Bar Conversations

Episode 63: Fall beers and fall cocktails with Kevin Patterson and Jake Sulek

While the temps may be summer like, the beers on the shelves and cocktails at the bar are beginning to change. Kevin Patterson, a Cicerone and National Beer Judge, talks about fall beers, different trends with Oktoberfests, a Kentucky legend in Scott Hand and more. Plus, Jake Sulek, beverage director at West Main Crafting Co in Lexington, Ky., joins us to talk about crafting cocktails for the fall, common mistakes people make at home, adjusting recipes, cocktail recipes for all of us to try and more.


Kevin Patterson, a Cicerone and National Beer Judge, he’s also the manager of the Beer Trappe Craft Beer Store and Bar in Lexington, Kentucky, joins us at the start of the show.

  • What can people expect with fall beers?
  • Last year, we talked Oktoberfests and Marzens, can you give a reminder on those styles for folks?
  • What trends are you seeing with fall beers? Hazy and sours still sticking around? 
  • And are people buying traditional or spins on the Oktoberfest?
  • Any other styles we can expect to see more of on draught? Saisons, dark lagers/ales?
  • For your store, how do you balance the fall releases but it’s still hot out?
  • What are some breweries or beers people should be on the lookout for?
  • Scott Hand and his legacy and impact on Kentucky beer

Jake Sulek, Beverage Director at West Main Crafting Co in Lexington, Kentucky, joins us at the 22-minute mark.

  • With fall nearing, what are some things folks should expect to see with seasonal cocktails?
  • You all will be releasing your fall/winter menu, how does that differ from the spring/summer?
  • For those making cocktails at home, what are some common mistakes they might make?
  • Changing from parts to ounces, how does that work on recipes?
  • One good at home recipes (single make)
  • Large batch cocktail folks can make (for gatherings)
  • Since next week kicks of whiskey weeks, how can someone do a proper old fashioned at home and make everything themselves?
  • Any other tips for folks this fall?

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