‘Legacy Nights’ looks to bring family-friendly fun to the summer

Published 4:42 pm Monday, May 9, 2022

By Warren Taylor

Legacy Grove Park will host its first annual “Legacy Nights” event this Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m.

“It is a free live music, local food truck event that we are hosting at the park,” said Deborah Jackson, executive director of Legacy Greenspace, the non-profit that operates the park.

“Legacy Nights” will be held once a month until October, and the idea is to give Winchester families something to do during the fall and summer months.

“We know that Winchester supports live music and supports its food trucks, so we wanted to do all of that–and this is super important to us–that it is family-friendly and free for the community,” Jackson said.

While kids play on the playground and enjoy led activities by the Clark County 4-H Extension, their parents will be able to enjoy the music and beverages from Abettor Brewing and Harkness Edwards Vineyards.
“Every family member will be able to enjoy something at the park,” Jackson said.

The headlining act will be Rifletown.

“We are really excited to have them. They bring a good crowd with them,” Jackson said.

The Wallace Sisters will open the festivities.

“They are three sisters … They are from Lexington and are an acapella group,” Jackson said. “I found them when they were part of The Lexington Music Awards.”

A trio of food trucks will handle the victual portion of the evening: Bell on Wheels, El Caminocito, and Desserts by Rebecca.

Since the park is run by a non-profit, its events and programs are financed by donor dollars.

“All the support we have gotten at the park and the support we’ve gotten for ‘Legacy Nights’ all comes from our community. So, we understand how important our community is to the success of everything at the park,” Jackson said.

The “Legacy Nights” series is funded entirely through sponsorships from companies such as Ale-8, Clark County Farm Bureau, Palmer Engineering, Thoroughbred Diesel, The Williams Agency, and Winchester Farm Diary.

Jackson said that the non-profit is grateful for all the businesses and organizations that stepped up to help.

“We were able to get some really good music that way,” she said.

Future featured acts will include Eric Bolander on June 14, Night Flyer on Aug. 9, and Rags to Riches on Sept. 13.

Kentucky Beer Cheese

By Liv Dansky

The story of this famous regional dish goes back to the 1930s, when Chef Joe Allman originally developed his recipe for Kentucky Beer Cheese as a complimentary snack, supposedly to increase his customers’ appetite for beer. Since then, Kentucky Beer Cheese has become a signature dish of the state, with devoted fans across the country—and for good reason. It doesn’t get much better than beer and cheese, folks.

Similar to classic Southern pimiento cheese, this Kentucky Beer Cheese comes together in the food processor and has a thick, spreadable consistency. Our take on this sensational dip has depth of flavor from extra-sharp Cheddar, Worcestershire sauce, and stout beer. Cream cheese gives the spread a nice tang, helping to cut through the richness of all the other components. The cayenne adds just a hint of heat, which works well with the creamy beer cheese.

A fantastic addition to any party spread, this Kentucky Beer Cheese is sure to be the talk of the town. Though Kentucky Beer Cheese is traditionally served with sliced veggies, we also recommend using pretzels or crackers for dipping.


Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 pound extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (from 1 [8-ounce] package), softened
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup chopped white onion (from 1 [5 ounce] onion)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup stout beer, at room temperature (such as Guinness)
  • Serving options: pretzel sticks, celery sticks, cucumber spears


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 Process Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and butter in a food processor until combined, 1 minute to 1 minute and 30 seconds Add onion, Worcestershire, Dijon, and cayenne; process until combined, about 30 seconds. While food processor is running, slowly pour in beer, and process until mixture is completely smooth and beer is fully absorbed, about 45 seconds.
  • Step 2 Serve immediately with pretzels, celery, and cucumber. Alternatively, transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving, about 15 minutes.    

Birchfield To Speak On Historic Preservation

Published 4:23 pm Saturday, April 9, 2022

By Winchester Sun

Dr. James Birchfield presents Porter Clay: Cabinetmaker at Bluegrass Heritage Museum on April 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Birchfield is the former Curator of Rare Books at the University of Kentucky. For many years he acquired historical books, letters, documents, maps, photographs, paintings, prints, and other historical materials pertaining chiefly to Kentucky.

