Kentucky is home to a large number of breweries, offering something for every palate. You can find a brewery with traditional flavors or visit one that gets creative to infuse fruits you would never think belong in a beer. Many of the best Kentucky breweries even have both types of brews so they can appeal to a wider audience.

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1.Blue Stallion Brewing Co.

Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
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Blue Stallion Brewing Co. had five founders in winter 2011 when it opened. They had the goal of offering something more than just the IPA varieties that other craft beers tend to have. Instead, they chose to brew traditional beer styles from Europe, with the specialty of authentic British ales and German lagers that are made using traditional ingredients and brewing techniques. The taproom at Blue Stallion Brewing Co. has a custom wood bar, 24 beer taps, comfortable seating, a shuffle board, dart boards, a pinball machine, a billiard table, outdoor patio seating, and a semi-private loft area. On Mondays through Saturdays, Dad’s Favorites Deli serves cheese spreads, sandwiches, and homemade soups. Sundays feature a rotating range of food trucks so there is always food around. Minors can come with a guardian and dogs are welcome as long as they are on the leash and well-behaved. If you like one of the brews, fill up a growler to take home. There are also dozens of local restaurants and lounges where you can find the Blue Stallion Brewing Co. brews.

610 W. Third Street, Lexington, KY, Phone: 877-928-2337

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2.Alexandria Brewing Company

Alexandria Brewing Company
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Alexandria Brewing Company was the brainchild of Andy Reynolds, the head brewer who discovered that brewing helped his mind feel at ease following his tours in Iraq. He attended the Siebel Institute of Technology, the most respected and oldest brewing institution in the country, in 2015 and then opened the company in his wife’s hometown. The couple owns land, which was the site of the first hops Andy grew. The taproom at Alexandria Brewing Company features regulars on draft plus seasonal beers and one-off experiments. Regulars include the JWR Tripel, Ann’s Sweet White Ale, All Up in Your Berliner – Berliner Style Wheat Beer, and Cecilia’s Grace. There are also ten rotating releases and seasonal brews plus five one-off releases and charity beers. The brewery is also working on distribution of kegged beer throughout greater Cincinnati. Check the brewing company’s calendar for upcoming events such as yoga, comedy, running, and more.

7926 Alexandria Pike, Ste 1, Alexandria, KY, Phone: 859-694-6999

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3.3rd Turn Brewing

3rd Turn Brewing
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3rd Turn Brewing is actually one of two locations by the company, with the other being 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens in Crestwood. 3rd Turn Brewing is within the area’s historic Jeffersontown Gaslight District and sits in a restored church from 1878. There are 20 taps where you can find brews from 3rd Turn as well as other regional breweries. To offer a nice variety, the brewery has weekly rotations, but they always include ten of their own brews and ten from others. There is no kitchen at 3rd Turn Brewing but they have a bring your own food policy so feel free to bring along whatever you want to enjoy while you drink your favorite brew. They also have food truck Fridays so you can get a meal or snack on site while drinking. Those who prefer something other than craft beer can also get a frozen drink, wine, or bourbon. The site is also dog-friendly, both inside and out so your pooch does not have to stay at home.

10408 Watterson Trail, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-482-3373

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4.Akasha Brewing Company

Akasha Brewing Company
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Akasha Brewing Company is the hard work of Rick Stidham and Jerry Nawrocki, with more than 20 years of experience brewing beer. The two started by brewing five-gallon batches in their home kitchen and now make 15 barrels at once, serving 15 of their own brewed-on-site beers. The taproom has a nice variety of unfiltered, vegan-friendly, unpasteurized beers with 24 taps on the draft wall. Those who do not drink will also find plenty of non-alcoholic options such as the locally-brewed Elixir Kombucha. The taproom has board games and arcade games plus outdoor seating, some TVs, and a 100-inch video projector. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. The Akasha Brewing Company occasionally hosts pop-up dinners and brunches and invites you to bring food over from the neighboring Grind Burger Kitchen or Feast BBQ. Minors are welcome with a legal guardian and will appreciate the snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

