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Pizza, Beer, and the Great Flood

One of my favorite things to do is visit craft breweries so hubby and I visited the Great Flood Brewery on our trip to Louisville, Kentucky. The brewery doesn't have a public room so we went to their offshoot restaurant/bar in Middletown.  As I am a Porter fan, I tried the Coffee Porter served in a Toasted Brown Glass. It was wonderful.

We tried one of their New York Pizzas too.  We were tired and didn't read the size very well - it was HUGE and could have fed 4-6 people.  We had them go light on the cheese (we think they didn't hear that part) and add chicken, bell peppers, mushrooms, and jalapenos.
It was wonderful. We had pizza for days!

We wondered about the brewery name.  The brewery has a very informative website HERE. I didn't see anything about how they came up with their name, but it turns out Louisville has had a number of huge floods.  The most famous one is the flood of 1937. In 1937, the Ohio River flooded in late January/early February, and families found themselves displaced for months right in the middle of Great Depression. 

The river was above flood stage for 23 days and it covered several states. Louisville was almost completely covered. More than 1 million people were homeless, over 385 died, and propery losses topped $500 million (in today's dollars that would be over $10 billion).  This was huge - you can read about it HERE is you are interested. 

Joining my T-day friends over at Elizabeth's blog The Altered Book Lover where we are celebrating the 9 year anniversary of T-day (Elizabeth has been doing T-day posts for 9 years).  We would love for you to join us - all you have to have is something relate to a drink in your post.  The drink can be any type of drink and could be one of yours or one in a movie, book, or painting. 

Hugz and Happy T-day.



  1. Good morning, Your pizza looks amazing! Pizza is great cold for snacks or breakfast too. what a horrible flood back then sigh
    Happy 9th anniversary for T hugs Kathy

  2. Hi Nancy! Happy T day! That pizza looks divine! I'd give hubby all the jalapenos lol! Interesting about the name of the brewery.. Some of the names on beer and wine bottles are so creative.. Hugs! deb

  3. oh YUM- on that pizza and beer choice Nancy! Always sad to read about such devastating storms, flooding, and fires.
    Happy T day!

  4. That is an enormous pizza, but it looks delicious. The flood looks horrible in the pictures - well, every flood is devastating as are all of the natural catastrophes that seem to be more and more these days - which doesn't really come as a surprise. Glad you enjoyed the beer, it's always great to find a beer you really like.

  5. I was really interested in their beer and their history. Loved learning about the Great Flood Brewery and I will have a milk stout, please. I also saw the restaurant and the 20 inch pizza. Usually, I think a pizza should be larger than the size, but this one sounded about right.

    Thanks for sharing the history of the flood, the restaurant, and your beer and pizza with us for T this Tuesday, dear Nancy. I want to take that trip with you, please!

  6. Why don't I have pizza more often? Your mouth-watering photo makes me wonder about this! I'd really like a slice right now. Your trip looks very amusing. Floods are probably still a risk in many places -- your description of that historic flood is remarkable.

    best... mae at

  7. Wow amazing old flood photos, that would be really scary. And amazing pizza, that really does look good! Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

  8. That was really interesting about the flood. Those poor people. and it is nice the event is remembered by something good like beer. And that pizza looks delicious. That's a good thing about pizza how it is often just as good or nearly as good afterwards. It would have been worse if you got something like a sandwich that could have gotten soggy. I hope it was a great T day Nancy. Hugs-Erika

  9. Nancy, the pizza looks delicious! The history was very interesting. Also, I noticed they had a Orpheum Theatre on the corner in one photo. That could be a photo from here as we have one on the corner just like that! LOL Well, minus the flood. Happy T Day.

  10. Hmmm, the beer and Pizza look great!
    Flooding is always bad... Interesting post this was - happy belated T-Day and hugz

  11. Wow! That Pizza is huge, it looks delicious as well - I'm sure you enjoyed it, especially with your glass of Ale. super photographs of the Great Flood, it always amazes me that in old photographs all of the men are wearing suits and hats - it certainly wont be like that in photographs of today.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  12. How awful about that flood! Of course I did not know anything about that, so that was interesting.
    Wow, that pizza is indeed huge! I bet you took the remainder home. Pizza for days, you say. I can well believe it.
    You beer is looking good. I think I'll join you!
    A Belated happy T-Day to you,

  13. flooding isn´t fun. Some parts of Sweden are flooded right noe. But not where I live.


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