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Homecomings are not complete without …


Harvest culture’s still on the skids, and NABC aims to keep it that way with its 7th annual Fringe Fest, providentially timed to coincide with that other downtown festival on October 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2014 … that’s Thursday through Sunday, open at 12 noon each day. Appropriately, Fringe Fest remains NABC’s alternative perspective on the general theme of “harvest homecoming,” and features NABC craft beer, musical performances, art, food, brewery tours and a general commitment to frivolity.

As in years past, a percentage of the proceeds from this year’s Fringe Fest will be donated to Open Door Youth Services and Rauch Inc.

Hope for good weather, and stop by while you’re downtown during New Albany’s periodically splendiferous Harvest Homecoming. Following are capsule previews of what to expect at Fringe Fest, which may be subject to revision as arrangements are finalized.


There’s no cover charge, but have your IDs ready if you’re planning on having a beer.

Thursday, October 9
6:30 p.m. Ragged But Right
8:00 p.m. Fauna

Friday, October 10
6:00 p.m. Thunder Wrane
7:30 p.m. Brother Wolves
9:00 p.m. The Agartha Network

Saturday, October 11
7:00 p.m. Shawn Sleeps Naked
8:00 p.m. Raqia Belly Dancers
9:30 p.m. Dream Eye Color Wheel


For the occasion of Fringe Fest, we’ll be emphasizing the following selections:

Strassen Bräu … Genuine Bavarian yeast gives our annual autumnal Märzen/Oktoberfest lager its smooth, classic character.

Wet Knobs Harvest Hop Ale … American Pale Ale brewed with “wet” (unprocessed) locally grown Floyds Knobs hops. For the first time in 2014, we’re using our own Lloyd’s Landing Estate Grown hops, too. It’s a small batch, and it usually doesn’t survive Fringe Fest.

Phoenix Kentucky Komon … Old-time Louisville brewers were known to purloin sour (corn) mash from neighboring distilleries, using it as adjunct in batches of everyday ale. NABC’s paean to our creative “forebrewers” comes out sour, because we like it that way.

Of course, many other NABC favorites will remain on tap during Fringe Fest.


Come and see what we do and how we do it.

Friday, October 10
Every half hour: 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 11
Every half hour: 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30 p.m.
Every half hour: 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.


Exact serving times are likely to vary

Eh Cumpari Pizza … mobile wood-fired pizza oven

Powell’s Pigs and Cows … it’s a hot dog wagon with all the fixings

Or, bring any fest food you please. It’s everywhere downtown during Harvest Homecoming, so remember to support independent local food purveyors.


Shannon Smimble with art and oddities
Heather Montgomery with vintage apparel


Brewers and/or sales staff will be present at most of the following dates, so if you’re attending, come by, say hi, and sample progressive brewing.

Thursday, October 2
ExBEERiment is at the Kentucky Science Center on Main Street in Louisville: “Explore the science of brewing with three floors of eclectic beer samples from several local partners. Get a front row seat for our famous explosive demonstrations and experience the Science Center like never before. We’ll have something for everyone, from retro brew-mercials in our 4-Story Digital Theater to delicious local food trucks! Must be 21 and up.”

Through October 25
Open Thursday – Sunday each weekend
ReSurfaced: A Pop-Up Plaza on Mainat 615-621 West Main Street in Louisville
Thursdays 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturdays 3:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Here’s the idea, courtesy of the city of Louisville: “The first initiative in the ReSurfaced movement is to take the currently underutilized space behind the facades of 615-621 West Main Street in downtown Louisville, and create a six week long pop-up beer garden, outdoor cafe, and event space beginning on September 19, 2014.”

Friday – Saturday, October 3 – 4
The weekend special at the Olive Leaf Bistroin Jeffersonville will be the very same menu served for our September 30 beer dinner, with beer pairings intact. No reservations are required.

Hors d’Oeuvres paired with Elector
Mediterranean Greek Salad paired with Black & Blue Grass
Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Ravioli paired with Action! Pale Ale
Chicken Kebab or Moroccan Grilled Salmon paired with Beak’s Best Bitter
Tiramisu or Baklava paired with Bob’s Old 15-B Porter

Friday – Saturday, October 3 – 4
In Vevay, Indiana, it’s the first ever Bavarian Beer Bash, offering “a celebration of craft beer, culture, food, fun, & friends in Vevay, Indiana. A group of long-time residents decided it was time to bring the excitement and culture of a genuine beer festival to this historic town along the scenic Ohio River.” NABC’s delegation includes Hoosier Daddy, Black & Blue Grass, Community Dark and some of the last remaining USA vs Germany Sticke Alt from June’s World Cup Trilogy … and it’s tasting really fine.

Saturday – Sunday, October 4 – 5
Hoosier Daddy and Black & Blue Grass are among the local and regional craft beers available at the inaugural 2014 Louder Than Life Festival, which also “promises whisky and ‘gourmet man food,’ along with massive acts such as Judas Priest, Korn, Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Temple Pilots, Volbeat, Mastodon, Papa Roach and many others. Louder Than Life will erect three stages filled with pinnacle acts while Louisville’s finest local merchants will offer whisky, bourbon, gourmet food, craft beers and more.”

Monday, October 6
Beef O’Brady’s in Corydon, Indiana, will be tapping Hoosier Daddy and the elusive Hoptimus-a-Rita (dry-orange-peeled Hoptimus)

Saturday, October 11
Cannelton Heritage Festival
For the third year, NABC will vend beers of proven merit in Cannelton, Indiana: “Nestled on the Ohio River, Cannelton is a historic small town born during the times of the booming river trade business. Once a year the city pays tribute to its rich history by hosting the Cannelton Heritage Festival in celebration of history, art, crafts, food and music.” Beers making the trip are: Action! APA, Black & Blue Grass, Hoosier Daddy and Hoptimus.

Friday, October 17
LIBA Louisville BrewFest
At Louisville Slugger Field: “This Louisville celebration of local, independent brewers, independent businesses, and independent thinkers will shelve uniformity and celebrate our uniqueness.” Community Dark and Hoosier Daddy will be joined by Action! APA in the VIP slot.

NABC has two locations in New Albany. Our original Pizzeria & Public House near IU Southeast offers a pizzeria-style food menu, NABC’s beers of proven merit and a list of quality guest beers. In downtown New Albany, our taproom at Bank Street Brewhouse no longer prepares meals, but you can pair NABC drafts and bomber bottles with delivery food, carry-in or the contents of your own picnic basket.

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