Upcoming Events

Hot Sünner Nights!

starts: Aug 23, 2017 - 9:00pm

Hot Sünner Nights!
Every Wednesday & Thursday (May thru October)
in the gralegarten
starts at 5pm

This summer, treat yourself to the real taste of Cologne (Köln), Germany right here in Louisville, Kentucky! Sünner, the first brewer of “Kölsch” will be served in authentic “Kölsch Kranz” serving trays along with authentic 200ml (7oz) “Kölsch Stange”glassware to replicate the Cologne experience in the US. In Cologne, Kölsch is served in what is called “bottomless glasses”. As the customer drinks his or her beer down, servers (köbes) bring a fresh one to replace it without being asked. This continues until the happy beer drinker puts a coaster over their glass or somehow catches the servers attention to stop bringing beer. As each beer is served, a mark is made on the coaster. Each mark equals a single beer and this is what is used to calculate the beer bill. Of course, a secondary count is kept in the normal way, but this charming tradition is widely practiced in Cologne and we love it!

+ $2.50 per 7oz stange
+ $3 Underberg!

*this is a weather pending event, please check facebook status in the event of likely inclement weather.

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Feast of St. Bernardus / 60th Annv. ABT 12 Party!

starts: Aug 24, 2017 - 8:00pm

Feast of St. Bernardus / 60th Annv. ABT 12 Party!
August, Sept. 24th; 4pm-12am
at Holy Grale, 21+ only
glassware giveaway!

In honor of St. Bernardus' life, we will be celebrating "The Feast of Saint Bernardus" on Thursday, August 24th. Reasons to come:

- special D&V Imports beer selection w/ special guest Alex Parent
- rare 60th ANNV ABT 12 bottle release
- special Belgique dishes by beer chef Josh Lehman
- glassware giveaway

~ FROM THE BOTTLE:

ST. BERNARDUS ABT 12 60th ANNV. BOTTLES!
These vintage bottles have been aged in the St. Bernardus cellar for 10 years!!! Holy Grale will be one of the few bars in the US to have this rare release. Small pours and bottles for sale on premise only!

~ ON TAP:

ST. BERNARDUS PRIOR 8
St. Bernardus Prior 8 is a traditional abbey ale brewed in the classic "Dubbel" style of Belgium's Best Abbey Ales. Ruby to purple color, creamy rich texture, smooth, malty, hints of coconut, complex. (8% ABV)

ST. BERNARDUS WITBIER
St. Bernardus Wit is a traditional Belgian white beer developed and brewed in collaboration with the legendary Master Brewer Pierre Celis. This ale is very pale (whitish-yellow color) and quite hazy. The head is white and dense. In aroma, it has a wheaty, apple-like, tartness; herbal-spicy notes with coriander and orangey fruitness and honeyish sweetness. Very refreshing: perfect thirst quencher ! (5.5% ABV)

VERHAEGHE ECHT KRIEKENBIER
Echt Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe is the traditional Flemish cherry ale. The ale is based on Vichtenaar and has the aroma of Kirsch cherry brandy and smooth, vanilla-like oaky palate with a late surge of passion-fruit flavors with some acidity. Local sour cherries are added during the maturation process to the wooden casks containing Vichtenaar. The final product is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 years old beers. (6.8% ABV)

KAZEMATTEN SAISON BAKSTEENWINKEL
Saison Baksteenwinkel is a copper blond, refreshing beer of 6.2% ABV. The Saison or ‘Belgian Farmhouse Ale’ originates from the time that farmers brewed beer in less active months and stored it until seasonal workers doubled the countryside’s population during summer. Saison Baksteenwinkel has an earthy but pleasant mouthfeel, a lovely hay aroma and a dry bitterness on the finish that transforms this beer into a sublime thirst quencher.
Saison Baksteenwinkel is a project from Brewery St.Bernardus and The Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA and was brewed at Kazematten brewery in Ypres. Dave Blanchard, the owner of The Brick Store, (Baksteenwinkel in Dutch) came to Belgium in September 2017 to be knighted as a Knight of the Belgian Brewers and brewed the Saison at that occasion. (6.2% ABV)

*St. Bernardus Chalices will be available on a first come/first serve basis with the purchase of featured St. Bernardus or Kazematten beers, while supplies last

**Echt Krieknbier glasses will be given away on a first come/first serve basis with the purchase of an Echt Kriekenbier, while supplies last

More to come!

