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4th Annual Lexington Craft Beer Week Info

UnknownAfter yet another year of record growth, Lexington’s craft brewing community is planning to host the 4th annual Lexington Craft Beer Week. The celebration, organized by LexBeerScene.com, will run from Friday May 13th through Sunday May 22nd.

The week, featuring special events, tappings and tastings at bars and breweries across the city is sponsored by Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling, Blue Stallion Brewing, Brewgrass Trail, Country Boy Brewing, Ethereal Brewing, HopCat, and West Sixth Brewing.

The week kicks off on Friday, May 13th with a Lexington Legends game featuring a special local craft beer tasting area where representatives from the local breweries will be on hand to talk about their products. Other kickoff events on Friday will be a Tap Takeover at HopCat and a collaborative beer release between Country Boy Brewing and West Sixth Brewing.

UnknownThis will be the fourth year Country Boy Brewing and West 6th Brewing have come together to make a collaboration beer called Country Western. 22oz bottles will be released on May 13th at both CBB and W6. It will then be available on draught around town throughout the week. The week will also feature the first release of bottled beers from two of Lexington’s newer craft breweries, Blue Stallion and Ethereal.
Other events planned during the week include special beer releases at each of the breweries, beer pairing dinners, a special Pint Night at Pazzo’s featuring a selection of locally brewed beers, a “Test Batch Takeover” at Blue Stallion where interesting and experimental recipes created by local homebrewers will be featured, homebrewing classes, bacon and beer pairings, a beer festival, and much more.

A full calendar of events can be found at http://www.lexbeerscene.com/LCBW

West Sixth to open taproom in downtown Lexington

west-sixth-greenroomWest Sixth Brewing announced today that they’re going to open a small taproom in downtown Lexington next to Sunrise Bakery at 109 West Main Street.

The taproom will also host a small nanobrewery once the proper federal and state permitting is complete. This will allow West Sixth to brew specialty beers just for the Greenroom on a smaller scale — and to do more fun experimental beers that can’t currently be completed at their existing facility.

“It’s an intimate, warm, shotgun style place – the side kick to the main brewery a few blocks north… our “Greenroom”. We can’t wait for you to see it!” said West Sixth co-founder Ben Self

“While we weren’t actively looking to open a taproom in downtown Lexington, when Kristy and Steve at Sunrise approached us with this opportunity, we knew it wasn’t something we could pass up.” said co-founder Brady Barlow.  “There are some amazing things brewing with the opening of 21c, and (knock on wood) active construction hopefully beginning across the street. It will give us a great location to help celebrate all the amazing festivals in downtown Lexington, and will also be a great opportunity to showcase Lexington craft beer to all of the tourists and convention goers who don’t ever make it out of downtown.”

“Things are moving quickly: we’re shooting to be open for Lexington Craft Beer Week in May. Construction is in full swing, with the bar already halfway built and much work already complete.” said Ben.

“We are so excited that we have more life on OUR block with like minded community people. We feel we couldn’t have picked better neighbors, our #1 pick! Can’t wait for the future with West Sixth and the energy they will bring to our downtown!”, said Kristy Matherly of Sunrise Bakery.

The West Sixth Greenroom will begin by opening Thursday through Saturday, staying open late for the downtown crowds.  It will also be available for private special events and non-profit meetings on other nights of the week.

West Sixth Brewing to release next beer in seasonal series: DankeChain Oktoberfest in cans

west-sixth-Danke-chainNew beer will be available throughout the state on draft and in cans beginning in August

West Sixth Brewing announced today the latest beer in their seasonal series: the DankeChain Oktoberfest. It will be available in cans throughout their distribution area beginning in August.

Following the Belgian Blonde and Heller Heaven Double IPA seasonal, this beer is the perfect one to enjoy as summer begins winding down and Oktoberfest season begins. It’s a traditional German-style lager that’s moderate strength and malt-focused.

“We’re really excited about this version of our DankeChain Oktoberfest” said head brewer and co-founder Robin Sither. “We first released this beer for our Oktoberfest celebration the first year we opened and have continued to improve on it through a series of experimental batches”.

