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Heine Brothers’ Opening Two New Locations This Fall

Heine Brothers’ Coffee, Louisville’s original fair trade and organic coffee roaster, has announced that it will open two new locations this fall, 410 W. Daisy Lane and State Street in New Albany, and 3541 Outer Loop, just off I-65 in the Okolona neighborhood.

“We’ve had requests for years to open new coffee shop locations throughout the region, and we’re excited to bring Heine Brothers’ to both New Albany and Okolona,” said Heine Brothers’ Co-Founder and President Mike Mays. “Heine Brothers’ shops are places to relax or recharge, to share ideas and conversation and to connect. We’re excited to bring that to these well-established neighborhoods.”

Heine Brothers’ plans to hire up to 20 new baristas to staff each of the two new locations – those interested can apply online at heinebroscoffee.com. Both new locations will include a spacious cafe, plenty of patio seating and a convenient drive-thru. Heine Brothers’ is working with Studio Threesixty on design and furnishing and The Koetter Group on construction.

These two new Heine Brothers’ shops will bring the total to 17 cafés in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area.

Taste of Independents Raises $22,000 for APRON Inc.

APRON Inc. presented the fourth annual Taste of Independents on July 22 at the Olmsted. The silent auction produced $6,000 and the 320 tickets sold produced $16,000 for a total amount of $22,000.

The taste was one of their most successful events to date. Hundreds of happy, hungry people enjoyed food and drinks from more than 40 local food and beverage vendors. Melodious music by the fabulous Robbie Bartlett trio served as a beautiful backdrop while the crowd pondered which auction prize to bid on and which dessert or dish to taste next.

Two distinguished awards were given out this year:

The “Corby Award”

This award is officially named the Dean Corbett Award for service to Louisville’s independent restaurant community. This award is given annually to people or organizations that actively promote and support the independent spirit in Louisville. This year, the award was given to Paul Tuell from Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey for his tireless commitment to helping bring new guests and exciting ideas to the independent restaurants.

The APRON Founder’s Award

This award is given to people who have gone beyond the call of duty in their support of APRON Inc. This award has only been given twice. This year, the award was given to Ellen Gill McCarty, recently retired chef from The Science Hill Inn. Ellen epitomizes what APRON is about. She has been a huge supporter and cheerleader for their mission from the start – always at their tasting events and helping with their publicity. She is also a recipient of their help. She is a survivor of two bouts of cancer, and the two grants helped her through the rough financial times. She is truly an example of strength, generosity and humility.

Four Roses Names Will Mejia as Best Home Bartender

Last month, Four Roses Distillery launched its first-ever at-home cocktail competition, inviting all backyard bartenders, self-taught mixologists and kitchen cocktail crafters from around the country to share their best Four Roses cocktail recipes to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the brand.

Will Mejia from Phoenix, Arizona, was named Best Home Bartender for his Peach Rose cocktail, which will become Four Roses’ Official 130th Anniversary Cocktail and served at a number of events around the country, including the internationally acclaimed Kentucky Bourbon Festival this September.

“While most cocktail competitions feature experienced professionals, many Four Roses followers and friends create stand-out drinks for dinner parties, cookouts and any number of other Mellow Moments,” said Brent Elliott, Four Roses master distiller. “Will’s Peach Rose is a refreshing drink anyone can make at home and that we’ll use to toast Four Roses’ 130-year history.”

When he’s not mixing up cocktails at home, Mejia’s day job is vice president of design at Meltmedia in Tempe, Arizona.

“I started playing around with cocktails many years ago,” Mejia shared. “I then realized the enjoyment I get when sharing new drinks and recipes with my friends and family. I started making clear ice for my cocktails and sharing videos on Instagram, and the outreach from the community has been amazing. Talk about Mellow Moments. My buddy told me about this contest, so I whipped up my wife’s favorite drink, shot a photo of it at my office with a few co-workers and hit submit.”

In addition to naming rights to Four Roses’ 130th Anniversary cocktail, the Best Home Bartender will also receive a Four Roses barrel head, signed by Master Distiller Brent Elliott, and a trip for two to attend the Kentucky Bourbon Festival this September.

Best Home Bartender competition entries were recreated by a qualified mixologist and judged by a panel of industry experts to determine the grand prize winner. Cocktail submissions were judged on taste, creativity, aroma and presentation.

Take a look at the recipe to handcraft a Peach Rose at home and toast to Four Roses’ 130th Anniversary.

Peach Rose

1 oz Four Roses Single Barrel

Quarter of yellow peach

¾ oz simple syrup

¾ oz lemon juice

1 oz Pimms®

Splash of ginger beer

Lemon rind and fresh basil for garnish

Muddle peach with simple syrup and lemon, then add the Pimms® and Four Roses Single Barrel. Shake over ice and strain into a mason jar. Add pebble ice and splash with ginger beer. Garnish with lemon rind and fresh basil.