Story and Photos: Col. Rae Hodge
“Well, let me just quote the late, great, Colonel Sanders. He said, ‘I'm too drunk to taste this chicken.’” -- The late, great Ricky Bobby
If you’ve ever heard that now ubiquitous quote, you might have wondered whether the Colonel ever actually said it. He didn’t. But if you’re a Kentuckian who has heard it, you already knew that. Why? Because you know that Colonel Harland Sanders, of the global Kentucky Fried Chicken empire, was a steely-eyed, iron-livered chicken maniac who took no prisoners and brooked no bull.
If you’re a Kentuckian, you probably have a more important question: How drunk is too drunk to taste this chicken? Is it even possible?
When the world challenges your chicken and boozing capabilities, there’s only so much a Kentuckian can stand. To set the record straight once and for all, you’re going to need both Kentucky booze and Kentucky bird.
No, I’m not talking about that 8-piece bucket of golden delight you get at the drive-thru. I’m talking about the real deal, the original original recipe.
Legend has it that when Harland sold his Kentucky fried rights and the corresponding secret recipe in the late 60’s, he swindled the old carpetbaggers by giving them a lesser version, preserving the actual secret recipe which includes the perfect measurements for those 11 famous spices.
The Colonel and his mistress-turned-missus, Claudia, set up shop back in Shelbyville, creating Claudia Sanders’ Dinner House so they could continue churning out the real thing while the corporate chain sold a lesser version. After their deaths, the Sanders’ friend and co-worker Cherry Settles and her husband, Mike,...
'If it ain't Kentucky, it ain't Bourbon.' And ain't that the truth! Every Kentuckian understands the sanctity of bourbon and how high it sits above every other beverage out there. Show off your love for the bluegrass state and your poison of choice with these kick-ass bourbon glasses! They'll be available for purchase on our website this Friday, October 2nd, at 10AM!
Also, don't miss our tank top sale this Friday! We're marking ALL of our tanks down to $12, so don't miss this deal! It's never too early to prepare for summer, y'all.
Hey, y'all! We are looking for a few Kentucky-loving individuals to initiate into the Kentucky for Kentucky crew! We have a few positions available, so if you have experience in E-commerce Marketing or Retail/Customer Service, we wanna see what you've got! Check out the details below.
*E-commerce Marketing Manager*
We are looking for a hard working and creative E-commerce Marketing Manager to help improve our user interface and grow sales.
- Project manage new website
- Uploading all new content to site (products, images, stories, etc.)
- Managing e-commerce inventory levels
- SEO optimization
- Ability to provide reports on site metrics and suggest improvements
- Drive growth through suggestions for improved e-commerce functions
- Develop, implement and track customer retention strategies
- Grow social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- 2 years e-commerce experience
- Web development skills
- Analytics and problem solving skills
- Familiar with open source content management systems
- Familiar with e-commerce marketing techniques
- Knowledge of search engine marketing and search engine optimization
- Proficiency in running paid social media ads
- Ability to lift 25 pounds
Kentucky for Kentucky is looking for a couple part-time retail associates. Employees can expect to work 15-20 hours per week.
- Greet customers as they enter the store
- Assist customers with any questions/concerns
- Keep store stocked with current merchandise
- Operate cash register which includes handling cash, credit and checks
- Keep store organized and clean
- Complete inventory counts
- Restock inventory
- Help other team members with their work
- Perform opening...
Get ready Kentucky, the NoLi CDC’s Night Market is back! Back in action on Friday October 2nd from 6-10pm. Hell yeah! An epic Northside evening of live music, yummy craft beer (West Sixth), cool local vendors (like us), food trucks, 5,000 kick-ass Kentuckians (and a few tourists), fresh air, hip outdoor lighting (makes for great Instagram photos) and live Tinder-ing (love). There’s even going to be a kids area thanks to Our Playhouse Preschool. Along with our friends at West Sixth Brewing, we’re a presenting sponsor. That means, we’ll have the most badass Kentucky for Kentucky Pop-Up-Shop you’ve ever seen (fresh new gear). Serious, we'll have all sorts of fresh gear available: Kentucky socks, Y’ALL socks, Bourbon gear, Y’ALL shirts and sweatshirts, Lexington Rainbow gear, Kentucky gear and more. Come thirsty, hungry or naked... The Night Market will have you covered!
Plus, the first 50 paying customers at our booth will receive a free ‘USA BOURBON DRINKING TEAM’ sweatbands! Oh HELL YEAH!