909 East Market Street, Suite 700, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-742-7770

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5.Apocalypse Brew Works, LLP

Apocalypse Brew Works, LLP
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Apocalypse Brew Works runs their taproom called “The Fallout Shelter” which opened in May 2012. The brewery focuses on producing fresh craft beer in small batches and they make efforts for sustainability, including recycling materials, using found objects when building the brewery, reusing grain, and heating water using solar power. The team behind the brewery has more than 40 combined years of experience homebrewing and have won awards. The taproom is open on Fridays from 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturdays from 4 pm to 11 pm, and Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm. There are 14 taps with a rotating beer selection including cream ale, IPAs, American amber ales, smoked robust porters, Irish reds, dark creams, a gluten-free brew, and plenty of specialties. Check out the Apocalypse Brew Works’ calendar as they also have live music on many Friday and Saturday nights.

1612 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-589-4843

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6.Beer Engine

Beer Engine
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Beer Engine holds the title of the smallest beer bar and brewery in Kentucky’s Danville. They opened in February 2011 and have earned numerous titles and honors of varying obscurity. Some of these include the Most Crafts Taps in a Bar in Danville and Danville’s Oldest Brewery. The team at Beer Engine always strives to get to know neighbors and customers and work to develop unique beers that will challenge experienced palates. This brewery always aims to have a combination of their own house beers on tap with guest beers as a way to expand the understanding of beer for each customer. All day Sunday and between 4 pm and 7 pm on Mondays through Thursdays, house brews are only $3. They open at 4 pm every day of the week, closing at 11 pm on Monday through Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 10 pm on Sunday. Their sister brewery is Monnik Beer Co in Louisville.

107 Larrimore Ln., Danville, KY, Phone: 859-209-4211

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7.Braxton Brewing Company

Braxton Brewing Company
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Braxton Brewing Company has two locations. The Taproom in Covington is the original location with Braxton Labs in Bellevue having been added later with 40 tap handles. Both locations have special events every week. The core brews represent a good amount of variety, including a golden cream ale, an India pale ale, a Dortmunder lager, and a tropical stout. There are also over a dozen brews in the Garage Series, five in the Heritage Series, and a Lab beer with a limited release. Keep your eyes peeled for one of the 12 seasonal beers as well. In addition to their craft beers, Braxton Brewing Company also makes Starter Coffee, which you can also find at their Taproom. Attend one of the regular events at either location of Braxton Brewing Company. The Taproom has Last Call Cincinnati trivia on Tuesdays, live music three nights a week, and Firkin Friday on the last Friday of each month. Braxton Labs has Rare Beer Mondays and a Beer Garden with live music on Fridays. In addition to the brews, the Taproom lets you order in food from a participating nearby restaurant or bring your own food with you.

27 W 7th St, Covington, KY, Phone: 859-261-5600

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8.Country Boy Brewing

Country Boy Brewing
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Country Boy Brewing brews and serves a range of beers for visitors to enjoy. The brewery hosts and attends events regularly, such as the Tri-County Craft Beer Fest. Nearly every day during the week will have something special going on, such as trivia on Mondays, yoga on Tuesdays, and live music on various days. Don’t worry about going hungry while enjoying your handcrafted brews since country Boy Brewing also coordinates with food trucks multiple nights every week. You can keep up with their schedule via their Facebook page, where they tend to post the entire event schedule for the upcoming week. If you are a big fan of the brewery, you can even get official gear, such as clothing, accessories, and barware.

108 Corporate Blvd., Georgetown, KY, Phone: 502-709-9943

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9.Darkness Brewing

Darkness Brewing
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At Darkness Brewing, you will find a team with a passion for beer in a range of styles and flavors. The brewers have always loved creating anything that caught their interest, whether it was a traditional beer, an 11-percent super stout, or a combination of pineapple and chipotle pepper. The brewing company produces 21 different beers, ranging from the Hop Head Nebula to Man on the Moo to Coffee Anomaly. All are creatively named and you can find options close to what you expect like Beach Park Wheat to more unusual combinations like Thanks a’ Latte. The taproom was designed to create an inviting atmosphere perfect for socialization and feeling like a guest. There are multiple types of seating to choose from along with music, art, and games. This makes it the ideal destination for individuals or groups who want to enjoy beer. You can even reserve the private lounge area with its ping pong table.

