Friday, June 27, 2014

The NABC Weekend: Appalatin in the park, Louvino Pop-Up and Shopping with Your Pooch.

Courtesy of the inimitable Tony Beard

At some point on Sunday evening, preferably around 6:30 p.m., I'll be able to relax and enjoy an episode of "The Last of the Summer Wine," a wonderful vision set in a place where no one seems to work, and the weather's always cool. And they visit the pub often. Until then ...


All three of NABC's World Cup Trilogy beers have been tapped, and will continue to pour at both NABC locations until they're depleted. For next Tuesday's USA vs Belgium match in the Round of 16, there'll be a specially prepared keg of Naughty Girl at Bank Street Brewhouse (details TBA; BSB opens at 3 p.m.), while at the Pizzeria & Public House, there's a non-futbol beer takeover event long in the works, featuring drafts from our friends out in San Diego: Stone Brewing Tap Night.


Tonight (Friday, June 27), New Albany’s Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series features the stellar band Appalatin.

Foot-stomping, hip-swinging sounds organically unite Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music. The name, Appalatin, reflects the unexpected meeting in Louisville, KY of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Their all-acoustic performances of traditional stings of guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica and vocal harmonies have brought joy and happiness to listeners of all ages.

Inclement weather and staffing issues forced the cancellation of last Friday's Big Four Burger wagon at Bank Street Brewhouse, but we expect them back on Friday.


On Saturday, June 28, Bank Street Brewhouse plays host to a Louvino pop-up restaurant preview. It's the first of what we hope will be many such opportunities to involve food, even if we're not a full-time restaurant.

Join Chefs Tavis Rockwell, Dan Thomas and Michael Hargrove as they try a few menu concepts from the soon to open Louvino. Some of the items will include Confit Chicken Wings, Tavis's Housemade Tater Tots, Sliders, Apple Wontons, Chocolate Malts and Duck Fat Fries. The kitchen will be open for service at 5:00 p.m. and will run until 11:00, or until the food runs out. Beer and beverages will be available from the NABC. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please take note: There'll be no reservations or table service; it's first come, first served. Find a space and get a drink. Diners will order and pay at the kitchen window, and your food will be brought to you. Have a beer. Repeat.


Shop With Your Pooch Sunday ! A Fundraiser for The Arrow Fund runs on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at My Magpie's Nest (1613 E Market St. in New Albany). The list of vendors is long and includes Wenning's Tequila Lime Salsa & Pickles; a pet communicator and psychic; Quibble Hill Winery; Rib Tip Tony's; Savon; and NABC. Accordingly, I'll be there from noon to 4:00 p.m. with beer samples, including the appropriately positioned Houndmouth.

The Arrow Fund provides medical treatment to Kentuckiana animals who have been the victims of torture or extreme forms of abuse and neglect. By highlighting these cases, we strive to educate the public regarding the ongoing problem of animal cruelty and the need to strengthen Kentuckiana's animal welfare laws. TAF Is a non-profit group.

Next week's a whole other story. Fireworks at the Amphitheater with Progressive Pints and the Crashers next Thursday, anyone?

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