Bourbon Industry

It's Repeal Day; many establishments toast the end of Prohibition

Chris Ware

Prohibition ended on Dec. 5, 1933, when Utah ratified the 21st Amendment repealing the 18th Amendment outlawing manufacturing and most sales of alcohol. In recent years, Dec. 5 has become known as Repeal Day, hailed as an excuse to celebrate. Several Repeal Day events are planned for Friday. Here are a few:

Belle's Cocktail House, 156 Market Street, will celebrate with drink specials: All classic cocktails will be $7, and champagne cocktails will be $5.

■ The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South Third Street in Louisville, will celebrate with a premium bourbon tasting, led by bourbon historian Michael Veach, sampling rare bottles of Prohibition-era bourbon from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $100; it's limited to 50 participants. Reservations required; call (502) 635-5083.

Proof on Main, 702 West Main Street in Louisville, will celebrate all day with bartenders in Prohibition-era dress serving classic speakeasy cocktails. Costumes are encouraged. A special Repeal Day cocktail menu will be available all week.

■ The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, 528 West Main Street in Louisville, will celebrate from 5 to 9 p.m. inside the Speakeasy Bar, entered in the basement through a faux safe door in the wall. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, bourbon tastings, bourbon-themed door prizes, and a cash bar will be available. Prohibition-era attire encouraged, with prizes for the most popular male and female costumes of the night. It's free, and reservations are not required. Participants must be of legal drinking age.

■ The Brown Hotel, 335 West Broadway, is hosting Louisville SWIG from 6 to 10 p.m., with a tasting event featuring beer, bourbon, wine, craft spirits, cocktails, and brandy from Copper & Kings Distillery in Louisville. Attire is casual to classy; 1920-30s garb is encouraged. Tickets are $40 a person and include food and drink tastings. You must be 18 or older to attend; 21 or older to drink.

In other food news:

Clawdaddy's, 128 North Broadway, has some winter specials: lobster pot pies and lobster mac 'n' cheese. It also can send live whole lobsters to customers' homes. The lobsters will weigh from 11/4 pounds to as large as the season allows. The live lobsters come directly from Clawdaddy's dock source in Maine, packaged with the claw crackers, bibs and cooking instructions. Also, Clawdaddy's is taking orders for Maine Jonah crabmeat and artichoke dip for the holiday table and parties. Call (859) 258-2529 for prices and to order.

Midway School Bakery, 510 South Winter Street in Midway, is having open houses 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. Chef Carrie Warmbier will have samples of cookies, Kentucky jam cake, cider, hot chocolate and more. The bakery has new treats for the holidays, such as a holiday sweets tray with mini scones, mini cookies and mini muffins; a special mini scones gift box including country ham, cheddar and chive mini scone, Kentucky jam cake; jumbo cookie bags; chocolate peppermint baby cake, holiday ginger muffin and spiced pecans in a holiday bag. Kentucky heritage pies are also available. Flavors include pumpkin, chocolate bourbon pecan, pecan, sour cream apple, peanut butter and traditional mincemeat. Gift boxes are available. Call (859) 846-4336 or go to

■ This isn't until Dec. 16 but spaces will go fast: Seedleaf will host a pumpkin pie workshop at Embrace Church, 1015 North Limestone, where pumpkin pies will be made using fresh pumpkins supplied by Glean KY. Stephanie Wooten from Glean KY will teach the free class, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Only 12 spaces are available so RSVP to Seedleaf's volunteer coordinator, Laurel Dixon, at