August 22, 2015 was the date of a big occasion—Bent Brewstillery’s one-year anniversary of opening its taproom. Owner Bartley Blume said it’s been a year of victories and challenges — but also a ton of excitement.
“The first year of taproom business has been a roller coaster ride,” he says. “A lot of ups and downs, with a couple loop-d-loops, but fun the entire time.”
The amalgamation of good beer, cocktails, and a festive crowd marked the occasion in style. Souls were serenaded by band Lavender Daughter, and everyone rocked the night away with Wavy Maze. Potter’s Pasties served scrumptious sausage flights, and we even had locally-made caramels you could pair with some of our beer for a delectable treat.
Kentucky Road, a sour aged in whiskey barrels, took patrons by pleasant surprise as murmurs of, “Have you had this Kentucky Road? It’s really good!,” accentuated the buzz around the cocktail bar.
New 375-milliliter bottles of our Gunner Ghost Navy-strength gin, and Bent Anchor (its official release), a Poitín and our newest spirit, were also being sampled and sold, showing how unique our brewery and distillery combo — the only one in the state — really is.
Without fans of our beer and spirits, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate, and to those who love getting bent with us.