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KDF Beer Fest 2018

This post is being sponsored to you by Kroger, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. No better way to start off my Derby weekend than with a visit to Fest-A-Ville down on the Waterfront! Especially with a cold beer, or two, in hand. The city really does come alive in the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby, and there’s an event for just about everyone. Like last night’s Beer Fest for instance. It was a perfectly sunny day down by the water making it the perfect backdrop for the evening. There were two separate areas at the fest focusing on craft breweries as well as Kentucky breweries. Always love a chance to enjoy some of my go-to beers while also trying out new brews as well – such as Kroger’s Iron Line. Iron Line has something for every palate out there. My personal favorites were the Belgian White Ale and the Porter. They brew their Belgian White with orange peel and coriander making it the perfect light beer for the warmer months ahead, especially for those nights where I’ll be grilling out. While the brewing process for their Porter infuses the beer with flavors of…

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Jim Beam Cocktail Class

 I’ve had the chance to visit the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse on 4th Street a few times now and love it more and more each time. If you’re not familiar, it’s a new addition to the Jim Beam® family. The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse visitor center delivers the distillery experience in the heart of Louisville. Making it the perfect stop for friends and family that may be visiting over the holidays! Or even those old friends that moved away and are back home visiting. A few friends and I had the chance to check out their latest offering at the Urban Stillhouse, Tableside Cocktails, last week, and it was a fun divergence from our normal routine. Plus, we ended up getting to drink the drinks we made. A win, win, right? Which is why I’m excited to have partnered with them today for this post. Also to get the chance to recreate the cocktail they shared with us at home. Why? So I can show y’all how easy it is. Plus, if you’re hosting a big party this is the perfect cocktail to batch make, and then allow your guest to customize with their favorite jam(s). In other words, it’s almost…

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Waterfront Wednesday

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bota Box, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that keep this blog up and running!   One of my favorite things about the warmer months here in Louisville is hands down Waterfront Wednesday. For you non-Louisville folks, it’s a free monthly concert that a local radio station puts on from April until September. It’s an incredible time to come together with friends and the rest of the city and celebrate all the things that make Louisville what it is.  For me and my crew we usually meet up before heading down at our friend Mo’s place. She lives a few blocks from Waterfront Park and has a gorgeous outdoor space to boot. It’s the perfect spot to meet up and indulge in a few glasses of wine before we head out. Our latest obsessions? Bota Box.  With Bota Box‘s compact packaging they’re the perfect wine to help you enjoy a night in the great outdoors. Especially since there’s no glass bottle or corkscrew to fuss with. Which means they’re a fool-proof way to enjoy your favorite beverage without making a mess, no matter where the night takes you. …

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Kentucky Derby 101

It’s officially the best week of the year for Louisville residents – Derby week. From the parties, to the food, long days spent at the track, and literally every single thing in between this week is a blast. An exhaustive blast, that’s definitely a marathon vs. a sprint, but a blast none-the-less.  Which is why I’ve teamed up with Thorntons (one of the top independently owned convenience store chains in the nation) to share a few Kentucky Derby Survival Tips. In an effort to help set all of y’all up for success for the week ahead. Alongside their trio of bourbon-themed limited editions offerings they’ve got everything you need to throw the perfect Derby party. Including, but not limited to, crushed iced to make yourself a batch or two of mint juleps. Because who doesn’t love a one-stop shop? Fuel Up As I said before, Derby week really is a marathon not a sprint. I always swear by the magical powers of coffee, but even more so this time of year. And with Thornton’s Bourbon Vanilla Latte you can enjoy the taste that permeates through this week, even when on the go. But of course, don’t forget to stay hydrated as well. Because…

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Green Bean Delivery

Grocery delivery services are popping up more and more over the last couple of years. While retail giants like Kroger and Wal-Mart are just now joining the game did y’all know that we’ve had a local option for years now?  Green Bean Delivery is a member-based subscription service with no sign-up or membership fees! Users can fully customize their bins to include everything from local produce to pantry staples.  By taking a multi-faceted approach to building local food systems they are able to make healthy and sustainbaly-grown food affordable and accessible to communities they serve. The service is a god-send for those folks that are too busy to make it to the store. I, too, am guilty of putting off shopping and eating out instead. Especially the months/weeks where I’m traveling. Luckily, I’m able to set my own delivery schedule with Green Bean. When I came home from a trip last week I had all my groceries waiting outside my door. What’s not to love about that?   If your busy schedule doesn’t always allow for a trip to the store and want to try the service out for yourself then you’re in luck. Green Bean Delivery is offering $15 off to new subscribers…

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