Everyone from Kentucky knows about the Bourbon Trail, and even the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville, but did you know Kentucky has a beer cheese trail? First served at John Allman’s Driftwood Inn Restaurant in the 1940s, beer cheese has become a signature spread of Kentucky. The trail that celebrates this creamy, cheesy culinary wonder stays around Winchester and Clark County, given that it’s the birth place of beer cheese. A lot of restaurants like to keep their recipe a secret, but the usual ingredients include cheese (obviously), a flat beer, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and a combination of spices such as cayenne and garlic powder. Due to its popularity, there are a lot of different kinds of beer cheese out there these days, but these eight stops on the beer cheese trail are the real deal. Continue reading the article by clicking http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kentucky/beer-cheese-trail-ky/
Looking for a fun Kentucky roadtrip?
My boys and I discovered that Winchester, KY makes a great day trip from Cincinnati. Winchester is located about 1.5 hours away from Cincinnati and 30 minutes from Lexington, KY.
1st stop- Ale-8-One Plant Tour located at 25 Carol Rd, Winchester, KY. Ale-8-One, A Late One, or Ale-8 is Kentucky’s special soft drink that is a citrus/ginger blend. The name was result of a naming contest at the Clark County Fair. “A Late One” was slang used in the 1920’s for the latest thing. The drink celebrated their 90th birthday this year and it has continued to grow in popularity and expand in markets beyond Kentucky. The drink is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky that is still in existence and has been bottled in Winchester since 1926. The Ale-8 Plant tour has been on my bucket list for a while and it’s our go to drink when we go camping and visit places in Kentucky.
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ALE-8-ONE CELEBRATES 90TH ANNIVERSARY
Ale-8-One Bottling Co., maker of the ginger & citrus based soft drink Ale-8-One (aka “A Late One”), kicks off its celebration of the drink’s 90th anniversary today. Since July 13, 1926, soda lovers have been drinking the unique ginger formula originally created by beverage innovator and founder George Lee Wainscott.
A true entrepreneur, G. L. (Lee) Wainscott got his start in the bottling business in Winchester, KY in 1902 with distilled water and flavored sodas, known as Wainscott’s Flavors. After being unsuccessfully sued by Coca-Cola for developing his own thriving cola beverage, Roxa-Kola, Wainscott began the search for a recipe all his own that would stand the test of time. He traveled to post war Europe where ginger beers were popular, and brought home a few recipes. He loved the rich ginger flavor but preferred less bite, adding more citrus and floral notes.
Wainscott perfected the Ale-8 recipe in 1926, launching his new beverage at the Clark County Fair, where he allowed folks to sample the product and held a naming contest. Submitted by a young girl, “A Late One”, slang for the “latest thing” in soft drinks, was the winning entry. Being in the midst of prohibition, Wainscott transformed the phrase into the name the drink has carried for 90 years, Ale-8-One. Those who couldn’t imbibe could still enjoy a refreshing, nonalcoholic treat.
“Ale-8 has always stood apart from typical ginger ales because it has more flavor, less carbonation, and less sugar with an added kick of caffeine. Yet it goes down smoothly, without the bite found in ginger beers,” said Fielding Rogers, 4th generation owner and great-great nephew of Wainscott. “To me, the most special ingredient is the care and heritage we put into every bottle. I still mix up the secret formula by hand myself, the fourth generation in the family to do so. Not only is it made with real ginger extract that has been blended specifically for Ale-8-One, but many people say our classic green glass bottles add a little magic to the experience.”
Ale-8 is surely one of the last soft drink bottlers left in the United States continuing to receive and refill the old returnable, long neck, glass bottles. These bottles are thicker and heavier than today’s bottles, and people say Ale-8 tastes best in the refillable bottle, perhaps because the thicker glass holds the cold longer, perhaps because of the memories each bottle contains. They also represent true recycling and are making a comeback with restaurants that focus on local, authentic and green.
Pair the unique flavor of the drink with the company’s proud heritage as a Kentucky based, family-owned business since 1902, and Wainscott’s legacy continues to grow.
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism today announced the launch of 99 Days of Summer, an interactive section of the www.kentuckytourism.com website with travel suggestions for the 2016 summer season, starting May 30 and lasting through Labor Day weekend.
The 99 Days of Summer website is an interactive calendar with pictures, events and further information to help plan your Kentucky summer travel. Examples include cooling off at a Kentucky State Park pool or beach, finding the perfect fishing hole along the western Kentucky waterways, touring a horse farm or enjoying a cookout with Kentucky Proud products.
“The ideas for 99 Days of Summer are daily snapshots that include some of the wonderful things to do in Kentucky this summer,” said Travel and Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum. “We realize that summer days are limited in number and we want to help you make the most of your summer vacation. We’ve highlighted everything from festivals to water activities to museums and truly have something for everyone.”
For more information and to find a summer trip ideas, visit www.kentuckytourism.com/99days. Travelers are encouraged to share their Kentucky travel adventures with #kysummer.
