Lexington, Japanese breweries put their heads together

swthompson@herald-leader.comMarch 21, 2013 

Country Boy Brewing in Lexington is collaborating with Baird Brewing of Namazu, Japan, on a project.

Chris Poel, the head brewer at Baird, will speak at the Lexington brewery, 36 Chair Avenue, at 2 p.m. Saturday. He will talk about his experiences moving from the world of home-brewing to being a professional brewer in Japan.

On Sunday, Poel will join the brewers at Country Boy to create Angry Amos, a combination of Country Boy's Amos Moses brown ale and Baird's Angry Boy brown ale. The finished product will be aged in Maker's Mark bourbon barrels until the beer's release in August.

Three Baird beers will be featured on tap throughout the weekend.

Call (859) 554-6200 or go to Countryboybrewing.com.


Smith-Berry Winery's blackberry wine received a double gold medal at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The event, hosted by the newspaper, was in Sonoma County. The winery in New Castle also received gold for its cheviot blanc, silver for Bluegrass blush and petite sirah, and bronze for its John Harley dry red and Drennon Creek sweet wine. The winery is at 855 Drennon Road. Call (502) 845-7091 or go to Smithberrywinery.com.

■ Town Branch bourbon and Pearse Lyons Reserve malt whiskey have added international gold and silver medals to its lineup of awards. The spirits from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. each won awards in February and March at international spirits competitions.

Honors include: Gold medal, Pearse Lyons Reserve, American whisky division, 2013 Spirits of the Americas competition; silver medal, Town Branch, American whisky division, 2013 Spirits of the Americas competition; and silver medal, Town Branch, 2013 Denver International Spirits Competition. Go to Kentuckyale.com.

Caramanda's Bake Shoppe now is serving ice cream with its cake. Bruster's Ice Cream store in Nicholasville is providing a variety of ice cream flavors at the bakery's locations at 332 Southland Drive and 3805 Dylan Place. Call (859) 278-7172 or go to Caramandas.com.

Easter-related events

Akielo Temple No. 128 Daughters of the Nile Clown Unit will have its annual Breakfast With the Bunny from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive. Sausage and pancakes will be served. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children younger than 12. Call Cindy Reed at (859) 227-7770.

Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, in Beaumont Centre, will serve an a la carte Easter brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.

Bayou Bluegrass Catering is serving a lavish Easter buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31 at The Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road. The cost is $29 for adults, $16 for ages 4 to 8. Call (859) 233-0814 or go to Bayoubluegrass.com.

Ruth Hunt Candy Co. will have an Easter egg hunt for children ages 1 to 8 at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. It will be at Easy Walker Park, 1395 Osborne Road, Mount Sterling. Children are asked to bring their own baskets. Ruth Hunt locations are at 550 North Maysville Road in Mount Sterling and 213 Walton Avenue in Lexington. Go to Ruthhuntcandy.com.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers Market will have local meats, eggs, honey, jams, jellies, tomato sauce, breads and flowers on Saturday. The indoor market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Victorian Square, 401 West Main Street. The market will open outdoors April 13 at Cheapside Park and April 14 at Southland Drive.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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