Lexington Brewing & Distilling’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, the the brewery’s signature beer in a lineup of barrel-aged beer, is now available in cans.
Subtitled “The beer of Bourbon Country” Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale was launched in 2006. The strong ale base is aged at least six weeks in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. The brewery knows what they are doing with bourbon, as they also own their own distillery.
It wasn’t long before the popularity of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale spawned various spinoff releases, like Pumpkin Barrel Ale (on shelves for the 2016 season now).
What you’ll taste. Honestly, we’ve always considered Barrel Ale to be America’s edition of a popular import – Innis & Gunn Original. In a way they similar. The beer is heavy on bourbon and vanilla, but still light on the palate. This beer needed to be in cans a long time ago.
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale cans are now shipping in 12 ounce cans/ 6 packs across the brewery’s distribution network.
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Kentucky Race Day Session IPA will join Kentucky Ale’s lineup in at the end of March, 2016.
As the name suggests, Race Day a session-style IPA that boasts a low, 4.5% alcohol by volume. Hops in the brew include Calypso and Cascade, with Hallertau in the dry-hop.
As Lexington Brewing was getting ready to release this beer, they heard about a fire at Old Friends thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky. The non-profit organization takes care of former racehorses, giving them a happy retirement. While the fire didn’t hurt and people or horses, the fire was damaging to the organization.
Coinciding with the launch, the brewery will be donation a portion of the proceeds from April 1st through May 8th to Old Friends.
Kentucky Race Day Session IPA is a seasonal offering.
Hops: Calypso, Cascade, Hallertau
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Pic: Kentucky Race Day Session IPA with Silver Charm. Silver Charm is known for winning the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He is now retired and resides at Old Friends in Georgetown, KY. To visit Silver Charm, book a tour at www.OldFriendsEquine.org.
Lexington Brewing (Lexington, KY) has released a new, limited seasonal Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA.
The base beer is an imperial IPA brewed with copious amounts of rye malt, the aged six weeks in Alltech’s own Town Branch Rye Whiskey barrels and Kentucky bourbon barrels. The result is a bright, citrusy IPA, that finishes with a strong barrel character.
“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 is available in 12oz bottles for a limited time.
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The first winter seasonal from Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. (Lexington, KY) is Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale. The beer is aged in bourbon barrels for six weeks with 1,700 pounds of local Hosey Honey and ginger from Boyd’s Bottom Hop Farm.
…“This winter seasonal is something we are really proud of not only for the local sourcing aspect, but also because it is just a really good beer. The ginger and honey are a perfect combination, particularly as the weather starts to cool down and people are looking to enjoy something to warm them up.”
Lexington Honey Barrel Brown Ale is now available in 12oz bottles and draft across the brewery’s distribution network for a limited time.
Lexington Brewing (Lexington, KY) has built a series of seasonals around their award winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. The brewery looks to add another offering to the barrel aged lineup – Honey Barrel Brown Ale.
Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale is a brown ale, brewed with honey and ginger, and in bourbon barrels. Available in 12oz bottles.
Update 11/11/14 – Now shipping
Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. (Lexington, KY) has just expanded into Texas, New Mexico and New Hampshire. Soon the brewery and distillery will ship to Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
All in all, by fall 2014, Alltech will ship to 25 states.
Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. has amped up production, adding new equipment, including a larger, faster bottling line. Particularly experienced in barrel aging, the company’s brewers regularly age 3,000 to 5,000 barrels at a time in the brewery’s large cold storage warehouse, and handle up to 1,000 barrels per week.
All states will get over time, Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Kölsch, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, and Kentucky IPA, with most of the focus on Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Seasonals to include Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine and Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat.