Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Newport beer signage

Having recently relocated to the southern side of the river, I spend a lot of time roaming the streets of Newport, KY. Now there are many aspects that give Newport and other Kentucky river towns old-school charm and appeal, but one of my favorites is the beer signage. Lingering above local watering holes and grocery stores can be found the remnants of what was once - and will someday again be - one of this region's most powerful industries.

"Pure Grain" Hudy sign above the Mansion Hill Market, steps away from Mansion Hill Tavern.

Peluso's grocery sports an old Burger sign, next-door to a new(ish?) skate shop whose signage displays a nice vintage style as well.

Momentarily skipping across the river is one of my favorite beer ads of all time - the Little Kings mural on Central Parkway. This has been around for as long as I can remember, and I distinctly remember being really freaked out by the King as a kid. I think it's the combination of the crazy eyes and the fact that he kind of looks like a Fraggle. Either way, I've become quite fond of him as a grown-up.

Best name for a neighborhood bar EVER.

While we're on the subject of best names ever, here are two more of my Newport signage faves, completely unrelated to the topic at hand but nonetheless amusing to yours truly.

for sin....

and salvation. Could the Brass Ass and the Old Time Holiness Church be any more quintessential?


  1. I would kill to have that Hudepohl sign, that's absolutely awesome!

  2. I don't condone murder, but that's kind of how I feel about the Jerry's Jug House sign... :)

  3. I spoke to Beer Dave (never sure how to spell that) at our collectibles show on Sunday. You may want to check out Tim Holian's books Over The Barrel, which we think is the definitive history of Cincinnati Brewing. There is also a Cincinnati Brewing history link on the Queen City Chapter site www.queencitychapter.com. We have two more collectible shows schedule for August 9 and the Sunday after Thanksgiving at the Blue Ash Raffles Hall on Williamson Rd. Our biggest show of the year is March 18-20, 2010 at the airport Holiday Inn, Mineola Pike in Kentucky. You are welcome to come to any of these shows and you are welcome to use any of the images you find on the Cincinnati Brewing link of the Queen City Chapter website. Any help I can be please email me at beercanchuck@hotmail.com.