What: NoLi Night Market
When: Friday, October 2nd 6-10pm
Where: 700 Bryan Avenue Lex KY 40505
We've got some good news for all y'all Kentuckians out there! Hats. More hats! We are dropping four new kick-ass Kentucky hats this week! Friday, September 25th at 10am, we're launching our new 'Kentucky' royal blue runner hats, our new 'Y'ALL' and 'Kentucky for Kentucky' 5 panel trucker hats, and our 'Kentucky Kicks Ass' 6 panel baseball hats. There are limited quantities of these badass hats, so don't wait on it! Check 'em out below.
Photos by Savanna Barnett
Happy National Bourbon Heritage Month! Happy Kentucky Bourbon Festival! This weekend (September 18-20th) we’ll be celebrating America’s Native Spirit in Bardstown at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. The world’s greatest festival celebrating the world's greatest drink. We’ll be there with our big ol’ Kentucky for Kentucky tent serving up the Commonwealth’s freshest bourbon gear, Y’ALL gear and Kentucky gear. Can we get a ‘Hell Yeah’? If you plan on attending the Kentucky Bourbon Festival (and you should) this year, come find us. If anything come grab a free ‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’ sweatband.
It's FALL Y'ALL! Fall means a lot of good things: pumpkins, apple cider, football, candy apples, pumpkin spice lattes, and most importantly our famous Y'ALL sweatshirts are back in action and available this Friday (September 18th) at 10am on our website! These super soft and comfy sweats will keep you cozy in the upcoming chilly seasons while also lookin' great in all your kick-ass Southern pride. Made in the good ole US of A, y'all!
The world knows us for horses, bourbon and fried chicken, but we all know Kentucky is so much more than that. There are a lot weird roadside attractions, too! This ‘Oddities’ print designed by Rachael Sinclair and printed by Logan Miller at The Giant Robot celebrates everything cool about Kentucky that you may have driven right by, or maybe never noticed in the first place! Printed on French Paper Co. paper, this 19”x13” colorful print maps out every offbeat tourist attraction in the bluegrass state that makes Kentucky the uniquely kick-ass place that it is! From our beloved castle in Versailles to the most expensive sink hole in Kentucky, that just so happened to be the foundation of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green; this $25 print covers (almost) all the oddities of our kick-ass commonwealth, inspired by Roadside America.
A small batch of 200 prints will be available Friday September 4th at 10am on our website!
This print marks the following Kentucky oddities:
Hillbilly Garden, Wool Ridge Monuments, Giant Burgoo Kettle, Little Green Men Festival, King Arthur's Round Table Literary Park, National Corvette Museum, World's Largest Sassafras Tree, Colonel Sander's Grave, Waverly Hills, Dinosaur World, Wigwam Village Motel No 2, World's Longest Bat, Mega Cavern, World Largest Vampire Bat, Big Mike's Mystery House, Rocks and Big Mop, Replica Stonehenge, The Castle Post, Great American Dollhouse Museum, Huge Mortar and Pestle, Vent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum, Animal Mayor Rabbit Hash, Wildwood Inn Tropical Dome and Theme Suites, Bible Mini-Golf, Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, Kentucky Reptile Zoo, Y'all Water Tower, Bobby Mackey's Music World, Punkyville, Mother Goose House, Portal 31 Animatronic Mine Tour, Statue of Woman Who Was Buried Alive, and the Hatfield-McCoy Feudin Pig and Stabbing Cabin.
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By Coleman Larkin
He’s been doing it every day now for the better part of a year, so it’s no big thing for the residents of Barrenshee Creek Road in Freeburn to see Mikey Mounts up on the hillside, dented microphone in hand, screaming at an iPhone ten yards away.
He might have on a frayed camo cowboy hat. Or maybe it’s the ushanka, one of those Russian-looking caps with the wool earflaps. He probably has his jeans stuffed down in his boots. And he’ll probably be shifting his weight from one foot to the other, side to side and back and forth. And he’ll probably be slashing his finger through the air in such a way that, from a distance, it will seem like he’s pointing at a bee.
His neighbors will drive by and honk.
He’ll say, “Whayya blowin’ at, bub!?”
And they’ll go, “Ahhh nothin’. Whayya into, son?”
And Mikey, not meaning to be deep, will answer in a pretty deep way.
He’ll say, “Just doin’ my part.”
Mikey is 23. He went to Phelps High School in Pike County. He played a little football. He liked that part of it, the social part, but other than that school really wasn’t his thing. He had to do a stint at Northpoint Academy in Pikeville. It’s an “alternative school”, whatever that means.
He lives with his parents, Mike and Misty, and always has. All of his grandparents are on Barrenshee Creek, too, and so are a good chunk of his other relatives. His aunt and cousins live next door.
“I’ve got my family all around me and that’s what I like,” he says with a nasal, honky-tonk...