The beer is named DankeChain in reference to FoodChain, the non-profit indoor aquaponics farm next door to the brewery. They have been a partner with West Sixth Brewing since the beginning, using the spent grain from the brewing process to grow tilapia and a variety of vegetables in a sustainable manner.

As with all of the West Sixth labels, this one was designed by Brian Turner of Lexington-based Cricket Press. Brian said: “We wanted to give a nod to the traditional colors and imagery of the Bavarian flag, which is synonymous with all things Oktoberfest, but also add in the fun illustrated elements associated with the season and the beer style.”

Co-founder Brady Barlow said “We’re particularly excited to release this beer in order to have it available for all of the great events we’ll be at this fall. From the Woodland Art Fair and Crave in Lexington, to NuLu Fest in Louisville, to Zinzinnati Oktoberfest in Cincinnati, you’ll see this beer everywhere”.

The beer will be available throughout West Sixth’s distribution area in kegs and cans beginning in August. Cans will be sold in a 6 pack, 12 ounce can set.

Lexington home brewer wins 9th Annual Kentucky Ale Pro-Am Brew-Off with Session IPA

unnamedRaise your glasses, craft beer fans, to a new limited edition brew from a Lexington home brewer. A light, sessionable India Pale Ale recipe created by home brewer Keith Rodenhauser will hit the local market later this summer for a limited time after it is scaled up and produced by Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. The easy-drinking but flavorful brew pleased the judges’ palettes for the 9th Annual Kentucky Ale Pro-Am Brew-Off. The win will send Rodenhauser to the largest beer event of the year with his winning beer – the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Supporting local home brewers and fostering a local craft brewing community is important, said Jonathan Lang, general manager of Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.

“Being the oldest craft brewery in Lexington, we really enjoy getting other people with a passion and love for craft beer together and giving them the chance to be creative and produce something unique,” he said. “It’s such an important event not only for the home brewers whose careers this has helped launch but also for those who simply love to try new local brews.”

Rodenhauser’s beer will be brewed and enjoy a  limited commercial release regionally in late summer. He began home brewing  two years ago, he said, and has enjoyed experimenting with different styles and ingredients, as well as the access to beer that might not otherwise be commercially available.

“This is very exciting…I didn’t expect to win,” said Rodenhauser, who works as a planner for an architectural and engineering firm and entered the brew-off for the first time.  “I’ve really enjoyed the whole process and look forward to experiencing the whole process of brewing the beer at the brewery. I hope people like the beer. I’ve never had this scale of people tasting my beer before.”

Rodenhauser’s beer won against 15 other brews created by home brewers around the region on its flavor, appearance, aroma and mouthfeel. A panel of Alltech brewing experts and master distillers served as judges in the competition and assigned each beer entry a scaled rating for flavor, aroma, appearance, color, mouthfeel and overall likeability. The beers were brewed at Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. during Lexington Craft Beer Week in May. Home brewers provide all equipment and materials, except water and yeast, which are provided by Alltech.

Recent winning entries of the Kentucky Ale Pro-Am Brew-Off include last year’s Pikeville Porter, Kentucky Black Mountain IPA, Hopfield and McCoy Imperial India Pale Ale and Kentucky Appalachian Ale.

Follow the Kentucky Ale Facebook page for updates on where the Kentucky Ale Pro-Am Brew-Off session IPA will be available when it launches in late summer.

West Sixth to can Heller Heaven Double IPA

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West Sixth Brewing announced today the next beer in their seasonal series: the Heller Heaven Double IPA. It will be available in cans throughout Kentucky in June.

The first beer in their seasonal series, the Belgian Blonde, “Went over incredibly well”, said West Sixth co-founder Joe Kuosman. “The Blonde was a great spring beer, easy drinking in the warm weather. We’re really excited, though, for the Heller Heaven Double IPA to make its debut, because it’s been one of the most popular beers in our taproom since the beginning”.

