The YES List – Brewing a Ballin’ Derby [#YesDoesDerby]

There’s nothing quite like gathering friends & heading down to your local brewery for a chill spring night watching the sunset as you sip your favorite spirit. Am I right?

True to form, the Louisville brewery scene is electric with Derby festivities. But there’s so much awesomeness brewing, it’s hard to sift through the options & pick a place to enjoy a casual happening.

You could spend HOURS scrolling through Facebook to comparing the options or we could save you the time & share them with you, which is exactly what we decided to do.

Enjoy this list of stand out Derby Season events at your favorite local breweries! Take plenty of pics & tag us @yeslouisville with #YesDoesDerby!

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1 Mile Wide Beer Co. - Sherby

Our friends behind the silos on Barrett Ave. are hitting the road & keeping everyone hydrated on Sherwood Ave. for the epic local Louisville Derby Eve bash...SHERBY!

Head up to Sherwood Ave. in The Highlands on Friday, May 3rd to enjoy live music, food trucks, drinks, other performers &, of course, beer from Mile Wide!

3PM-Midnight | $5 Donation Admission

The taproom will be open, too, if you want to grab a pint in your favorite pub!

Sherwood Ave.

2 Gravely Brewing Company - Rhythm & Blues w/ Todd Albright

Get your much needed dose of rhythm & blues at Gravely Brewing on Derby Eve with live music from Todd Albright!

9PM-Midnight | FREE

"Todd Albright is a country blues, twelve string guitar player and vocalist based in Detroit, Michigan. Grounded in the pre-war era of the blues tradition (1880-1939), Todd is a mindful purveyor of blues history. His repertoire upholds musical pillars such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly."

514 Baxter Ave.

3 Goodwood Brewing - Cinco De Derby

The Goodwood Brewing team knows better than to let two holidays go by back to back without combining them into one epic fiesta!

Come celebrate Cinco De Derby, a blend of Derby & Cinco de Mayo featuring $6 cocktails from Rabbit Hole Distillery, $3 Goodwood cans, & $2 street tacos!

Enjoy hip-hop & lo-fi beats from DOMDI & Francic from 2026, Scott T. Smith, While Woolly, & NOBUNNY!

3-7PM | FREE for All Ages

636 E. Main St.

4 HopCat - Drag Me to Brunch

HopCat Louisville is teaming up with the Derby City Sisters to bring you a brunch like non other...DRAG BRUNCH!!

Performers include, Tova Uravitch, TB Sparrow, Sophia Santana, Rocky Valentino, Mary Ophelia Cox, Emma Winters, and Allison for LYG. MC'd by Blair Satori. DJ Christopher Smith.

This is a Family Friendly event, children of all ages are welcome to attend. There will be awesome raffles to get in on, too!

11AM-1PM | $30 | 50% of Proceeds Go Directly to Louisville Youth Group

1064 Bardstown Rd.

5 Monnik Beer Company - Dark Horses Oaks Party at Copper & Kings

Monnik is on the move for Oaks Night & will have all their best on tap at Copper & Kings for the Dark Horses Oaks Party! Fear not, the taproom will be open also, so you can party with them in two places!

8PM-2AM | $10 In Advance | $15 At The Door

Groove all night to music from Sam Sneed, McKinley Moore, DJ Slimm Thicc, DJA (Mad Decent) & Axel Roley! Visuals by Introvert.

Magbooth will be there to capture all those moments you may not remember other wise. *Wink Wink*

Copper & Kings will be serving up their finest craft cocktails & giving you that liquid courage you need to rock your bets at the Twin Spires on Derby Day.

Doors open at 8PM.
Tickets are $10 in Advance and $15 at the door.

1121 E. Washington St.