Plans Shaping Up for LouisvilleKY’s 4th Annual Tailspin Ale Fest

Louisville, KY – – Local Tailspin Ale Fest Organizers return once again to present the Best Beer Fest of the Season: Tailpsin Ale Fest. It’s set for February 18, 2017 at Bowman Field in the WWII Era Hangar at Louisville Executive Aviation.

Over 70 Breweries and a special Kentucky Heritage section of Kentucky brews will be available for consumption. “Mug” it up at Magnolia Photo Booth and “tap” into tunes provided by LIVE entertainment. View vintage airplanes on display with pin-up girls & fly boys and dine large with some of Louisville’s finest food trucks.

With over 200 beers available onsite, make sure to sample some great all American craft brews from our featured breweries:  Terrapin Brewing Company, Rhinegeist Brewery, Tin Man Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing, and Sweetwater Brewing. Heading up the Kentucky Heritage section is the West Sixth Brewing and Falls City Beer.


We are excited for Tailspin’s fourth anniversary at the historic Bowman Field, bringing our craft beer celebration to the forefront of Louisville’s social scene once again,” said Tisha Gainey, the event co-creator and organizer. “It is rewarding to continue our partnership with Liquor Barn and expand on the fundraising efforts for Dare to Care Food Bank.  We are also excited that our event continues to create new opportunities for furthering our fundraising with partners like Middleton Reutlinger, a local law firm that has a division specialized in working with many Kentucky Craft Breweries. Tailspin also provides a platform to introduce the latest and greatest from the world of craft beer to Louisville.  We love that Tailspin Ale Fest not only benefits our local charity, but is also a destination festival, bringing in guests from more than 16 states. Look for all your favorite highlights and beers at the event – and a few surprises as well – as we strive to make Tailspin better every year.”

A “Get on the Bus Gus” service is also offered to and from Bowman field from the following locations:

Liquor Barn Middletown Commons and Hurstbourne Lane locations
Mellow Mushroom (Highlands and St. Matthews location
Drake’s @ The Paddock
New Albanian Bank Street Cafe and Brewhouse


Tailspin Highlights:

  • Liquor Barn Bourbon Barrel Beer Bar located in the Kentucky Heritage Tent
  • expanded Kentucky Heritage Section featuring Kentucky breweries throughout the state.
  • Ciders and Sours bar hosted and poured by the Louisville Chapter of Girls Pint Night Out
  • Some great new breweries coming into the state of Kentucky featured like Terrapin Brewing from Athens, GA
  • Official Tailspin Ale is being brewed by returning LAGER Homebrew Club winner, Mark Robinson at Apocalypse Brewing, a brewery owned by former homebrewers.Over 70 breweries present and over 200 beers available
  • Visit Liquor Barn for their Tailspin Ale Fest/Dare to Care (paper) Beer Stein fundraiser Promotion and donate $1 for your own paper stein starting Jan 1, 2017
  • Pin-up Girls and Fly Boys ready for their close-up selfie shots with public
  • DJ spinning some tunes in-between LIVE Bands


Ticket Information: 

VIP TICKETS – $75 + Fees
-One Hour Early Entrance starting at 2PM
-Food Voucher to use at any of the food trucks onsite
-One Year Subscription to DRAFT Magazine
-2017 VIP Souvenir
-YELP Reusable Shopping Bag stuffed with other offers and goods from our sponsors & partners
-2017 Official Tailspin Ale Fest Souvenir Glass
-Paid Tasting Card for pours of some of America’s Best Craft Breweries offerings – Check out the dedicated Kentucky Heritage Section

GENERAL ADMISSION Ticket – $45 + Fees
-2017 Official Tailspin Ale Fest Souvenir Glass
-Paid Tasting Card to receive pours of some of America’s Best Craft Breweries offerings – Check out the dedicated Kentucky Heritage Section

DESIGNATED DRIVER Ticket – $15 + Fees
Access to the Tailspin Ale Fest that includes LIVE Music, Food Trucks on-site, Vintage Airplane Displays, Magnolia Photo Booth, FREE Water and Coffee.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL Designated Drivers must have a ticket in advance to arriving at Tailspin Ale Fest due to space limitations in the airplane hangar.


We’d like to thank our partners and sponsors:  Liquor Barn, Middleton Reutlinger Law Firm, YUM Brands Foundation, DRAFT Magazine, Rhinegeist, Terrapin Brewing, Tin Man Brewing, Sweetwater Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, West Sixth Brewing, Falls City Beer, LEO Weekly, Louisville Magazine & SWIG, YELP! Louisville, Vivid Impact, ESPN Radio, NachBar, Four Pegs Beer Lounge, Mellow Mushroom, New Albanian Cafe and Brewhouse, Drake’s the Paddocks, LIBA, Spudz Chips and Headliners Music Hall.

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