“We’ve been making this beer from the very beginning of West Sixth” said brewer Robin Sither. “Filled with Amarillo and Simcoe hops, and weighing in at a full 9% ABV, it’s a craft beer lovers’ Double IPA”.

west-sixth-heller-heavenCo-founder Brady Barlow said, “Heller Heaven is a crowd favorite because of its strong hop notes accentuated by its dry hopping. It’s not a beer for the faint of heart! Despite its hoppiness, it has a good malt sweetness to bitterness balance, with bold citrus and floral notes.”

The beer is named after Lexington artist Sarah Heller, who was one of the initial artists present in the Bread Box Studio Artists space next to West Sixth Brewing. She was instrumental in the launching of the brewery, and designed and built a giant mural on the side of the brewery made from recycled building and bicycle parts and dripping paint.

The label was designed by Brian Turner of Lexington-based Cricket Press. Brian said: “The can design is a nod to the characteristic paint drips found in the artwork of the beer’s namesake. We went with black and blue because it’s a brew that packs a wallop.”

The beer will be available throughout West Sixth’s distribution area in kegs and cans beginning in June. Cans will be sold in a 4 pack, 12 ounce can set.

West Sixth Brewing and Country Boy Brewing to bottle third annual collaboration for Lexington Craft Beer Week

country-western-beerWest Sixth Brewing and Country Boy Brewing announced today that their yearly collaboration, Country Western, will be released in conjunction with Lexington Craft Beer Week the week of May 11th.

This beer, inspired by a famous Kentucky pie, will be the biggest beer ever bottled by either brewery. This beer, which will run around 13% ABV, is an imperial red that has been aging in bourbon barrels for months along with Cocoa nibs and toasted pecans.

“We’ve been working on this beer for months, and we’re really excited about the result” said Country Boy Head Brewer Evan Coppage.  “This beer really showcases what great beer is being made in Lexington.”

“The combination of roasted pecans and chocolate really works well with the natural sweetness and vanilla that is imparted from the bourbon barrels,” said West Sixth brewer Robin Sither.

The beer will be available in limited release bottles at both breweries and a few retailers throughout the state beginning on May 8th at 3pm.

It will also be available on draft at both breweries and several Lexington Craft Beer Week events beginning on May 11th.

The label was designed by Brian Turner of Cricket Press. Brian said it was: “Inspired by that vintage western shirt you found at the garage sale. You know, the one that fits just right, and seems to go with everything and every occasion. It may not last forever, but you’re going to enjoy it and tell all your friends about it while it’s still around.”

The beer will be available throughout West Sixth’s distribution area in kegs and cans beginning in March. Read our review of last year’s batch.

3rd Annual Lexington Craft Beer Week Kicks off May 9th

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After yet another year of record growth, Lexington’s craft brewing community is planning to host the 3rd annual Lexington Craft Beer Week.  The celebration, organized by LexBeerScene.com, will run from Saturday May 9th through Sunday May 17th.

The week, featuring special events, tappings and tastings at bars and breweries across the city is sponsored by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling, Blue Stallion Brewing, Brewgrass Trail, Country Boy Brewing, TOPS in Lexington, and West Sixth Brewing.

The week kicks off on Friday, May 8th with a Lexington Legends game featuring a special local craft beer tasting area where representatives from the breweries will be on hand to talk about their products.

“We’re really excited to add the Legends in as a partner for this year’s beer week,” said LexBeerScene.com head Chris Vandergrift.  “Having an event at Whitaker Bank Ballpark gives the week a family friendly event that will hopefully encourage people who may not be able to attend events at breweries or bars to learn about what’s going on in Lexington’s craft beer scene.”

This will also be the third year Country Boy Brewing and West Sixth Brewing have come together to make a collaboration beer.  Country Western, Volume III is an Imperial Red Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Pecans and Chocolate.  Bombers will be released on May 8th at both CBB and W6.  It will then be available on draught around town throughout the week.

Other events planned during the week include a Coffee and Beer Breakfast hosted by Country Boy Brewing, a West Sixth Beer Dinner hosted at Winchell’s on Southland, a special Pint Night at Pazzo’s featuring a selection of local beers, a “Test Batch Takeover” at Blue Stallion where interesting and experimental recipes created by local homebrewers will be featured, and the Alltech Brewoff where the winning homebrewer will have their beer professionally brewed and win a trip to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.