Topic of Birchfield’s speech is Porter Clay, brother of famous Kentucky politician Henry Clay.

Porter Clay was among Kentucky’s earliest and finest cabinetmakers, according to Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Henry Clay is said to have declared of his brother, “He was the greatest man I ever knew.” And, in an 1844 speech to the cabinetmakers of Columbia, South Carolina, Clay made a point of asserting that his brother was “once a very excellent Cabinet Maker,” according to the Journal.

Birchfield is a former editor of The Kentucky Review and served as president of the U.K. Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and chairman of the University of Kentucky Art Museum board. He has written on such topics as Countess Mona Bismarck, Best-Dressed Woman of the World and the only Kentuckian to be painted by Salvador Dali; T. S. Noble of Lexington, artist and first director of the Cincinnati Art Academy; Matthew Kennedy, architect of the second Kentucky capitol; and published Clay Lancaster’s Kentucky: Architectural Photographs of a Preservation Pioneer.

Birchfield is especially interested in historic preservation and has served on the boards of the Blue Grass Trust, Henry Clay’s Ashland, and as president of Clay Lancaster’s Warwick Foundation. He has lectured on private presses of the Bluegrass, the Battle of the Thames in the War of 1812, Henry Clay and the Decorative Arts, and the artist and printer Victor Hammer.

The Bourbon Flight’s top ten best bourbon cocktails

April 5, 2022

By The Bourbon Flight

What makes a good bourbon cocktail? For us, it must have the best ingredients, preferably locally sourced and a strong flavor profile. Consistency is the goal of any cocktail and don’t forget the garnish.

Here is our top ten list ranked from 1 to 10:

  1. Old Fashioned: (No surprise here) With just bourbon, bitters, and simple syrup, it’s a deceptively easy cocktail to make, though some details are non-negotiable in the making of this cocktail.
  2. Manhattan: You only need three main ingredients to make this classic bourbon Manhattan. A bourbon cocktail in its simplest form.
  3. Hot Toddy: A cocktail to heal all your body’s needs. Grandma will be proud
  4. Paper Plane: This cocktail is bittersweet and tangy, hitting a balance between bourbon and amaro.
  5. Kentucky Mule: A classic Moscow Mule cocktail with a Kentucky twist. It is quick and easy that is perfect to make for a crowd.
  6. Kentucky Grandee Cocktail: A born and bred Kentucky cocktail. Ale-8-One mixed with bourbon and a couple of other ingredients. A Kentucky masterpiece.
  7. Mint Julep: Off to the Derby, racegoers have been enjoying this cocktail for nearly a century.
  8. Kentucky Raspberry Smash: Kentuckians love their raspberries and bourbon.  This refreshing cocktail combines both loves into one. Great for a summer evening or spring day.
  9. Kentucky Plum: A holiday cocktail that can be shared on Christmas or New Year’s Eve. The champagne gives the cocktail a celebration feel, while the bourbon brings it back home to Kentucky.
  10. Bourbon Highball: Mix your favorite bourbon with a carbonated beverage and serve. Sometimes the easiest recipes are the best.

We know that we may have missed some favorites, but don’t worry, we will have plenty more top ten’s coming out soon.

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Ale-8 Marks State Title with Specialty Labels

Published 7:46 am Friday, April 1, 2022

By Miles Layton

Ale-8-One Bottling company has paid tribute to George Rogers Clark’s state champion boys’ basketball team by producing special labels to commemorate the tourney.

When you buy an Ale-8 at the Kroger grocery store in Winchester, go up to the counter and show the clerk your receipt, then pick up a specialty label to attach to the bottle. No other location has these awesome labels.

Bottle features the school’s colors — red, white and black — and the year the Cards conquered — 2022.

