Buzz About Us

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.
For more info on Hall’s Beer Cheese and please visit;
Media Inquiries: Niki Dec [email protected]

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.

For more information about Kentucky’s fight against COVID-19, visit or For the latest Team Kentucky updates, follow us on official social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For more information about Kentucky tourism, please visit Follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.            

About Kentucky

Kentucky offers a world of outdoor adventures, vibrant arts scene, culture, history, expansive distilleries, and micro-breweries, and an explosive culinary scene. From legendary Horse Country and the grandstands of America’s most storied thoroughbred racing tracks to Bourbon Country, Kentucky invites you to come and explore.


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.

To read the full article click here.

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.


To read the full article please click the link below:

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?

To continue reading this article click the link below:—SQ75nz4V64tFRJo_DIEXqs

Southern Hospitality Magazine-Traveler

Southern Hospitality Magazine-Traveler

June 4, 2019

#TravelTuesday Today is #NationalCheeseDay, and in the South there are plenty of places where you can sample local and regional cheeses.

From Belle Chevre ( in Elkmont, Alabama, to Udderly Cool Creamery( in Roopville, Georgia, to Orrman’s Cheese Shop( inside 7th Street Public Market ( in Charlotte, North Carolina
and points in between, it’s easy to make every day a national cheese day.

And did you know about the NC Cheese Trail? Learn more at

Little Rock, Arkansas, is home to the annual World Cheese Dip Championship (this year’s date is Oct. 5;

Winchester, Kentucky, is the birthplace of Beer Cheese and home of the Beer Cheese Trail ( The destination also holds a Beer Cheese Festival(, scheduled for June 8 this year.

American Cheese Society is holding its annual Festival of Cheese and Cheese Sale in Richmond, Virginia, on Sat., Aug. 3. For more information, including ticket costs and purchasing, visit

Visit North Alabama Sweet Home Alabama Carrollton Area Convention & Visitors BureauExplore GeorgiaCharlotte’s got a lotVisit North CarolinaLittle Rock, Arkansas
Arkansas State TourismWinchester-Clark County Tourism
Kentucky TourismVisit Richmond VAVirginia is for Lovers


Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail Now Open for Second Year

Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

Kentucky Department of Tourism

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Angela Blank
502-892-4001/[email protected]

Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail Now Open for Second Year

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 22, 2019) – For the second straight year, guests can sample some tasty regional fare at nine Kentucky State Parks on the 2019 Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail.

This highly successful trail is part of the Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative that showcases one-of-a-kind restaurants and chefs specializing in local ingredients and distinctive cuisine. Better in the Bluegrass was highlighted by the last season of Top Chef that took place in Kentucky.

“We are extremely excited to continue the culinary trail for a second year,” Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said. “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for visitors and locals to have a unique culinary experience at one of our state park restaurants while enjoying the great outdoors and scenic beauty all our parks have to offer.”

“The Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail is a fun way for our guests to experience local dishes all across Kentucky,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said. “Our partnership with the Kentucky Department of Tourism helps guide tourists to our parks and other culinary destinations in every region.”

A Kentucky State Park restaurant in each of the nine tourism regions offers one of these signature meals. Pick up a culinary passport at any state park where guests can receive stamps after trying the featured meals at all nine parks along this culinary trail to receive a gift. Meals will be served May 19 through Oct. 31, 2019 and local producers will be utilized for portions of each regional meal.

State Parks Featured:

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Bluegrass Blues & Barbecue Region

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Bourbon, Horses & History Region

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Region

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Kentucky Appalachians Region

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
Daniel Boone Country Region

Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, Carlisle
Northern Kentucky River Region

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
Southern Shorelines Region

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville
Western Waterlands Region

To learn more about each region’s cultural heritage, signatures dishes, recipes, and the Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail, please visit

To plan your next vacation or getaway, visit For information about Kentucky State Parks, visit


Abettor Brewery plans grand opening this week!

The Winchester Sun

By Lashana Harney

After a successful soft opening this past weekend, Abettor Brewing Company is officially opening this week.

Abettor, located at 301 W. Lexington Ave., offers local beers, ranging from $4 to $6, such as Blond Ale, Abettor IPA, Pale8, Raspberry Wheat and Rocco’s Coffee Stout. The beers are made with local hops, Owner Tyler Montgomery said.

