Mark your calendars: Pivot Brewing, 1400 Delaware Avenue, will be hosting a one-year anniversary on Oct. 28 and celebrating with an all-day event.
Daytime activities will be Halloween-themed and family-friendly, while the evening will feature a grown-up costume contest and will be for the 21 and older crowd.
Pivot will be featuring a hot mulled cider and a cider cocktail as well as two beers brewed just for this event. One beer will be a Russian Imperial Stout, the other a Pecan Porter. There will be food from Rico’s Empanadas, Babycake Cupcakes, The Lunch Line Food Truck, and Bourbon n’ Toulouse.
Pivot, which officially opened Oct. 29, 2016, specializes in hard cider and using apples from small farms to make ciders. The ciders are gluten-free. Pivot also plans to make beer and “peary,” or cider made from pears.
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▪ Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will host a Patrón Spirits Co. dinner 7 p.m. Sept. 26. First course is a maple-glazed pork belly over chipotle-cabbage slaw with Ultimat Vodka; second course is orange-molasses-glazed red snapper over ancho-roasted butternut squash and bacon-braised kale with Pyrat XO Rum; for dessert, there’s mocha cafe tres leches with sweetened whipped cream and cocoa cookie crumble with Patrón XO Cafe. It’s $35 per person. Reservations required; call 859-303-5573.
▪ Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, is hosting a Buffalo Trace Bourbon dinner 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Menu includes grilled summer melon salad with Buffalo Trace White Dog cocktail; 2-year-old country ham-wrapped scallops with Benchmark No. 8; bourbon-barrel-smoked pork belly with Buffalo Trace Bourbon; bourbon-fried chicken with Eagle Rare; and Buffalo Trace bread pudding with Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream. Cost is $49.95 per person plus tax and tip. Reservations required; call 859-296-1007.
▪ The Taste of Beaumont, a new fall festival, is scheduled for 2-7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Moondance Amphitheater. It will include local food and retail vendors, craft beer and cocktails, live music, biking demonstrations, as well as activities for the kids. Parking and admission are free for the family-friendly event, which is designed showcase businesses in the Harrodsburg corridor.
Taste of Beaumont is sponsored by the Moondance Foundation, the 10th District Council Office and Lexington Parks & Recreation. For vendor information or to submit an application, visit lexingtonky.gov/taste-beaumont.
▪ Biwater Farm, 877 Cincinnati Road in Georgetown, is celebrating AutumnFest through Oct. 31. The farm, which features a corn maze, playground, petting zoo, paintball, spooky farmhouse, zipline and more, is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Sept. 24; and open noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Beginning Sept. 29, the farm will stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 plus tax.
▪ Baldwin Farms, 1113 Tates Creek Road, is celebrating its 20th Pumpkins & More Festival Sept. 22 to Oct. 31, open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. The fall festival has pumpkins, as well as other fall produce, plus a corn maze, hay maze, and much more.
▪ Botanica Pumpkin Patch, 6327 Old Richmond Road, is open through Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Pumpkins, gourds, free decorating, corn maze, petting zoo and kids’ play areas available; admission is free. Call 859-806-9424 for more information.
▪ Eckert’s-Boyd Orchard, 1396 Pickard Pike in Versailles, is hosting AppleFest every weekend through September, with an apple butter making workshop beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 30. Jumpin’ Pumpkin Jamboree begins Sept. 30 and runs every weekend through October. Pick your own apples, or buy them pre-picked; 90-foot slide, three-story tree house, playground and more. Admission weekdays is $6.50 per child; weekends, $12 per child and $5 per adult.
▪ Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, 198 Stone Road in Georgetown, is hosting its harvest Festival through Oct. 31, with apples and pumpkins available for picking, pony and hay rides, mums, and more. Call 502-863-2255 for more information.
▪ Happy Jack’s Pumpkin Farm, 966 Hickman Hill Road in Frankfort, is celebrating Pumpkin Season through Oct. 31, with hayrides to the 20-acre pumpkin patch and more. Call 502-320-1064 for more information.
▪ The Bardstown Bourbon Company and Copper & Kings American Brandy in Louisville are releasing Collabor&tion, two distinct products made with 10-year-old straight bourbon whiskey — one finished in Copper & Kings’ American Brandy barrels and the other in Muscat Mistelle barrels, for more than 18 months in the Copper & Kings basement maturation cellar.
“Collabor&tion is the first of many original releases from the Bardstown Bourbon Company,” said David Mandell, president and CEO of the Bardstown Bourbon Company.
Started in late 2015 by two Kentucky-based distilleries, Collabor&tion is a culmination of nearly two years of work. Steve Nally, Bourbon Hall of Fame master distiller for BBCo, and Brandon O’Daniel, head distiller for Copper and Kings, hand-selected the bourbon for the project, blended it , and chose the barrels for the finishing process.
“A Mistelle barrel is a unique vessel. Mistelle is unfermented grape juice (in this case Muscat) fortified with un-aged brandy (Muscat eau-de-vie) and then aged in bourbon barrels for 18 months. The empty barrels are deeply and highly caramelized with the grape sugars and fruit essences. The whiskey exiting these barrels is pure joy,” O’Daniel said.
The bourbon used to produce Collabor&tion was distilled in Indiana in 2006 by Lawrenceburg Distillers, now MGP. The Collabor&tion expression aged in Copper & Kings American brandy barrels is bottled at cask strength of 113 proof. The Mistelle barrel finish is bottled at cask strength of 94 proof. Collabor&tion is a very limited release that’s only available in select Kentucky retail stores, at the BBCo and C&K gift shops, and a small selection of retailers across the U.S.
▪ Another sign of fall: The Bakery at Sullivan University, 3100 Bardstown Road in Louisville, will begin selling pumpkin roulade, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice cake and the classic pumpkin pie Sept. 25. Additional apple desserts will also be available.
Prices include an individual pumpkin roulade for $2.50, a 4-inch pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese icing for $10 and a full-sized caramel apple cheesecake for $25. Items are available while supplies last. Customers are encouraged to call 502-452-1210 in advance to reserve their selections.
▪ “My Greek Table With Diane Kochilas” will debut this fall on public television stations, including KET2, beginning 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The 13-week show features one of the world’s foremost authorities on Greek food and hosted Greece’s most popular cooking shows, “What Are We going to Eat Today, Mom?” “My Greek Table” takes viewers through different locations in Greece, from Santorini, Crete, Macedonia, and Athens. From moussaka and souvlaki to baklava and tzatziki, Kochilas will prepare it all and to celebrate the television series, St. Martins Press is relaunching Diane’s first book “The Food and Wine of Greece,” the bible of Greek cooking.
▪ Boone County Distilling Co., a small batch craft distiller, is releasing Tanner’s Curse Rye, an unaged white whiskey made from 95 percent rye and 5 percent malted rye and distilled in “The Bear,” a 500 gallon Vendome copper pot still named after legendary Petersburg distiller William Snyder’s pet bear. Bottled at 100 proof, Tanner’s Curse Rye is available at the distillery at 10601 Toebben Drive in Boone County.