PrintToday, we’re very excited to announce the first non-profits selected to benefit from our Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter program. Each non-profit below will receive $.50 for each 6-pack sold in their area, and those in the Clark Distributing are will receive an additional $.50 from them! These non-profits were nominated by our fans at http://www.westsixth.com/PIF and then selected by a vote of all our staff. Congratulations to Green House17, New Roots, Inc, Community Matters, Appalshop, Community Action of Southern Kentucky, and Owensboro Humane Society! Drink a beer and Pay it Forward to all of these great organizations!

 

 

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Announcing the West Sixth County Series!

by Ben on October 7, 2014

washcounty-8We’re excited to announce a new project here at West Sixth — the West Sixth County Series! For the first time ever, we’re going to release a series of small-release bottle conditioned beers celebrating the unique qualities and character of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

We plan to release around 3 different beers each year, in extremely limited quantities.

The first beer of our series is American Wild Sour Ale we’re calling Washington County. Nearly a year in the making, the base beer for this ale is a blend of berliner weisse and saison, with secondary fermentation provided by our friend Brettanomyces lambicus in a used red wine barrel.  Tart, crisp, and funky, it weighs in around 7% ABV with high effervescence created during the bottle conditioning.

Being the first in our series we’ve named this wild ale after Washington County, the first county created in Kentucky after our fair Commonwealth was founded.   There are only 225 750ml bottles available, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

We’re going to release this first bottle next Monday, October 13th, at 5pm. Bottles will be $20 and we’re going to limit it to one bottle per person since supplies are so limited.

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Oktoberfest this Saturday!

by Ben on October 2, 2014

oktoberfestAs the leaves begin to change color and days get a little bit chillier, we welcome fall, and with it, Oktoberfest!

This coming Saturday, October 4th, West Sixth Brewing will be hosting our third annual Sixth for a Cause Oktoberfest celebration! And, for the third year running, Bread Box non-profit FoodChain will receive 6% of our sales from the day!

Returning for this event will be the popular Dankechain Oktoberest, a traditional German Oktoberfest-style lager! Last time we brewed this you all drank all of it in 2 days, so don’t wait to try this one.

We’ll also tapping a 1/6th barrel of our “Transy Brandy” at 4pm. This beer, which is our Transylvania Tripel that we’ve been aging in Louisville’s own Copper and Kings brandy barrels, is a fun treat – and this is the first time it’s ever been in our taproom. It won’t last long, and will be set up at the back bar at 4.

To celebrate the event, FoodChain will be hosting some special events themselves, including a Feats of Fortitude competition, where you can test your strength by entering the Unpacking Beer Cases Race, Strong Arming Beer Steins, or the Ultimate Pretzel Eating Race.

Enter the Feats of Fortitude day of, or pre-register on EventBrite here.

We’ll have 250 pilsner style special event glasses available to sell starting at 2! These will be $4 with all proceeds benefiting FoodChain!

There will be several raffle items available, and we’ll also be auctioning off a giant, 450-lb pumpkin, grown by West Sixth owner Joe Kuosman, man of many hobbies!

Smithtown Seafood will have German food specials all day, including several different types of wursts and schnitzels. There will also be special merchandise for sale, including Oktoberfest t-shirts. And, if you’re really lucky, you might get a chance to see some of the brewery staff decked out in traditional German lederhosen! Come on down to the taproom starting at 2:00pm this Saturday, October 4th, for what is sure to be one of the best events of the season. Prost!

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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

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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Major Announcement: we’re expanding and launching the Lemongrass American Wheat in a can!

February 4, 2014

We’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 […]

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Announcing our first seasonal: The West Sixth Christmas Ale

November 19, 2013

We’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. […]

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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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