The Links Life of Stephen Stallings Jr.: J-town’s Hopping Beer Fest with Deana Karem


This show features two of my favorite topics — golf and beer. That’s right, the city’s most interesting and longest-running podcast introduces you to a young gun on the PGA Tour, Stephen Stallings Jr.  Next weekend, Stallings will be competing in Kentucky’s lone regular tour event, the Barbasol Championship in Lexington. Over lunch at Salsarita’s on a rare trip home, Stephen and I talked about the challenges and the pure fan of competing against the best in the world every week. He has a disciplined, business-like approach to the game, and is one of the longest hitters on tour. And, like me and Phil Mickelson, he swings from the left side.

His mom is Pam Stallings, operator of the two Salsarita’s restaurants in town and a great friend of the show, who is quick to remind anyone who asks that she is looking for good employees for the restaurants. The food, by the way, is awesome.

Among the things we lost to the pandemic last year was large gatherings for drinking. And among the first events planned now that we can all gather is the July 17 J-town Beer Fest. It should be an amazing event, bringing thousands of people out to J-town, right down the street from my house. Deana Karem has been in charge of the Jtown Chamber for a year now, and is looking forward to making more things happen in the city. We talk about some of the new developments, and note that the new Drake’s should be opening soon.

July is typically a slow political time, but we did get word that my favorite Congressman, John Yarmuth, will have a challenger in next year’s election. Of course, I don’t think Yarmuth has much to worry about, but Attica Scott’s campaign should get plenty of attention. She’s the state representative and community activist who was arrested during the racial uprising protests in 2020.

You’ll also hear about my first visit to a drag show, at CC’s Low-Carb Kitchen, to see last week’s guest Tova UraVitch peform, and about my exciting Fourth of July experience at Paristown.

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