224 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY, Phone: 859-815-8375

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10.Dry Ground Brewing Company

Dry Ground Brewing Company
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Dry Ground Brewing Company is on the location where Luther Carson built his new Coca-Cola bottling plant following the Ohio River flooding of 1937. The name comes from Mr. Luther’s escape in an empty keg that housed syrup and said that if he reached dry ground, he would build his bottling plant there. Now, Dry Ground Brewing Company is the first craft brewery in Paducah with 28 craft beers available on tap, which includes more than ten house-brewed beers. Some of the featured beers at Dry Ground Brewing Company are Preacher Pils, Adam’s Beard, and ’37 Flood which are a pilsner, Belgian tripel, and American IPA, respectively. Other brews include a double IPA, a smoked ale with blueberries, a black IPA, and a saison. In addition to the drinks, you can find regular events at the brewery, including the “Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz” and live music. There are also monthly Open Mic Comedy Nights at the brewing company.

3121 Broadway Street, Paducah, KY, Phone: 270-201-2096

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11.Ethereal Brewing

Ethereal Brewing
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Ethereal Brewing offers a broad range of beers, with the focus on brewing American craft beers and Belgian farmhouse beers. Those are the brewers’ favorite styles due to their versatility and taste. They also have staples as the first three beers on offer were an IPA, a Wit, and a Saison, but they have no plans to limit themselves when it comes to brewing and creativity. There are 16 taps at the Ethereal Brewing, with ten of them holding Ethereal brews such as an Extra Special/Strong Bitter, an English Barleywine, a Gose, and a Witbier. Between the Ethereal brews and the guest beers on tap, you can find a very nice variety of beers to choose from, including less common options such as sour ales, Russian Imperial Stouts, and cream ales.

1224 Manchester St, Lexington, KY, Phone: 859-309-1254

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12.Flywheel Brewing

Flywheel Brewing
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Flywheel Brewing is working on expanding at the moment, enhancing their website, adding events, and making more brews for people to try. The team at Flywheel Brewing feels that communities need relaxing spaces like the one they provide with its unique atmosphere. They also feel that a delicious beer can help break down social barriers, something they pride themselves on delivering. At any given moment, you can go to the brewery’s website to see the current list of beers on tap. There are currently eight of their own beers on tap plus another seven guest taps, offering a great variety of beverages to choose from. You can also check their website to see the food truck schedule and find events such as trivia and live music. The brewery is open on Mondays through Wednesdays from 4 pm to 10 pm, on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 pm to 12 pm, on Saturdays from noon to midnight, and on Sundays from 1 pm to 9 pm.

218 S Mulberry St, Suite 103, Elizabethtown, KY

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13.Great Flood Brewing Company

Great Flood Brewing Company
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When Great Flood Brewing Company began in 2014, the team wanted to try out something that was rewarding and challenging. There are 20 taps which mostly feature house brews and a few guest options. At any given moment you can find some of the favorite brews on tap plus new selections for you to try out. Find brews such as the ’37 Coffee Porter, Blonde Ale, Find-A-Way IPA, Saison, and Toasted Brown Ale, available as cans or on tap. Or opt for an IPA, milk stout, or smoked scotch on tap. The taproom does not have a kitchen and Great Flood Brewing Company encourages customers to bring their own food or order delivery from one of the menus at the bar and tables. There are also numerous events during the week, such as movie nights, trivia, games on tap, tap takeovers, and new beer releases.