Abettor also offers wine and soft drinks.

Questionable Activities Trivia will kick off the grand opening week at 7 p.m. Thursday for the start of weekly Thursday trivia nights.

Day one of Abettor’s official grand opening begins at 11 a.m. Friday. The El Jaibo taco truck will be on site at 5 p.m., and Singer-songwriter Eric Bolander will perform from 8 to 10 p.m.

Day two begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and the taco truck will again be on site at 5 p.m. Musician Aaron Boyd will perform from 8 to 10 p.m.

“It should be a fun time,” Montgomery said.

Later this month, Abettor will host performances by The Ox-Eyed Daisies, Jason Howard and Mason McCord.

For more information and updates about Abettor, go to

To see the full article click here!


This Beautiful Hike In Kentucky Has A Mouthwatering Restaurant Right Along The Trail

Posted in Kentucky December 16, 2018 by Andrea Limke

Kentucky is great for doing many things, but two of the best are hiking and eating. Our state has countless trails to experience and just as many delicious restaurants to try, and there is one spot in the Bluegrass where you can do both, and practically at the same time. Halls on the River is a well known restaurant in Winchester, which also happens to be home to the trailhead for the John Holder Trail. This beautiful hike is perfect for exploring anytime of year and you can even fuel back up at the mouthwatering restaurant right along the trail.

To the right of the restaurant is the start to a beautiful and diverse trail that’s filled with lovely scenery and plenty of history all year long. It’s about three miles in total length, out and back, and is picturesque in every season.

To read the full article please click here!

Staircase to the secrets of Ale-8-One

The only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence

CEO Fielding Rogers prepares the secret formula used to create all small-batches of Ale-8s. Photo: Tim Webb

“The spiral staircase leads to my secret batching room where I mix up the family recipe,” says Fielding Rogers, CEO and great-great-nephew of G.L. (Lee) Wainscott, founder of the Ale-8-One Bottling Company.

Begun in 1902 in Winchester, Ale-8-One remains the oldest, privately held bottler in the United States still owned and operated by the founding family. It is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence.

Rogers is a fourth-generation family member to run the business, appointed at the age of 28 in October 2009, and was later named CEO in 2013. Every Ale-8 that is sent out into the world originates in small batches from his hand.

In the beginning, Wainscott bottled flavored soda waters that he called Wainscott’s Flavors, and in 1906 he launched Roxa-Kola—named after wife Roxanne—a popular rival to the cola drinks of the day.

Wainscott later sourced recipes for ginger-blended drinks while on travels to northern Europe, developing a drink described as “a combination of ginger and citrus” that is “not too hot and not too sweet.”

What better way to introduce his newest formulation than with a taste testing at the 1926 Clark County Fair, along with a name-that-drink contest. A young girl submitted the winning entry, “A Late One,” slang in the 1920s for “the latest thing.” The name later changed to the pun “Ale-8-One.”

The first longneck returnable bottle appeared in 1949 bearing the familiar Ale-8-One shield with the company’s first logo inside.

Today, fans simply refer to the drink as Ale-8.

“It’s a powerful legacy that I take seriously, and I am very protective of the ingredients. I still have the original notes in Uncle Lee’s handwriting,” says Rogers.

A new Wainscott worthy flavor: Cherry Ale-8
With the family-owned company competing with industry giants, Ale-8-One strives to stay relevant.

In addition to the Ale-8 Original, there are two other varieties: Diet Ale-8, introduced to loyal fans in 2003, and Caffeine Free Diet Ale-8, which debuted in 2011. The only new flavor to be introduced since the Original is Cherry Ale-8, which launched in April 2018.

Photo: Ale-8-One Bottling Company

Rogers admits, “Launching a new product, especially a new flavor, after 92 years of the classic formula was certainly a risk, but a risk we were willing to take. We had heard several flavor recommendations from fans over many years, but cherry was the most popular and the one that we started with. This was a brand new creation and we tested the recipe over a span of two years to ensure it lived up to Uncle Lee’s legacy which we call ‘Wainscott worthy.’”

The company also taste tested the final recipe with numerous Ale-8 fans before production started.