A full calendar of events can be found at http://www.lexbeerscene.com/LCBW.php

Alltech REBELation brewing and distilling symposium

Maker’s Mark, Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing leaders head up Alltech REBELation brewing and distilling symposium

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A star-studded cast of brewing and distilling experts will step out from their tasting rooms to share their entrepreneurial stories of success at the upcoming Alltech REBELation Brewing and Distilling symposium, starting on May 18. Bill Samuels, Jr. of Maker’s Mark, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery, and Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Co., will all speak at the two-day session, among others. This special symposium is part of Alltech REBELation, an event exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 17-20.

A star-studded cast of brewing and distilling experts will step out from their tasting rooms across the country to share their entrepreneurial stories of success at the upcoming Alltech REBELation Brewing and Distilling symposium on May 18-19. The symposium will examine how craft beer has exploded into a global phenomenon, the importance of a good distributor and the economics of returning moonshine to the mountains and boosting the eastern Kentucky economy.

Plus, the craft beer and spirits will flow freely at the second annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest May 16 that will feature craft brews, spirits, and artisan foods from around the globe. Speakers at the symposium will include:

Bill Samuels, Jr. of Maker’s Mark, Loretto, Kentucky – Samuels is a bourbon industry icon, as former president of Maker’s Mark, where he took a little-known regional bourbon and made it one of the world’s most well-known and popular brands. Samuels hails from a family that has been distilling since the 1800s and is a seventh generation bourbon distiller.

Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, Delaware – Calagione is credited with bringing culinary-inspired, “left-of-center beers” to the American market during a time when few were doing so. He opened Dogfish Head in 1995 as one of the smallest commercial U.S. breweries. Today, the brewery has grown into a 200-person company with a restaurant/brewery/distillery in Rehoboth Beach, a beer-themed hotel on the harbor in Lewes, and a production brewery in Milton, Delaware, selling beer in 31 states. Fast Company Magazine named Calagione one of The 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2011.

Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, California – Koch is a legend in the craft brewing industry, brewing hoppy, high-alcohol beers such as its flagship Stone IPA before IPAs became the heralded beer style of the craft brewing industry. Stone Brewing was the 10th largest craft brewery in the United States in 2013 and has been on the “5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” Inc. 5000 list for ten years.

“We are living in a historic chapter of American brewing, with a new craft brewery opening every 16 hours in this country,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “New distilleries are appearing everywhere too, as domestic whiskey sales have soared by 40 percent in the past five years. This clearly is a brave new world for brewers and distillers, one in which the opportunities are everywhere for entrepreneurs willing to seize them. The Alltech REBELation is a celebration of this, and we can’t wait to have these entrepreneurs with us to share their experiences. ”

More topics that will be explored include:

  • A Sleepy Local Phenomenon Goes National and Global – Dr. Pearse Lyons
  • The Crucial Element. The Crucial Partnership – Your Distributor – George Fisher, Cavalier Distributing
  • Eastern Kentucky: How entrepreneurship can catalyze economic progress – Donovan Blackburn, City Manager of Pikeville, Kentucky
  • The China Opportunity – Patrick Lin, beer consultant, China
  • Brewing and Distilling Education

This special symposium is part of Alltech REBELation, an event exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 17-20. The Brewing and Distilling symposium begins on May 18.

Pre-conference events include an opportunity to savor the best in brews from across the Bluegrass and around the world at the second annual Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest on May 16, and tours of Kentucky’s horse farms, bourbon distilleries and other sites are offered on Sunday, May 17, along with an international welcome dinner for all conference attendees.

Registration for the Alltech REBELation is open now for a discounted rate until May 2 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. One-day access passes are available, as are special partner rates. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs.

Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA seasonal and limited edition single barrel Town Branch® Bourbon flow into market

Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA

Hoppy, spicy and crisp, Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA is a new, limited edition spring seasonal beer from Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. that is aged for six weeks in fresh rye whiskey and Kentucky bourbon barrels. It hits store shelves this week in Kentucky, and will reach select markets in the company’s domestic distribution area soon. At 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the limited seasonal release has a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a 4-pack.

