porterWe’re excited to announce today the 4th beer in our year-round lineup: the Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter.

Based on the buzz in our taproom, this is going to make a lot of you all really, really happy!

We’ve had this beer available on and off since November of 2012, when we launched the Blue Grass Community Foundation’s Good Giving Guide project with it’s debut.

It’s a robust American porter that has been brewed with Organic, direct-trade Cocoa nibs. Nearly opaque with a tan head, this beer clocks in at a 7% ABV and is dominated by roasty malts and a strong aroma of chocolate.

We’re also excited to announce a new program that will go along with this beer. For each 6-pack sold, we’re going to donate $.50 to a non-profit in the area to help them continue doing the great work that they’re doing. We’ll make these donations quarterly, and will rely on feedback and input from our customers and fans to select the non-profit in each area.

porter-glassOne other thing we’re very excited about with this beer is that we’re able to source such great fresh Cocoa nibs to use when we brew the beer. By working with some great partners at Taza Chocolates, we can guarantee not only were the growers in Central and South America paid a fair wage for growing the beans, but also they were grown in an organic and sustainable manner, and are sent to us incredibly fresh.

The beer will be available throughout West Sixth’s distribution area in kegs and cans beginning in September.

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Introducing the CROWLER!

by Ben on July 7, 2014

IMG_0296_smallerToday, we’re super excited to announce a new way to enjoy our taproom beers on the go – introducing the CROWLER! Invented by our friends at Ball Corporation and Oskar Blues Brewery, it’s a 32 ounce single use can that we’ll fill on demand with any of our draft beers. We’re one of only a handful of breweries across the nation with the ability to make Crowlers, and trust me when I say it’s so much more convenient to deal with than a growler (no bottle to remember or to take up space on the shelf!). It’s a can, it’s a growler, no, it’s a Crowler!

 

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countrywestern_4pack_1Today, we’re excited to announce our second annual partnership with our friends at Country Boy Brewing, a collaboration ale we’re calling “Country Western Volume 2″.

We made a beer together last year for Lexington Craft Beer Week, but this year, we’re taking it to a new level by not only having the beer available on draft, but also in special, limited release cans!

This year, Country Western Volume 2 is a bit different — it’s a celebration of Kentucky!  The style is a brown ale made with Kentucky sorghum and then aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels to kick it up a notch!

Country Western Volume 2 was brewed a couple months ago and has been aging in bourbon barrels since that time.  It will be canned next week and available on draft at both breweries on May 9th at noon, and then in cans at both breweries on May 15th at 5pm.

countrywestern_collab_3The beer is packed with Kentucky spirit and flavor. Roasted and malty notes from this brown ale pair seamlessly with the teasing bourbon aroma, and subtle oak notes. The sticky sweetness comes through from the Townsend Sorghum. Aged in bourbon barrels for 2 months, this collaboration beer is a little country, a little western, and a whole lotta fun.

We couldn’t be  more excited to be doing this with our friends down the street.  Hope you’ll come out to both of our places for Lexington Craft Beer Week and give it a try!

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Now Hiring

by Ben on April 21, 2014

We just posted 3 new positions we’re hiring for here.  If you know someone who would be a great candidate for them, pass it along!

We’ve got an awesome team here and are excited to grow it more -

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Final CanWe’ve got some big news today that we can’t wait to share with you:  we’re embarking on a major brewery expansion, and launching a new beer (the Lemongrass American Wheat) in a can!

Over the past year, we’ve expanded a few times on our 15 barrel brewhouse by adding additional fermentation capacity. That’s allowed us to grow from our original 45 barrels of weekly production when we first opened up to 195 barrels of weekly production by the fall of 2013.

However, late last year, we realized that we just couldn’t keep expanding by adding tanks. We were brewing 13 times a week (up from our original 3), and didn’t want to expand into brewing overnight or on the weekends.

So, we’re excited to announce today that last week, our new 40 barrel brewhouse and 6 80 barrel fermenters arrived.

This brewhouse will allow us to continue to grow over the next few years, and also has a secondary benefit: it will allow us to begin canning a third beer.

This beer is one we’re really excited about: the Lemongrass American Wheat.

our new brewhouse

Robin, our head brewer and co-founder describes it this way: “This american wheat is brewed with Sorachi Ace hops and nearly 6 pounds of fresh lemongrass in each 15 barrel batch. The Sorachi Ace hop, which originated out of Japan, has a very unique flavor that we believe complements the lemongrass perfectly.  It’s a craft beer drinker’s wheat.”

This beer will be rolled out gradually into each market — it should be available on draft within a few weeks and in cans within the month.

All this is possible because of the continued support of all of our fans and trailblazers.  Thank you all for this — we never in a million years expected to be expanding in such a way so soon.

Thank you all, and cheers to an exciting 2014!

 

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Full can in truckWe’ve got some exciting news today: We’re releasing our first ever seasonal beer in a can – the West Sixth Christmas Ale!

This beer is a dark spiced ale with the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Weighing it a 9% ABV, it has a nice backbone that will hold up to the chilliest of nights.  This is our slightly darker taste on a holiday beer, and will be perfect for evenings by the fire!

We’re canning the beer tomorrow, and will be releasing the beer at 3pm on December 2nd at the taproom (the Monday after Thanksgiving).  It will also be available in limited quantities at retailers throughout Kentucky.  We’re only going to make 500-600 total cases of this beer, so we expect it to sell out quickly!  It will also be available on draft in the taproom starting that day.

This is our first time ever doing a seasonal in cans — it’s also the first Christmas Ale canned and distributed in Kentucky.  Because of the challenges with doing small runs of cans, we’ve had to figure out a different sort of process to label the cans and can the beer.  It’s been a fun adventure and we can’t wait to share the results with you.

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Introducing our online store

October 21, 2013

We’re excited to announce the official launch of our West Sixth Online Store. Each week we hear from folks who want to buy a t-shirt or hat but can’t make it into the taproom.  That’s why we’re excited to be able to offer all of our West Sixth merchandise — t-shirts, hats, glasses, signs, etc […]

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Our new centrifuge

September 17, 2013

We got a fun new piece of brewery equipment that’s being commissioned this week: a giant separator / centrifuge. What does that do? In order to answer that question, we first have to answer another one:  Why don’t we filter our beers? From the beginning, I’ve taken a strong stand as West Sixth’s head brewer (and owner) to […]

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New Hours

September 16, 2013

To accommodate  the opening of our neighboring restaurant, Smithtown Seafood, we’re changing our hours effective this week. We’ll now be open: Sunday – Wednesday: 11am-10pm Thursday: 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday: 11am-midnight Come on down and grab some lunch and a beer!

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Introducing the West Sixth Experimental Series

July 3, 2013

We’re excited to finally talk more about a new project we’ve had going on here at West Sixth – the West Sixth Experimental Series. Since we’ve been having to dedicate more and more of our fermenter capacity to filling the huge demand we’ve seen for our West Sixth IPA and Amber, we’ve been unable to […]

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