We “Pivot” To Cider

By: Carrie

On Saturday the girls of GBS teamed up with the ladies from Snobby Beer Bitch(check them out on twitter @Snobbybeerbitch and Facebook) a group of women who love to drink and learn about craft beer and support the local scene, to take a tour of Lexington’s newest craft brewery, Pivot.  The craft beer scene in Lexington has grown exponentially in the last 4-5 years.  West Sixth, Country Boy, Ethereal, Blue Stallion, Mirror Twin and Rock House brewing all offer the craft beer drinker something different.  Pivot, however, is very unique, in that it is the area’s first craft cidery, offering their own product as well as showcasing ciders from other parts of the country.

Some of these we’d never heard of

Although they don’t quite have their own products available yet, they have more than enough ciders to try.  I personally like very dry ciders and was very happy with the Argus Ciderkin.  Argus is from Austin, Texas and I’d never heard of them before.  I thought the Ciderkin tasted like Strongbow used to, before Strongbow decided they needed to change their recipe and made it too sweet.  Leigh was thrilled that there were flights available since she was unable to decide what to have first.

In addition to cider, Pivot also offers beer plus beer and cider mixes, which also can be purchased in flights.

Pivot has a great space.  They have a front and back room, with plenty of TVs for watching the game.  The projection TV in the back is especially nice.  Dogs are definitely welcome, there were several hanging out when we were there.  One unique thing that they also offer is a children’s play area in the back room.  Unusual for a brewery?  Maybe, however, as we have discussed on the podcast it’s something that you will probably see more of as the people who make craft beer and those that enjoy craft beer have families or start families, but still want to enjoy the craft beer scene.

Chalk art at Pivot

Kevin, the owner gave us a great tour and really explained how the cider making process is very different from the process of making beer.  In Kentucky ciders containing less than 7% ABV are considered “weak ciders” and are treated as malt beverages.  This means that in order to be within regulation all Pivot’s ciders will have to be in this ABV range, so no high gravity ciders.

The apple room

Apples are stored in a cooler until they are ready to be processed.  The temperature of the apples is very important, the juice cannot go into the fermenter cold, Kevin explained that before processing they are left out of the cooler overnight in order to get to room temperature.  Once they are sorted they are run through what I would call the grinder.  The whole apple, core and all is put into the grinder in order to get an applesauce type product.

The Grinder

Once the apples have been ground to the right consistency that mash is crushed through about 16 layers of cloth, is then put into a press and pumped into a tank.

Kevin explains how the press works

Any excess apple product leftover from processing will go to farms as feed for livestock.  Once in the tanks the fermentation time just depends on the type of cider you are making.  Kevin explained that a pub cider can be ready in a few weeks, but much like beer, cider could be aged in something like a bourbon barrel for up to a year.

Although Pivot did not yet have any of their own cider ready, the tour was really informative and Kevin really knows the ins and outs of the cider making process.  If you are in Lexington definitely add Pivot to your list of craft breweries to visit.  Even if you don’t consider yourself a huge cider fan, chances are good that you will find something that you like at Pivot.  In addition, Lexington Pasta Garage is right next door and delivers to Pivot.  Do yourself a favor and order something delicious from them, you won’t be disappointed.  So bring the dogs, bring the kids and get to Pivot Brewing for great drinks, great service and a great atmosphere.  If we endorse it you know it’s good!

Thanks again to the ladies of Snobby Beer Bitch for setting the tour up!

You can follow Pivot on twitter @PivotBrewing and also like them on facebook 

Go Have A Sports Experience!

By: Carrie; January 19th 2017:

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Watching sports on TV has certainly evolved over the years.  HD  changed the game, ticket sales to pro and college sports have declined over the years as people would rather stay home and watch the game on their super, HD, 3D, smarter than you TV.  Even with all of today’s technology, there is still nothing like going to watch a sporting event live.  It’s difficult to create the atmosphere of a live sporting event in your living room, no matter how many friends you invite over to watch the game.  Somehow, even though you have to take out a loan to get one, beer at a baseball game just tastes different from one that you get out of your fridge. And it’s certainly more difficult to get a “nacho helmet” from your kitchen.

It’s 2017, get off your couch and get out and watch sports live!   Check out the writers from Stadium Journey  and their Top 100 Stadium Experiences of 2016 to get started.


What We’re Drinkin’…

This week we share information about Bundesliga with an all-new Pick Em, ponder how anyone can be a Patriots fan, discuss why cheerleading is a sport, praise the rare dinosaur mascot, and critique a spruce beer that includes just the tips.

Listen to “Episode 45 Just The Tips” on Spreaker.

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Lauren’s Pick
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Stacey’s Pick
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Leigh’s Pick
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Carrie’s Pick

Reflections on MLK and Sports



Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day of honor and reflection on a man who did so much for the country and the world.  This gave me the opportunity to watch a movie I have been wanting to see for quite some time; Race.  The story of Jesse Owens and his rise to fame in the track and field world from a collegiate runner at Ohio State to a gold medal winner and the struggles he endured getting to and competing at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Games.  What he was able to accomplish; 4 gold medals in the ’36 games, was unheard of at the time, not to mention the fact that the United States participation in the games that year was under heavy scrutiny.  In sports, we are taught; not one person is bigger than the game, even if Owens had not run in the ’36 games, the world would have still gone through dramatic changes and entered into war.

However, seeing a black American runner win multiple gold medals would be something that could not be ignored, even though many tried their hardest to do so.  I know we live in a completely different time, but do we?  I know the calendar says 2017, but from what we see in the news and continue to witness is something that I believe Dr. King would be saddened by.  Sports, however, allows all of us to play on a neutral playing field.  Regardless of gender, race, religion, etc. each person/team has to adhere to the same rules that are set before them for that sport.  Not only does it allow us so many opportunities to better ourselves, but we also get to travel, meet new people and experience new cultures and places.  As Owens battled the German broad jump champion Carl ‘Luz’ Long, it didn’t matter that Owens was black and from the United States and that Long was a white man from Nazi Germany.  The tape measure was the same for all that competed and at the end of the day, Owens came out on top.

What sports can teach us, just like the late Dr. King tried to teach, is that we are all equal.  The tape measure of life doesn’t stretch one way for one person and another way for another, we are all measured by that same tape measure. To quote Dr. King “The Ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  Owens could have stayed home and not competed in the ’36 games, but by doing so he took a stance and made history.  I challenge all of us to take a stand to be the change, because we are all in this together.


Listen to “Episode 44 The Mascot Awakens” on Spreaker.

If everything you know about hockey came from the Mighty Ducks, we have just the show for you! We have a super special GBS Pick Em with women’s college ice hockey. Episode 44 is packed with information about the end of fantasy football season, noisy (and quiet) college basketball fans, our predictions for 2017, our thoughts on cucumber beer and chiscuits, as well as that hard-hitting mascot coverage you’ve come to expect. We also lament the end of college football season tonight. Give us a listen and tell your friends! #gbspodcast #wedowhatwewant

“How many Yoo-hoos is it?”

If you don’t get that inside joke you can always listen to some of our older episodes, but suffice it to say that not all the beverages the GBS ladies enjoy on the podcast are winners. Flavors are often a hard thing to put your finger on and not everyone’s pallet is the same making describing beer a tricky business. While one person might be off-put by the heavy maple and acrid smoke of Woodchuck’s Campfire Pancake another might find it a deliciously sweet, smokey treat. That person would be wrong. But we don’t judge here so enjoy your wrong-tasting beer. 😉

If you are looking to describe why you like that dumpster fire then take a look at Appellation Beer’s Words to Describe the Beer you are Tasting or Good Grit Mag’s Fake it ’til you make it: Beer Aficionado.

Cheers, y’all!