“Uncle Lee had notoriously high standards, and we feel sure he would be proud of what we have created with Cherry Ale-8,” says Rogers. “It’s made using real cherries, real sugar and no artificial colors.” A 12-ounce serving has 120 calories.

Rogers says, “As the soda category changes, it makes sense for the company to appeal to broader audiences. We looked back to our heritage for inspiration,” to Wainscott’s introduction into the beverage industry with Wainscott’s Flavors. “In the ’60smy father and grandfather chose to focus solely on Ale-8 since that recipe was our family’s creation. Today, as the company expands our product line, we want to ensure all recipes remain unique by incorporating the secret formula.”

Cherry Ale-8 was added to the Louisville market in January, and the company has plans to distribute to other areas soon.

Rogers adds, “Cherry Ale-8 has been a good addition to our product line. Sales have exceeded our expectations.”

Ale-8’s devoted fans
One naturally expects the CEO of the company to be a huge fan of Ale-8, but it’s interesting to hear which are his favorites.

“For me, there’s nothing like drinking an Ale-8 from a longneck returnable bottle,” says Rogers, “but as I’ve gotten older, I’ll admit that I drink my fair share of Diet Ale-8 now too. It tastes great and doesn’t have any calories which is nice when you are watching those. And yes, I drink them every day, including Cherry Ale-8.”

When asked about Ale-8-One’s devoted fans, Rogers shares the following story that demonstrates how beloved Ale-8 is.

“One of our fans was a soon-to-be-groom, who wanted to include Ale-8 in their wedding in Texas to represent his ‘Old Kentucky Home.’ Our staff put him in touch with the nearest Cracker Barrel. In turn, the Cracker Barrel Country Store manager drove around and collected Ale-8 from all of the Cracker Barrel locations in the area,” says Rogers. “He reported that Ale-8 was a smash hit with Kentucky and Texas guests of the wedding.”

Stepping up
Ale-8-One is a partner with many groups in the state and in their local community of Winchester. The company is dedicated to the environment and its employees, and also supports military stationed overseas by donating the product with the person paying only for shipping.

For a number of years, Ale-8 has worked with environmental non-profits and 1% for the Planet to give back 1 percent of longneck returnable glass bottles and tallboy can sales. “Our partnership with 1% for the Planet allows us to directly help the Red River Gorge, a beautiful Kentucky sanctuary, and all those who enjoy it,” says Rogers.

Ale-8-One Bottling Company is an eight-time winner of the KEMI Award for Safety. Rogers explains: “Ale-8 is the only policy holder out of some 20,000 Kentucky Employer Mutual Insurance (KEMI) customers to have received this award eight years in a row. We are most proud of this accomplishment because getting our folks home at the end of the day is our most important job.”

More Ale-8-One facts
• Free tours are offered at the Ale-8-One Bottling Company. They are 45-minutes in length, for all ages, given on Thursdays and Fridays at 9 a.m., 10 a.m.,  and 11 a.m. Reservations required; sign up online or call. Every guest receives an ice-cold Ale-8 in the famous green, longneck returnable glass bottle at the end of the tour.

• All glass varieties of Ale-8-One including Diet Ale-8 and Cherry are produced in the Winchester plant, where they employ just over 100 full-time employees.

• Ale-8 is widely available in Kentucky, available nationwide online, available in Kroger stores throughout the Southeast, and can be found at most Cracker Barrel, Fresh Market and Harris Teeter stores.

• Ale-8-One is a Kentucky Proud member and a three-time winner of Kentucky Living’s Best in Kentucky awards for Made in Kentucky Product.

• Recipes for drinks made with Ale-8-One are available online. In the near future, recipes for savory and sweet recipes—some developed by Kentucky chefs—will be added. Watch for them at

• The online Ale-8-One store and gift shop at the bottling plant in Winchester offer lots of fun logoed merchandise, for all ages, including a variety of t-shirts to onesies. Food items made with Ale-8-One include salsa, barbecue sauce, even suckers! Other popular items include art prints, huggies and bottle sweaters, and seasonal merchandise.

Contact information
Ale-8-One Bottling Company
25 Carol Rd, Winchester, KY 40391
(859) 744-3484