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Florida State Seminoles Opponent Scouting Report: Louisville Craft Beer Scene

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Do you like beer? Of course you do, and inside we will discuss just what kind of beer you should be drinking this weekend.

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This is the first weekly installment highlighting the craft beer scene of Florida State's opponent. This segment will feature a brewery from the area and a beer from another brewery in the area, with a focus on best representing the craft beer scene of the Noles’ weekly opponent. We also try to include options that are readily available to those who may not be traveling to the games and want to pick something up from their local package store. Without further delay we present to you craft beer in Louisville.

You can call it the Bluegrass State, the Bourbon State, or whatever you will, but Kentucky will not ever be called the Craft Beer State. There is a modest craft beer scene in the state, with just 24 breweries. On a per capita basis, that places Kentucky at a dismal 46th in the nation.

There is one brewery of note in the state, Alltech’s Lexington Brewing. This is, in my experience, the only Kentucky brewery that distributes in Florida. The company itself has an interesting background - in the 80’s, an Irish biochemist started a fermentation company and it has flourished into a large supplier of animal feed, agricultural, and distilling/brewing products. In my day job (no, Bud doesn’t pay me to write about beer), I’ve actually received free samples of Alltech’s beer from one of their non-brewing business representatives.

Unfortunately, free beer isn’t always good beer.

Alltech’s beers prominently feature bourbon barrel aging. Personally, I find that too many brewers over-age their beer in bourbon barrels, giving it a taste that overwhelms rather than complementing the beer. This holds true for Alltech’s offerings.

That said, I am sure many of our readers will enjoy the bourbon notes of their beers, so let’s discuss their current seasonal offering: Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale.

I have not sampled this one yet, but it sure sounds like it packs a punch. 10% ABV, pumpkin and pumpkin spices, bourbon barrel aged - that’s a whole heck of a lot going on. Maybe this will be better than their previous offerings. Go find out, and let me know. I’m writing this from a hotel room in Shanghai, so I can’t get my hands on any.

If you managed to make it to Louisville for the game, there are several local breweries in town. Click here for a list.

I have not been, but our other beer writer, RaysNNoles, says it is a great city. He also noted last year: “The brewery that consistently is the most highly rated is Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse located in the heart of downtown. Not only can you order a wide variety of beer styles you can pair it with brisket or some awful fake meat called Seitan.”

You can also just break out the bourbon. We’ll excuse you this week.

If you're unable to get your hands on any of the above mentioned beers, that's okay, we would love to know what kind of beer you will be enjoying this weekend as Florida State takes care of business against the Louisville.