bar & Grill, and beer cheese pairs with pretzels at Abettor Brewing Co. The Engine House Deli reinterprets Kentucky’s beloved turkey-and-toast-point sensation swimming in a cheese bath as the Beer Cheese Hot Brown Pizza, while Hall’s on the River elevates the humble burger with its secret-recipe beer cheese combined with banana peppers to create the beer cheeseburger.

Order beer-cheese creations at seven locations to earn a Beer Cheese T-shirt. Pick up an official Cheese Log at participating restaurants or from the Winchester-Clark County visitor center on Main Street. 61 S. Main St., Winchester, Kentucky 40391, 859/744-0556, visitwinchesterky.com

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Sample a variety of culinary creations in Clark County, Kentucky, the birthplace of beer cheese. 

In the 1930s, cousins Joe Allman and Tim Allman whipped up a concoction that would make their customers thirsty enough to drink (and spend) more. The cousins dubbed it beer cheese and served it in souffle cups with saltine crackers, radishes and celery at the Driftwood Inn, today the site of Hall’s on the River, the Winchester, Kentucky, location that is considered the birthplace of beer cheese. 

According to Julie Staton — Miss Julie to her regulars at Pilot View Mini Mart, a grocery/diner that was once a frontier stagecoach stop — whipping up this ooey-gooey taste bud tantalizer is not simply about popping open a cold beer and pouring it into melted cheese.

“It’s in the wrist, and how you mix,” she says. “That’s my magic.”

Today, cheese fans can sample this Kentucky delicacy at 13 restaurants along Winchester’s Beer Cheese Trail. Each spot features its own spin on beer cheese, from Miss Julie’s steak-and-beer-cheese omelet to the Beech Springs Farm Market’s fluffy beer-cheese biscuits served with gourmet jellies or preserves. 

Try shrimp-and-beer-cheese grits topped with candied bacon crumbs at Loma’s at the Opera House. A beer-cheese quesadilla tempts diners at Woody’s Sports Bar & Grill, and beer cheese pairs with pretzels at Abettor Brewing Co. The Engine House Deli reinterprets Kentucky’s beloved turkey-and-toast-point sensation swimming in a cheese bath as the Beer Cheese Hot Brown Pizza, while Hall’s on the River elevates the humble burger with its secret-recipe beer cheese combined with banana peppers to create the beer cheeseburger.

Order beer-cheese creations at seven locations to earn a Beer Cheese T-shirt. Pick up an official Cheese Log at participating restaurants or from the Winchester-Clark County visitor center on Main Street. 61 S. Main St., Winchester, Kentucky 40391, 859/744-0556, visitwinchesterky.com

Kathy WittFall/Winter 2022

Recipe: Make a cheese dip for International Beer Day

by: Staff Reports

Posted: Aug 5, 2022 / 03:55 PM EST / Updated: Aug 5, 2022 / 05:24 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — If International Beer Day brings images of good cheese dips to mind, then check out this recipe on Friday’s “All Indiana.”

Jeanine Bobenmoyer, chief mom officer of theCityMoms website, brought her beer cheese dip to the WISH-TV studio. She also talked about International Beer Day, a celebration that started in California but has since spread across the country and  the world, celebrated in 207 cities and 80 countries. Its purpose is to gather friends and enjoy some beer, celebrate the brewers and to unite the world under the banner of beer.

Now, on to the recipe!

Southern Recipe Small Batch’s Beer Cheese Dip 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup beer of your choice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in 2 tbsp of milk until smooth. Then whisk in 2 more tbsp. Add in ¼ cup of milk and whisk until smooth, followed by the final ¼ cup of milk.
  3. Stir in the beer, Dijon, garlic powder, and cayenne. Return the pan to medium heat and stir until thick and bubbling, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the cheese slowly while whisking to combine.
  5. Serve with Mikesell’s potato chips and Southern Recipe pork rinds for dipping. 