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Hot Sünner Nights!

starts: Aug 24, 2017 - 9:00pm

Hot Sünner Nights!
Every Wednesday & Thursday (May thru October)
in the gralegarten
starts at 5pm

This summer, treat yourself to the real taste of Cologne (Köln), Germany right here in Louisville, Kentucky! Sünner, the first brewer of “Kölsch” will be served in authentic “Kölsch Kranz” serving trays along with authentic 200ml (7oz) “Kölsch Stange”glassware to replicate the Cologne experience in the US. In Cologne, Kölsch is served in what is called “bottomless glasses”. As the customer drinks his or her beer down, servers (köbes) bring a fresh one to replace it without being asked. This continues until the happy beer drinker puts a coaster over their glass or somehow catches the servers attention to stop bringing beer. As each beer is served, a mark is made on the coaster. Each mark equals a single beer and this is what is used to calculate the beer bill. Of course, a secondary count is kept in the normal way, but this charming tradition is widely practiced in Cologne and we love it!

+ $2.50 per 7oz stange
+ $3 Underberg!

*this is a weather pending event, please check facebook status in the event of likely inclement weather.

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Hot Sünner Nights!

starts: Aug 30, 2017 - 9:00pm

Hot Sünner Nights!
Every Wednesday & Thursday (May thru October)
in the gralegarten
starts at 5pm

This summer, treat yourself to the real taste of Cologne (Köln), Germany right here in Louisville, Kentucky! Sünner, the first brewer of “Kölsch” will be served in authentic “Kölsch Kranz” serving trays along with authentic 200ml (7oz) “Kölsch Stange”glassware to replicate the Cologne experience in the US. In Cologne, Kölsch is served in what is called “bottomless glasses”. As the customer drinks his or her beer down, servers (köbes) bring a fresh one to replace it without being asked. This continues until the happy beer drinker puts a coaster over their glass or somehow catches the servers attention to stop bringing beer. As each beer is served, a mark is made on the coaster. Each mark equals a single beer and this is what is used to calculate the beer bill. Of course, a secondary count is kept in the normal way, but this charming tradition is widely practiced in Cologne and we love it!

+ $2.50 per 7oz stange
+ $3 Underberg!

*this is a weather pending event, please check facebook status in the event of likely inclement weather.

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Hot Sünner Nights!

starts: Aug 31, 2017 - 9:00pm

Hot Sünner Nights!
Every Wednesday & Thursday (May thru October)
in the gralegarten
starts at 5pm

This summer, treat yourself to the real taste of Cologne (Köln), Germany right here in Louisville, Kentucky! Sünner, the first brewer of “Kölsch” will be served in authentic “Kölsch Kranz” serving trays along with authentic 200ml (7oz) “Kölsch Stange”glassware to replicate the Cologne experience in the US. In Cologne, Kölsch is served in what is called “bottomless glasses”. As the customer drinks his or her beer down, servers (köbes) bring a fresh one to replace it without being asked. This continues until the happy beer drinker puts a coaster over their glass or somehow catches the servers attention to stop bringing beer. As each beer is served, a mark is made on the coaster. Each mark equals a single beer and this is what is used to calculate the beer bill. Of course, a secondary count is kept in the normal way, but this charming tradition is widely practiced in Cologne and we love it!

+ $2.50 per 7oz stange
+ $3 Underberg!

*this is a weather pending event, please check facebook status in the event of likely inclement weather.

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Zwanze Day 2017 at Holy Grale

starts: Sep 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Zwanze Day 2017
at Holy Grale
Saturday, September 23rd
$15 ticket (limited, cash only)
doors open/ ticket sales begin at 8am
21+ only

About Zwanze Day 2017:
One brewery, One day, One beer and 70 beer bars around the world!

On Saturday, September 23rd, glasses will be raised all around the globe as beer lovers take part in this preeminent international toast. We raise our glasses together in celebration of a very special brewery, Cantillon (Brussels, Belgium), and the tradition, passion, innovation, and skill that has driven the Cantillon/Van Roy family to create lambics for over 100 years. For the seventh year, Holy Grale is honored to be one of 32 distinguished beer bars in the U.S. and 70 in the world to participate in this incomparable beer event. In the past, we have been blessed to share this very special day with so many like-minded, appreciative, gracious people who share a common love and respect for slow, well made beer... We can't wait to see many of you again this year!

About Zwanze 2017, "A Tribute to Sylvain":
"My youngest son, Sylvain, will be 18 come October. As we did for his older brother, Florian, I wanted to celebrate this milestone by dedicating a beer to him. And what better beer than the Zwanze. I wanted to involve Sylvain in choosing the beer, and when I asked him what blend we could make. He told me: “ I love iced tea, could we try a blend with tea?”. After a superb tasting of several different types of tea at “Nong Cha” tea shop in the center of Brussels, we chose three teas for trial blends with Lambics. After a few days of maturation with 2 years old Lambic, we decided on a “Oolong” (Wulong), a semi-fermented blue-green tea. The Lambic-tea blend gave a great result. The beer was delicate and round, with notes of fruit and slight bitterness.
Sylvain is a huge fan of “Game of the Thrones” which inspired the graphics for the 2017 edition of our Zwanze. But in our version, no one dies and everyone has a good beer! "

####WANNA COME?#####

(((EVENT TIMES)))

8AM - Doors will open at 8am, Game ON!