“Marketing team was excited that GRC won, so we suggested that the bottling company create a specialty label,” Kevin Price, chief marketing officer. “I said ‘let’s get this done’ so we turned this around in a few days to celebrate the Cards’ win.”

Founded and bottled in Winchester since 1926, “Ale-8” is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence, according to the company’s website. Deemed “Kentucky’s Official Soft Drink,” this ginger and citrus flavored soda was inspired by ginger-based recipes from northern Europe. Ale-8 can be described as a ginger soft drink with a “kick.”

Company gave the team, school administrators and surviving members of the GRC state championship team 1951 bottles with the special labels.

Now that is hometown pride!

Ale-8 honors GRC with state championship bottle

by: Braxton Caudill

Posted: Mar 29, 2022 / 11:44 AM EDT

Updated: Mar 29, 2022 / 11:44 AM EDT

WINCHESTER, Ky. (FOX 56) – Ale-8-One is honoring the George Rogers Clark boys basketball team for their first state title since 1951.

The iconic Winchester-based soft drink company is now selling a line of decorative bottle stickers to commemorate the milestone.

Stickers are being sold at customer service counters in Winchester Kroger locations and can be wrapped around separately-sold Ale-8-bottles.

‘Henry Clay’ Comes to Town

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, March 15, 2022

By Warren Taylor

Winchester got a blast from the past Thursday evening.

Lexington actor Kevin Hardesty performed as famed statesman Henry Clay in the one-man show “Divided We Stand” for the Bluegrass Heritage Museum’s Second Thursday program.

“This Henry Clay piece is actually a brand new endeavor for me,” Hardesty said to the audience after his performance. “I actually started working on it two years ago, just prior to the pandemic.”

Hardesty said that the performance was one of his first times acting as Clay in public.

“I’m still working out the style of it and learning more about Clay,” he said.

Hardesty spoke about Clay’s background as a legal apprentice in Virginia, his successful tenure as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, his legendary statecraft in the U.S. Senate, and his many failed bids for the presidency.

Clay is best known for the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850. Both were legislative packages that simmered down tensions about slavery, and each bought the nation time to grow before the Civil War erupted.

“He gave time for this country to strengthen itself enough to survive, Hardesty said about Clay’s compromises.

For all of Clay’s achievements, the elephant in the room concerning his legacy was and still is his contradictory stance on slavery. Clay owned dozens of enslaved Black people but publicly denounced the institution. He favored gradual emancipation and colonization of formerly enslaved people in Africa.

“That’s the most difficult part in, I think, preparing this and bringing it to you,” Hardesty said. “It is not a comfortable topic, and people don’t want to talk about this.”

Despite that, Hardesty said that history needs to be taught “whether bad, good or indifferent.”

Hardesty’s portrayal of Clay is part of the Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua program. The program brings 25 actors portraying historical figures from Kentucky’s past to schools and civic groups. Hardesty has portrayed Daniel Boone and Jefferson Davis in the past.

The museum offers the Second Thursday program once a month. It is free of charge for all to attend.

The South’s Best Breweries 2022

By Marissa WuJanuary 10, 2022

We all know the pleasure of five o’clock. Whether it’s after work or on the weekend, it’s always a good time to gather a group of friends and head to a brewery for a pint, some nibbles, and games. This year, in the South’s Best roundup of best breweries, the contenders produce the finest their craft has to offer—and more. While they represent everywhere from South Carolina to Louisiana, Mississippi to Virginia, the one thing that unites them all? Community. For some, that simply means providing a place for you to walk in, grab a drink, and feel like family. For others, this extends to the ways they get involved beyond the taproom. Sustainability commitments, investments in the arts and education, and wildlife conservation are just a few of the initiatives they impact—all in addition to being award-winning producers of some of the best beers in the country.

20. Abettor Brewing Company

Winchester, Kentucky 

Nano-brewery and community taproom Abettor Brewing Company made its mark on the town of Winchester, just outside Lexington, with owner Tyler Montgomery’s unique beers. Pop in for a Raspberry Wheat (a Belgian wheat hopped with Cascade) or a Sunset Heights (American pale ale with a secret ingredient). There are cocktails, too, with bourbon of course making its way onto the menu. You won’t want to leave without tasting the signature Pale8, which has become a favorite of Winchester locals and Central Kentuckians.

