Expansion is one of those things that a small brewery can really screw up. There are only so many days in a week and only so many barrels in a fermenter, so each time we get ready to enter a new market, we have to be certain that we aren’t going to overpromise and under-deliver on how much beer we can produce. Over the last 10 months, we have crunched the numbers each time before entering markets like Louisville, Paducah, and Bowling Green and have started distributing West Sixth into pretty much every corner of the state, except for one. Well, it’s time to change that!
That’s right! Having signed with Stagnaro Distributing, West Sixth beer is heading to Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati starting this week. Our cans and kegs of IPA will be hitting the shelves and kegerators all over the area plus we will be attending the Cincinnati Beerfest later this week. So, why now?
First, brewer Andy Smith joined the team in the brewery a couple of months ago so, alongside Robin, they are now able to fully utilize the two 60 barrel big kahuna fermenters we picked up late last year. Those guys, along with Andrew and Tyler, will be brewing, kegging, and canning IPA and Amber pretty much every day to make sure there are no beer emergencies.
Second, we have added to our keg numbers enough that we are able to support another market. Each time we enter a new account (restaurant, bar, etc.), we need around five kegs available to service that account correctly. So, it takes a lot of kegs to make our world go round. Luckily, we now have a lot of kegs.
Finally, the time is right. There are a ton of events coming up in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati early in the year, and we want to be there for each and every one. As mentioned, we are coming to Cincy Beerfest, but we plan on heading up I-75 every chance we get spending time with all our supporters. Please let us know if you there’s an event you think we should be at, and we will do our best to get there.
So, look for us in your local place and, if you don’t see us, please ask for West Sixth wherever you go. We’re currently available at a few places — Party Source, DEPs, Liquor City, Party Town, I-75 Liquors, Hyde Park Wine and Sprits, and a few others — for an up-to-date list, look here. We really appreciate all the support we receive and are excited to be here. Cheers!