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Big Al: Talbott Tavern & Big Al & Don Roussin

Big Al Owens, the Big Rig Trucker and Epicurean Kentuckian, visited and reviewed the famed Old Talbott Tavern, 102 W. Stephen Foster, Bardstown, KY. As usual, things happen when Big Al is present. If the Pope or Obama had been in town, he would have been at the next table over. As it was, he met famed brew authority and author Don Roussin, while, coincidentally enjoying a Bud. (No Falls City or Oertel's '92, but it will do on a sweltering day.) They shared happy stories, sympathy for parched throated Adair Countians, choking back the tears for the plight of beer drinkers in (almost) paradise, 20 miles from merciful respites in Campbellsville, KY
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By Big Al Owens, the Big Rig Trucker
and Epicurean Kentuckian contributor to CM

Stories about brews from St. Louis...and Best Beef East of Mississippi River

This past Saturday Big Al ventured to Bardstown, KY, which is the Bourbon Capital of the World!

I visited the historical sights in this thriving community, and also had the opportunity to visit the Old Talbott Tavern for a delightful lunch.


While I was dining, a man and woman were seated next to me.

The man turned out to be a famous author from St.Louis, Don Roussin.Don and his two friends, Henry Herbst and Kevin Klous have just completed their first book about the history of beer brewed in St.Louis, St. Louis Brews: 200 Years of Brewing in St. Louis, 1809 - 2009Don was gracious enough to show me a copy of his book while i was eating some of the best beef pot roast east of the Mississippi. I was also enjoying a fine beer that was brewed in St.Louis. Budweiser has often been called the King of Beers and as hot as it was Saturday, it was very refreshing...

We talked for almost an hour as Don found out that many Kentucky counties are dry and do not serve beer.

I think we both almost cried.

He was very disappointed and curious as to why this is.

He ended up giving me a copy of his latest publication which he autographed to Big Al.

As we parted ways, I wished him well on his travels and he told me he is actually working on another book for the folks in England as they were very impressed with his work on the history of brewing beer in St. Louis.

- Big AlIf you go:Old Talbott Tavern is at 107 West Stephen Foster, Bardstown, KY
, about an hour and a half hours, 58 miles north of where Epp's Place, DowntownColumbia, KY, used to serve beer years ago. For really thirsty, food loving Cyclists, about a four-five hour ride through Raywick. Big Al does not recommend walking to Bardstown, KY, but that would be quite an experience.


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Big Al, Don Roussin, at Old Talbott Tavern, Bardstown, KY



2011-09-06 - 107 W. Stephen Foster, Bardstown, KY - Photo by Innocent Bystander.
Meeting of the Famous: Famed Author Don Roussin, left, left photo and world famous Adair Countian and Epicurean Kentuckian Big Al Owens, the Big Rig Trucker, now hauling out of Bardstown, at the famous Old Talbott Tavern. Don Roussin, an authority on St. Louis beer, was shocked to learn of the plight of beer drinkers in Adair County, KY, some of whom have to go 20-30 miles or more to have a brew with fine beef in a legal public setting.

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