128 North Highland Street, Winchester, KY 40391,

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10 tasty food and cocktail recipes for your at-home 2022 Kentucky Derby party

Kirby Adams Louisville Courier Journal

The 148th Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 7 and that means it’s time to saddle up and start planning your party. If you’re not quite sure where to start, Louisville entertaining mavens Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler have written a book filled with entertaining ideas and recipes called “Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon?” 

It includes traditional Southern cocktails and appetizers that will take your 2022 Kentucky Derby party up a notch, from nontraditional mint juleps to everything from Kentucky classic Benedictine to cheese grits and corn pudding. (Plus, try the bonus recipe below from Kentucky’s own Ale-8-One.)

Entertaining experts Tim Laid and David Danielson, the former executive chef at Churchill Downs, have also co-authored a Southern-inspired cookbook “The Bourbon Country Cookbook.” The beautifully photographed book is filled with recipes from the historic racetrack and more that are just right for Kentucky Derby week festivities.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t get left behind at the starting gate. You can never start planning a great Kentucky Derby party too early. Here are 10 food and cocktails recipes to try that are guaranteed winners.    

Ale-8-One has brought back its traditional horse racing-themed Kentucky Derby packaging this month. For your themed at-home party, enjoy the Kentucky-born beverage on its own or as a mixer. 

  • 2 teaspoons Ale-8 infused simple syrup
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • Crushed ice
  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • 1 bottle Ale-8

Gently muddle simple syrup and mint leaves in a silver julep cup. Fill the cup with crushed ice. Add bourbon and fill the cup with Ale-8. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Meals in the Mitten: Beer Cheese Soup

March 4, 2022  By 9and10news Site Staff

Beer cheese is a great dip, but what about a soup?

Food & Travel blogger and author of “Meals from the Mitten” Gina Ferwerda  embraces Irish heritage and shares her recipe.


11⁄2 cups chicken broth
11⁄2 cups heavy cream
1⁄2 tablespoon House Seasoning (salt, pepper, granulated garlic, onion and smoked paprika) 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
1⁄2 cup diced carrots
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
12 ounces craft beer
1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 ounces shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
8 ounces shredded Gouda cheese
2 tablespoons diced jalapeños
1 cup cooked and chopped corned beef or pastrami

4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
House-seasoned Croutons

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together chicken broth, heavy cream and House Seasoning. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and keep warm.

Add onion and carrots to saucepan and cook over medium heat until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add butter and melt, then add flour and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes. Whisk in beer and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Slowly whisk in the warm broth-and-cream mixture. Continue to cook and whisk until soup is thickened. Reduce heat to low, then add cheeses and stir to thoroughly combine. Fold in jalapeños and chopped meat, and keep warm until ready to serve.

Garnish with bacon, croutons and chives.

Fairytales come to life with ‘Into the Woods Junior’

By: Jennifer PalumboPosted at 7:00 PM, Feb 26, 2022 and last updated 7:00 PM, Feb 26, 2022

Talented teenagers put their own twist on a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. “Into the Woods Junior” brings to life Brothers Grimm fairytales, from Little Red Riding Hood to Jack and the Beanstalk. Director Ellie Miller and Erin Cain, a Bourbon County High School student who plays Rapunzel, join Jennifer Palumbo to take you behind the scenes of the production. It runs through Sunday, March 6 at the Leeds Center for the Arts at 37 North Main Street in Winchester. For tickets, showtimes, and COVID-19 policies, call (859) 744-6437 or visit Into the Woods JR. – Leeds Center for the Arts.

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The Leeds Center for the Arts will present a new take on Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods Jr.” six times between Feb. 25-March 6. This weekend’s show times are on Feb. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-18. 37 N Main St, Winchester.

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