Hall’s Beer Cheese Wins Annual World Beer Cheese Festival with their Hot-n-Snappy Beer Cheese

Hall’s Beer Cheese Deli July 20, 2022

Winchester, KY – Hall’s Beer Cheese, the favorite dip and spread of every tailgate and summer BBQ, took home the crown at the Annual Beer Cheese Festival on June 11, 2022. The festival, which is the only one in the world, holds contests for both amateur and professional beer cheese makers. This year, the judges selected Hall’s Hot-n-Snappy Beer Cheese as the best beer cheese in the land. The recognition and award came as no surprise to Hall’s fans or the Hall’s team, who had a great time laughing and joking with everyone who visited the Hall’s tasting tent.

We are thrilled to be recognized as The Best in beer cheese’s hometown of Winchester. We brought our A team to spread the fun, and I know we won because of who was behind the table with us. Hall’s is dedicated to ensuring that this classic Southern favorite continues to have widespread appeal to today’s consumers and to discriminating beer cheese aficionados alike. We hope that our success this year with Hot ‘n’ Snappy will make us a tough act to follow next year” – Kit Crase, Hall’s Beer Cheese Owner.

Having previously won “People’s Choice,” Hall’s, the original beer cheese, is excited for this long-awaited honor, and that it came on such a sunny, fun-filled day that perfectly matches the Hall’s Beer Cheese vibe. Hall’s is available in their home Bluegrass region along with expanded footprints including, Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH, and throughout eastern Kentucky in Kroger, Liquor Barn, Costco, and Sam’s Club, along with specialty retailers and online at beercheese.com.

About Hall’s 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 fan 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. 

Hall’s Beer Cheese is a majority female owned business based in Lexington, Kentucky. 

For more info on Hall’s Beer Cheese please visit: beercheese.com

Hall’s Beer Cheese, America’s original beer cheese, expands into the Midwest grocery giant, Hy-Vee Supermarkets.

NEWS PROVIDED BY HGPR Inc. July 14, 2022, 16:00 GMTSHARE THIS ARTICLE

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES, July 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hall’s Beer Cheese LLC, the company behind the original and nationally recognized Hall’s Beer Cheese expands its rapidly growing footprint into the Midwest market. Hall’s newest retail partner, Hy-Vee Supermarkets, is the perfect home for this specialty dairy dip and spread best-seller. The product has been a staple for years on the Kroger, Sam’s Club, and Liquor Barn shelves in the Southeast market, and with fans across the nation on beercheese.com. The demand for this snack-time sensation is on a huge upswing thus pushing the product beyond the regional retail border. Hy-Vee stores across Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Iowa are currently stocking two varieties: Original Hall’s Beer Cheese and Hall’s Hot-N-Snappy.

“The response by fans has been tremendous. We are thrilled to be able to offer our Iowa customers easy shelf access to Hall’s Beer Cheese. We are grateful to the team at Hy-Vee for working with us to make this happen. We look forward to a long partnership with them as we continue to expand the brand footprint.” says Kit Crase, Hall’s Beer Cheese owner.

About Hall’s 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 fan 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.

Hall’s Beer Cheese is a majority female owned business based in Lexington, Kentucky.

For more info on Hall’s Beer Cheese please visit; beercheese.com

Niki Dec
HGPR Inc
+1 310-859-8870
[email protected]

Hall’s Beer Cheese Wins Annual World Beer Cheese Festival with their Hot-n-Snappy Beer Cheese

NEWS PROVIDED BYHGPR Inc. July 12, 2022, 16:00 GMT

WINCHESTER, KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES, July 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hall’s Beer Cheese, the favorite dip and spread of every tailgate and summer BBQ, took home the crown at the Annual Beer Cheese Festival on June 11, 2022. The festival, which is the only one in the world, holds contests for both amateur and professional beer cheese makers. This year, the judges selected Hall’s Hot-n-Snappy Beer Cheese as the best beer cheese in the land. The recognition and award came as no surprise to Hall’s fans or the Hall’s team, who had a great time laughing and joking with everyone who visited the Hall’s tasting tent.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as The Best in beer cheese’s hometown of Winchester. We brought our A team to spread the fun, and I know we won because of who was behind the table with us. Hall’s is dedicated to ensuring that this classic Southern favorite continues to have widespread appeal to today’s consumers and to discriminating beer cheese aficionados alike. We hope that our success this year with Hot ‘n’ Snappy will make us a tough act to follow next year” – Kit Crase, Hall’s Beer Cheese Owner.

