School Sushi has opened on in the former Shorty’s Market spot at 163 West Short Street. After construction delays, the restaurant opened at the end of May and offers elegant sushi and other traditional Japanese specialties made from scratch.
The restaurant, which used to be on Todds Road, is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday. It’s closed Sunday. Call 859-368-0660 to make a reservation.
▪ The Kentucky Guild of Brewers is hosting the Kentucky Craft Beer Bash on June 24 at Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza in Louisville. The festival will feature more than 30 Kentucky breweries, with more than 70 beers to sample. Tickets are $50, $75 for a VIP experience that includes early admission, a swag bag and more.
▪ The Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, continues its 2017 Wine and Cuisine dinner series June 25 with wines from Italy’s Piedmont region and dinner under the stars. Holly Hill Inn owner Chris Michel and Wine Guild director Steve Mancuso will create a tasting bar featuring red and white wines paired with an Italian buffet menu from owner Ouita Michel and chef Tyler McNabb. Wines by the glass and bottle also will be available.
The wine tasting bar will open at 6 p.m. The buffet dinner, created with Kentucky-grown ingredients, will be served at 6:30 p.m. Guests will dine under a large tent on the Holly Hill Inn front lawn, with live music by Stirfry Musette. Limited reserved indoor seating is available. The menu is at Hollyhillinn.com/events.
Other dates in the series are July 16, Spain (Spanish wines); Aug. 20, Southern Italy (Southern Italian and Sicilian wines); Sept. 17, South America (wines from Chile and Argentina); and Oct. 15, Central Europe (wines from Germany, Austria).
▪ The Speakeasy, 903 Manchester Street, is hosting BBQ & Barrel-Strength Bourbon Tasting & Dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. July 19. Tim Knittel of Distilled Living will lead a tasting of four select barrel-strength bourbons. The evening will open with a specialty cocktail: Sparkling cherry sour accompanied with Bluegrass Catering’s beer cheese crudite at The Speakeasy bar. The menu, by Bluegrass Catering, includes bourbon pecan and apple salad, brown sugar and bourbon barbecue ribs, roasted apples and sweet potatoes in honey bourbon glaze, sautéed mustard greens with pancetta, bacon, cheddar and chive biscuits, and bourbon pie with tipsy berries. Vegetarian entrees are available; ask in advance. Tickets are $65 and include the bourbon tasting and the gourmet dinner. For more information or tickets, call 859-231-7676
▪ The Forecastle Bourbon Lodge at this year’s Forecastle Festival, July 14 to 16 in Louisville, will have a new Rarities Bar, featuring some of the most sought-after limited-release Kentucky Bourbon expressions, including Four Roses Al Young “50th Anniversary” Small Batch and other special Four Roses selections, Michter’s 10-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2016, Wild Turkey Decades and Wild Turkey 17-Year Master’s Keep, Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked, Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Single Barrel.
All Rarities Bar offerings will be released at specific times during the festival, available only until limited quantities are depleted. A full schedule of releases will be shared before the festival, and those with Bourbon Lodge memberships, available at ForecastleFest.com, will have exclusive early access to the release schedule.
“The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is happy to partner with Forecastle on the Bourbon Lodge and the Rarities Bar to bring an even greater selection of Kentucky’s finest and most sought-after bourbons to the festival,” said Adam Johnson, senior director of Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experiences of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. General admission, general admission plus and VIP weekend passes, as well as Bourbon Lodge memberships are available at ForecastleFest.com.
The service will let you order from Whole Foods Market, Petco, Costco, Meijer and Kroger in one order. Instacart Express offers unlimited same-day, one-hour deliveries with a free trial for an entire year. After the first year, the price is $99 a year, or $14.99 a month. You can’t use paper coupons with the orders, but there are electronic coupons on the website.
▪ On June 1, 1792, the Commonwealth of Kentucky joined the United States of America. Barton 1792 Distillery is releasing a commemorative bourbon to mark the occasion. The 225th Anniversary Bourbon is available for purchase in Kentucky only. Tasting notes for this bourbon describe it as having “an intricate aroma consisting of spices, toffee, and subtle fruity notes. The taste is oaky and bold, with notes of butterscotch, vanilla, almonds and rich honey. The finish is smoky and dry, with a lingering yet smooth spiciness.”
The 1792 225th Anniversary Bourbon is about $40 a bottle.
▪ The Kentucky Department of Tourism is launching Bourbon Country Burn, a new three-day cycling event headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park. The event, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, will stop at six bourbon distilleries and pass by Central Kentucky horse farms. Routes of all lengths loop riders back through Bourbon Base Camp at the park, which will have live entertainment, food and bourbon tastings. For more information and to register, go to bourboncountryburn.com.