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. In 2015, Tourism in Kentucky experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth in the last ten years with an economic impact of more than $13 billion. The Tourism industry supports over 180,000 jobs and generates more than $1.43 billion in taxes.
BY STEVE COOMES / PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COOMES | JUNE 01, 2016 Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass
One man’s journey along Winchester’s latest claim to fame
WINCHESTER, KY. — It’s human nature to enjoy following a trail, especially when that trail leads to rewards like bourbon, beer or beer cheese along the way. Seems we’re big on those in Kentucky.
Blame it on the start of the Bourbon Trail, designed to guide tourists to our bourbon distilleries. That theme was later wrought in miniature when Louisville launched its Urban Bourbon Trail, a list of bars and restaurants that serve at least 50 bourbons. The Brewgrass Trail followed, marking the growing chain of craft breweries in and around Lexington. And this trail binge surely left the Winchester-Clark County Tourism Commission thinking, “We just have to create the Beer Cheese Trail, right?”
That they did in 2013, complete with a Cheese Log to record the adventurer’s journey and a T-shirt prize noting completion.
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Posted in Kentucky Only In Your State May 18, 2016
Check out # 6 on the list!! They have us listed as JK’s Cafe, but they have everything else right, except for us not being #1!! Ha!
When it comes to food, you cannot judge its quality by where it is being created and served. We’ve been given food at fine dining establishments that looked and tasted bland, flavorless, dry, etc. In contrast, “hole in the wall” restaurants in Kentucky are where some of the best food known to humankind can be found. Over the decades, I’ve learned never to shrug off small or simple establishments, and I’ve not been disappointed. We previously wrote about tiny restaurants that will wow you, and here are 12 reader suggested restaurants to add to that list.
6. JK’s Café on 4636 Old Boonesboro Road in Winchester
This is a great place to stop in for breakfast, a sandwich or dinner plate. The Old Rock Barn Reuben and the Hot Brown Burger sandwich is melt in your mouth delicious. The breakfast plates will remind you of a family sit down for a big country breakfast. The menu is on the wall and the specials really are special in a good way. Also, they have Ale 8.
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Ale-8-One Bottling Co. (aka “A Late One”), maker of the hand-crafted, ginger-based soft drink unique to Kentucky, announced today that the company is expanding its direct service delivery (DSD) territory in Kentucky to include the triangle from Elizabethtown to Bowling Green to Owensboro. This expansion nearly doubles Ale-8’s DSD footprint, and will result in the Company adding more trucks to its fleet and employing additional salespeople and merchandisers to its team, which currently includes over 100 employees. (SEE MAP)
“Consumers will see greater availability and a wider variety of packaging options in glass bottles, cans and plastic for both Regular and Diet Ale-8. Convenience stores, restaurants and bars will now have the opportunity to carry Ale-8 on their fountains,” said Steve Bale, Sales Manager for Ale-8-One.
This announcement comes just weeks after Ale-8 gained entrance onto the national stage through 630 Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores across 42 states. Ale-8 is currently sold throughout Kentucky, and parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and West Virginia, through other beverage distributors. “This venture allows Ale-8 to take our own trucks and a full line of products,” Bale continued. “We know that no one else will put as much emphasis on service as we will.”
Retailers including Kroger, Wal-Mart, Dollar General, 5-Star, Meijer and Speedway, have been seeing impressive growth of the ginger and citrus beverage in Central Kentucky and are expanding Ale-8 availability in their stores. That success has created an economic opportunity for the local bottler to add delivery trucks and merchandising in the expanded territory.
Kroger Public Affairs Manager Tim McGurk said, “Ale-8 has a loyal customer following and the Kroger team appreciates this major investment into their product distribution system. Bardstown, Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Bowling Green are all growing markets for Kroger and this increased product availability will be appreciated by our customers.”
Consumer trends are favorable for this regional favorite as demand for both local products and craft sodas surges. “After 113 years, we are doubling our DSD territory because the timing in the market is right, and we are in a position to take advantage,” said Ellen McGeeney, President & COO. “Ale-8 is not only known for our quality products, but we take pride in our reputation for excellent service to our retail customers.”
Preparations for expansion have been in place since September of 2013, when fourth generation owner, Fielding Rogers reached beyond the family for the first time in company history and hired Ellen McGeeney. As this generation’s steward of
the family legacy, Rogers whose background is in finance, saw growth as the path that ensured continued independence for Kentucky’s only soft drink.
Rogers says his motivation and passion for Ale-8 comes from the people: “Our dedicated employees, supportive community and loyal fans are why the company has lasted over 100 years. They have invested meaning in the Ale-8 brand through their memories. Ale-8 really belongs to them.”
Consumers should find Ale-8-One in a variety of packages throughout the expanded territory beginning immediately. Local retailers may contact Steve Bale at 859- 744-3484 to inquire about service.