2:45PM - Zwanze 2017 will start to be passed at 2:45pm (must be present to redeem ticket and receive your beer)

3PM - International Toast begins at Holy Grale and worldwide

(((TICKET INFORMATION & POLICIES)))

- Tickets are $15 (*cash only, limited availability)

- YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE (and have a valid ID) TO ENTER HOLY GRALE, OR PURCHASE A TICKET!

- Tickets are sold on the day of the event, starting at 8am, on a first come first serve basis ONE TICKET PER PERSON/CASH ONLY!

- The line will begin at the front door of Holy Grale and wrap around the building into the adjacent parking lot.

- 125 tickets will be sold, if you are not one of the first 125 people in line, you will not get a ticket. Tickets guarantee you (1) 6oz pour of Zwanze 2017 and (1) commemorative Zwanze Day 2017 tasting glass, which will be distributed minutes before the 3pm toast.

- Expect a line to form very early. We have sold out on some years without making it through the line and most years anyone there before 8am have received a ticket. This information does not predict what will happen this year, it’s just some piece of mind to help you plan successfully for Zwanze Day 2017. If you do not get a ticket, it is not the end of the world! You will be allowed to come in and drink good beer regardless! (caveat: if we are not already at maximum capacity). We ask that everyone is respectful of our process, we have had some successful zwanze days and find it to be the fairest way to sell tickets.

- We do reserve the right to limit entry into our premises in the event that we reach our maximum capacity

(((LINE ETIQUETTE)))
*Carefully read our policies on line etiquette. If you do not follow these requests, you will not be allowed to purchase a ticket or enter our premises.

- Please remain in a single file line.

- Please have your valid ID ready, we will be carding you before tickets are sold

-There is NO line jumping and there is NO holding a space for your friend, or girlfriend, or boyfriend, or husband, or wife. If you try to jump ahead of people who have been waiting in line, you will NOT be allowed on premise.

-Be respectful of our neighbors - pick up all your trash. Anyone who is disrespectful to those around them or the space around them - will not be allowed to enter Holy Grale or partcipate in Zwanze Day.

-Do not block the sidewalks or any driveways.

(((BOTTLE SHARING)))
It is illegal to drink alcohol or have open containers in your possession in public (or unlicensed) spaces (meaning the parking lot and sidewalks). NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL MAY ENTER HOLY GRALE or GRALEHAUS! If you bring a bottle onto Holy Grale or Gralehaus's premises that we have not sold you, you are putting our beer license in jeopardy and as a result alcohol will be confiscated and you will be forced to leave.

#### ONCE YOU HAVE A TICKET#####
Please be patient upon entry, it will take us some time to get everyone inside!

(((ORDERING DRAFT BEER)))
- Cash and credit accepted at all bars *(cash only for gralegarten bottles)

- Tabs can be started with a credit card inside Holy Grale at both the main bar and choir loft bar, but not at gralehaus or the gralegarten bar.

- 2 draft beer pours per person, per transaction

- please be patient, kind, and respectful to our staff and those around you - our beertenders will be working hard and doing thier best and will get to you as soon as possible!

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ON DRAFT:
Coming Soon!

BOTTLES:
Coming Soon!
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(((ZWANZE - THE TOAST)))
- We will start passing Zwanze 2017 to ticket holders at 2:45 pm. Stay where you are, we will come to you! Everyone who has a ticket will have Zwanze in hand by 3pm.

- The international toast will happen promptly at 3pm (must be present with ticket, otherwise you will not be served). Michael Minton, who is writing the toast for the sixth year in a row, will be reading from the gralegarten staircase balcony right at 3pm. You will be able to hear the toast in the gralegarten and inside Holy Grale.

(((THE BOTTLE BAR *(CASH ONLY)))
As a tradition, we serve some rare bottles at Zwanze day. There is a very limited amount of bottles available and they will be sold starting at 8am in the gralegarten. 1 bottle per person, CASH ONLY. Do not be rude if you do not get what you want. The early bird gets the worm and those who arrive earliest will have first opportunity to purchase select bottles and rightfully so.

(((T-SHIRTS *(CASH ONLY)))
We will have Cantillon Zwanze Day T-shirts available for $15 (cash only). Shirts will be sold in the gralegarten (right outside Holy Grales back door).

(((FOOD)))
Both Holy Grale and Gralehaus are serving food this year starting at 8am so you will have plenty of breakfast and lunch menu options ranging from $5-$15.

The Holy Grale menu can be ordered inside Holy Grale at the main bar and choir loft bar.

