Heavy metal yoga, Valentine’s Day brews

Raise your horns, rockers. It’s yoga time.

Err, make that heavy metal yoga time.

Denise Ingle, the Goodwood Brewing sales representative and certified yoga instructor who last year brought Poses and Beermosas to the brewery, has introduced a new concept — heavy metal yoga. It is a hit. And she said the demand means it will be monthly, going forward, with the next class set for Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

The hourlong vinyasa — a yoga style that matches movement to breathing — has included artists such as Rage Against the Machine and Marilyn Manson, but the playlist will rotate, so you’re likely to hear some doom metal like Black Sabbath. (Doom metal is described as being designed to evoke “a sense of despair, dread and impending doom.”)

During one Rage song, Ingle said, everyone was in a “child pose” (knees and face down with arms extended), when things got impromptu.

“One person started beating [the beat] out on the floor,” she said. “I just went with it. Pretty soon, everyone was doing it. I don’t do any pre-choreography for it, I just go with the flow. People were head banging. I can go a little fast anyway – heavy metal is fast, so I just went with it.”

Ingle got the idea from similar classes she saw in other cities like San Francisco and New York. As it happens, Goodwood late last year was on the cusp of releasing a beer called Black Blood of the Earth, an imperial stout that packs a 9.99 percent alcohol by volume deathblow, teeming with roast chocolate, coffee and toffee, and a color described as being like “road tar.”

With a beer like that coming to taps, she thought it was a good time to see if Louisville had interest in heavy metal yoga, and it did. You can even get a T-shirt commemorating the classes and the beer, which is still on tap.

If it seems counterintuitive to pair yoga with such aggressive music, well, this is a question Ingle has had to answer a few times, including when I spoke with her.

“Some people say yoga is supposed to be all chill and Zen,” she said. “Yoga is to release your mind. Maybe sometimes you’re frustrated and getting some anger out, and sometimes you want to channel it in other ways. I think it kind of balanced it out. Does that sound weird? You’re getting some frustration out — and also getting some Zen.”

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She said she is considering doing a class with live music sometime in the future. Until then, classes are $10 each, or $25 for the deluxe package with the T-shirt and a beer of your choice.

Advance tickets for the next one are available online through EventBrite.com. You can also walk in the day of, but Ingle said tickets are going fast.

And if you go, don’t forget to bring your air guitar.

Valentine’s Day at the brewery
Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day with your best guy or girl? You say the best restaurants are booked up or too expensive? Or, maybe, you just really like craft beer.

Two local breweries have options for you and yours on Valentine’s Day that will expand your appreciation for beer in the process.

At Gravely Brewing Co., a five-course dinner with beer tasting will feature the team of Gravely brewer Cory Buenning and Mayan Café chef Bruce Ucán. The dinner will feature a range of dishes prepared by Ucán, from appetizer to dessert, including items such as braised lamb, silver carp ceviche, salad and potato corn bacon chowder.

They even include six beer tastings, and Buenning and Ucán will discuss the pairings along the way. Tickets are $75 in advance and are all-inclusive for the event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Check out facebook.com/gravelybrewing to buy tickets online.

Meanwhile, over in Lyndon, Holsopple Brewing also has a Valentine’s Day dinner in the works with FlavaVille Food Truck. It features five courses, with hors d’oeuvres and a beer tasting at each course. Tickets are $65 per person and available at the taproom.

Great Flood unveils new can releases
Last year, Great Flood Brewing Co. sent its first two can releases into the world in Toasted Brown and Find-a-Way IPA. Well, now they have company. Recently, Coffee ’37 Porter and Blonde Ale were released in the taproom, and Citra-Hopped Saison cans are coming soon. Get ’em while they’re cold.

And, hey, if you’re going it alone on Valentine’s Day, Old Louisville Brewery is having a special bingo night that day, 7-9 p.m. It only takes one to daub a bingo card. •

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