Having previously won “People’s Choice,” Hall’s, the original beer cheese, is excited for this long-awaited honor, and that it came on such a sunny, fun-filled day that perfectly matches the Hall’s Beer Cheese vibe. Hall’s is available in their home Bluegrass region along with expanded footprints including, Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH, and throughout eastern Kentucky in Kroger, Liquor Barn, Costco, and Sam’s Club, along with specialty retailers and online at beercheese.com.

About Hall’s 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 fan 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.

Hall’s Beer Cheese is a majority female owned business based in Lexington, Kentucky.
For more info on Hall’s Beer Cheese please visit: beercheese.com

Niki Dec
HGPR Inc
+1 310-859-8870
[email protected]

Tropical Jackfruit–Ginger Ale Sorbet with Charred Pineapple

By Sam Fore

Chef Sam Fore of the pop up Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites in Lexington, Kentucky, created this summer fruit dessert recipe for an icy, quenching sorbet of jackfruit, pineapple, and ginger ale. The sorbet has become an ever-present treat at her summer pop-up dinners, combining pineapple and jackfruit, both popular in Sri Lanka, with the spicy flavors of Ale-8-One, a Kentucky ginger ale.

Any good-quality, spicy ginger ale or ginger beer will work well in this recipe, Fore says, “but when it comes to the jackfruit, it’s important to get jackfruit in syrup, which is sweet, and not jackfruit in brine, which is savory.” Look for jackfruit at Asian grocery stores. (It’s also easy to buy jackfruit in syrup online.) Rinsing the sweet pods with a little saltwater enhances their tropical flavor.

The sorbet comes together quickly in an ice cream maker. For a final flourish, Fore caramelizes fresh pineapple under the broiler until it develops a lightly charred flavor, which she uses as a topping for the sweet-tart frozen dessert. 

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 cup chopped (3/4-inch pieces) fresh pineapple (about 5 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¼ cup plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 
  • 1 (20-ounce) can jackfruit in syrup, drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Ale-8-One soda or good-quality ginger ale, chilled

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Preheat oven to broil with oven rack about 6 inches from heat. Spread pineapple pieces evenly on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil; sprinkle evenly with sugar. Broil in preheated oven until charred in spots, 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool completely, about 30 minutes. 
  • Step 2Whisk together 1 cup warm water and 1/4 cup salt in a medium bowl until salt is dissolved. Add jackfruit, and stir 30 seconds. Drain and discard saltwater.
  • Step 3Combine drained jackfruit, pineapple juice, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender; process until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour mixture though a fine wire-mesh strainer into a medium bowl. Carefully stir soda into mixture.
  • Step 4Pour jackfruit mixture into an ice cream maker; process according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately for a soft-serve consistency, or transfer to a shallow container, cover, and freeze until firm, about 3 hours. Garnish with charred pineapple just before serving. —Sam Fore

Make Ahead

Sorbet can be stored in an airtight container in freezer up to 2 days. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes before serving. Charred pineapple can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 days.

Cheers to the 4th with Liquor Barn

By: Jennifer Palumbo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Get in the July 4th spirit with spirits from Liquor Barn in Lexington.

Pam Begley, customer concierge for Liquor Barn, shows Jennifer Palumbo how to throw the perfect patriotic party with crafty cocktails, delicious dishes, and decorations.

You can place an order on the Liquor Barn app or their website Liquor Barn – Where Kentuckians go to celebrate life.

Kentucky Firecracker Liquor Barn     

1 1/2 ounces Smirnoff Red, White & Berry

1 ounce Blue Curacao

3 ounces lemonade

Mix with ice in a shaker.