2120 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-208-0882

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14.Hofbrauhaus Newport

Hofbrauhaus Newport
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Hofbrauhaus Newport is the first authentic Hofbrauhaus within America, getting its inspiration from the one in Munich, Germany that is over 400 years old. With this brewery and restaurant, guests can enjoy traditional Hofbrauhaus offerings. The beer is brewed fresh on site and follows the strict Bavarian purity laws. In fact, the brewing process has been unchanged since 1589. The Brew Master oversees brewing for each of the four year-round beers plus seasonal specialties. There is a monthly seasonal beer as well, which kicks off with Keg Tapping Celebrations of the Seasonal Beers on the last Wednesday of every month starting at 7 pm. In addition to the traditional Bavarian brews, Hofbrauhaus Newport provides authentic Bavarian dishes plus American favorites. Enjoy pretzels with beer cheese, soups, potato pancakes, salad, bratwurst, schnitzel, burgers, sandwiches, and desserts like apple strudel or a traditional black forest cake. Plan your outing to this brewery to coincide with live music, which plays most nights of the week.

200 East 3rd St., Newport, KY, Phone: 859-491-7200

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15.Holsopple Brewing

Holsopple Brewing
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Holsopple Brewing has a friendly atmosphere with a range of beers on tap, which you can also order as a flight. If you prefer, you can try one of their eight beers that are available, such as a golden ale, Cascadian dark ale, pale ale, American wheat, or English porter. All beers are available as ponies, pints, or growlers, with a discount for growler refills. The specialty is high-quality ales and lagers, but those who don’t drink can enjoy soda while everyone can have some popcorn, Cheeze-Its, or Spudz Chips. On Fridays and Saturdays, there are also pizza by the slice and salads available. You can also enjoy one of the many events at Holsopple Brewing, including beer releases, fundraisers, sales, and live music. Check their Facebook page for an updated schedule of upcoming events.

8023 Catherine Ln, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-708-1902

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16.Hopkinsville Brewing Company

Hopkinsville Brewing Company
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Hopkinsville Brewing Company is the first craft beer brewery in the city and the county, offering a range of craft beers from their nano-brewery in downtown Hopkinsville. The brewery is owned and operated by a veteran and locally sourced to support the community. This is truly a community brewery as the company used a KickStarter campaign to get funding for a remodel before their grand opening in September 2016. The brewery has three barrels and four fermenters, each making about 100 gallons of beer per batch with an approximate batch time of three weeks. You can go on a tour of the site to see how the brewing takes place. There are eight brews on tap, available in a range of sizes, including growlers, or you can have a flight of four tasters. Enjoy Wi-Fi and use the power outlets within the Community Room and Taproom while you sample the various brews on offer. The outdoor patio is perfect when the weather is nice and the brewery prides itself on having a family-friendly and fun atmosphere. Hopkinsville Brewing Company tries to have a food truck in front and they also encourage customers to order delivery, with their own list of recommendations.

102 East 5th Street, Hopkinsville, KY, Phone: 270-987-3115

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17.Jarfly Brewing Company

Jarfly Brewing Company
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The Jarfly Brewing Company sits in the former site of Abe Goldenberg’s family furniture business from 1904. Today, the brewery makes craft beer with traditional ingredients combined with distinctive flavors and plenty of creativity. The brewery’s flagship beers include Goldenberg Golden Ale, Kentucky Common Ale, Nice Day Session IPA, and Baxter’s Coffee Stout. At any given moment, you will find ten drinks on tap, almost all of which are brewed by Jarfly Brewing Company. In addition to the flagship beers, they have more creative brews, such as the Jalapeno Common Ale. The taproom itself has plenty of character, including handcrafted table tops and bench seating that a local artisan created from reclaimed wood from the Goldenberg’s showroom. There is even a two-ton safe in the center of the bar that was part of the store since the early 1900s. There is a small selection of food options, including chips and salsa, Clementine’s local soft pretzels, a beer cheese platter, a cheese board, and donuts. For further variety, the brewery regularly invites food trucks and guest chefs. The brewery is open on Thursdays to Sundays between 4 pm and midnight and on Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm.

