Friday, July 20, 2012

Matt Nash and the Bar Belle on 25 Years of Beer and Loathing.

Matt commences with an ominous sentence, considering the record of the early years ... but it's a nice segue into his personal account of pizzas, beers and so much else. I'm happy to say I was there on the night when Matt and Amy met, because if memory serves, it also was the night that Barack Obama was elected president.

NASH: A quarter century of beer and pizza, by Matt Nash (News and Tribune)

JEFFERSONVILLE — My personal relationship with the New Albanian Brewing Company goes back to a few years before I was even able to drink beer, legally.

Sara "Bar Belle" Havens of the Louisville Eccentric Observer interviewed me two weeks ago and incorporated the results into her column.

Bar Belle: A salute to NABC, by Sara Havens (LEO)

When I was 25, I drank like shit — cheap, American swill chased by shots of Jager or Rumple Minze. Unfortunately, some things haven’t changed. But throughout my years of socializing after dark, I’ve learned to appreciate good bourbon and craft beer.

Rich O’s/Sportstime Pizza/New Albanian Brewing Company in New Albany is celebrating its 25th birthday this month, and you better believe there won’t be a Miller Lite or shot of Jager anywhere near the place. In fact, co-owner Roger A. Baylor is renting out New Albany’s Riverfront Amphitheater to throw a big party. Mark your calendars for July 22. It’s free, starts at 10 a.m., and features live music, NABC beer, wine and a bloody mary bar (link here). I caught up with Baylor to reminisce about the last 25 years.

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