Don’t say Lou-ee-ville. /luːiːvɪl/
Don’t do it.
Here in Louv-ulle /lʌvəl/ or /luːəvəl/, the words are starting to get more drawn out and the pace is slowing down. We pulled in about 8 o’clock this evening and immediately went for a bite to eat after the 6 hour drive from Michigan. Our choice was Feast, a BBQ joint in the NuLu area of Louisville.
Recommended to me by a good friend, Feast features a fairly simple menu of meats, sides, and beers. They do have a vegetarian option made with tofu and it was delicious. I chose the tacos, one each, Tofu, Pulled Pork, and Beef Brisket. We got a few sides as well, the vinegar slaw, mac and cheese, and baked beans. The beans were the star of the show, with small pieces of brisket mixed in and a nice rich flavor in the sauce.
You order at a counter when you enter and then take a number to your table of choice; the staff brings the tray to you. Their set up was efficient and the service was great. Their beer list had about 20 brews mainly from Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. Feast also offers a bourbon slushie (maybe next time).
After dinner we went for a walk to Against the Grain Brewing and Smokehouse. I’ve liked everything I’ve tried from them and was excited to finally check out the brewery. AtG makes one of my favorite barrel aged beers, 70k. This is a double version of their imperial stout (35k) which has been aged in Angel’s Envy barrels. Although, sadly, 70k was not on tap at this time, 35k was and I enjoyed it as my 1000th unique check in on Untappd. The brewery has large glass windows above the bar showing their fermentation tanks and some very cool art all over the dining area. The Angel’s Envy distillery and visitor center is right across the street from AtG which shares space in the Louisville Slugger Field.
Louisville was founded in 1778 and is one of the oldest cities to the west of the Appalachian mountains. Louisville has a long history in shipping and manufacturing as it is situated on the Ohio River. During the Civil war it was a supply center for the Union and a gateway for escaped slaves to the north. During WWII Louisville was a factory area for production of aircraft and then later for Agricultural equipment. Louisville has been experiencing some interesting changes and growth especially recently in the NuLu area (where we were walking tonight).
I was surprised, and pleased, to see many small art galleries, bars, restaurants, design firms, outdoor patios, shops, and clothing stores in an area that at first glance looked like an old abandoned manufacturing area. The beer scene here in Kentucky is growing (including the recently opened HopCat in nearby Lexington and one here in Louisville opening on July 30). There is a lot of current construction and road work being done and I am interested to see what the city will look like in a couple years. It was refreshing and inspiring to see shops like Blofish Clothing opening, with a clear message and inclusive mission statement:
The NuLu area has a good amount of street art including this piece of interactive art where anyone walking by could take chalk and write their own message on the giant wall:
Tomorrow we attack some of the many, many, distilleries here in Kentucky and will drive to the Lexington area and then on through to North Carolina.