103 W. Mt. Vernon Street, Somerset, KY, Phone: 606-425-4962

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18.Lemons Mill Brewery

Lemons Mill Brewery
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Lemons Mill Brewery was inspired by the rediscovered recipes of generations past in an envelope in the attic. The recipes were the work of four friends from before prohibition who eventually opened a general store/mill/post office. Today, the Lemons Mills Brewery has eight of their own beers on tap, including Kranbier (Cranberry) Ale, Bollocks Dark Amber Ale, Just One Mo’ Pale, and the Mistake Stout. They also feature nine other small breweries on tap, with the list occasionally changing. There is also a gluten-free amber ale available for those who are gluten sensitive or intolerant. The brewery’s tap room is open on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 9 pm, on Thursdays from 4 pm to 11 pm, on Fridays from 3:30 pm to midnight, and on Saturdays from noon to midnight. You can also catch Lemons Mill Brewery at the occasional local festival.

166 Marimon Ave Suite 12, Harrodsburg, Phone: 859-265-0872

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19.Mile Wide Beer Co.

Mile Wide Beer Co.
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Mile Wide Beer Co. creates handcrafted flavorful beers made to the highest quality standards. The brewery is in a building that used to house a biscuit factory, hidden behind a grain silo. The taproom and brewery are separated by a floor-to-ceiling glass wall, letting customers watch the brewing process. The system can produce about 475 gallons of beer at once. At the moment, you can just find Mile Wide Beer on draft or on tap throughout Kentucky. Some of the favorites include Barstow (an American wheat ale), Idlewild (a pale ale), and McPoyle (a milk stout). Any beer that is on tap is also available as a 32-ounce crowler. In addition to beers on tap, you can also sip spirits or wine at the brewery. The taproom has plenty of seating options plus Noah’s Arcade with pinball and classic arcade machines, dartboards, and ring toss. The taproom is open on Tuesdays to Thursdays from 4 pm to 10 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 pm to midnight, and on Sundays from 11 am to 8 pm. You can find food trucks on Friday and Saturday nights plus brunch on Sundays. If a food truck isn’t there, guests are welcome to bring their own food or order in.

636 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-409-8139

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20.Mirror Twin Brewing

Mirror Twin Brewing
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Mirror Twin Brewing uses traditional methods as well as more innovative ones to deliver quality taste along with education for beer drinkers of all experience levels. They rely on a twin draft system to deliver their unique flavors and quality. The brewery has seven flagship beers, including a red ale, a brown ale, a mosaic IPA, a wheat beer, a chocolate milk stout, a Citra IPA, and a blonde ale. There are also two sets of twin drafts for four brews total. The twin drafts are identical beers except with one different ingredient and are served with one of each brew in an 8-ounce glass for the price of just one. Or check out the 13 experimental and rotating brews. These are the more unique brews, such as a honey Hefewizen, orange juice and red ale, a wheat beer with boysenberries, and cider. Mirror Twin Brewing partners with Rolling Oven Pizzeria, which has a brick and mortar location within the taproom. There are also regular events at Mirror Twin Brewing, such as donation-based yoga, tap takeovers, and trivia.

725 National Ave, Lexington, KY, Phone: 859-447-8146

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21.Paducah Beer Werks

Paducah Beer Werks
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Paducah Beer Werks serves handcrafted beer and food, including some of their award-winning brews. The brewery opened in March 2015 in the former Greyhound bus terminal. The beer features delicious recipes that appeal to a range of tastes, whether you prefer malts or hops. There are four regular taps in addition to several guest taps and a few small batch brews. Some of the small batches worth trying include Irvin Cobb’s Rooster Rye (a golden rye), Blackened Heart Stout (a cherry chocolate), a Vanilla Bean Porter, and a Blueberry Ale. The guest taps are rotated weekly, including brews from other breweries within the county and state. You can have any beer in a sample size or pint or as part of a flight. Like the brews, the food is all handcrafted and delicious. Enjoy sandwiches, desserts, and more. The brewery is working on installing a sound stage so they can enhance their live music and performance lineups. You can head to the brewery for music from regional and local bands plus live comedy.

