We have found thus far in our travels that visiting local craft breweries gives us a wonderful picture into the life of a town. We share conversations with strangers and quickly get a feel of the culture. We order a flight and see what locally grown products are going into that brewery’s beer. We take in and experience the atmosphere around us to get a vibe of the area. In our opinion it’s quite a fun way to be a tourist.
This past Thursday we were passing through Hopkinsville, Kentucky and planned on making a 45 minute Beer You Go stop at Hopkinsville Brewing Company and ended up communing with new friends for hours and staying in the parking lot upon our new friend and brewery owner Kate’s suggestion. The lot was complete with water and electric for us to hook up to as well which was such a treat!
This was meant to simply be a Beer You Go brewery stop where we got a taste of the town, did a sticker trade, got some photos, and went on our merry way. As it would be, the hospitality of Hopkinsville took over and our 45 minute plan went out the window.
Had we not stopped at this local brewery we wouldn’t have truly experienced the kindness and hospitality Hopkinsville has to offer. We wouldn’t have known how this diverse brewery is brining community together in the town.
We wouldn’t have met Cheryl who works at the brewery, owns Black Dog Farms and sent us off in the morning with farm fresh eggs, homemade cookies, and a cool patch.
We wouldn’t have met energetic Roger who is 2 years new to town, hails from Nashville, used to be a hairdresser for the stars, and now works at the brewery and creates art.
We wouldn’t have met precious and kind Abby who does events for the brewery and was just two days away from having her husband return from a 9 month deployment in the army.
Our puppies wouldn’t have gotten tons of treats, pets, kisses, and love. (The brewery has handmade dog treats made from spent grains btw. Needless to say the dogs ate them in seconds.)
We wouldn’t have met the crazy (he’d be okay knowing we said crazy and everyone in the brewery would agree) mail man who frequents the brewery.
We wouldn’t have gotten a tour of the brewery’s planned expansion into what used to be a local auto body shop next door by owners Kate and Joey.
We wouldn’t have met Kate’s daughter Maeby and talked about all things sketching with her.
We wouldn’t have had our first newspaper interview. (Like what?!)
We wouldn’t have gotten another podcast recording in the queue for Beer You Go to help promote this brewery and supporting the craft beer industry.
Not every brewery stop is like this. And that’s not the point. The point is, visiting local breweries on your travels can allow you to see and richly experience first hand the local flavor of a town. And when you come upon a truly special one, you’ll know it and be blessed by it. We’re thankful for our experience at Hopkinsville Brewing Co. Cheers to them and cheers to the others who will walk in their door and stay a while.