http://www.bizjournals.com/louisvil...u=34596828144f6898f36c4702fee08e&t=1413229383 We're always talking about bourbon in this city, but let's not forget about our beer scene. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer had that message on Monday as he held a news conference at Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse downtown. At the news conference, the mayor announced a new report from the city's local brewery work group. The report, which you can find here, contained five key recommendations for growing the city's local brewing community. Here's the plan in a nutshell: Create a citywide beer map or trail to encourage visitors. The trail could be paired with a citywide bike trail. Push for changes to state alcoholic beverage control laws and local building regulations to make it easier for brewers to open for business and to host special events and tastings. Include more locally made beer at city-sponsored events and city-owned venues. The city's Resurfaced events on Main Street are an example of this, Fischer said. Create a bourbon-barrel beer festival that could draw international attention. Reconnect the city with its brewing heritage. That plan includes beer gardens at special events and reviving Kentucky-style beer, known as Kentucky Common. Representatives from several distilleries — including Against The Grain, Apocalypse Brew Works, Beer Engine LLC, Bluegrass Brewing Co., New Albanian Brewing Co. and Falls City Brewing — were on the panel that developed the plan. Against the Grain co-owner Sam Cruz told me that the group met every few weeks during the summer. City leaders helped the brewers develop the format for the discussions, and from that the recommendations were developed, he said. Fischer said the food and beverage industry is an economic area where Louisville can be one of the best cities in the world. He already had commissioned a report on expanding the bourbon and food industry in Louisville. But he said there is more to the segment than just bourbon makers and restaurants. After all, craft beer industry grew sales by 18 percent last year, he said, even as beer sales as a whole were declining. "Like bourbon, the craft beer industry is hopping," he said, calling the industry vital to improving the city's culinary segment. Last March, I wrote this report on the brewing industry. According to a news release from the city, the Louisville area is home to at least nine breweries. Many of them, as well as some regional breweries, will be represented at Louisville Brewfest, which is scheduled for Friday at Louisville Slugger Field. "The growth of the brewing industry in the Louisville area coincides with the locavore food movement we are seeing now,” John King, executive director of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, said in the release. “Our growth as an industry is a direct result of our determination to put Louisville on the map as a top beer destination in the United States." Article by David A. Mann, Reporter, Business First.