301 North 4th Street, Paducah, KY, Phone: 270-933-1265

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22.Pivot Brewing

Pivot Brewing
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Pivot Brewing is a cider brewery that also brews a few of their own beers. They have 18 taps, which include ten of their ciders, six of their beers (including an American IPA, an English brown ale, an American adjunct lager, a Witbier, a cream ale, and an American Pale Ale), and two guest taps with a Blue Stallion Hellese Lager and a Monnik Churchill Bitter. In addition to the option of getting a Pivot brew from their taproom at their brewery, you can also find them at over a dozen other Lexington venues. Pivot Brewing also hosts regular events, such as Yappy Hour, Wednesdays on Wax, cornhole, green drinks, ukulele jam sessions, and more. On Wednesdays through Sundays, you can find a food truck from Babz Bistro on site and the brewery is open every day of the week. You can also host an event there is the Pivot Brewing party room.

1400 Delaware Ave, Lexington, KY, Phone: 859-285-6778

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23.Rock House Brewing

Rock House Brewing
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Rock House Brewing began as a group of craft beer lovers and home brewers with a range of backgrounds. They aim to produce top-quality beers with a wide variety and create a welcoming environment for socialization, music, and delicious brews. Each of the eight taps at the brewery is dedicated to a different Rock House Brew. Just a handful of these include Rock House Dark Hearted Tart (a sour ale), Rock House Groupie Cream Ale, Rock House David Stout Attorney at Law (a milk/sweet stout), Rock House Saison, and Rock House Uncle Jon’s Brown Ale. If you want, you can also rent out the space at Rock House Brewing for an event in the versatile and open area. The brewery is opens on weekdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am, and Sundays at 12 pm. It closes at 10 pm on Mondays through Thursdays, midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 pm on Sundays. There are also a range of events at the brewery, including scheduled food trucks, live music, cornhole league, and other activities.

119 Luigart Ct, Lexington, KY, Phone: 859-368-7064

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24.West Sixth Brewing

West Sixth Brewing
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West Sixth Brewing was founded in 2012 and is in the Bread Box building, a 100-year-old building that used to belong to the Rainbo Bread Factory. This location is where they brew, can, and bottle their beer, for sale at the taproom and for distribution. They began with their West Sixth IPA and now can 14 beers during the year in addition to numerous bottles. At any time of the year, you can find their IPA, amber ale, cocoa porter, and cerveza, the flagship brews. There are also five seasonal brews and five seasonal releases, all of which are canned, plus nine bottled beers. They have taprooms both downtown and at their Farm. The West Sixth Brewing Farm has 15 to 20 of their own brews on tap at any given moment, along with unique bottles from small batches of their Barrel Aged and Sixfold series. Each location has its own event schedule with games, live music, and more. West Sixth Brewing does more than just brew beer; they also give back to the community. They support local non-profits via Sixth for a Cause, Wooden Nickel, Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter, Pedaling for a Purpose, and event sponsorships.

501 West Sixth Street, Lexington, KY, Phone: 859-705-0915

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25.White Squirrel Brewery

White Squirrel Brewery
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White Squirrel Brewery is the result of Damon Wilcox and Jason Heflin, two homebrewers, partnering with each other and conducting “research” at 22 breweries plus beer festivals. The brewery focuses on very small batches, which lets them rotate their selection and offer guest taps from other breweries in the region that they have visited. At any moment, you are likely to find the White Squirrel Kolsch and White Squirrel Nut Brown on tap, along with a White Squirrel Sampler that includes four ounces of each White Squirrel brew on tap. The specialty house-brewed beers have rotating availability and include White Squirrel Pale Ale, White Squirrel Porter, and various White Squirrel seasonal beer releases. There are also 18 different types of bottled beer to choose from plus eight cans and two ciders. You can also get something to eat at White Squirrel Brewery & Restaurant, with locally-sourced beef for pub-style burgers, hot chicken, and brunch dishes. There are new dinner specials weekly. You can also find White Squirrel beer at various locations throughout the area, including in Kentucky and Tennessee.

871 Broadway Ave., Bowling Green, KY, Phone: 270-904-1573

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