New farm-to-glass bar opens in the Highlands

Epiphany uses ingredients from local farms in its beverage program.

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Enter Epiphany through the alley behind the post office and El Nopal.

Photo by @epiphany_ky

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Tonight, Dec. 15, a new Highlands farm-to-glass bar concept called Epiphany is kicking off its four-day grand opening celebration at 4 p.m.

Located at 1525 Highland Ave. in the former sorting room of the Baxter United States Postal Service location, the full bar features house-made cocktails, wine, snacks, and 12 local beer taps — which will eventually pour its own beers.

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A plush rose couch runs the length of the bar space.

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Let’s take a closer look at the key players behind the concept, its menu, and space.

🤝 Meet the team

Epiphany is a venture between four partners: Ivor Chodkowski, co-founder of the former NuLu farm-to-table restaurant Harvest, Abby Chodkowski, Kelley Spillson, and Nicholas Clarka homebrewer who had the “epiphany” for the concept in his garage.

Maggie Bray, the former brewery of Wild Hops Brewery in Logan Street Market, will head up Epiphany’s brewing operations in 2023.

🍸 Drinks and snacks

The cocktail menu features seven local variations of classic drinks that range $11-$14. The Farmer’s Tan, is a riff off of a dirty gin martini featuring Bandelero’s Kentucky “olive” brine and the Pawpaw’s Painkiller makes use of one of the region’s most misunderstood fruits — the pawpaw.

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The Farmer’s Tan cocktail features pickled green cherry tomato brine and garnish.

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Until the brewery is up and running, you can find local and regional beers from breweries like Mild Wide Beer Co. and Gravely Brewing.

Epiphany is also serving snacks from local producers. Here are a few of our picks:

  • Kenny’s “Beermento” cheese dip — A blend of cheeses washed in IPA and is served with baguette crostini
  • Red Hog dry-cured salamis — fennel, chorizo, or pepperoni
  • Froggy’s elote popcorn — lime, cilantro, smoked paprika, cheese

🛋️ The vibe

Co-founder Abby Chodkowski is behind the look and feel of the space, which modernizes the industrial space — think: oversized warehouse windows — with plush furniture, wooden tables, and leather seats.

Epiphany’s grand opening will last today through Sunday and feature $10 cocktails and $6 beers. After that, it will be open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight.

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