While snow, ice or blistery cold is blanketing much of the country, images of warmer days may be conjured up now thanks to a new spring seasonal brew that pours into the market this week. Hoppy, spicy and crisp, Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA is a new, limited edition seasonal beer from Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. that is aged for six weeks in Town Branch® Rye whiskey barrels, as well as Kentucky bourbon barrels.

The unique rye India pale ale is brewed with rye grain and dry-hopped in the barrel and boasts a citrusy character in the nose and finish, as well as soft notes of vanilla and woody ribbons of oak and rye from the barrel. Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company’s barrel-aged seasonal program allows the brewery to step outside of its year-round offerings to experiment with new tastes, furthering its reputation as barrel-aging experts.

“Distillers discovered rye decades ago and embraced it for its spicy, complex character,” said Ken Lee, master brewer for Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. “Today, more brewers have also embraced rye thanks to the complex notes it can add. With the spice from our Town Branch Rye barrels and the unique dry hopping we did in the barrel, I think craft beer fans will love this crisp seasonal beer.”

Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA hits store shelves this week in Kentucky, and will reach select markets in the company’s domestic distribution area soon. At 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the limited seasonal release has a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a four-pack.

Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. has launched a limited Town Branch® Bourbon Single Barrel to be sold exclusively at its Visitor Center in downtown Lexington. Master distiller Mark Coffman recently hand selected two barrels of the company’s bourbon that had “strong vanilla and floral notes, and almost candy-like toffee notes” for this rare single barrel program. The collectible bottles have a suggested retail price of $69.99.

Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. has launched a limited Town Branch® Bourbon Single Barrel to be sold exclusively at its Visitor Center in downtown Lexington. Master distiller Mark Coffman recently hand selected two barrels of the company’s bourbon that had “strong vanilla and floral notes, and almost candy-like toffee notes” for this rare single barrel program. The collectible bottles have a suggested retail price of $69.99.

Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co has also launched a limited Town Branch® Bourbon Single Barrel to be sold exclusively at its Visitor Center in downtown Lexington. Master distiller Mark Coffman recently hand-selected two barrels of the company’s bourbon that had “strong vanilla and floral notes, and almost candy-like toffee notes” for the first run of the single barrel program.

Yielding roughly 150 bottles from each barrel, both single barrel versions boast cask-strength proofs, hovering close to 125 proof. The collectible bottles have a suggested retail price of $69.99 and are on sale now exclusively at the Town Branch Distillery Visitor Center at 401 Cross Street in Lexington, Ky. All include the master distiller’s signature, as well as the bottle number and selection date.

Please follow the Kentucky Ale Facebook page or the Kentucky Ale Twitter for updates on Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA availability across the region as shipments are made.

Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest to return with more beers, food May 16 in downtown Lexington

Alltech_Lexington_Brewing_&_Distilling_BottleCap_v5_blackAlltech is going for round two, hosting one of the region’s largest craft beer and food festivals, featuring hundreds of craft brews from Kentucky and across the nation. Special tappings will occur every 15 minutes, featuring a specialty brew from each brewery. New this year, a craft spirits bar will feature local and regional craft spirits. Local food samples and meals will be available.

The festival will also feature the second Alltech Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup and live entertainment. The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest will serve as one of the culminating events for the Third Annual Lexington Craft Beer Week May 9-16, a celebration of Lexington’s craft beer culture and best brews, and is also part of the Alltech REBELation Week May 16-20.

Local and national breweries, distilleries and food vendors will showcase their finest to the public.  Local craft brewers will showcase their best, with limited edition specialty and collaboration beers.

North Coast Brewing, New Belgium, Uinta, Apocalypse, West Sixth, Falls City and more are already on tap, with many top breweries to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT.

Heritage Hall, Lexington Convention Center at the Lexington Center, 430 W. Vine St, Lexington, KY 40507.

Tickets will go on sale in April online at www.alltechbrewsandfood.com. Attendees must be 21 to enter. Check the festival brewery page for participating breweries as they continue to register or follow along with the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Facebook page. Join the conversation on Twitter using @Alltechbrews and hashtag #AlltechBrews.