Pour over ice.

Pour in 1/2-ounce of Grenadine

  1. Blackberry Blast
  2. Liquor Barn

Equal parts Ale-8-One Blackberry and Prosecco

Add fresh blackberries

  Flatboat Float

           Liquor Barn

2 ounces Flatboat Small Batch Kentucky Bourbon

2 ounces Flatboat Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Cream Liqueur

1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

1 Fitz Soda Root Beer

Winchester Beer Cheese Festival makes grand return

Published 10:17 am Monday, June 13, 2022

By Winchester Sun

By Matt Cizek

[email protected]

By the time 10 a.m. rolled around on Saturday morning in Winchester, Main Street was already beginning to be filled with fanfare. 

Before long, hundreds if not thousands of spectators  filled the streets.

For the first time since 2019, Beer Cheese Festival took place in town – making its long-anticipated return. 

As expected, dozens of food vendors were ready to participate in the competition – including returnees like Bootlegger Beer Cheese and Hall’s Beer Cheese, along with newcomers like Cajun Chef Chris and more.

“This is the premier event of the summer where lots of brands are out here,” said Kit Crase, Owner of Hall’s Beer & Cheese. “We’re proud to be one of them.” 

While traditional beer cheese was on the menu among the vendors, other flavors such as tacos, pizza, barbecue, smoked meats, and more could be found throughout the lines. 

Yet, that’s not all. 

Vendors offering drinks such as Ale-8, who also served as a sponsor for the event, were present, along with those providing sweet treats, ice cream, and more.

A bevy of non-food and drink vendors were present as well, offering conveniences such as pottery, jewelry, t-shirts, soaps, and much, much, more. 

The event was graced by many first-time visitors, along with veterans, and individuals coming back for the first time in a while. 

At day’s end, Michele Richards and Cindie Rogers’ non-alcoholic beer cheese took home first place in the Amateur contest, with Tanya Willoughby taking home 2nd place and Jason Neely taking home 3rd place. 

In the Professional contest, Hall’s Beer Cheese won first place, Bootlegger Beer Cheese finished in second place, and Smokin’ Joe’s Beer Cheese won third. 

The People’s Choice Award was won by Blue Isle Beer Cheese of Blue Isle Home-Style Restaurant and Bar.

Annual Beer Cheese Festival draws thousands to downtown Winchester

Held since 2009, the festival draws the best beer cheese vendors from across the state, all wanting to take home bragging rights.

June 11, 2022  Justin Walker

WINCHESTER, Ky (WTVQ)- A popular tradition returned to Winchester this weekend as the 12th annual Beer Cheese Festival kicked off Saturday morning in downtown.

Held since 2009, the festival draws the best beer cheese vendors from across the state, all wanting to take home bragging rights.

Thousands of people come annually to sample beer cheese recipes and vote for their favorites.

In addition to the beer cheese, there’s also live music, arts and crafts, and shopping.

“It’s awesome, I honestly did not expect it to be this big,” said Louisville resident Tyler Fitch. “It’s really cool and really unique. There’s so many people and obviously a lot of people passionate about beer cheese.

“So far, it’s been incredible,” said Lawren Brinley, who is from Alabama. “Right here, it has my vote. It’s the Kentucky Beer Cheese from Nicholasville, all hands down, absolutely.”

Money raised from the event goes back into downtown Winchester.

The 11 best things to do in and around Lexington this weekend

BY MATT WICKSTROM CONTRIBUTING WRITERJUNE 08, 2022 6:00 AM

BEER CHEESE FESTIVAL IN WINCHESTER Winchester’s 12th annual Beer Cheese Festival will once again celebrate everything about the tasty local treat on the town’s Main Street on June 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include live music, a beer garden, an amateur beer cheese making competition, vendor’s and lots and lots of beer cheese sampling. Tickets are $10 to taste cheeses and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Main St, Winchester. BeerCheeseFestival.com.

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