Despite the winds, thousands sip and stroll for Tailspin Ale Fest at Bowman Field | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – While planes weren’t taking flights, there were plenty of beer flights Saturday at Bowman Field for the 9th annual Tailspin Ale Festival.

Crowds were back on Saturday for what is considered one of the best beer festivals in the country – the first time in two years.

The Tailspin Ale Fest was the last major event in Louisville before the 2020 shutdowns began.

“I was so glad I went because it was like the last hype before it all stopped,” said Margi Neff, who often volunteers for the festival. “As a tail veteran. I’ve been coming for a few years and it was different every time, but it was fun every time.

Dozens of local breweries showcased their best beers and stouts – an industry that has only grown in Kentucky over the past decade.

“I think there were maybe four breweries in the state of Kentucky and now I think there are 90 in Kentucky, so that’s a big deal,” the spokeswoman said. festival, Caroline Knop.

A portion of the proceeds benefited the HOP Foundation which supports workers in the brewing industry who are in financial need due to a medical emergency or disaster.

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Nearly 4,500 people attended the sold-out event, strolling past vintage airplanes, helicopters and food trucks – there were even flying axes and a bourbon beer bar.

“We’re here in 2022, we’re having a great time as you can see,” Kopp said. “It’s just a really nice day, 79 degrees, sunny – a little windy but great fun.”

The 41mph gusts of wind proved a little too strong for some as they had to get out of their tents in case they blew up or collapsed.

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The winds didn’t deter Nathan Stilger from trying beers he’d never had before.

“You get a hint of flavor. It just falls in the back of your mouth, and you don’t really know it until you drink it and swallow it — it’s liquid gold,” Stilger said, taking a sip. “Oh, having a good time. I like seeing people, tasting different beers, meeting people from different walks of life.

Preparations are already underway for next year’s festival.

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