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