Pegasus Pins are here! | Courtesy of Kentucky Derby Festival

Typically Mondays are the most dreaded day of the week.

But Louisvillians have two reasons to celebrate this Monday, March 5, as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Pegasus Pins are now available at 1,000 locations around the city and — not related but still worth a mention — Yuengling beer is now being served at your favorite restaurants and bars.

The 46th edition of the Pegasus Pins was inspired by the KDF’s 2018 poster art, which was designed by sisters Jeaneen Barnhart and Doreen Barnhart DeHart, and it features a profile of a Derby horse with a purple background and splashes of white, green and tan foil.

The $6 pins get you into most of the KDF events and can be found at grocery stores, gas stations, banks and many more retail shops throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana. If you wait to pick one up at the gate of, say, the Chow Wagon, the price goes up to $7.

As always, there are a handful of gold pins this year, and if you’re lucky enough to snag one, you could win weekly prizes that include gift cards and even a 2018 Honda CR-V.

And speaking of KDF, last week they announced their Waterfront Jam concert lineup, and highlights include Nickelodeon star Max and Logan Henderson (April 27), country singer Tyler Farr (April 28), Christian singer-songwriter Jason Gray, ’80s star Sheila E. (May 1), indie band The Lone Bellow (May 2), Nashville’s Judah & The Lion (May 3) and DJ duo Lost Kings (May 4).

Yuengling is now on tap in Kentucky. | Courtesy of Yuengling

In other good news, beer from America’s oldest brewery is now on tap at restaurants, bars and liquor stores throughout Kentucky. But you’ll have to wait until next week, March 12, when it’ll be available for purchase in stores.

Kentucky is the 22nd state to carry Yuengling products, which include Yuengling Traditional Lager, Yuengling Light Lager and Yuengling Black & Tan.

“We have been listening to our customers for some time now, and entering Kentucky was the natural next step in our expansion,” said Jen Yuengling, sixth-generation brewer for D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc., in a press release. “Kentucky’s beverage scene is rooted in history, and we could not be more proud to bring the tradition of Yuengling family products and America’s oldest brewery to Kentucky.”

To commemorate the occasion, all Liquor Barn and Party Mart stores will host a Pint Night from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, March 5.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog ( daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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