Hops & Spirits Kentucky

Condado Tacos | Lexington and Louisville

We welcome in Johnny Zela, Chief Operations Officer at Condado Tacos -- Lexington, coming soon to Louisville and greater Cincinnati nearby, for our Q&A. He talks about how Condado launched in Columbus (OH) back in 2014, building the brand to nearly 40 locations, what folks can expect when visiting, their Come As You are culture, their drinks menu, building the beverage program and what's next for Condado.

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Happy Hour with author Andre Darlington

This week’s spotlight is on Andre Darlington, spirits writer/author, whose latest book Bar Menu: 100+ Drinking Food Recipes for Cocktail Hour at Home is now available. Darlington is a drinks, food, and lifestyle writer based in Philadelphia and North Carolina. He is a former restaurant critic and award-winning wine and spirits columnist.

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Happy Hour with Cut Above Zero Proof Spirits

This week’s spotlight is on Andrew Solis, artist, entrepreneur and founder of Cut Above Zero Proof Spirits. Solis spent nearly two years working with mixologists and flavor specialists to create a portfolio of four spirits, including a Gin, Agave Blanco, Mezcal and Whiskey, that replicate the flavor profiles, nose, mouthfeel and finish of the original premium spirits allowing consumers to either reduce or replace the amount of alcohol in a cocktail; all without sacrificing the enjoyment and experience of a properly crafted cocktail.

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Happy Hour with bartender and author Chris Vola

This week’s spotlight is on bartender and author Chris Vola. His latest book, CHEERS TO TODAY: 365 Cocktails Because Every Day is a Holiday, is now available and features a number of cocktail recipes ready to make everyday a special occasion. From variations to newly invented libations, CHEERS TO TODAY gives readers a reason to imbibe, but it also teaches about classic cocktails and their offspring, encouraging readers to get just as creative as this never-ending list of occasions.

Hops & Spirits Kentucky

Q&A with NKD LDY founder Becca Gardner

In this Q&A, we welcome in Becca Gardner, founder of NKD LDY out of Louisville. She talks about what led to her founding NKD LDY, what the name signifies, how she decided on a non-alcoholic whiskey, tequila & gin, how their process works, going the route of real booze minus the alcohol, how closely those spirits resemble their alcoholic counterparts, the importance of changing perceptions of non-alcoholic drinks, challenges she's faced and what's next for NKD LDY.