For the seventh year, Buckhead Mountain Grill and Rocky’s Italian Grill in Jeffersonville will bring a bevy of brews from around the country to the Thunder Over Louisville celebration on Saturday, April 12.

Local favorites Bluegrass Brewing Company and Falls City will be on hand to share their wares at the Thunder Craft Beer Extravaganza, along with Indiana’s Daredevil Brewing, Sun King and Upland. Top national breweries such as New Belgium, Stone Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues, Bell’s, Founders and more will also have booths at the festival.

Photo by 18thAmendment.
Photo by 18thAmendment.

Attendees will have more than 50 craft beers in all of which to partake, and the festival of course includes a ringside seat in Jeffersonville for the much-anticipated annual fireworks and aerial display, not to mention an appetizer and dinner buffet, including non-alcoholic beverages.

This craft beer festival is a family-friendly event; there will be arts and crafts for kids. Meanwhile, for the adults, brewers, brewery reps and distribution reps will be serving at the event and will be available to talk “beer” throughout the day. Admission includes a Tasting Card that entitles attendees to one sample of each brewery’s flagship or session beer; additional samples and full-size pours will also be available for purchase. (Liquor and wine will be available, as well, for non-beer drinkers.)

Gates open at 2 p.m., and the festival will be open until just after the fireworks end.  Adult admission is $85 per adult, while kids 6-12 years old are $25 (kids under 6 are admitted free); tickets can be purchased online, or by calling 812-284-2919 or 812-282-3844. The Thunder Craft Beer Extravaganza is held at the Buckhead Mountain Grill located at 707 W. Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, rain or shine.

Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies.Email Kevin at [email protected]