The Gralehaus menu can be ordered inside Gralehaus. Coffee/espresso and non-alcoholic beverages are available at gralehaus also! Gralehaus is located directly behind Holy Grale, connected to the otherside of the gralegarten, door on left side backside of building

(((BE RESPONSIBLE!)))
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who is intoxicated or impaired due to alcohol consumption. We are happy to call you a cab or better yet - please have a designated driver or ride arranged to get you home (or to the next stop) safely.

(((RULES)))
Sorry to have so many of them, we don’t like them either - but due to the heavy volume of this event, rules are necessary to help ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment of this special event. With limited tickets, draft and bottle beers, we do our best to design everything to be as fair as possible.

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ZWANZE DAY LOCATIONS - Worldwide!!!:

AUSTRALIA
- NOLA -- Adelaïde
- Bitter Phew -- Sydney

AUSTRIA
- Tribaun -- Innsbruck

BELGIUM
- Moeder Lambic Fontainas -- Brussels
- Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles -- Brussels
- Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon – Arlon
- Rose Red -- Brugge

CANADA
- Dieu du Ciel -- Montréal, Québec
- Birreria Volo -- Toronto, Ontario
- Bells and Whistles – Vacouver, British Columbia

DENMARK
- Himmeriget -- Copenhagen

FRANCE
- La Fine Mousse -- Paris
- La Capsule -- Lille
- Brasserie du Mont-Salève – Neydens
- Au Poêle de la Bête -- Toulouse

FINLAND
- Stadin Panimo Baari – Helsinki

GERMANY
- Café Herman – Berlin
- Mon Petit Café -- Stuttgard

GREAT BRITAIN
- Kernel Brewery – Bermondsey
- Beermerchants@Unit 101 -- Manchester
- Six° North – Aberdeen
- Moore Brewery -- Bristol

ITALIE
- Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà -- Rome
- The Dome -- Nembro
- LambicZoon -- Milano
- The Drunken Duck -- Quinto Vicentino
- Ristopub Margherita -- Quartu Sant’Elena
- Ottavonano -- Atripalda
- TryBeer Room – Castiglione d’Adda

JAPAN
- 3 Locations

NEDERLAND
- De Bierkoning -- Amsterdam

NEW-ZEALAND
- Garage Project – Wellington
NORWAY
- “Nogne O” -- Oslo

SPAIN
- Masia Agullons -- Sant Joan de Mediona

SWEDEN
- Zum Franziskaner-- Stockholm

SWITZERLAND
- Bière Café Au Trappiste -- Bern

USA
– Anchorage Brewing Company — Anchorage, Alaska
– Armsby Abbey — Worcester, Massachusetts
– Avenue Pub — New Orleans, Louisiana
– Bagby Beer — Oceanside, California
– Beachwood BBQ — Seal Beach, California
– Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar — Denver, Colorado
– De Garde Brewing — Tillamook, Oregon
– Fools Gold NY — Manhattan, New York
– Green Bench Brewing — St. Petersburg, Florida
– Holy Grale — Louisville, Kentucky
– Jester King Brewery — Austin, Texas
– Jolly Pumpkin Brewery — Dexter, Michigan
– Laser Wolf — Fort Lauderdale, Florida
– Mikkeller Bar SF — San Fransisco, California
– Monk’s Cafe — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– Novare Res Bier Café — Portland, Maine
– The Porter Beer Bar — Atlanta, Georgia
– REAL a gastropub — Honolulu, Hawaii
– Russian River Brewing — Santa Rosa, California
– Schera’s Restaurant and Bar — Elkader, Iowa
– Seymour, the pub — Greenfield, Massachusetts
– Side Project Brewing Cellar — Maplewood, Missouri
– Slow Boat Tavern — Seattle, Washington
– The Sovereign — Washington D.C.
– Spuyten Duyvil — Brooklyn, New York
– Thin Man Brewery — Buffalo, New-York
– Trillium Brewing Company — Canton, Massachusetts
– West Lakeview Liquors — Chicago, Illinois

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A very special thanks to those who make this event possible: Brasserie Cantillon (for making such lovely, timeless beer), Shelton Brothers Importers, Dauntless Distributing, the entire Holy Grale and gralehaus family who rock it out every day, but especially this very special day, and Hound Dog Press who makes us those super cool handmade tickets every year!

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Mile Wide Beer Dinner

starts: Oct 05, 2017 - 10:00pm

**SAVE THE DATE**
Mile Wide Beer Dinner
at Holy Grale's Choir Loft
Thursday, October 5th
6pm-8pm

Mile Wide and Holy Grale are joining forces to bring you an epic beer pairing event. Menu by the original beer chef, Josh Lehman.
Stay tuned. More info to come soon....

*this is a 21+only event

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