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Travel South Planner 2017

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2 0 1 7 T R A V E L S O U T H T O U R P L A N N E R 56 Indiana, as well as parts of Ohio, Tennessee and Illinois. "We have a pretty unique fl avor profi le, being ginger with a hint of citrus," said Samantha Jackson, marketing coordinator at the bottling plant. "It's a lot smoother going down, without the bite of your typical ginger soft drink, and that's what makes us stand apart from a lot of other brands." Factory tours are held on Thursdays and Fridays by ap- pointment only. An Ale-8 repre- sentative begins the tour with a video about the history of Ale-8 and then leads guests through several key areas of the building to observe the production. Afterward, visitors receive a free bottle of Ale-8 for the road and can peruse the T-shirts, bottle openers and other drink- ware in the gift shop. Several other Kentucky Proud products are available in the shop, such as barbecue sauce, spicy salsa and sweet salsa, which are made with locally grown onions, pep- pers and sorghum. In addition to supporting local business, the company par- ticipates in annual events like the Winchester Pioneer Festival and the Beer Cheese Festival, though its biggest impact on the com- munity stems from the dona- tions it makes to more than 900 organizations statewide. Ale-8 also practices a re- turnable glass bottle policy with longneck bottles that may be re- turned and reused. WWW.ALE8ONE.COM The South is full of amazing food, from barbecue to seafood, grits, gumbo and other iconic calling cards. But many of these famous dishes don't travel well. Luckily, visitors looking to bring their culinary memories home with them can do so with a wide range of packaged and bottled products that manage to en- compass essential fl avors of the region. When your group travels throughout the South, give them opportunities to pack up the tastes of their travels by stopping to visit, taste and shop at these food sites. MCCL ARD'S BAR-B-Q RES TAURANT Hot Springs, Arkansas In Hot Springs, Arkansas, nothing satisfi es an empty stom- ach like a fresh order of brisket or ribs from McClard's Bar-B-Q Res- taurant. Each week, this fourth- generation, family-owned restau- rant serves 250 gallons of spicy barbecue beans, 3,000 hand- rolled hot tamales, 3,000 pounds of homemade french fries and 7,000 pounds of hickory-smoked beef, pork and ribs. "I get down here at 2 a.m. and start making the sauce from scratch," said owner Philip Mc- Clard, who runs the restaurant with other family members. That special sauce recipe goes all the way back to 1928, when McClard's grandfather ran a small barbecue stand by a gas station. "He had some cottages in the back that he rented to people, and the story goes that one man couldn't afford the rent, so he of- fered the barbecue sauce recipe as payment instead," said McClard. Unlike sweeter barbecue sauces, McClard's barbecue sauce has a spicy kick to it that mixes well with the meat, which is cooked in traditional brick ov- ens. Some other popular restau- rant items include ribs, beans, coleslaw, fresh-sliced french fries and a tamale spread that comes with onions, cheese, meat and corn chips. "We've got tamales that we hand roll, and they're different from Mexican tamales. They're bigger and spicier," said Mc- Clard. Bottles of the barbecue sauce are available for purchase, along with salsa, seasoning and pepper sauce. WWW.MCCLARDS.COM ALE-8-ONE BO TTLING COMPANY Winchester, Kentucky When G.L. Wainscott fi rst founded the Ale-8-One com- pany during the 1920s, he held a regional naming contest for his new product. "A Late One" emerged as the winning slogan, meaning the latest trend in soft drinks. Now celebrating 90 years, Ale-8-One (also known simply as Ale-8) has developed into a staple product in Kentucky, which is a rare feat for a family-owned soft drink company. Today, it is car- ried throughout Kentucky and HAVING A DELICIOUS MEAL WHEN YOU TRAVEL is a great experience. Finding a signature food product to take home with you can be even better. Cour tesy McClard's Bar-B-Q Cour tesy Ale-8-One Bottling Company Cour tesy Ale-8-One Bottling Company MCCLARD'S BAR-B-Q ALE-8-ONE AN ALE-8 LABEL

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