About Ale-8-One Ale-8-One soft drink has been bottled in Winchester, KY since 1926 and is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence. It is a ginger and citrus blend, containing less carbo-nation, and fewer calories than conventional sodas. The company’s founder and inventor G.L. Wainscott was an unconventional man with innovative ideas. After bottling soda and flavored drinks in Winchester, KY for many years, G.L. Wainscott developed the Ale-8-One formula with its unique ginger taste. The product was launched July 13, 1926, and Wainscott sponsored one of the first product naming contests at the Clark County (Kentucky) Fair. “A Late One,” the winning entry, was 1920s slang for the latest thing in soft drinks. To this day, the company continues to be locally owned and family operated by G.L. Wainscott’s great-great-nephew, Fielding Rogers. He still mixes up the closely guarded, family secret, Ale-8 recipe in a locked blending room where Wainscott’s hand-written recipe notes hang on the wall.
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Ale-8-One Bottling Co. (aka “A Late One”), maker of the ginger & citrus based soft drink, hand-crafted in Kentucky since 1926, announced today that Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee, is making Ale-8’s Original Soft Drink available nationwide. Cracker Barrel was established in 1969 and currently operates specialty, home-style country stores and restaurants throughout 42 states with 630 total retail locations.
Ellen McGeeney, President and COO of Ale-8-One stated, “Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores are unique and genuinely reminiscent of simpler times, making their outlets perfect venues to feature our 90-year-old, family-crafted soft drink. What made this partnership special from the start is our shared passion for bringing friends and family together,” said McGeeney. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to gain entry into Cracker Barrel Country Stores nationwide, and to begin developing a relationship that introduces Cracker Barrel patrons to the Best of the Bluegrass in our classic green glass bottles.”
Formulated in Winchester, KY by a beverage innovator named George Lee Wainscott, Ale-8 hit the market in 1926, and is the only soft drink invented in the Bluegrass still in existence. Amidst an ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit by Coca-Cola to stop distribution of his popular Roxa-Kola, Wainscott was inspired to design Ale-8 to taste like nothing else, so it would stand the test of time. That promise continues to be fulfilled today by his great-great nephew, Fielding Rogers, who still hand-mixes the unique recipe four generations later.
“Uncle Lee crafted a smooth, refreshing, and truly unique soda: ginger-based, but with more flavor, less carbonation, a little less sugar, and without the bite of ginger beers. Ale-8-One is made with real ginger extract that has been blended specifically for us,” said Rogers, 4th Generation Owner, CEO and guardian of the secret family recipe.
By sticking close to its hometown Kentucky values, Ale-8 has managed to simultaneously keep demand high and retain its “one sip and you’re there” magic that takes you back to good times with family and friends, much like the Cracker Barrel brand.
Original Ale-8-One can be found in the classic soft drink section of the Old Country Store. If it isn’t currently available, the Cracker Barrel store manager can order it. For more information about where to find a Cracker Barrel near you or to request Ale-8-One at your local Cracker Barrel, visit their website at crackerbarrel.com/locations.
About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 630 company-owned locations in 42 states. Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2015 Consumer Picks survey named Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® the winner in two Family-Dining Restaurants categories – Menu Variety and Atmosphere. Every Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® location is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.
About Ale-8-One Ale-8-One soft drink has been bottled in Winchester, KY since 1926 and is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence. It is a ginger and citrus blend, containing less carbonation, and fewer calories than conventional sodas. The company’s founder and inventor G.L. Wainscott was an unconventional man with innovative ideas. After bottling soda and flavored drinks in Winchester, KY for many years, G.L. Wainscott developed the Ale-8-One formula with its unique ginger taste. The product was launched July 13, 1926, and Wainscott sponsored one of the first product naming contests at the Clark County (Kentucky) Fair. “A Late One,” the winning entry, was 1920s slang for the latest thing in soft drinks. To this day, the company continues to be locally owned and family operated by G.L. Wainscott’s great-great-nephew, Fielding Rogers. He still mixes up the closely guarded, family secret, Ale-8 recipe in a locked blending room where Wainscott’s hand written recipe notes hang on the wall.
For more information about Ale-8-One, please visit the Company’s website at: http://www.ale8one.com/
Follow Ale-8-One on Instagram at http://instagram.com/ale8one
Ale-8-One’s Facebook Fan Page at http://facebook.com/ale8one
Ale-8-One Bottling Company
25 Carol Road Winchester, KY 40391
(859)744-3484 ext. 293
BE THE LIGHT…
Life In Lights is excited to debut its second exhibit of community art titled “Be the Light” beginning March 3 on North Main Street in Downtown Winchester. “Be the Light” will feature new community art, including playful and interactive art installations.
The “First Light” exhibit, which continues its current run through Wednesday, March 2, showcases vibrant digital artwork produced by local community members as part of Life In Lights and a series of free computer graphics programming workshops titled “Create: By the Numbers”.
To learn more, or to become an active part of Life In Lights, visit www.lifeinlights.net.